Email Tips: Contextual Differences

This "tip" was originally delivered on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 .

“It shall greatly help thee to understand Scripture, if thou mark, not only what is spoken or written, but of whom, and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goeth before and what followeth after.”

This quote by Miles Coverdale in his Bible has made the rounds and is a helpful reminder of the need to study the context before we jump to conclusions.

The Spirit baptism of 1 Corinthians 12 was given
– to Jews and Gentiles
– to identify them with a new creature called the “Body of Christ” (first mentioned in Paul’s epistles)
– when the mystery of Christ had been revealed
– to strangers of the covenants
– to people involved in wicked sins

Most dispensational commentators will say the Spirit baptism of 1 Cor 12 is the same as what the Spirit did at Pentecost. Perhaps we need to remember Miles Coverdale when it comes to reading the words baptism and Spirit in the Bible.

You can also listen to these two recent lessons about the Spirit’s different ministries:

1 Corinthians Lesson 33
Same Spirit, Different Ministry

For His glory,

Justin “something is different” Johnson

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