Women Leaders: 1 Cor. 12: 7 - 11
- Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, [a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues. [b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
The 'message' of wisdom, and the 'message' of knowledge are λογος - logos in Greek. This might be better translated as 'utterance' (ESV) or 'word' (KJV). In any case, it is clearly the 'expression' of wisdom or knowledge. There is no case here for a received message that is not expressed. Individuals are given the gift of expressing wisdom, not the gift of receiving or having wisdom.
I notice that the TNIV does not seem to translate the word ἰδια in verse 11. This is translated as 'individually' in the ESV and 'severally' in the KJV. Possibly the TNIV translators felt that 'individually' was stronger than the force of the Greek term and so simply translated it as 'each one'. In any case the gifts are given to individuals to be used for the common good, not for the sake of the individual who is given the gift.
The JK version of verse 11 is interesting for other reasons,
- But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
- Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15 JKV
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