The Generous Gift of the Holy Spirit | 1 Corinthians 12:13 | Devotional
1 Corinthians 12:13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-- whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-- and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
There is much discussion regarding the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Let’s break down this passage to help us better understand the significant role of the Holy Spirit.
For we were all baptized by one Spirit…. At the beginning of the Christian life, the Holy Spirit gives us new life (regeneration) and frees us from the power and love of sin (initial stage of sanctification). The baptism of the Holy Spirit refers to all that God does for us at the beginning of our Christian lives.
…into one body…. By the work of the Holy Spirit every believer, regardless of nationality or status, is a member of the Universal Church…the body of Christ.
…we were all given the one Spirit to drink…. God indwells us by his Spirit. It is the indwelling Holy Spirit that provides spiritual freshness and fruit. “Freshness does not come from obedience but from the Holy Spirit” (Oswald Chambers).
Father, thank you for the Spirit’s work of regeneration and sanctification in our lives. Thank you for the freshness that only he can bring. In Jesus’ name. Amen.