Jul 21, 2010

1 Corinthians 12:7 - William Styles

“Thou hast given unto every man of the residue of the Spirit, that he may profit withal.” The above was advanced to the writer by a Wesleyan class leader, in proof of the doctrine that the Spirit endeavours to induce every man to become religious at some period of his life. No such text, however, occurs in the Bible, though its phraseology is borrowed from the following:

“The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal”—1 Cor. 12:7. This, according to Albert Barnes, himself an Arminian, “simply means that the Spirit gives to each Christian (for the Apostle is discouraging of Christians only) such graces and endowments as He pleases—not equally, but in a manner which He shall choose—that all Christians should use their endowments for the common good.”

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