1 Corinthians 12:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 12:6, NIV: There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

1 Corinthians 12:6, ESV: and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

1 Corinthians 12:6, KJV: And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

1 Corinthians 12:6, NASB: There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.

1 Corinthians 12:6, NLT: God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

1 Corinthians 12:6, CSB: And there are different activities, but the same God works all of them in each person.

What does 1 Corinthians 12:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In prior verses, Paul has written of a variety of spiritual gifts given to Christians. These unique endowments enable believers to serve each other in a variety of ways. However, only one Spirit gives those gifts, and they can be used only under the authority of one Lord. The Spirit and the Lord are the same for each and every Christian.

Now Paul adds that the number of activities spiritual gifts can be used to participate in is varied as well. Paul will list some of those various activities later in this chapter. Again, though, he shows that the power to participate in these activities all comes from one and the same God. It is His power at work in believers through the Holy Spirit and under the authority of Christ that is at work when any Christian receives and uses spiritual gifts to serve others.

Paul wants the Corinthians to understand that even though spiritual gifts are given to people, in the end it's all about God. The gifts of the Spirit don't make God's people impressive; they reveal how powerful and impressive He is.