1 Corinthians 12:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 12:9, NIV: "to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,"

1 Corinthians 12:9, ESV: "to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,"

1 Corinthians 12:9, KJV: "To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;"

1 Corinthians 12:9, NASB: "to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,"

1 Corinthians 12:9, NLT: "The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing."

1 Corinthians 12:9, CSB: "to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit,"

What does 1 Corinthians 12:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is listing some of the gifts the Holy Spirit delivers to believers. Not every believer is given every gift. Paul wrote in the previous verse that one is given the utterance of wisdom, while another is given the utterance—or "message"—of knowledge.

Now he adds that one might be given the gift of faith, while another gifts of healing. In all cases, Paul's emphasis is that these gifts are given by the same Holy Spirit of God. He is the source of each of them, and all the power behind them comes from God.

By definition, every born-again believer has faith in Christ and faith to believe God's Word. The spiritual gift of faith, as narrowly implied here, seems to involve the ability to trust God with a confidence or certainty that is beyond the ability of other Christians. Some scholars suggest this gift is tied to the rest of the gifts in this list, including the gifts of healing.

The gifts of healing provide the supernatural ability for the person who possesses the gift to restore health or even to hold off death. This is not to be confused with the ability to practice the medical arts or sciences. Those with the gift of healing are empowered by the Holy Spirit to heal a specific ailment supernaturally, often immediately.