I always thank my God for you because of God’s grace given to you in Christ Jesus, that by Him you were enriched in everything – in all speech and all knowledge. In this way the testimony about Christ was confirmed in you, so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 1:4-7
The English language needs a plural word for plural “you.” Every other language I’ve studied has one. But English-speakers? We have to make them up. “Ya’all. You-uns. Yous. You guys.” None of them really work right.
These verses lose their punch if you don’t realize Paul was addressing a group of people, specifically a bickering church. When he says “you do not lack any spiritual gift,” he means “ya’all” (Apologies to Northerners. I grew up in Florida and live in Texas.)
The Corinthian congregation was fighting. Each faction thought they were absolutely right and the folks across the aisle were completely wrong. Harsh words had flown. Feelings had been hurt. And so Paul writes them a letter and tells them: “You (plural) have everything you need, all speech and knowledge. And you (plural) don’t lack any spiritual gift.”
Individually, none of those believers had all the gifts. Individually, none of them had all the knowledge. But, together, they lacked nothing. God meant for them to be together, to be a church, to each contribute his or her spiritual gifts and understanding for the good of the whole.
One by one, they lacked what they needed to live godly lives and understand what was right. But together, they lacked nothing.
And the same is true today, is it not? We may not like every person in church with us. We may not agree with their perspectives. But we need them to be complete.
The church: Jesus’ Bride. I am thankful to be a part of that.