In today’s passage Colin Adams shows how Paul, before he talks about Spiritual gifts, corrects the Corinthians’ one-upmanship claims that one particular ‘gift’ is essential for true Spirituality.
Paul declares that the one measure of True Spirituality is when a person can say with conviction that Jesus is Lord. Lord of all creation, Lord of all people and Lord of my life. That is the greatest evidence that the Spirit of God is at work in them. No one Spiritual gift is given to all Christians but, if they cannot truly say that Jesus is their Lord, they are not Christians and the Spirit of God is not in them, however many ‘gifts’ they appear to have. All Christians are Spiritual because all Christians confess Jesus as Lord. What is important is not what differentiates us but what unites us.
Only then does Paul mention gifts. He introduces them with the vital fact that all the many gifts have one source. That source is the Triune God.