Gifts of the Spirit

The Diverse and Fully Functioning Body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:1-27

  • Heather Ploski, M.A.
Keywords: body, gifts, Spirit, unity, weakness


This paper consists of a verse-by-verse look at 1 Corinthians 12:1-27, in order to determine the original design and purpose of the spiritual gifts Paul mentions. An examination of the context and background of the passage reveals that the gifts of the Spirit were given to all believers, including the weak and disabled, to unify and equip the body of Christ to carry out its vocation. The implication of this is that all members of the body are necessary, for each member has a unique role to play. This includes those affected by disabilities.

Author Biography

Heather Ploski, M.A.
Heather Ploski is an educational therapist who works one-on-one with students with learning difficulties. She has a B.A. in elementary education and is finishing up her M.A. in English Bible at Regent University.
How to Cite
Ploski, H. (2016). Gifts of the Spirit. Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, 5(1), 77-100. Retrieved from