The Gifts of the Spirit (3 of 5) by Jonathan McLeod

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The Gifts of the Spirit (3 of 5)
Series: The Holy Spirit
Jonathan McLeod

1. Spiritual gifts are God-given ABILITIES.

Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant (1 Corinthians 12:1).

a. Spiritual gifts are different from NATURAL or ACQUIRED abilities.

"Gifts" (Charisma) - a gift of grace.

In the English language, "gift" can mean either a "present" (Father's Day gift) or a "talent" (gifted musician). A spiritual gift is both a present and a talent.

b. There are MANY kinds of spiritual gifts.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).

God intends for there to be diversity and unity in the church. There are many gifts but one Giver. (There is diversity and unity in the Godhead: Father, Son, and Spirit.)

Four lists of spiritual gifts:

• 1 Corinthians 12
• Romans 12:3-8
• Ephesians 4:7-12
• 1 Peter 4:10-11

There are at least twenty gifts mentioned in the New Testament. And there could be more. Some of the spiritual gifts are:

• Teaching
• Serving
• Encouraging
• Leadership
• Mercy
• Evangelism
• Administration
• Tongues
• Interpreting tongues
• Healing
• Prophesying

What about the gift of tongues?

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known (1 Corinthians 13:8-12).

Christians are divided on this issue. Here are a few considerations: ...

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