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The Distinction of the Gifts (6 of 18)
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS GIFTS
I Corinthians 12:4-8
Dr. Stan Coffey
Now, tonight we're going to talk about the distinction of the gifts. We've talked about the definition of the gifts Sunday night and we have talked about spiritual gifts in an overview kind of a way. You'll remember that Sunday night we said that these gifts are supernatural gifts. They are not natural gifts, but supernatural gifts. They are spiritual gifts. We said they are service gifts. They are given not for enjoyment, but for employment. We said they are sovereign gifts. We do not decide the gift we're going to have, but God decides and gives us the gifts as he wills according to I Corinthians 12 verse 11. We said they are salvation gifts. You receive these gifts when you are saved as a birthday present from the Holy Spirit. Not only do you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit when you get saved, but you receive from the Holy Spirit a gift. Then in verse 21 we learn that these are supportive gifts. The eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of you nor can the head to the feet, I have no need of you. We need one another. They are supportive. God designed us so we were interdependent on one another. He made us different that he might make us one.
Gifts are not a sign of spirituality. They're a sign that we're saved. There are many people who have spiritual gifts and they are saved, but they're not necessarily living a spiritual life. That is very tragic when that happens, and yet that happens very often. Joy comes from the exercise of your spiritual gift. One of the reasons some people are not happy in the Christian life is because they're like a square peg trying to get into a round hole. It just won't work. Until you come to the place where you're operating in the area of your spiritual gift you're going to be like a fish in a tree, like a bird in the water. You're going to be out of your element. God wants you to ...
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