by Jonathan McLeod

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You Have a Gift (1 of 3)
Series: Gifted Christians
Jonathan McLeod
1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-11

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirits; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.


Some people are described as naturally "gifted." (Mozart started composing at age 5. Shirley Temple won an Academy Award at age 7. Six-year-old Wayne Gretzky played on a hockey team of ten-year-olds.) Christians are supernaturally gifted.

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed (v. 1).

A spiritual gift is a God-given ABILITY for SERVICE.

Every Christian receives at least one spiritual gift ("everyone," v. 6; "each," v. 7; "each one," v. 11). The gifts are most likely given at conversion.

The Greek word for "gifts" is charisma. When God gives the "gift" [charisma] of eternal life (Rom. 6:23), he also gives "gifts" [charisma] (vv. 4, 9, 28, 30, 31) for service.

We have "gifts that differ according to the grace given to us" (Rom. 12:6). Our spiritual gifts "may be enhancements of our natural talents or wholly supernatural endowments" (Mark Driscoll, Gerry Breshears, Doctrine, 385).

Peter writes, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve o ...

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