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God has Given the gifts

God Has Given the Gifts

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1 Corinthians 12 is an exceptional chapter that delves deep into the gifts of the Spirit. Paul, in his numerous epistles, not only provides insight and encouragement but also correction and guidance. This chapter, in particular, is crucial for understanding the purpose and function of spiritual gifts within the church.

The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts

Paul begins in 1 Corinthians 12:1-3 by addressing the knowledge of the believers concerning spiritual gifts. He emphasizes that these gifts are not for show or personal glory, but for the edification and unity of the church, and ultimately, for glorifying God. The gifts are meant to shine a light on our Heavenly Father, not on the individual. 

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 highlights the diversity of gifts but the unity in the Spirit. Paul stresses that while there are various gifts, services, and workings, they all originate from the same Spirit, the same Lord, and the same God. This unity is essential for the functioning of the church as a whole.

Exploring the Gifts

Paul enumerates several gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10:

  • Word of Wisdom: The ability to offer insight that is divinely inspired and beyond ordinary human understanding.
  • Word of Knowledge: A supernatural revelation of facts that could not be known by natural means.
  • Faith: An extraordinary confidence in God’s promises, power, and presence.
  • Gifts of Healing: The power through the name of Jesus to lay hands on and heal diseases and infirmities miraculously.
  • Working of Miracles: The ability to perform acts of power that alter the natural order.
  • Prophecy: The gift of proclaiming a message from God.
  • Discerning of Spirits: The ability to distinguish between different kinds of spirits, whether they are divine, human, or demonic.
  • Different Kinds of Tongues: The ability to speak in languages not previously known to the speaker.
  • Interpretation of Tongues: The ability to understand and translate languages spoken in tongues.
Paul underscores that these gifts are distributed by the Holy Spirit as He wills, not according to our desires or merits.
1 Corinthians 12:11

Talents vs. Gifts

A significant point to understand is the difference between natural talents and spiritual gifts. While talents are abilities we may be born with or develop over time, spiritual gifts are divinely bestowed. There can be overlap where a natural talent is enhanced by a spiritual gift, such as a talented public speaker being gifted with the gift of evangelism.

The gifts are not dependent on our abilities or efforts but are sovereignly given by God. Moses, who doubted his public speaking abilities, was still chosen by God to lead and speak on His behalf, demonstrating that God equips those He calls.

Responsibility and Exercise of the Gifts

Each believer has a responsibility to discover, develop, and deploy their spiritual gifts. In verses 11-12, Paul asserts that the Holy Spirit distributes these gifts to each person individually, just as He wills. This means every believer has a unique role and contribution to make in the body of Christ.

Paul’s instruction to “stir up our gifts” (2 Timothy 1:6) highlights the need for intentional development and use of these gifts. Spiritual gifts, like physical muscles, need regular exercise to grow stronger and more effective. The more we use our gifts, the more proficient we become.

Conclusion

1 Corinthians 12 is a powerful reminder of the diversity and unity of the body of Christ. Each member is endowed with specific gifts that contribute to the health and growth of the church. These gifts are not for personal fame or fortune but for the common good and the glory of God. As believers, we are called to seek, nurture, and utilize these gifts in our service to one another and to God.

Embrace your gifts, fan them into flame, and let them shine brightly to bring glory to our Father in Heaven.

God bless,
Micah Wynn

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2 thoughts on “God Has Given the Gifts”

  1. Gifts are essential in today’s world especially.. soo .. many different spirits coming against the church including witch craft and false spirits.The baptism of the holy ghost was a major change in my life. I had a 13 year old teenager that was praying and fasting for me to receive the baptism of the holy ghost . I didn’t know this till after I had been baptized in his spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues. I thank God for his gifts but I am reminded of Gids word reminding us of the greatest gift of all is Love. Without love it is impossible to be compassionate and caring for others or even for those we don’t know or are lost and undone
    or need a healing or a friend. We must operate in the gift of love In order to see God move and change not only others but ourselves so that we may draw closer and closer to him.. Hope this ministers to someone today. I often don’t share but felt led to today.. God bless..

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