SPIRITUAL GIFTS 3
Every Church Member Has A Spiritual Gift.
I Corinthians 12:7,11; Ephesians 4:7; I Peter 4:10.
No one misses out! However, note the following:
- Every Believer Has Already Received A Spiritual Gift.
I Corinthians 12:7 is in the complete tense. The gift is received at the moment of receiving the Holy Spirit – at the instant of salvation. Ephesians 2:8,9 clearly shows and clearly states that salvation is a gift and the resulting sealing by the Holy Spirit is an exstension of salvation. Everyone saved has this gift from God.
- Not Every Member Has The Same Gift.
I Corinthians 12:29,30 – Who would have thought that teaching or preaching is a gift. There is so much talk about those gifts that are highlighted by pentecostals and chrismatics. Could we get back to the best gifts mentioned in verse 31 and covet those.
- All Gifts Are necessary.
I Corinthians 12:14-26 – For the unity of the church, and the edification of the church makes the best gifts more desirable and necessary.
Some gifts may appear more noticeable, even more desirable – but all gifts are equally necessary.
The Sole Purpose Of a Spiritual Gift Is To Edify A Chruch.
The big problem in the church at Corinth was the flaunting of spiritual gifts as a matter of pride and ‘spirituality.’
The only right motive is “edification,” “profit,” “enhancing,” and building up” a church.
I Corinthians 12:7; 14:12; Ephesians 4:12-16.
Every reference is in relation to the Church. It is not to impress or inflate egos.
There Are Tree Distinct Areas To The Study Of Spiritual Gifts.
I Corinthians 12:4
I Corinthians 12:5
I Corinthians 12:6
The basic ability which God
places within each member to express His love
Listed in: Romans 12:3-9
The opportunities for service in the church which enable the exercise of the motivation.
Listed in: I Corinthians 12:27-31; Ephesians 4:11
The actual fruit in the lives of others to whom we minister.
Listed in: I Corinthians 12:7-11
When we exercise our MOTIVATION (Romans 12) through our MINISTRY, the Holy Spirit determines what MANIFESTATIONS will benefit those in the church body best.
We are not to seek after manifestations, but to concentrate on our motivations.
The Possession Of A Spiritual Gift Does Not Mean “Spirituality.”
The church at Corinth had within its membership every spiritual gift (I Corinthians 1:7a,) but was at the same time carnal, schismatic, and full of serious problems. I Corinthians 1:11; 3:1-4. Notice that while the church had every gift, none of the members had all of the gifts.
Spiritual Gifts Are To Be Discerned.
A spiritual gift may be discerned through:
- The Word Of God.
Studying the Word of God and hearing it preached will enable a believer to discern his gift – Romans 1:11; 15:29.
- The Presbytery.
I Timothy 4:14
A pastor often discerns the spiritual gifts within the membership of his church.
In this case, Timothy’s gift came through prophecy – preaching, and was recognized in him by the pastors of his church. The ‘laying on of hands’ was their symbolic recognition of , and identification with, that gift.