SPIRITUAL GIFTS 4
Spiritual Gifts Are To Be “Stirred Up” And Used.
According to I Timothy 4:14s, a spiritual gift can be neglected.
God’s intent is that it be “stirred up,” II Timothy 1:6 through searching the Word of God, giving “thyself wholly” to it, and using it to the glory of God, I Peter 4:11b.
According to Romans 12:6-8, God expects us to concentrate on exercising our gift in the church. This is seen in the words, “let us” and “let him.”
Joy Comes In Exercising The Spiritual Gift.
The Greek word which is translated “gift” in our English Bible is ‘charisma.’ This comes from another word, ‘char,’ which means JOY. (The word ‘charis’ means “grace.”)
Thus we see spiritual gifts in the light of God graciously giving us the desire to do His will – Philippians 2:13.
In Studying The Subject Of Spiritual Gifts, The Word Of God Takes Precedence Over “Experience.”
Isaiah 8:20. If experience is our basis then we logically have to accept all experiences.
If experience is our rule of faith and practice, then we are judging the Bible to be true or false according to our experiece. The Bible is to be our rule of faith and practice in all things, and what we experience is to be judged by the Bible, the Word of God.
If we were to say, “I have looked into the eyes of a man and I saw his soul and he has not been saved; the Bible would judge us on the truth or falseness of that statement.
A PORTFOLIO OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
A list of spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament is compiled from the following Scriptures:
Bible Listing Of Spiritual Gifts.
- Wisdom – I Corinthians 12:8
- Knowledge – I Corinthians 12:8
- Faith – I Corinthians 12:9
- Healing – I Corinthians 12:9,28
- Miracles – I Corinthians 12:10,28
- Prophecy – I Corinthians 12:10; Romans 12:6; I Peter 4:11
- Discernment – I Corinthians 12:10
- Tongues – I Corinthians 12:10,28
- Interpretation – I Corinthians 12:10
- Helps – I Corinthians 12:28
- Governments (Ruling) – I Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:8
- Ministry – Romans 12:7; I Peter 4:11
- Teaching – Romans 12:7
- Exhortation – Romans 12:8
- Giving – Romans 12:8
- Mercy – Romans 12:8
Bible Listing Of Gifted Men.
The office of “apostle” has ceased.
Although the Greek word ‘apostolos’ means “sent one,” or “missionary,” the Biblical qualifications for the office of apostle were that they must have been:
- An Eye-Witness Of The Resurrected Christ.
Acts 1:22; I Corinthians 9:1; 15:8
- Audibly Called To Be An Apostle By The Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 10:5; Romans 1:1
- Been baptised by John.
For this reason we do not have apostles today. There is no such thing as “Apostolic Succession.”
The office of “Prophet” was two-fold.
The “fore-telling” aspect of the New Testament prophet ceased with the completion of the New Testament Scriptures.
According to Romans 16:26, the human writers of the New Testament were prophets.
An Evangelist primarily establishes or builds up a church NUMERICALLY through Gospel preaching. (Acts 8:5-12,26-40; 21:8.) He is a “Gospeller” – or a missionary.
- Pastors And Teachers
A Pastor primarily builds up an established church SPIRITUALLY through preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God. (Acts 20:27,28; I Peter 5:1-3.)
According to Ephesians 2:20, the temporary offices of apostles and prophets were FOUNDATIONAL – whereas the permanent offices of evangelist and pastors and teachers are FUNCTIONAL. (These offices are not mutually exclusive – a pastor is to “do the work of an evangelist.” – II Timothy 4:5.)