Spiritual Gifts – Gifts From God

Spiritual Gifts
Gifts from God
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“Spiritual Gifts – God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)

1 Peter 4:10-11 New Living Translation (NLT) God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11 (AUV) As each of you has received a gift [from God], you should make use of it [in the body], so that you will be [good] caretakers of the many unearned ways that God favors you. 11 If someone’s gift is speaking, he should [be sure to] say only what God wants him to. If a person’s gift is serving, he should do so by the strength provided by God [who supplies all such gifts]. This is so that, in using all gifts, God may be honored through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs honor and power forever and ever. May it be so.
[Read Matthew 25:14-30 (focus verses: 14-19)]

Have you ever wondered or asked the question, “what are Spiritual gifts?” This Bible study will help identify some of the various Spiritual gifts listed in the Bible. I will not attempt to list the gifts but provide enough Scripture to allow the word and the Holy Spirit to open our understanding to Spiritual gifts. Paul made the following statement to the church in Rome: Romans 1:11-12 (RKJNT) For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so you may be established; 12 That is, that we may together be comforted, each by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.” I can assure you that by reading the Scriptures with an open mind, believing the word is truth, you will get the understanding that God intends for you. I say this because it happened to me, over thirty years ago, I read and studied God’s word, believed what I read and God began to work Spiritual gifts through me. Some day I will share the full details :-).

James 1:16-18 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV) My dear brothers and sisters, don’t let anyone fool you. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from God. This kind of gift comes down from the Father who created the heavenly lights. These lights create shadows that move. But the Father does not change like these shadows. 18 God chose to give us new birth through the message of truth. He wanted us to be the first harvest of his new creation.

Reference Psalm 85:12 (KJV) Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. | Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. | John 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

Romans 11:29 (RKJNT) For the gifts and calling of God are never revoked. (Twentieth Century) For God never regrets his gifts or his Call. (VOICE) You see, when God gives a grace gift and issues a call to a people, He does not change His mind and take it back.

Romans 11:33-36 International Children’s Bible (ICB) Yes, God’s riches are very great! God’s wisdom and knowledge have no end! No one can explain the things God decides. No one can understand God’s ways. 34 As the Scripture says, “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Who has been able to give the Lord advice?” Isaiah 40:13 35 “No one has ever given God anything that he must pay back.” Job 41:11 36 Yes, God made all things. And everything continues through God and for God. To God be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 12:3-8 Daniel Mace New Testament (Mace) Now it is by virtue of my apostolical commission, that I charge every man among you, not to entertain too high an opinion of himself; but modestly consider, that ‘tis God who has dealt to every man his proportion of spiritual gifts. 4 for as there are many members in one and the same body, but all the members have not the same office: 5 so we who are many, make all but one body in Christ, and every member subservient to one another. 6 having then different gifts, according to the respective favour bestowed upon us; if it be prophecy, let him prophesy according to the proportion of his gift. 7 if it be the ministry, let him attend on that ministry; and he that teacheth, on teaching; he that exhorteth, 8 on exhortation: he that giveth, let him be disinterested; he that presideth, let him be diligent; he that sheweth mercy, let him do it with cheerfulness.

Definitions

  • Wikipedia – an item given to someone without the expectation of payment. The gifted item should not be owned by the recipient. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free.
  • dictionary.reference.com – something bestowed or acquired without any particular effort by the recipient or without its being earned:
  • 1913 WebsterSome quality or endowment given to man by God; a preëminent and special talent or aptitude; power; faculty; as, the gift of wit; a gift for speaking. Anything given; anything voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a present; an offering.
    Gift, Present, Donation. These words, as here compared, denote something gratuitously imparted to another out of one’s property. A gift is something given whether by a superior or an inferior, and is usually designed for the relief or benefit of him who receives it. A present is ordinarily from an equal or inferior, and is always intended as a compliment or expression of kindness. Donation is a word of more dignity, denoting, properly, a gift of considerable value, and ordinarily a gift made either to some public institution, or to an individual on account of his services to the public; as, a donation to a hospital, a charitable society, or a minister.
Spiritual Gifts
Different Gifts
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“Spiritual gifts – There are different spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. 5 There are different ways of serving, and yet the same Lord is served. 6 There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NOG)

Spiritual Gifts from God

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit. 5 There are different ways to serve, but we serve the same Lord. 6 And there are different ways that God works in people, but it is the same God who works in all of us to do everything.

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 Revised King James NT (RKJNT) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each man for the common good. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by that one Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another various kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these things are by one and the same Spirit, who distributes to every man as he wills.

For Knowledge and Unity, etc.

Ephesians 4:7 and 11-15 Expanded Bible ((EXB) 7 Each one of us has been given the special gift of grace [grace; or gift], showing how generous Christ is [or in proportion to Christ’s gift; according to the measure of Christ’s gift]. Living Oracles NT (LONT) 11 And he gave some, indeed, Apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 for the adapting of these saints to the work of the ministry, for the edification of the body of Christ: 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God; to a perfect man; to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 14 that we may be no longer children, tossed and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sight of men, and by cunning craftiness for an artifice of seduction: 15 but speaking the truth in love, we may all grow into him, who is the Head, even Christ;

God our heavenly Father gives good things {Spiritual gifts} to His children, the Holy Spirit is one of those gifts. Luke 11:13 (RKJNT) If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? Matthew 7:11 Leicester Ambrose Sawyer New Testament (Sawyer) If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to them that ask him. [Moffatt, Montgomery, TLB, NET, NIV, NIRV and NLT also used “good gifts” instead of “good things”]. Acts 2:38 (WEB) Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit [reference Acts 10:45].

In Matthew 7:11, it is “give good gifts to them that ask Him:” here, at a riper stage of His teaching, and to His disciples apart from the multitude, He says “the Holy Spirit;” to teach us that this, the Gift of gifts, descending on the Church through Christ, comprehends all “good gifts.” –  Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary on Luke 11:13

For Salvation / Eternal Life

Salvation is a gift from God. Romans 6:20-23 (RKJNT) For when you were the slaves of sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 But what benefit did you get from those things of which you are now ashamed? for the result of those things is death. 22 But now, having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you gain the benefit that leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 2:8-10 (WEB) for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, that no one would boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

1 Corinthians 12:1-3 Common English Bible (CEB) Brothers and sisters, I don’t want you to be ignorant about spiritual gifts. 2 You know that when you were Gentiles you were often misled by false gods that can’t even speak. 3 So I want to make it clear to you that no one says, “Jesus is cursed!” when speaking by God’s Spirit, and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

Scriptures to read and study

1 Corinthians 4:6-13 (focus verse: 8); 1 Peter 4:7-11 (focus verse: 10); 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (focus verses: 27-31); Romans 12:3-8 (focus verses: 6-8); 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (focus verses: 4-6); Romans 1:8-15 (focus verses: 11-12); James 1:12-18 (focus verses: 16-18); Romans 6:15-23 (focus verses: 20-23); Ephesians 2:1-10 (focus verses: 8-9); Romans 11:1-36 (focus verses: 29 and 33-36); Ephesians 4:7-16 (focus verses: 7 and 11-13); 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 focus verses: 1-3 and 13); 1 Corinthians 3:5-17 (focus verses: 7 and 9)

Spiritual Gifts
Conclusion

1 Corinthians 12:27-31 Analytical-Literal Translation (ALT) Now you are [the] body of Christ and parts from [each] part [fig., individually parts of it]. 2. 28 And indeed [those] whom God set in the Assembly [are]: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, next miraculous powers, next spiritual gifts of healings, helpers, leaders [or, administrators], [various] kinds of tongues. 29 All [are] not apostles, are they? All [are] not prophets, are they? All [are] not teachers, are they? All [are] not [workers of] miraculous powers, are they? 30 All do not have spiritual gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak in tongues, do they? All do not interpret [or, translate], d, do they? 31 But be earnestly desiring the better spiritual gifts. And yet I show to you a far better way.

If we could only learn to love each other and work together in unity as the body of Christ, using the Spiritual gifts from God to build the kingdom of God. The Spiritual gifts are essential and of great value when used properly, BUT, the “better way” mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:31 is in 1 Corinthians 13. “If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell. 2 And if I have a prophet’s power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all faith, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me.

Love, the magic four-letter word must be part of all we do for Christ, especially when using our Spiritual gifts from God; be blessed my friends—Tim.

Related articles:

I did not address the denominational controversy of the gifts operating in the early church vs. today, but I refer you to an excellent article: Are there Spiritual Gifts today or have they Ceased.

Question for “Spiritual Gifts – Gifts from God”: Do you know what Spiritual gifts you have; are you using them in LOVE?

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  1. IN Jesus name…(+)..I accept and receive the passage of scripture in whichI have read….Thank you Bishop for this week’s. bible study passage…
    Have a blessed weekend..to you and First Lady Ann…

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