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Introduction                          saints in worship and in prayer.
          Other articles this month show that   Four main Bible passages deal with the
        God’s Spirit enlightens us about Christian   subject of gift: Ephesians 4:7-16, Romans
        doctrine, enables us in Christian living,   12:3-8, 1 Peter 4:10-11, and 1 Corinthians
        and empowers us for Christian service.   chapters 12-14. The last of these is what
        This article will show that He endows us   readily springs to mind when referring to
        with spiritual gifts, and God wants you to   the gifts of the Spirit. For the most part,
        be familiar with that truth – “Now con-  the teaching there is corrective, adjusting
        cerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would   a mindset that was excited by the spec-
        not have you ignorant” (1Co 12:1).  First,   tacular instead of valuing what was solid
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        some general observations:            and edifying.
          • Spiritual gift is different from natural   The Distribution of Gift
        ability and acquired skills, although these   No believer can claim to be ungifted;
        can be used for God. Someone with an   “every man hath received a gift” (1Pe 4:10
        aptitude for figures could be a useful as-  RV). The Holy Spirit divides “to every
        sembly treasurer. Medical training, cater-  man severally as he will” (1Co 12:11). So,
        ing skills, or expertise in a trade can all be   inspired by the Spirit, both Peter and Paul
        used profitably to further the Lord’s work,   concur that every Christian has a God-
        but these are distinct from spiritual gifts.  given gift that equips each to serve Him
          • Spiritual gift and spirituality are not   in some way.
        synonymous. The Corinthians “[came]     As just quoted, the Donor is the Holy
        behind in no gift” (1Co 1:7), but they were   Spirit, who in His sovereignty has al-
        carnal – spiritual infants (3:1). We should   located your gift “as he will.” If you are
        not assess spiritual progress by how well   not content with your role, your elders or
        a brother can preach!                 fellow-believers are not to blame! Settle
          • Spiritual gift can be exercised me-  in your mind that God has set you in the
        chanically, and lack warmth and affection.   body “as it hath pleased him” (1Co 12:18).
        It then becomes just like an irritating noise,   That will preserve you from peevishly
        and the contributor has rendered himself   withdrawing your labor and saying, “I
        ineffective (1Co 13:1-2). It is often said that   am not of the body” (vv15-16). It will also
        the gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 are   regulate your attitude to others. You will
        the machinery for assembly activity, with   never regard their gift as inferior because
        the machinery functioning in chapter 14,   it is different, and say, “I have no need of
        and the necessary lubrication of love that   you” (v21).
        enables it to run effectively in chapter 13.  The Diversity of Gift
          • Spiritual gift is not essential for public   “There are diversities of gifts, but the
        participation at the Lord’s Supper or in the   same  Spirit”  (1Co  12:4).  The  chapter
        prayer meeting. In assembly life, some   contains lists of gifts that are augmented
        public functions do require the necessary   in the other passages. For the most part,
        gift, but every brother with holy hands   the lists in 1 Corinthians 12 comprise gifts
        ought to feel his responsibility to lead the   that are no longer in vogue. Some had
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   been promised by the Savior: “And these
        the KJV unless otherwise noted.       signs shall follow them that believe” (Mar

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