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Spiritual gifts

January 8, 2010

Blake Watson

It is not uncommon to hear a preacher or elder say that we should use the gifts God has given us. It is important to understand that when we talk about using the gifts God has given us we are not talking about the exercise of miraculous gifts.

There was a time in the early days of the Church when miraculous gifts were available. The apostles were able to impart these gifts. We know this was not an ability just any Christian had. In Acts 8:14-18 it was necessary for apostles to come from Jerusalem to impart spiritual gifts to the believers in Samaria. In that same chapter we see that a convert named Simon wanted to buy that unique ability and was rebuked by Peter.

There were many spiritual gifts present in those early days of the Church. Paul speaks of this diversity in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. In the very next chapter he makes it clear that the need for spiritual gifts would run its course. He said in 1 Cor. 13:10 “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” Some believe “that which is perfect” refers to Jesus’ second coming, but that interpretation does not fit the context.

Paul asserted in verse nine that they did not have complete knowledge at that time, but would. “That which is perfect” is referring to the completion of God’s revelation to man. When all the information God intended us to have was revealed there would be no more need for methods that could only provide information “in part.”

Miraculous gifts are no longer available because they are no longer needed. Jude 3 tells us that the faith was once for all delivered. They are also no longer available because the apostles, the ones who had the ability to impart the gifts, have all died.

Since we do not have miraculous gifts today what sort of gifts do we have? We have human abilities that God has blessed us with. They are talents we can use to His glory. They were not endowed to us in a miraculous way, but they can be developed and put to good use.

God is pleased when we use the ability that we have. May that be our ambition today and every day.

This entry was posted on Friday, January 8th, 2010 at 3:56 pm and is filed under Bible, Law, The Church.

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