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The secret of the mystery. Part 174. Spiritual gifts and the portfolio of invisible assets. Part 2.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The category of the function of your spiritual gift.

A spiritual gift is a unique ability sovereignly given to each believer by God the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation.

The spiritual gifts are given for the common good or for the edification of the Church.

Charisma - “gift” = something freely and graciously given; a favor bestowed or a favor given.

Your spiritual gift becomes operational through normal spiritual growth.

a. Spiritual growth. Some believers use their equal privilege and equal opportunity and achieve phenomenal growth.
b. Spiritual gifts.
The distinction among believers in spiritual gifts has its source in the sovereign wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

1. The filling of the Holy Spirit is the absolute concept of experiential Christianity.
2. The degree of spiritual growth is the relative concept of experiential Christianity.

As you have momentum from doctrine, your spiritual gift will function, even without your cognition.

Spiritual gifts are the Father’s witness to the saving work of Christ, and to the strategic victory of our Lord in the angelic conflict.

a. A spiritual gift is a unique ability sovereignly given to each believer by God the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation.
b. These gifts are for the purpose of serving the Lord and edifying the body of Christ, not bringing glory to self.

Joseph Thayer - “Charisma is extraordinary powers distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the church of Christ. This is due to the power operating in their souls from Bible doctrine and the filling of the Spirit.”

a. Temporary spiritual gifts were operational during the pre-canon period of the Church-age, from approximately AD 30, the day of Pentecost when the Church-age began, to AD 96.
b. Permanent spiritual gifts function from the completion of the New Testament in 96 AD until the Rapture of the Church.

Temporary spiritual gifts only functioned during the pre-canon period.

Permanent spiritual gifts function throughout the Church-age, but are emphasized from the time of the completion of the Canon.

Spiritual - pneumatika = spirituality or spiritual things.

“But especially that you may prophesy” =
“that you may speak by divine inspiration” -
it does not mean that you may foretell the future.

a. Temporary spiritual gifts were operational during the pre-canon period of the Church-age, from approximately AD 30, the day of Pentecost when the Church-age began, to AD 96.
b. Permanent spiritual gifts function from the completion of the New Testament in 96 AD until the Rapture of the Church.

The Spiritual Gifts Found in the New Testament.

ROM 12:6-8 - the gifts of prophecy, serving or ministering, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading or ruling, and mercy.

1CO 12:8-10 - the gifts of the word of wisdom, the gift of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, distinguishing of spirits or discernment, tongues, and the interpretation of tongues.

1CO 12:28 - the gifts of apostles, prophets, pastor-teachers, miracles, healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.

1CO 13:8 - the gifts of prophecy, the gift of tongues, and the word of knowledge.
1PE 4:11 - the gift of serving or ministering and the gift of speaking.

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