THE SPIRIT

In a previous chapter we talked about a set of gifts which we’re calling, “The Motivational Gifts,” listed in Romans 12. It seems that these gifts are ones that are sort of “possessed” by members of the Body of Christ. Paul indicates this by his language in describing them, “If a man’s gift is… If his gift is…” These gifts seem to function through an individual’s personality and be part of the way he or she views the needs of others, and how they might meet that need.

But now we’ll look at another set of gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12, which we’ll call, “The Gifts of the Spirit.” These gifts seem to function quite differently than the previous ones. In this paper we’ll focus on these gifts, what they are, how they work, and what they’re used for. The following is the passage we’ll pay most attention to in this chapter. You’ll do best to read the entire 12th, 13th, and 14th chapters of 1 Corinthians in order to get the whole context of Paul’s teaching on the Gifts of the Spirit. To read more...

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