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Gifts, Spiritual Gifts

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Spiritual abilities given by God for the purpose of building up the church. Every Christian has at least one (1 Corinthians 7:7). They are listed and discussed in different places in the N.T. (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1Co 12:28-30; Ephesians 4:7-12). Following is a list of the gifts arranged in two groups. The first are gifts that require supernatural intervention and are possessed only by true Christians. The second are gifts that do not require supernatural intervention. Even non-Christians can have the second group of gifts. A further issue is whether or not the gifts are still in use today. Some believe they ceased with the apostles and the closing of the Canon (the completion of the writings of the Bible) and they are no longer needed for the building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12). Others believe the gifts are still in use but not in the pure apostolic sense. In other words, they are still in use but not in the same way possessed by the apostles. Instead, they are available to the believer

if and when God decides it is beneficial to use them.

Spiritual Gifts

1 Salvation Romans 6:23

2 Word of Wisdom 1 Corinthians 12:8

3 Word of Knowledge 1 Corinthians 12:8

4 Faith 1 Corinthians 12:9

5 Healing 1 Corinthians 12:9

6 Miracles 1 Corinthians 12:10

7 Prophecy Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:10

8 Distinguishing of Spirits 1 Corinthians 12:10

9 Tongues 1 Corinthians 12:10

10 Interpretation of Tongues 1 Corinthians 12:10

1 Serving Romans 12:7

2 Teaching Romans 12:7

3 Exhortation Romans 12:8

4 Giving Romans 12:8

5 Leading Romans 12:8

6 Showing mercy Romans 12:8

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Entry for 'Gifts, Spiritual Gifts'. CARM Theological Dictionary. 2013.

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