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Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types


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Exodus 23:8 (a) This refers to any bribe of any kind whatsoever that would cause the recipient to be warped or to be partial in his judgment.

Psalm 68:18 (b) This refers to the talents and various abilities given to Christians to fit them for special and efficient service. (See also1Co 12:4; Ephesians 4:8).

Proverbs 18:16 (a) This gift may refer to money. The giving of money obtains a hearing among great people of the earth and the wealthy are given places of honor which are not granted to the poor.

(b) It may refer also to the talents and attainments of an individual through the exercise of which he becomes famous. Edison exercised his gift of invention and was brought before great men; Houdini exercised his gift of magic and appeared before the wealthy; Paderewski exercised his musical talent and played for royalty. So the Christian may develop a gift for GOD under the leadership of the Spirit and be greatly in demand by those who are seeking for the best in Christian service. Some are gifted to teach prophecy or to unfold the Scriptures analytically or to develop and promote Sunday School work or to lead young people in their Christian ministry or to sing GOD's praises. All of these gifts give one a great place among the people of GOD and are in demand for the ministry and service of the King.

Proverbs 25:14 (a) A reference to one who boasts of an ability which he does not possess. GIFT is used as a type far a number of rich blessings from GOD. The Holy Spirit is called a gift. Eternal life is called a gift. Special blessings and equipment for service are called gifts. Money is also called a gift.

Some of these are listed as follows:

THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT John 4:10; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:20; Acts 10:45; Acts 11:17.

In2Co9:15 we read about the "unspeakable gift." This is usually described as referring to the Lord JESUS CHRIST. All Bible students do not agree with this, but rather think that it refers to the Holy Spirit. The word "gift" that is used in this passage is the Greek word that is always used in those passages which plainly state the Holy Spirit is a gift. The word "unspeakable" is a difficult one to analyze. The Lord JESUS spoke often, and so did the Holy Spirit speak often. Neither of these two persons could be adequately described by human speech. We get no help from this word in deciding who is under consideration in this statement. Some think it may refer to "eternal life." The word that is used, however, probably indicates that the Holy Spirit is the one under consideration.

THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE, SALVATION, RICHTEOUSNESS Romans 5:15-18; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8.

THE GIFT OF SPECIAL BLESSINGS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SERVICE Romans 1:11; 1 Corinthians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 7:7; 1 Corinthians 13:2; Ephesians 3:7; Ephesians 4:7; 1 Timothy 4:14.

THE GIFT OF MONEY2Co1:11; 2 Corinthians 8:4; Philippians 4:17.

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Bibliography Information
Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Ift'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. 1957.

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