Scriptures

The Miraculous Spiritual Gifts

Introduction

On the matter of spiritual gifts in the infant church we learn that Paul informed the Ephesian believers that prophets were among the Lord’s gifts to the church. Ephesians 4:11. Earlier in the same letter he had stated that apostles and prophets had laid the foundation on which the church is build, that foundation being Christ Himself, Ephesians 2:20.

When so-called ‘faith-healers’, fail to heal the sick people who come to them, they always claim that the failure occurs because the faith of the sick person is not strong enough, or that they lack faith altogether. But the gift of healing had nothing whatsoever to do with ‘faith’ healing. Healing was bestowed whether faith was present or not. Complete Study Of The Miraculous Spiritual Gifts

Wisdom, ‘sophia’ is sound judgment, intelligence, practical wisdom. Individuals were given the gift of wisdom, and all other gifts, by being ‘moved ‘tell or announce’ by the Holy Spirit’, 2 Peter 1:21.

The Holy Spirit simply told these people what to say and do. Miraculous Spiritual Gifts Of Knowledge And Wisdom

The word translated ‘power’ is the same, translated ‘miracles’ in 1 Corinthians 12:10.

Jesus tells us that these powers include healing the sick of diseases, Mark 6:5 / Luke 9:1, inspired teaching, Luke 1:17, removal of unclean spirits, Luke 4:36, raising the dead, John 11 and so forth. Miraculous Spiritual Gifts Of Faith, Healing, And The Working Of Miracles

Since that was the Spirit’s purpose in bestowing the gifts, it wasn’t necessary that every member of the church should possess them, nor were members regarded as second-class Christians if they didn’t possess gifts. The closing verses of 1 Corinthians 12:29+30 proves this, ‘Do all speak with tongues? Do all possess the gift of healing? Do all interpret?’ The implied answer to these questions is no! Miraculous Spiritual Gift Of Prophecy

We must remember to try to understand these gifts in the context of the historical period during which they were exercised. This verse, which seem so strange to us, would be perfectly understood by the people alive at the time of the writing of Paul’s letter. Miraculous Spiritual Gift Of Distinguishing Between Spirits

The word ‘tongues’, ‘glossa’ is defined as a tongue, language. Clearly, the language spoken was of differing nationalities. One who had the gift of tongues was able to speak a language of another race of people without ever studying the language. Miraculous Spiritual Gift Of Tongue Speaking

As one had the gift of speaking a language from other Christians, so some were able to miraculously understand the language and expound the meaning to others in a native tongue of the audience even though they had no formal training in the language. Miraculous Spiritual Gift Of Interpreting Tongues

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."

2 Timothy 3:16

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