Tough Issues of Christianity: Spiritual Gifts

An area of great confusion for Christians and even greater debate among Christians is the topic of Spiritual Gifts. The Apostle Paul speaks extensively about the topic of Spiritual Gifts in 1 & 2 Corinthians, Ephesians and Romans as well as elsewhere.

We all have the need to “return to the fundamentals” as we progress on our Christian Journey. These fundamentals are found in God’s Word, the Holy Bible.

So, unlike some of the other blogs in this “Tough Issues of Christianity” series, this one is not going to present much information. Instead, it’s going to call for some homework.

According to various sources, the Bible lists between nine and 21 unique Spiritual Gifts. I have some questions about them. If you choose to respond to any (or all) of these tough questions, remember that this series IS NOT intended as a place for debate, but discussion of topics important to our faith. This is a topic where strong differences in views are deeply held. Be respectful of the views of others as you respond. Use Biblical references to support strongly held views. Seek to build and edify.

Some questions about Spiritual Gifts:

What are Spiritual gifts and how are they different from the Gift of the Spirit?

List the Spiritual Gifts.

Do all Christians receive Spiritual Gifts? If so, do all receive any particular gift(s). do we receive all of them?

How do we receive Spiritual Gifts?

How are Spiritual Gifts different from (God-given) talent? (If different at all)

How does one recognize that they have received a Spiritual Gift?

How do we know which Spiritual Gift(s) we have received?

Can we “turn down” a Spiritual Gift?

Your responses are greatly appreciated.

Shalom, Art

Alive in The Word

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3 Responses to Tough Issues of Christianity: Spiritual Gifts

  1. Pingback: Spiritual Gifts « Knowledge Is My Wisdom

  2. writinggomer says:

    If I understand the question correctly, the “gift of the Spirit” would be the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. Not be confused with spiritual gifts which are given to us by the Holy Spirit

    1 Corinthians 12:11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

    I believe all Christians have a spiritual gift or gifts. I do not believe anyone today has all of them. Maybe the Apostle Paul did, but not people of today.

    1 Corinthians 12:7-11
    Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

    I don’t know that we can turn down a spiritual gift, in fact I will go so far as to say we can’t turn it down. We can refuse to use it, but it is still there.

  3. granbee says:

    Just to address briefly the question about the difference between God-given talents and spiritual gifts, I will give an example of what I think each is:
    1. A God-given talent of mine is the ability to play the piano with proper training and practice.
    2. A Spiritual gift of mine is discernment through being very intuitive, a gift that was just dropped
    on me from above from a very early age. I never remember being without this gift!

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