Spiritual Gifts

The Holy Spirit in Worship (part 4)

It should be relatively easy to see the gifts of the Spirit, as described in 1 Corinthians 12 as activities in which we participate by means of the spirit. They are, after all, supernatural activities, which simply cannot be done unless the Spirit graces us with those abilities. What seems to be less clear is how these gifts are directly related to the content of the gospel. How does a word of wisdom recapitulate the resurrection of Jesus Christ? The answer is that these gifts model a correct understanding of the kingdom of heaven Jesus came to establish. This kingdom is: participatory (and even interactive), differentiated (not everyone has the same gifts, and some are “more gifted” than others), and humble (“a heart disposition [that] does not contend for supremacy with God”). An expression of the gospel is not complete which does not give a paradigm of what the redeemed life should look like. Churches which undervalue the gifts run the risk of doing this.

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