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Talent on loan from God

Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by Deacon, Oct 15, 2003.

  1. Deacon

    Deacon Well-Known Member
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    Aug 23, 2002
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    What exactly is a spiritual gift?
    Romans 12:3-8 mentions the spiritual gifts of prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership and mercy.

    1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 27-30 adds wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, discerning of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues, apostle, helps and administration.

    Ephesians 4:11,12 adds evangelist and pastor-teacher.

    Other possible spiritual gifts may include:

    Celibacy (1 Cor. 7:7)
    Hospitality (1 Peter 4:9,10)
    Voluntary Poverty (1 Cor. 13:3)
    Martyrdom (1 Cor. 13:3)
    Craftsmanship (Exodus 35:30-35:2)
    Music (1 Chron. 16:41,42; 2 Chron. 5:12,13; 34:12)
    Physical Strength (Judges 14:5,6)

    What is the difference between a talent and a spiritual gift?

  2. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    A gift is an empowering and enabling by the Lord Jesus for His Bride. It is done through the Holy Spirit.

    It allows me to minister/function within the Bride for the glory of my Bridegroom.

    No glory in it for me, or the gift is wasted and the Bride is not edified.

    BTW, choices in life (to be celibate, for example) is not a "gift". To be able to do such is a special ability that I do not have. Same with martyrdom. I don't have the wherewithall to handle that presently, but God could give grace as or if needed.

    Such grace to endure is not a "gift" of the spirit - those are clearly and categorically delineated in the Word.