Paul, Moses, Paul Gibson discussed on The Bible Recap

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If Moses, who wasn't good with words, had taken a spiritual gift test, he probably wouldn't have tested as a prophet teacher or leader, but those are the ways God's spirit equipped and used him. So there's not always a correlation. If you want to know what your spiritual gifts are, one way to tell is by asking other people how the church is currently being built up by your presence. You may have the natural gift of administration, but as far as church is concerned, God might have given you the gift of knowledge. Paul even says we can ask God to give a spiritual gifts that we don't have. That means our gifts can change over time. They're given by God and as always, the giver is the one who chooses what to give. As far as the gifts that are signs of the spirits in dwelling, some people believe that those were only used in the first century to give validity for God's work in the early church. This belief is usually referred to as cessationism, meaning those gifts have ceased. Others believe these gifts are alive and well today, though there are still nuanced beliefs in that camp about how certain gifts should be used. This belief is usually referred to as continuationism, meaning those gifts continue. We've linked to two articles with more info on this in the show notes. The list Paul Gibson chapter 12 isn't exhaustive. We see other gifts listed in Romans 12 and ephesians four and first Peter four. However, in the final verses, he does seem to give a ranking because he refers to the higher gifts. The Corinthians were fixated on one gift primarily, speaking in tongues, which Paul mentions last in his apparent hierarchy. He emphasizes the need for diversity in the gifts of the body of Christ because the spirit uses each unique gift for one unified purpose. Regardless of whether you believe the gift of tongues is just the gift of being bilingual, or if it's something more, it has obvious benefits for building up and unifying a church that is beginning to cross lots of language barriers. Paul says he will show the Corinthians a more excellent way. Then he dive straight into talking about not just using our gifts but using our gifts with love as our motivator. He says if love is in our motivating factor, all our good deeds are multiplied by zero, or worse yet, they can even be harmful to the body. He tells us what love looks like and how love acts and says ultimately, love will outlast everything, even faith and hope. What? How will it outlast faith and hope? When our faith is made manifest, faith won't need to exist. It will be proven, and when our hopes are fulfilled, we don't have to hope for those things anymore. They'll be realities. I can't wait to be faithless and hopeless. But love will remain, always. In chapter 14, Paul tells them they should all desire to prophesy, which at the very least means to speak truth.

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