Spiritual Gifts Bible Study

What are Spiritual Gifts

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Bible Spiritual Gifts Bible Study Truth
What are Spiritual Gifts Bible Verses Quest

Most people think of their gifts as being their talents. Most people believe that they have acquired these talents on their own, through knowledge, study and practice. But, what is the true origin of these Spiritual gifts and/or talents within? Let's search the Spiritual Gifts Bible verses to discover the truth.

Why does one person select one career and another select a different one? Why does one person elect one career and soar in it while another flounders? Was each person called to a specific career? Were they given gifts and talents for this career or did they acquire them during their lives?

What if God gave specific Spiritual gifts for the intent of performing God's will and the person who received the gifts used them to achieve worldly goals and advance in worldly careers? Can a gift then be used for the wrong purpose?

2 Timothy 3:1-5

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

This Bible Spiritual gifts Bible study will show that there are many different types of Spiritual gifts which we will discuss in this study. We will look into Spiritual Gifts and their purpose. You will find the Truth that Spiritual gifts are a spiritual ability that you receive from God, through the Holy Spirit which you are to use to glorify the Lord ... Not selfish or worldly causes.

Do you have any Spiritual gifts and if so what are your Spiritual gifts? That is a question that you can begin to seek answers to by asking yourself a few questions ... What can I do, to best serve the Lord? What opportunities and talents has He given to me that I can use to glorify Him? What do I enjoy doing that truly serves Him?

He gave each of us unique gifts and wove them into who you are, and He has a plan for you to use those gifts. Oft times, God will put you into situations where you can use the Spiritual gifts that He gave you.

No matter what your own personal Spiritual gifts are, they're important to God. Let me give you something to think about. Let's say you have a recipe and you remove one ingredient ... For example the ingredient ... Salt. Let's say you take it out of all your recipe. It changes the recipe.

But it's only salt. It usually dissolves and you can't even see it, but it sure does make a difference. Think of your spiritual gifts as an important ingredient to Christianity, no matter how small or how extensive they may be. Don't underestimate the importance of the Spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit gives you, no matter how insignificant you think it may be.

Actually, your gifts don't belong to you. The Holy Spirit didn't bestow them upon you simply for your own benefit, but for the benefit of others, and so that people would depend on one another. If we all had all gifts, what would we need to depend on others for? Our Spiritual gifts help keep us united.

Spiritual Gifts Bible Study Manual
What are Spiritual Gifts Bible Verses

This is a wonderful explanation by Paul, of how we're all united in Christ and how we all should depend on and appreciate one another and the Spiritual gifts that each one of us has been blessed with. Let's take a look.

1 Corinthians 12:4-31

4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts:
and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

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What are Spiritual Gifts Purpose

What did Paul mean by that last sentence? It's good to sincerely desire to do the best things for God ... But, Paul adds, I'm gonna show you something that will make your demonstration of those gifts even better! Oh my, yes! Throw a little Love into the recipe and then you've got the right idea. Paul Continues:

1 Corinthians, Chapter 13

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the Truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

In other words ... You can have every gift that God has to offer but without charity and Love ... It is as nothing. Therefore, it is the intent of the use of these Spiritual gifts that is important. Always remember to share your Spiritual gifts with lots of Love!

I'd like to talk a little more about what Paul revealed to us when he compares the Christians (Body of Christ) to the human body. Whenever you consider yourself unworthy, or the gifts that the Holy Spirit has freely given to you as being unimportant or even unattainable, you impact the lives of others. If you doubt or choose not to use the gifts that He has given you to perform your administration ... It affects the whole Christian body.

So, if you are a Christian and you have are not aware of which Spiritual gifts you have been given or think you may know but are just a little scared to try to use them. What are you doing for the cause? Are you not as the ostrich which has it's head buried in the sand thinking everything is okay because you got your Salvation? What about His other children which have not had Truth shared with them as you have?

Spiritual Gifts Bible Study Path
What are Spiritual Gifts For

It is a spiritual chain and one broken link can have so many fall. It's easy to understand this. Let us say that God called John Doe to serve Him and reach and teach the lost. John Doe showed many the way including YOU and Jane. Jane showed 100 people this Truth and each of those 100 showed another 100 the Truth and so on. You have a Spiritual chain.

But, what if you chose to just say ... Whoaaaaaaa, I am glad I found the Spiritual gifts Bible Truth, but shared it not with others? Here is what Jesus said of this choice:

Matthew 25:14-46

14 For the Kingdom of Heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the Holy Angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:
32 And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

What are Spiritual Gifts Bible Verses Warning

As you can see ... Jesus wants us to use what He gives us to help others find their way just as we have when we become Christians.

It's easy to lose sight of how we should use our Spiritual gifts. When you perform the gift(s) that the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon you, are you consciously aware of it as taking the gift that He has given, and sharing it with the Lord's beloved people? Do you give it freely? Do you like to take the credit for your talent or do you practice humility and make certain that others (who don't understand as well as you do) know that it is a gift of God, and that you are merely a vessel by which He is distributing His gift?

Let's take a quick Bible Spiritual Gifts Bible detour and talk about specific Spiritual gifts for a moment. In today's world, it seems that our gifts differ from those that people possessed back in Paul's day, but is that really true? Let us look into:

The Gift of Healing

What about doctors? True, most have not come by their profession Spiritually, but though our society requires a degree to practice as a doctor of any kind, some are Spiritually gifted in their work. They are today's healers. Does that limit you or I to not being able to heal without this degree? No ... If God sees it in His best interest to have you heal somebody FOR Him ... You need no little black bag or a degree. They will be healed by Him through your words or deeds.

What about the gift of speaking in tongues? You will find that our world today doesn't require this gift in the same way that it did in Biblical times as the Word of God today is spread through many other means of communication. His Word gets around!

But, if God chose to have one of His servants speak in Tongues as to perform His will. It is certainly possible. If you are one interested in or have questions on this topic, I suggest you look into this study ...

Spiritual Gifts Bible Study on Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in Tongues

What about the Bible Spiritual gifts Bible gift of prophecy? Do we have people alive today who are God's Prophets? This is an interesting question. Many people believe that God doesn't use Prophets any longer. I'd like to suggest a couple of things for you to consider. In our unbelieving world of today, if God did send us the precious gift of a Prophet, who would believe? I'm gonna give you a few seconds to think about your answer ...

What are Spiritual Gifts Bible Study Administrations

Are we, as Christians not called to share God's Word? Are the prophets of old not they who did the same? Is that not a prophet? Peter tells us in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, quoting Scripture from Joel 2:28-30, that the gift of prophecy will be given to men and women in the End Times:

Acts 2:17-18

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

What about teachers and helpers, etc.? If you look around, you'll see that there are people who are gifted in many of the same ways, in our world today, as in Biblical times.

Do you have gifts that you don't even know about? Perhaps you are gifted with something that you don't consider a 'gift' but is something that touches other peoples' lives. Maybe hospitality is a gift of yours. You may find it effortless, whereas someone who may be a fantastic cook might have great difficulty making people feel welcome, whether it be at home or at a Christian community gathering. If you've ever seen the old movie "It's A Wonderful Life," you know that there are many people who's lives you've affected just by being ... You.

Here is a Spiritual gifts Bible study tidbit of Truth ... That alone is a Spiritual gift. The fact that God created you, is evidence that He has a plan for you, and that even if you can't put a title on a specific 'gift' ... You are a gift to others.

Whether that gift is something they want or are willing to accept or not is a totally different matter. If someone gave you a gift, and you thought it was too special to use or maybe better said ... Too good to be true, what good does it do? It may be nice to imagine, but what does it profit anyone? If you are given gifts and are to use them to help others and the person believed your efforts as being too good to be true ... What good are they?

The same goes for your own Spiritual gifts. What if those who are gifted with musical ability didn't sing? What good does it do for anyone then? Don't put your Spiritual gifts up on a shelf somewhere, and never use them. It is a shame for them to go to waste.

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What are Spiritual Gifts Bible Verses Dangers

Some people are jealous of other peoples' Spiritual gifts, and this is a problem that apparently was going on way back when, too. If the word jealous is too abrasive for you, let's use the word ... Envious. Paul explains, using the parts of our physical body, as an example of how we should view our Spiritual gifts as parts of the body of Christ, and not to misjudge your importance.

Bible Spiritual gifts Bible study point of Interest ... How you use your gifts is important:

Romans 12:4-16

4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

We should never take advantage of Spiritual gifts or take them for granted, whether they be our gifts, or someone else's. As Paul said above, your gift is serving the Lord, which deserves reverence, whether you are sharing or receiving.

A lot of people claim that they don't have any gifts or talents, or that they just don't know what their gifts are. Sometimes this is because they don't want the responsibility that goes along with being gifted. Let me give you an example:

Two year old Junior learned the ABC's from watching Sesame Street every morning, but when mommy wants Junior to sing the ABC's for Aunt Gertrude, he remains as silent as a clam. Not because he doesn't know the ABC's, but because he is shy and sometimes fear can overwhelm us.

What are Spiritual Gifts Bible Study Advice

Do we realize the happiness and the benefits that we are keeping from our fellow Christians by not using our God given gifts? Sharing your Spiritual gifts takes your precious time ... It's a sacrifice, for God. Whatever you do for others, you do for the Lord. We all belong to Him ... We're all a part of Him. Do you have something better to do with your time than that?

Others would absolutely love to find their Spiritual gifts and use them to help others. You need only seek to find. There are other kinds of Spiritual gifts, that aren't talent related but, the kind that are like presents, if you will. If you are a Christian who has not recognized your Spiritual gifts, take a good look at these:

The Gift of Jesus Christ

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:38-39

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Luke 11:13

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

The Gift of Eternal Life

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Gift of Grace

Ephesians 2:8

For by Grace are ye saved through Faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

And ... Every Good Gift

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

What are Spiritual Gifts Bible Verses Summary

Here is the bottom line of this Bible Spiritual gifts Bible study ... God doesn't hide our gifts from us. We hide from them. If you sincerely seek them, you will find them. Just ask Him. The Lord won't deny your earnest prayer to fulfill the plan that He has for you. Pray for the opportunity to discover your own special niche. Often times, when we put our own plans aside and open our heart to the guidance of the Spirit of Truth, is when we truly discover the gifts that God designed just for us.

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