I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong
In our passage today, Paul is speaking of the “charisma” gifts of the Spirit (Greek translation of “spiritual gift”) from 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, which include: gifts of “…wisdom, …knowledge, …faith, …healing, …miracles, …prophecy, …distinguishing between spirits, …speaking in tongues, …and interpreting of tongues”. I realize this might be a controversial subject, however I thought it would be prudent to point out Paul’s letter to the Romans was addressed to believers (those already saved) for whom he wanted (his words) to: “impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong”. This might imply (as some believe) that spiritual gifts come at, during, or following saving.
Regardless of differing theologies on the topic of spiritual gifts (how, when or if they are received), Paul clearly instructs believers to: “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts” (1 Corinthians 14:1); with this stipulation: “Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12).
Today I am only challenging you to read your Bible and make up your own mind on this subject — allow God to lead.
Every revival begins when people begin to open, read, and study their Bibles. Too often our minds are made up or closed to certain subjects because of church doctrine. I think it is the responsibility of every Christian to listen to God speaking to us individually through His Word. Remember, Christianity is not a religion of rules — rather it is a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Acts 7:51, “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!” Are you or have you been resisting the Holy Spirit? Will you submit to His will and leadership?
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