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Everyone Has A Gift

March 8, 2013

Another blog from a year ago.  One of BK’s recent comments prompted me to post it here again today.

 

Greetings,

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.  Are all apostles?  Are all prophets?  Are all teachers?  Do all work miracles?  Do all have gifts of healing?  Do all speak in tongues?  Do all interpret?  But eagerly desire the greater gifts.  And now I will show you the most excellent way.”  1 Corinthians 12: 27-30

Today I am just full of questions.  Like why can’t the answer to the seven questions listed above be YES? Why does everyone automatically assume that the answer to these questions is no?  Especially when Paul usually asks a question with the answer being no, he normally spells it right out…..like “shall we continue sinning so that grace may abound?”   The answer is, “by no means.”  Paul never comes right out and says that the answer to these seven questions above is no and I find it interesting that he doesn’t.

Think about it?  Are all apostles?  Yes, anyone can be sent by God to do a certain task.  Are all prophets?  Yes, anyone can give a prophecy.  Are all teachers?  Yes, I believe that anyone can teach someone else about something they know in Christ.  Do all work miracles?  Yes, the Spirit can move in anyone to perform a miracle of sorts.  Do all have gifts of healing?  Yes, any believer can lay hands on someone and they can be healed.  Do all speak in tongues?  Yes, I believe anyone can speak in tongues as the Spirit enables them.  Is this list of gifts totally exclusive or is it possible that it is really totally inclusive?  I have witnessed these gifts being used by a multitude of different people over the years and with excellent results.  The truth is that with God all things are possible and HE can use anyone of us at any time He desires for anything He desires.  Now, I agree that some folks tend to walk in these various gifts more often than some others, but that does not mean that the rest of the body can’t flow that way at times also.  Again the question is are these gifts exclusive, just for a chosen few, or are they inclusive and available to the whole body at any given moment as HE sees fit?  After all WE are the body of Christ and “EACH one of you is a part of it”

Anyway, it is the “greater gifts” that we should be desiring after all.  According to the passage that follows this one those greater gifts are Faith, Hope and Love, with Love being the greatest.  Remember I am just asking questions here today, but I feel they are questions worth asking and investigating,   Thanks for allowing me to think out loud today, and remember none of what I suggest is set in stone.  However, I speak from over 30 years of experiencing the gifts in a relational housechurch setting.  I have witnessed all of the gifts in operation at various times without title, special recognition, or pay.  When we gather together relationally these gifts just flow in simple ways without fanfare for the good of the entire body.  I do not deny the gifts, but I give them room to operate in all the members of the body as HE sees fit.  It is not a big deal, but rather something I see as a normal part of everyday fellowship.  I know my thinking is outside of the box, but this is church the way I have lived and experienced it.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

 

 
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2 Comments
  1. The answer to the seven questions can’t be “yes” because the grammar of the Greek implies “no.” A better translation into English would be, “All are not apostles, are they?” You can see the implied “no.”

    Of course, God can do whatever He wants through whomever He wants. I see that as a different topic than gifts, though.

  2. timbushong permalink

    Chris- that is a novel interpretation that doesn’t fir the overall context of what Paul is communication in this section of Scripture, namely the variation of gifts and differences within the local body. Follow it through and use the metaphor of the human body (like Paul does) and it all comes together. We can’t ALL be pinky-toes, you know…

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