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Spiritual Gifts For All?

May 21, 2015


“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 regarding Spiritual gifts listed above be YES?  Why does everyone always 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… “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 very interesting that he doesn’t.

Think about it?  Are all apostles?  Yes, anyone can be sent by God to do a certain task among a group of people.  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 and also give an interpretation.  Is this list of Spiritual 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 Spiritual gifts exclusive, just for a chosen few, or are they inclusive and available to the whole Body at any given moment as Christ 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 above all the others.  According to the passage of scripture 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 35 years of experiencing the Spiritual gifts in a totally free and open 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 simple everyday fellowship.  I know my thinking is outside of the box, but this is church the way I have lived and experienced it for many years.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !


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  1. That was good. I agree to some degree we can all move in the Spiritual gifts. We need to encourage each other that you don’t need to wait to be called to move in these gifts but that the Father has already equipped us and it’s something we should be doing every day.

  2. Rhonda permalink

    Why can’t the answer to all the questions be ‘yes?’ Great Question? I need to think about this a bit – I have been so well trained to automatically silently answer ‘no’ as I read them.

    Thanks for helping me think about this in a whole different light.

    • Rhonda permalink

      I’m so sorry I didn’t proofread before hitting ‘post comment.’ I hate when I have typos, but I don’t see any way to edit my comment once it is posted.

  3. I agree that God can and does minister the gifts of the spirit through any of us willing vessels. Nevertheless, the last part of 12 seems to me to be talking about people and their place in the body, not the gifts themselves given the whole context of 12, not about whether all can prophesy as an example, as I think chapter 14 makes clear all can prophesy and all can speak in tongues. Being used to prophesy, however does not make you a prophet just as the fact that I’ve driven trucks before doesn’t make me a truck driver or plumbing a sink or toilet doesn’t make me a plumber. 🙂

  4. That is an excellent point of view. I think some people stop believing you can have all this gifts because churches are.not encouraging people especially the young. Ive known churches that said gift of tounges is from demons. How will u accept God’s gift if its forbidden in ur own church,? Just sayin.

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