1 Co 13:8; 1Co 12:7-11, 27-28; Eph 4:11-13; Eph 2:19-22; Rom 1:1.
ROMANS-478-130123 - length: 61:26 - taught on Jan, 23 2013
The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts
What is a “Spiritual Gift”?
Developing the capacity you need to function effectively in your spiritual gift.
The individual spiritual gifts found in the New Testament
What are the categories of spiritual gifts?
The individual spiritual gifts and their categories.
There are two major categories of spiritual gifts found in the Bible.
a. Temporary spiritual gifts were operational during the pre-canon period of the Church Age, i.e., from approx. AD 30 to AD 96.
b. Permanent spiritual gifts function throughout the Church Age, until the Rapture of the Church, whenever that occurs.
Temporary spiritual gifts only functioned during the pre-canon period.
Permanent spiritual gifts function throughout the Church Age, but are emphasized from the time of the completion of the Canon forward.
You can further divide the temporary spiritual gifts into three kinds: foundational, sign, and revelatory.
You can further divide the permanent spiritual gifts into two kinds: speaking and serving.
the word of wisdom
the word of knowledge discerning of spirits
interpretation of tongues
Every believer has a spiritual gift in his portfolio of invisible assets; this gift is given to him at salvation.
When a person has mastered the functions of virtuous love, his gift will function to the maximum.
Temporary spiritual gifts
1. During the time when they were operative, temporary gifts were counterfeited, which is why the gift of discerning of spirits was needed.
2. The temporary gifts of the apostolic age have become a source of abuse during the time when they had been discontinued. People are still running around today claiming to have them.
Spirituality is not based upon spiritual gifts; spirituality is based on the filling and leading of the Holy Spirit.
And, no matter how insignificant a spiritual gift may appear to you or to others, it is essential in the function of the body of Christ.
Under this point, we will
(a) examine what the temporary spiritual gifts were; and
(b) see the reasons why we know that they were temporary.
We celebrate the fact that God gave these gifts to the early church, and rejoice in what these gifts produced. These benefits continue to bless us and the whole church down to this day.
There were three varieties of temporary gifts: foundational,
manifestation (or sign),
and revelatory gifts.
Foundational gifts were for laying the foundation for the church: introducing the Gospel to the Jews and the Gentiles, establishing the first congregations, and completing the canon of Scripture.
Sign gifts brought attention to, and confirmed the divine source of, the messengers and their new message.
What was that message?
the church age dispensation, the Gospel, and the fact that the body of Christ consists of both Jew and Gentile.
Revelatory gifts provided partial revelation to the early church while the canon of the New Testament was still being written.
The temporary spiritual gifts of apostle and prophet were foundational; EPH 2:20.