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Spiritual Gifts

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. ~    Romans 12:4-5


Every believer in Jesus Christ is a member of His spiritual Body. However, every believer in Jesus Christ’s Body neither is given the same spiritual gifts nor given the same combination of spiritual gifts. For example, every believer neither functions as a prophet, nor functions in the prophet-evangelist-shepherd combination.

There are five kinds of foundational ministerial gifts or God-ordained gifts: apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds (pastors), and teachers (see Ephesians 4:11-13). These God-ordained gifts are functions NOT titles! They are spiritual human gifts given by Jesus Christ to His entire Body. Mankind often confirms these spiritual human gifts with denominational ordinations, but God confirms these spiritual human gifts with His Holy Spirit who directs the God-ordained functions/gifts in believers whose callings are to serve and meet the needs of others. 

There also are different kinds of manifestative spiritual gifts (e.g., word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning spirits, diverse tongues, and interpretation of tongues; see 1 Corinthians 12:7-11). These spiritual gifts are how God’s Holy Spirit works through believers in a given situation so as to demonstrate God’s supernatural power.

Lastly, there are different kinds of motivational spiritual gifts (e.g., prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership and mercy; see Romans 12:3-8). These spiritual gifts are how God’s Holy Spirit works in believers to shape their worldview and motivate their words and actions.

The common denominator in the foundational ministerial gifts, manifestative spiritual gifts, and motivational spiritual gifts is the Holy Spirit. God’s Holy Spirit endows every believer with any number of these functions/gifts—each believer gets the functions/gifts God wants that person to use in the Body of Christ. Each “called” believer operating in ordained, manifestative and motivational spiritual functions/gifts in love will use these gifts in an orderly fashion, as he or she edifies and equips the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission of evangelizing and discipling the world.

How are you using your ordained, manifestative, and motivational spiritual gifts?  Shalom.              


Keep it real…Live it out…Watch it work!


~ from my manuscript – Keeping it Real: Daily Renewing the Mind