Understanding Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12: 1-13

Spiritual gifts are divine endowments or supernatural abilities given by God to empower believers for service and to display God’s presence in our lives for the manifestation of His Glory through the Church. Every believer receives one or more spiritual gifts at conversion, given by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11), to be used for the spiritual ministries of the body of Christ; the Church. All spiritual gifts are given by grace and are diverse in their manifestations as they all contribute to the unity of the body of Christ. Spiritual gifts are not humanly contrived; rather, they are given by God as he deems fit. God gives gifts according to each believer’s ability, for the manifestation of his glory. On the other hand, natural talents are unique and innate abilities to do special things given to every human being regardless of whether they are born again or not; whereas, spiritual gifts are given to Christians – those who have accepted Christ. Both believers and non-believers have talents but only believers have spiritual gifts.

Further more, natural talents comes with our natural birth whereas spiritual gifts are given when we become born again. Talent could come as a result of our genetic inheritance or training which comes from our family and environment. Spiritual gifts are not received the same way. It is possible to trace a talent to many members of a family but spiritual gifts may not be identified. God gives believers, whether they are members of the same biological family or not, as He deems fit.

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