Bible Pneumatology: Spiritual Gifts When It Comes Essay

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Bible Pneumatology: Spiritual Gifts

When it comes to spiritual gifts, they seem to be a subject that is very controversial in the church. Are all spiritual gifts real and are they really necessary in the church? In 1 Peter 4:10 it makes the point, "As every person has been given a special gift, use the gift it in serving one another, as good agents of the diverse grace of God." However in 1 Corinthians 12:4 it also says, "Now there are diversities of gifts, nevertheless it is from the same Spirit." It is clear that these two verses basically are making the point that the thought that every one of the gifts are the similar in the Spirit and they are created to serve others. With that said, this essay will discuss the spiritual gifts and why they are needed in the church.

Spiritual Gifts and Purpose

Spiritual gifts (or charismata), as stated by Christianity, are gifts that are granted on Christians, each of them having her or his own appropriate gift (or gifts) to be able to make the Church stronger. Most of these gifts are talked about in the New Testament, chiefly in Ephesians 4.1 Corinthians 12, and Romans 12. Many believe that the reason people are given Spiritual Gifts is so that we will have the tools that we need when we are executing the tasks that we have been charged with so as to build and enlighten the Kingdom of God.

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of the Spirit

Spiritual Gifts are gifts that are provided to believers by God and these gifts actually enable a person to be able to finish the jobs that God has called them to achieve. However many do not understand that the Fruits of the Spirit and Spiritual gifts are not the same. Spiritual gifts are something that varies from the Fruit of the Spirit in that everyone can possesses each Fruit of the Spirit nonetheless God gives Spiritual Gifts consistent with the person's service in the church and also in the body of Christ. Since the Disciples neither Jesus spoke in tongues there is not any kind of evidence of an association among Speaking in Tongues and Baptism of the Holy Spirit. With that being said, although speaking in tongues is not essential for Baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is a gift that God gives to his people freely and also to those who have had some kind of supernatural experience with this Baptism. The fruits of the spirit are what show a person's maturity because theses fruits exemplify the characteristics of Christ.

Biblical definition and purpose of the gift of speaking in tongues

As mentioned earlier, one of the spiritual gifts talked about in the New Testament is the gift of speaking in tongues. Tongue-speaking, or glossolalia, is a person's supernatural ability to speak in a language that they have never learned before in their life. They may have heard other…

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