Short Essay # 3
Short Essay on Topic Pneumatology: Spiritual Gifts
Spiritual Gifts are gifts that are given to believers by God that enable them to complete the jobs that He has called them to perform. Spiritual gifts differ from the Fruit of the Spirit in that everyone can possesses each Fruit of the Spirit but God gives Spiritual Gifts according to your service in the church and in the body of Christ. You need to possess specific Spiritual Gifts in order to operate in specific ministries. Spiritual Gifts reflect your maturity level in the things of Christ. As you grow in Christ your Spiritual Gifts can multiply or change. I believe that Spiritual Gifts are the talents that God grants to each of His children. Some of the Spiritual Gifts that I possess are the gift of teacher, the gift of helper, the gift of discernment, and the gifts of exhortation and intercession. I have found that the more that I grow as I study God’s Word, the Spiritual Gifts that He gave to me tend to expand and they often times overlap. I think that the reason we are given Spiritual Gifts is so that we will have the tools that we need when we are performing the tasks that we have been charged with in order to build and edify the Kingdom of God. In my opinion, we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit once we have accepted Christ as our personal Savior. It is at this time when there is an identifiable change in our life. We no longer do the things that we used to do. Gradually we become less comfortable with living in and around sin so we seek to live a life like the life of Christ. Ewell says that some people insist that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit coincides with conversion. I believe this is true. According to Ewell and as scripturally referenced in I Corinthians 12-14 and Romans 12, Speaking in Tongues is a spiritual gift given to select people within the body of Christ. Since neither Jesus nor the Disciples spoke in tongues there is no...
Bibliography: Book, One Author Walter A. Elwell, Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Baker Academic a
division of Baker Publishing Group © 1984, 2001
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