Spiritual Gifts Essay

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Rodney Varner THEO 201-B11 201240 Short Essay # 3 Short Essay on Pneumatology: Spiritual Gifts God has given each believer spiritual endowments and gifts that is perfectly suited to their purpose in ministry. We are all ministers with unique contributions to the body of Christ. There are five Gifts of the Spirit mentioned: The gift of helpers, the working of miracles, the gift of healing, the gifts of government and administration, and the gifts of faith (Elwell, 2001). There are several other gifts of the Spirit mentioned throughout the Bible; one in particular is the gift of speaking in tongues, and also with it is the gift of interpreting tongues (2 Cor. 12:20-21). The Spiritual gifts are not without purpose. They are given for the common good of man. The purpose of these gifts is to build up the body of Christ and to bring about edification. The gifts of the Spirit are simply God enabling believers to do what He has called them to do. Once a Christian submits to the leading of the indwelling, The Holy Spirit puts himself under His influence or control. The gifts of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit are both bestowed by God, yet they are distinct in their purpose and presentation. The gifts of the Spirit have a specific purpose; to prove a claim and to offer evidence of the Holy Spirits’ presence. The fruits of the Spirit are not for proof, but rather are evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God in the believer. The fruits of the Spirit are reflective of the character of God and allowing for our character to change. The gifts are reflective of the power and presence of God. Both of these ultimately provide the same outcome, they are for edification and the glory of God. But for Christians to fully develop the fruit of the spirit, or

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