Essay about Discussion of the Spiritual Gifts of the Romans, Chapter 12

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The book of Romans puts forth many important doctrines of the Christian faith and has been likened to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of
Independence. Embedded in Romans 12:6-8 is a list of seven spiritual gifts, however, it is important to understand that "not all the gifts referred to elsewhere are specified in this passage" . The gifts mentioned in this passage are: prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading and mercy. A foundation needs to be established as we enter into a study of the spiritual gifts mentioned in Scripture. First of all, we must understand that God gives the gifts through
His grace and that each believer receives at least one. These gifts are different from the
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Consider how Scripture uses the parts of the body as an analogy to the people in the
Church. Each part of the body, or the Church, has an important role for the functioning of the whole. However, will anyone argue that the hands are "greater" than the small toe?
The small toe is "important" as well as the hands, but truly the "greater" part of the two is the hand. Which would you rather loose, a small toe or a hand? With this background, we can proceed with the discussion of the individual gifts of Romans 12:6-8.

The gift of prophecy is the first mentioned in the text. This gift is the greatest gift given after the gift of apostleship (1 Cor 12:28) and is often misunderstood today. As
Barnhouse observes: "in our time, it is confined to only one phase of its former meaning.
The word now indicates only the power to foretell the future. Originally it meant to speak for God." Prophecy is defined as speaking for God. The use of prophecy in the New
Testament is put forth by Barclay in this way: "It is only rarely that prophecy in the New
Testament has to do with foretelling the future; it usually has to do with forthtelling the word of God" . Clearly we can see that the gift of prophecy is the ability to use God's word and speak for Him to others. The prophet does not necessarily interpret or teach
God's Word but proclaims it as if God Himself were speaking.

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