Personal Statement : Spiritual Gifts

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Joe Shun Chan Bae Professor Crump Religion 121 December 5th, 2014 Spiritual Gifts Spiritual gifts have been a topic of heated debate among a wide array of congregations and faith believers. Are these gifts just natural everyday abilities or miraculous one’s on par with what Jesus showed on earth? Scripture gives some insight into these questions but with the power and flexibility of interpretation these answers are also obscured. Before any external analyses and opinions are examined, spiritual gifts should be explained in its original context of Scripture. When looked through the span of four specific New Testament Bible passages, spiritual gifts are given key distinctions. First of all, spiritual gifts are endowed by the Holy Spirit as it is stated in 1 Corinthians 8-10: To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. By the Spirit, we are able to use these gifts and it is this same Spirit that moved the disciples after Jesus ascended to Heaven. Also, spiritual gifts are graces endowed for the purpose of building up the body of Christ, or what is the church as it is stipulated in 1 Corinthians 14:12: “So it is with

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