Gifts

  1. God has given each one of us a spiritual gift to minister to others. Each one of us has received knowledge which will help others prepare for their eternal destiny as well as live their everyday lives.  We are responsible, not to keep that truth to ourselves but to do what we can to spread it to others. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 3 - pg. 136.
  2. Paul wrote of the gifts provided by the Holy Spirit in his letter to the Galatians: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22–23). We are right to expect this, for one of the goals of the Holy Spirit of God, by whom one becomes a Christian, is to reproduce this character, the character of the Lord Jesus Christ, within us. - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  3. One of the gifts from the Holy Spirit is Love. - "It is appropriate that love should lead the list of the Spirit’s fruit; for “God is love” (1 John 4:8), and the greatest of all Christian virtues is love (1 Cor. 13:13). Divine love gives this word its character; for God’s love is great (Eph. 2:4), unmerited (Rom. 5:8), transforming (Rom. 5:5), and unchangeable (Rom. 8:35–39). God’s love sent Christ to die for our sin. Now, because the Spirit of Christ, which is characterized by love, is implanted within the Christian, the believer is to show a great, transforming, sacrificial, and unmerited love both to other Christians and to the world. It is by this that the world is to know that Christians are indeed Christ’s followers (John 13:35)."- From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  4. One of the gifts from the Holy Spirit is Joy. - "Joy is the virtue that corresponds in the Christian life to mere happiness. On the surface they are related. But happiness is dependent on circumstances—when fortunate circumstances are removed happiness is removed with them—while joy is not thus dependent. A Christian can be joyful, therefore, even in the midst of great suffering."  - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  5. We bring God glory by serving others with our gifts. Each of us was uniquely designed by God with talents, gifts, skills, and abilities. The way you’re “wired” is not an accident. God didn’t give you your abilities for selfish purposes. They were given to benefit others, just as others were given abilities for your benefit. The Bible says, “God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you... Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory.” - From the Day 7 reading from “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren
  6. One of the gifts from the Holy Spirit is Peace. - "Peace is God’s gift to mankind, achieved by him at the cross of Christ. Before the cross we were at enmity with God. Now we are at peace, God having made peace with us. We are to show the effects of that peace in all circumstances through what we would call “peace of mind” (Phil. 4:6–7). It is to reign in the home (1 Cor. 7:12–16), between the Jew and the Gentile (Eph. 2:14–17), within the church (Eph. 4:3; Col. 3:15), and in the relationships of the believer with all men (Heb. 12:14). “  - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  7. One of the gifts from the Holy Spirit is Patience. - "Patience is the virtue of putting up with others, even when that virtue is severely tried. It is often used of God who shows great patience in his dealings with fallen and rebellious men and women." - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  8. One of the gifts from the Holy Spirit is Kindness. - "Kindness is that attitude out of which God acts toward men. If the Christian is to be kind, he must act toward others as God has acted toward him.” - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  9. One of the gifts from the Holy Spirit is Goodness. - "Goodness is similar to kindness, but it is most often reserved for situations in which the recipient does not merit the goodness. It is linked to generosity.” - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  10. One of the gifts from the Holy Spirit is Faithfulness. - "Faithfulness is trustworthiness or reliability. This virtue involves truth which in turn is part of the character of God. It is the virtue that will make a servant of Christ die rather than renounce his profession or, to put it on a less exalted plane, will make him suffer great inconvenience rather than go back on his word. The one who is faithful will do what he says he will do; and he will not quit when the going gets tough. This word is also descriptive of the character of Christ, the faithful witness (Rev. 1:5), and of God the Father who always acts thus in regard to his people (1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thess. 5:24; 2 Thess. 3:3).” - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  11. One of the gifts from the Holy Spirit is Gentleness. - "Gentleness is the virtue of the man who is so much in control of himself that he is always angry at the right time (as against sin) and never angry at the wrong time. It was the preeminent virtue of Moses, who is praised for being the meekest man who ever lived (Num. 12:3).” - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  12. One of the gifts from the Holy Spirit is Self-Control. - "The final manifestation of the Spirit’s fruit is self-control, the quality that gives victory over fleshly desires and that is therefore closely related to chastity both of mind and conduct. Barclay notes that it “is that great quality which comes to a man when Christ is in his heart, that quality which makes him able to live and to walk in the world, and yet to keep his garments unspotted from the world.” “ - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  13. Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 - I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind. For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. 

    Though Solomon’s quest for wisdom and knowledge did not bring to his life the deep meaning he was searching for, he did well to expand and develop this gift. God has also given each of us abilities and gifts to enable us to be productive in this life, and they are to be used for His service and glory. In addition to natural talents, the Bible teaches that every believer is given gifts by the Holy Spirit to be used for the edification of the body of Christ (Ro. 12; 1 Co. 12; Ep. 4). Many times a spiritual gift involves using a natural talent or ability for the work of the Lord. Just as we are to be stewards of our time and treasure, we are also to be stewards of the talents and spiritual gifts God has entrusted to us. And just as Solomon developed and utilized the wisdom God had given him, though not always for good, so we are to develop, improve, and use our abilities to serve God and others.

    “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery” (1 Ti. 4:14).

    “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands” (2 Ti. 1:6). 

    “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Pe. 4:10). - 
    From the reading about Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 in th Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  14. First Peter 4:10 says, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others."  First Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 elaborate on these gifts. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 3 - pg. 137.
  15. If we don't know what our gift is, we can all serve others.  We begin refining our understanding of our spiritual gifts by serving others and trying to help wherever we can; and by serving, we get some idea of what our gifts may be. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 3 - pg. 137.
  16. The bible talks much more about responsibility to do what you can for others than it does spiritual gifts.  The secret to begin determining your spiritual gift is to get involved.  Then use the experience to guide you into the areas which are most rewarding for you and in which you see the greatest fruit. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 3 - pg. 137.
  17. Although not all persons have the same gifts, nevertheless each believer has at least one. This is not as clear as the fact that the gifts vary; but it is true nevertheless, as a careful reading shows. Thus, Paul writes to all the believers at Rome, saying, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach…” and so on (12:6–7). The implication is that we each have a gift and are to use it. Similarly, in 1Corinthians Paul writes, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (12:7). Again, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines” (v.11).
    This truth is of great importance, for it introduces us to our personal responsibility. If the gifts of the Spirit were not given to every Christian, we might be permitted to take our ease, assuming that we have not been given a gift and thus are not needed. But since this is not true, since God has given each a gift, we obviously are needed; and the work that God intends to be done will suffer if we neglect to use what has been entrusted to us.  - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  18. In 1 Co. 3:9, Paul tells us that “we are laborers together with God.” Notice what he said about our labor for the Lord: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (1 Co. 3:10-15).
    Consider Solomon’s principles in this passage in light of our spiritual work:
    (1) We must always work cautiously and be prepared for the risks that come along with our work. We are no threat to the devil when we are idle, but when we are fully engaged in the Lord’s work, we must expect the serpent to spring into action against us. When we are tearing down his walls, he is going to strike.
    (2) We should use the sharpest tools, the most relevant and effective methods, in reaching people for the Lord Jesus Christ. Our message never changes, but our methods do… and they must. In a constantly changing culture and society, we must use whatever acceptable means it takes to get the job done.
    (3) We have been given tools—spiritual gifts—to use in service for the Lord. We should develop those gifts, sharpen our skills, and be the best implements possible in the fields of the world as we bear witness for the Lord.
    (4) No work is of greater importance than the Lord’s work: impacting people for eternity by reaching them and winning them to Christ. It is a work that deserves our very best efforts, our diligence, our strength, and our faithfulness. There is no room for shortcuts or halfhearted labor in the business of soul-winning. We must do our best, and give our best, to the One who gave His all for us.
    “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness” (Ro. 12:4-8).
    “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (1 Co. 12:4-11).
    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Co. 15:58).
    “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ep. 2:10).
    “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery” (1 Ti. 4:14).
    “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands” (2 Ti. 1:6).
    “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (He. 6:10).
    “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Pe. 5:8-9). 
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 10:8 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  19. Make yourself and your gifts available to the Savior.  God is in the business of doing extraordinary things with ordinary people who faithfully serve his extraordinary Son. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 4 Pg 349.
  20. It is God who works in us.  (Phil. 2:13).  So Paul gave thanks, because he knew that who and what he was came from God:  "Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God" (2 Cor. 3:5).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1:12  pg. 150. 
  21. Everything we are, everything we have, everything we are to become or have, comes as a gift from the grace of God.  Always give thanks for the abundant blessing, favor, mercy and grace given only as a gift to those who believe. - Ken Little
  22. God wants everyone to be saved, but he does not force them.  Free will is a generous gift.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 2 pg. 172.
  23. Do not neglect your spiritual gifts.  Each Christian leader has been specifically gifted in some way by God for ministry.  The peculiar ability is given for the benefit of the church.  With the gift comes a God-exacted responsibility which cannot be shunned. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4:14 pg. 208.
  24. Highly skilled and talented athletes lose their abilities if their muscles aren't toned by constant use, and we will lose our spiritual gifts if we don't put them to work.  Our talents are improved by exercise, but failing to use them causes them to waste away from lack of practice and nourishment. - Life Application Study Bible NIV Version - 1 Timothy 4:14-15 Note- Pg 2193. 
  25. All followers should nurture and use the gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit in order to serve others.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4 pg. 210.
  26. When you use the gifts God has given you, you will find that God will give you the power you need.  - From the NIV Life Application Bible 2 Timothy 1: 6 Note 1:6 pg 2199. 
  27. As we receive God's gifts, we should thank him for them and put them to use in the church.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews 2, Note 2:4,  page 2221.