What is the source of your spiritual gift? (Part 2)

Our spiritual gifts come completely from the Lord, which means the Lord Himself is responsible for their ultimate effectiveness in our lives, although we must give ourselves over to His working.

Imparted by the Trinity  Spiritual gifts are related to each member of the Godhead or the Holy Trinity. Each person of the Godhead has a specific and unique link to spiritual gifts: the Father is the primary source, the Son distributes them, and the Holy Spirit implements them.

            Given by God the Father  The Father’s involvement in spiritual gifts is clear from such passages as Romans 12:3 and 1 Peter 4:10. Romans 12:3 states, “God hath dealt to each man the measure of faith.” Since no specific mention is made here to the Son or to the Holy Spirit, it seems safe to assume that God the Father is being referred to in this context. I Peter 4:10 says, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Again, no mention is made of any other person of the Godhead; therefore, it is assumed that the Father alone is being referred to in this passage. God the Father seems to be not only the definitive author of spiritual gifts but also the ultimate recipient of the glory and honor from their use.

            Distributed by God the Son  Ephesians 4:7 states, “but unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” The word grace here can be used as a synonym for grace-gifts. This verse indicates that not only are grace-gifts given to everyone but also (given) according to the standard of the measure of the gift of Christ. Christ distributes gifts along with the measure or the ability to use them.

Ephesians 4:8-10 teaches that Christ has earned the right to bestow spiritual gifts upon men because of His victorious death, resurrection, and ascension. The context of Ephesians 4:8 is taken from Psalm 68. In this Old Testament reference, the conquering king has the right to possess all the spoils of war.

            Utilized by God the Holy Spirit  In I Corinthians 12:4-11, spiritual gifts are emphatically associated with the Holy Spirit. This person of the Godhead is the spiritual “middleman” between God and man relative to spiritual gifts. He is the authoritative standard in the exercise of the gifts; all of the gifts are within His jurisdiction and are subject to His power. I Corinthians 12:11 leaves little room for question about the Spirit’s work in relation to spiritual gifts: “But all these worketh the one and the selfsame Spirit . . .”

What a wonderful advantage to be used of the Lord in the working of His spiritual gifts. We are privileged people indeed.

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