Gifted (Faith, Miracles, & Healing)
Estimated around 18-22 gifts (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4) We are going to look them through gifts that says something, reveal something, and do something.
Do Something: Leading, Serving, Giving, Mercy, Exhortation, Faith, Healing, Miracles
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
Faith – (Greek, pistis) word occurs 250 times as a noun and 250 times as a verb in the NT.
Hebrews 11:1, 6
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him…
Romans 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
Ephesians 4:7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
The spiritual gift of faith may refer to a “special” faith—wonder working, extraordinary faith to serve the church for an occasion, that brings God glory.
Cf. 1 Corinthians 13:2; James 5:15; Hebrews 11
1 Corinthians 12:28
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
Miracles – (Greek, dynamis) meaning “power.” These are supernatural events that occur outside the bounds of what is natural.
Jesus performed miracles: turning water into wine, feeding the 5,000, walking on the sea,
Cf. John 2; Matthew 14; John 20:30-31; Acts 2:22
Miracles were a part of the qualifications to be an apostle.
Cf. Acts 2:43; 2 Corinthians 12:12
Others in the church performed miracles as well.
Cf. Acts 6:8; 8:6-13
Healing – (Greek, iama) a specific type of miracle that delivers people from disease and/or sickness. There are at least 375 healings recorded in the scriptures.
Many of these healings were performed by Jesus.
Cf. Matthew 4:23; 8:14-17; 9:27-36; 12:15; 14:14; Mark 5:22-43; 9:11; 10:46-52; 13:10-17; Luke 4-5; 7:1-10;8; 13; 17:12-19; John 5:1-9; 9:1-7;
The apostles healed people.
Cf. Mark 9:1-2; Acts 3:1-9; 9:33-34; 19:11-12
Others in the church performed healings as well.
Cf. Mark 16:15-18; James 5:14-15
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Cf. Matthew 16:4
The point is not to worship the gift, but the giver.
Gifts were given to edify the body and glorify God:
1 Peter 4:10-11
10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.