1 Peter 4:8-10 – The Holy Spirit and the Purpose of Spiritual Gifts


Especially in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12, the Apostle Paul tells us that there is a variety of gifts that we have in the body of Christ. If everybody were a mouth then where would the hands be? If everybody were feet then where would the ears be?

We’re all part of the body of Christ, and every part of that body is absolutely essential. And in Ephesians 4, Paul tells us that when it comes to being united to Christ, being a full member of his body, being baptized by the Spirit into Christ, we’re all on the same level. There is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism,” and we’re part of one body. We all share exactly the same gift of the Spirit in that sense.

But in addition, he goes on to say again in Ephesians 4, that the Holy Spirit, in addition to that gift of salvation, has handed out all sorts of other gifts. And it’s interesting these are gifts, not that the person who has them needs them, but rather these are gifts that other people need in the body of Christ.

Spiritual gifts are not my spiritual thing, like “Am I a Libra or a Capricorn?” No, this is what has God given me that someone else needs? So you’re not thinking, “What has God given me for my own enjoyment, my own pleasure,” but “What has God given me for someone else and for the broader need of the body of Christ?”

When we’re thinking in those terms, we will also have what we need, because someone else in the room has something we need. That’s the way the body of Christ functions. God gives somebody a carton of milk that a baby over here needs, and God gives somebody over here the gift of discernment that someone over here who is caught up in bad teaching needs. Go around the room and soon you’ll realize that God has given everybody a rich diversity of gifts for the full functioning and health of the whole body.

Michael Horton

Read 1 Peter 4:8-10 and reflect on the purpose of spiritual gifts. What gifts do you believe that the Holy Spirit has granted to you? How are you using those gifts to accomplish the purpose for which they were given to you?

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Posted on: November 21, 2019 - 10:00PM

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