Jesus’ Gifts to the Church

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series Walk Like a Child of God

Jesus Christ has moved us from death to life, from alienation with God to intimacy with Him.

Without Him, there is no salvation. Because of this, He came to earth, taking on humanity in His incarnation, in order to save us. But what does that salvation include?

Jesus’ Gifts to the Church

Ephesians 4:7–12 reveals that part of our salvation involves spiritual gifts—when Jesus ascended into heaven, He left behind the seeds of the Church, His Body. This was a mystery that the Old Testament believers did not yet understand; they thought that when Jesus came to earth, He would come once for all as reigning King.

But the mystery has now been revealed that Jesus came once as the suffering servant and will later return as the reigning King. He who was life experienced death so that we might have life. He who was light came into the darkness so we might have light.

This passage in Ephesians, quoting Psalm 68:18, can be difficult to understand. However, it is clear that it addresses both the gift of the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts. When Jesus ascended into heaven, He did not leave us alone. Instead, He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, the seal of our salvation (see 2 Corinthians 1:21–22).

The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts

Key to understanding spiritual gifts is recognizing the unity and diversity of the Body of Christ. God works through the unique prism of our personality. Although our spiritual gifts are not identical to our natural talents—unlike our talents, these gifts are only for believers—God has ordained these gifts to work in tandem with our talents.

Everything God has given you has a purpose. That purpose may not always be clear to you, but it is there. If you feel directionless or purposeless, try spending time with God and dwelling in His Word and in prayer. He may not immediately reveal the purpose of your gifts, but if you faithfully seek Him, He is faithful to respond.

Watch other videos from Ken’s Monday night study.

For more on spiritual gifts, take a look at facet 9 of Ken’s revised Conformed to His Image.

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