The purpose and adequate motivation of “Spiritual gifts” and “manifestations”

Spiritual giftsI am a Pentecostal/Charismatic Christian. I believe that “Spiritual gifts” or “manifestations of the Spirit” are for today (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) I believe God desires to display His presence and power in wonderful ways in both the gathered assembly of believers (the “Church” – the gathered congregation) and in the marketplace (see the book of Acts).

But I also believe the only adequate motivation for the exercise of Spiritual gifts is to glorify Christ and build up (“edify”) others… Try these verses on for size…”To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good… Since you are eager for manifestation of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church… What then? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.” (1 Corinthians 12:7; 14:12, 26)

So, it seems to me, here is the bottom line – the only adequate motivation for the exercise of Spiritual gifts in the church or marketplace… They are NOT primarily for personal edification or benefit (and certainly not to draw attention to one’s self), but for mutual edification and the glorifying of Christ.

As a Spirit-filled Christian and one who embraces Spiritual gifts and manifestations for today… I want to live my life and exercise Spiritual gifts in that way! Incidentally, that is why 1 Corinthians 13 (the “love chapter”) is sandwiched between 1 Corinthians 12 and 14.

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