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Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts

July 23, 2010

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THE DOCTRINE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS

1. Definition: A special ability given by God to the Church Age believer for functioning
in the Body of Christ.
A. Spiritual gifts distributed to the Royal Family of God are both recognition of
Christ’s strategic victory in the angelic conflict and the recognition of the royalty of
the believer in the Church Age.
B. Spiritual gifts are the Father’s organized witness to grace and salvation in the
Church Age (Heb. 2:4).
C. Spiritual gifts demand the function of royalty under GAP (the grace apparatus for
perception), plus the attainment of the tactical victory of super-grace status.
D. Biblical documentation – Rom. 12:8; 1 Cor. 12:27-28

2. Distribution of spiritual gifts.
A. Initial distribution provided by the victorious Christ at the beginning of the
Church Age (Eph. 4:8-11).
B. Subsequent distribution during the Church Age accomplished by God the Holy
Spirit who sovereignly gives at least one spiritual gift to every believer as a member of
the Royal Family of God, the Body of Christ (1 Cor.12:11).
C. Gifts do not depend on human ability, morality, talent or achievement, but
constitute the sovereign decision of the Holy Spirit.

3. Function of spiritual gifts.
A. At any point in the Church Age, each spiritual gift in every geographical area is
necessary for the function of the Body of Christ in that area (1 Cor. 12:27-31).
B. All spiritual gifts function through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in and
through the believer (Acts 2:4; 1 Cor. 13).
C. Function of spiritual gifts also depends on Bible doctrine in the soul molding a
grace attitude (Rom. 12:3).
D. True perspective regarding their function found in 1 Corinthians 12.

4. Two categories of spiritual gifts.
A. Temporary gifts (pre-canon).
(1) Gifts necessary to take up the slack in the Church Age until the Canon of
Scripture was completed and circulated.
(2) Once the Bible was completed, the gifts of apostleship, prophecy, healing
and miracles were removed (circa A.D. 96) -Acts 19:11, 12 compared
with Phil. 2:27; 2 Tim. 4:20.
(3) Gift of tongues removed in A.D. 70 at the fall of Jerusalem (1 Cor. 13:8-
10).
B. Permanent gifts (post-canon): continue to function after the completion of the
Canon and throughout the Church Age (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Car. 12:31).

5. Time of Distrubution
A. All spiritual gifts were given after the resurrection, ascension and session of Christ
(Eph. 4:8).
B. Given for the first time on the Day of Pentecost, when the Dispensation of Israel
was interrupted and the Church Age began (Acts 2).
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6. Abuse of gifts.
A. Abuse demanded their regulation (1 Cor. 14).
B. Revisionisms and apostasy seek to perpetuate temporary spiritual gifts, such as
tongues and healing, beyond the closing of the Canon in A.D. 96.
C. Anyone who claims to possess the gifts of apostleship, tongues, miracles, healing is
apostate and reversionistic.
1 Cor. 12:15-22

7. Communication gifts.
A. Surviving communication gift is that of pastor-teacher.
B. Authority of this gift established in Hebrews 13:7, 17.
C. Purpose of this gift delineated in Ephesians 4:11-13.
D. Gift of evangelism is a limited communication gift and does not carry authority in
the local church.
E. Gift of apostle and prophet was designed for producing the New Testament Canon
and stabilizing the Church before completion of the Bible.

8. The function of spiritual gifts – 1 Cor. 12:27; Rom. 12:13 F/HS + K/BD =