The Adhesive Gifts (sample)

An excerpt from the iTi Level Three, Session Three course "The Adhesive Gifts." All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. All other material is ©Copyright 1994, Dove Ministries International.

After miracles, healings, prophecy and tongues, all other spiritual gifts may seem quite ordinary. Certainly, the nine spectacular gifts listed in I Corinthians 12:3-10 are wonderful demonstrations of the Holy Spirit's power. But it is a tragedy that the vital manifestations of the Spirit dealing with service and grace not be given their rightful place both in our knowledge and in our appreciation. Gifts such as teaching, encouraging and showing mercy, are too often demeaned as the "other" spiritual grfts almost with an apology for them.

There exists a dangerous tendency on the part of many believers to relegate all spiritual gifts outside the ninefold miraculous gifts to a second order of significance to the believer. Nothing could be farther from the revealed truth of God's Word!

To make those gifts described in Romans 12:6-8, I Corinthians 12:28 and I Peter 4:10-11 the step-children of the more spectacular gifts is to belittle the Giver and misunderstand His purposes.

All spiritual gifts share the same divine source and the same divine purpose.

All gifts that have been given to us by our very benevolent God should be received with equal acceptance and with equal gratitude for they are all good gifts and are for our benefit.

James 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

I Corinthians 12:7 (KJV) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

There are no major or minor endowments in the charismatic outpouring of gifts. All gifts are to be cherished, coveted, faithfully stewarded and graciously utilized as products of God's unmerited favor.

Romans 12:6a (KJV) Having then gifts (charismata) differing according to the grace (charis) that is given to us,

The Greek word charismata means a divine gratuity, a spiritual endowment, miraculous faculty, free gift. The root word for charismata is charis which means to grant as a favor, gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue, deliverance, freely forgiven.

The gifts of the Spirit are not merely the result of personal righteousness or the reward for some spiritual achievement. They are a divinely bestowed favor of Almighty God upon us who believe, not based on anything but His love for us. They are acts of kindness from God Himself. They do not come as the consequence of some strenuously exercised spiritual discipline, such as prayer, fasting, or praise. They are given at the soverign will of God, who "gives them to each one, just as he determines." (I Corinthians 12:11).

Because they come from God's grace, the gifts engrace us when we receive them. When we see gifted athletes competing with controlled power and seemingly effortless motion, we often remark how "graceful" they are when they perform. What we mean is that they are "full of grace," without awkwardness or hesitancy when they operate their gifts. So it is when the Spirit endows us. We are then able to serve without spiritual awkwardness, hesitancy, or fear, for we are grace-ful in our giftings.

In addition to the miraculous gifts mentioned in I Corinthians 12 and the grace or service gifts found in Romans 12, the Bible lists other vital gifts that engrace believers for faithful Kingdom service. They are gifts designed to "cement" the Body of Christ firmly together as it grows into the unique image of Jesus Christ, It's Head. These are called the Adhesive Gifts and they are listed in the following verses:

I Corinthians 12:28-30 (KJV) And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?