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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson Two

WALKING IN GRACE            Page 3
V. 7 (Cont'd.)

** Do we receive our spiritual gift because we decided how we wanted to serve the body of Christ and then put in our order for the area of giftedness that suits us best?

No - it is the gift of Jesus Christ to us at the time of our salvation and is determined by the Holy Spirit. It is all by God's marvelous grace. cf. 1Corinthians 12:4-7 and verse 11.

** Is it important for us to use our spiritual gift?

Yes, it is critical! 1Corinthians 12:18, 22 & 25

** This is quite rhetorical, but should we think that our gift is the best - after all God gave it to us?

Absolutely not, the exercise of our giftedness is for God's glory, by His grace, in an attitude of humility. cf. Romans 12:3

** What did we see Peter say a few moments ago about the purpose of our "special" spiritual gift - how is it to be used?

"employ it in serving one another".

This gives us the best application of the Biblical reality that we as Christians are "Walking in Grace". We should be willing to apply that grace to the lives of those around us as God directs.

V. 8 ** We will look deeper into spiritual gifts next week, but for today - what does Paul say about the Giver?

He "ascended on high, led captive a host of captives and gave gifts to men".

** From which Old Testament passage did Paul get that?

Psalm 68:18 - In its original context this was a victory hymn composed by King David to celebrate God's conquest of a Jebusite City and the triumphant ascent of God up Mount Zion.

** Why did Paul use it here?

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul is using the earlier historical fact as an analogy to what Christ has done on our behalf. Jesus alone has earned the right and the victory, so as to be able to bless us with spiritual gifts.

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