“And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh…” – Acts 2:17, ESV
It is said and prophesied that in the last days, God shall pour out his Spirit on all flesh, to both boy and girl, and to both young and old. God is with us, and he has been with us since the beginning of time – and even before time began.
God is with you.
He told me to tell you that he was with you – just in case you were wondering.
Today we are going to go deeper into the spiritual endowments/gifts of God, through his Holy Spirit.
It is believed and understood that when we confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior, we are adopted into God’s heavenly family, and the Holy Spirit is given to us – God’s impartation.
God’s truth is this: That he is with us, and that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5, ESV
So because of this truth, we know that Christ is in us, and that God is in us through Christ by the adaptation of his Spirit.
So what are spiritual endowments/gifts anyway? What does God mean by this statement?
God is referring to the spiritual gifts we have inherited as his children, through the Holy Spirit.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 12, we get a better explanation of these spiritual gifts assigned to us from God.
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” – 1 Corinthians 12:7, ESV
To better understand how and why spiritual gifts are given and assigned to us by God through his Holy Spirit, let’s first break down this seemingly simple scripture:
In it, Paul is explaining to the Corinth church that God assigns each person a spiritual gift according to his/her purposes, which ultimately benefit the common good. This means that it is God who assigns spiritual gifts and endowments, not man. God does not assign spiritual gifts to a person for selfish gain, but to edify a people group.
God’s spiritual gifts given to both you and I are not for us – they are for the good of all people.
God uses both you and I as his chosen vessels to communicate himself to all people, that they may come to know Christ in full form.
We as God’s chosen vessels embody his Spirit, which communicates to all his love and effectiveness, through teaching and the showing of signs.
“For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.” – 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, ESV
In this passage, we get a clearer description of the spiritual gifts/endowments given to us through Christ, from God.
Through the Spirit, there are assigned to each one of us a different and unique set of “skills.” (Skills meaning abilities in this context.)
When Paul describes that to each one is given the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge, and so on and so forth, he is explaining that different people require a different set of spiritual abilities, based on the purposes God has set aside for their lives.
As we discussed earlier, the spiritual gifts that God assigns to us all are related to the needs of the people – “the common good.”
For one person, God may choose to instill in that person the utterance of wisdom and faith. To another, God may choose to bestow upon that person the working of miracles and prophesy. What God really wants us to understand here is that these spiritual gifts are all given to us by one Spirit – The Holy Spirit.
We see this image more clearly represented, throughout the New Testament, of Jesus’s disciples healing people, walking by faith in their deliverance through Christ, prophesying in the name of Jesus, speaking in tongues and discerning spirits. All of this was in an effort to win souls for Christ, (to win souls for the kingdom) – This is the common good.
What we can also take from this is that God chooses who he wants to use.
If we continue reading the passage in 1 Corinthians, the next verse says,
“All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” – 1 Corinthians 12:11, ESV
God has chosen those who he has anointed to carry out the works of the kingdom.
It is said more famously in Jeremiah chapter 1,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5, ESV
God uses this same speech with us today in regards to our purposes for his callings.
If God has called you to preach, or to sing of his goodness, or to declare that his words are true, know that before God called you, he knew you.
He already knew who you would become, and he has already assigned and appointed you to go out into the nations and declare the good news.
God uses these spiritual gifts and endowments to not only bring us closer to himself and to his glory, but to show others his light and his power working within us.
“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” – Luke 8:16, ESV
Know that the light that is within you has been put there by God, and that he uses his Spirit to bestow upon you spiritual blessings and endowments from heaven, that people may see him in you.
The gifts, blessings and manifestations that God has made known to you are for you, but they are more so and more importantly for others to see the God in you.
God gave us light that we may shine and bring others to him. If he has chosen to use you, let him use you.
Grace and peace fam.