“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down” (James 1:17).
You may ask whether God will bless you also with gifts and whether you deserve them. Read Psalm 68:18 which says “You have received gifts among men, even from the rebellious, that the Lord God might dwell there.” “He ascended on high. He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men” (Ephesians 4:8).
The gifts were very rare for the saints of the Old Testament. But in the New Testament, every one of them began to receive the gifts from the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:28). Bible says: “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4).
We confirm that the Lord lives through the Gifts of the Spirit. We make the gentiles abide by the Gospel of Christ with the Word and Power. We understand the future through the Prophesies. The Gifts of the Spirit are indeed inevitable for the Salvation of others and for our edification.
Paul the Apostle says “Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts” (I Corinthians 14:1).Those who have not received the Gifts of the Spirit falsely preach that they are not required and that their existence is limited to a short period. Even today, many neither have an urge for the Gifts nor do they have knowledge of them.
Paul the Apostle insists on desiring the Gifts earnestly. We can read about nine kinds of Gifts of the Spirit in I Corinthians 12:8-10. They are the word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues. God is having all these Gifts only for the purpose of giving to you. Are you in desire of these Gifts of Spirit? Have you ever sought and received them?
Similar to the nine Gifts of the Spirit, nine Fruits of the Spirit are also there. They are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22, 23). Both the Gifts and the fruits of the Spirit should always be in unison. Many people, though they are blessed with the Gifts of the Spirit, fall prey to arrogance and vanity, as they do not possess the Fruits of the Spirit.
In the Old Testament, the robe of the ephod worn by the Chief priest had nine decorations in it. A golden bell and a pomegranate were there upon the hem of the robe all around (Exodus 28:34). The Golden bell and the pomegranate indicate the Gifts of the Spirit and the Fruits of the Spirit respectively. Along with the Gifts of the Spirit receive the Fruits of the Spirit also and glorify God.
To meditate: “Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits (Song of Solomon 4:16)