The apostle Paul is writing to the Corinthian church about spiritual gifts so that they would not be uninformed and would have their faith confirmed concerning these gifts. We have noticed in our studies thus far that spiritual gifts were given through the Holy Spirit when an apostle laid his hands on another Christian (Acts 8:15-18; Romans 1:9-11; 2 Timothy 1:6-7). We also learned that spiritual gifts were not activated by the individual but were empowered by God (1 Corinthians 12:6). Finally, we noticed that the gift of prophecy was a gift of speaking the very words of God that were always without error (2 Peter 1:21).
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