by Rev. James Ray Montandon
( I COR: CH 12)
I define Spiritual Gifts as Innate Initiation.
Innate= That which has grown out, outgrowth.
Initiation= The point we move beyond intellect to comprehension or
Spiritual Gifts then equal Original Comprehension from (grown from) the
original source or original integration.
"And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And
there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all
in all. " V5&6.
"All is One"
"There are many forms born from the one light." ROM
"But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every
man severally as he will. For as the body is one and hath many members, and
all the members of that one body, being many are one body so also is christ.
For the body is not one member but many." V11-14
What we are speaking of is the many in one and the one in many. When we
speak of spiritual gifts we think of the exceptional, but I say that the
exceptional is part of the normal. We are each born with our "Gifts of the
spirit". We do not grow to accept it, we develop into the awareness of what
we are, and our responsibility to it and we hold that in relationship to
Lets look at some who we consider to be gifted;
The Musically gifted = Those who hear (understand that flow of reality, that
means of communication that is part of all of us)
Mathematical Gifted = Those who understand the structure of what is, that
which we are composed of.
Religious Gifted, Saints = Those who accepted that course of human service
unique to them, they understood the course of human need.
All Genius or exceptional is merely a form of spiritual gifts.
Look not to the exceptional bring the exceptional in relation to the
common and truth becomes applied. Each of us has our initiation or gift but
to know it is to accept its responsibility.
"But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body as it hath
pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now
are they many members, yet but one body."
To accept our responsibility is to see our possession in relationship to the
"ALL" or the Body of man.
"And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it, or one
member be honoured all the members rejoice with it."
The place to learn of our reality, to practice our responsibility, is in the
common fellowship of others.
" And God hath set some in the church first apostles second prophets
thirdly teachers after that miracles and then gifts of healings helps
governments, diversities of tongues."
To understand ourselves we must project without to ourselves in the service
of others. Only through the mirror of service can we honestly see ourselves.
We must come together as one and co-operate in one body to help others and
thereby help ourselves We must apply our gifts to know them. Before we can
apply our gifts we must have a field of service. For to have the gift is of
no value if it is unto ourselves. Of what good is the gift of healing if we
do not use it for others. What good is the gift of intelligence if it is not
Of what good is the gift of a beautiful voice if there is no one to hear it?
Of what good is the gift of using words if there is no one to understand?
We must see our gifts
We must use our gifts
We must accept the spiritual gifts of others, to know our own innate