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Spiritual Gifts

The subject will be treated under the following headings: Spiritual gifts in the OT. To sum up, then, in the OT, all “gifts” are thought of as spiritual gifts. It is not that in the OT “spiritual gifts” are without moral significance; rather, the doctrine of spiritual gifts is all-comprehensive. Yet it is not unfair to say that, as God’s revelation moves forward to its NT climax, there is more stress on those gifts of a moral and spiritual nature, and thus a closer approximation to the NT understanding. Prophecies, such as that of Joel, in addition, contain a clear looking forward to the coming “generalization” of spiritual gifts, no longer to be restricted to a few. Spiritual gifts in the gospels. There is as yet no systematic treatment, perhaps impossible before Pentecost. Yet there is an advance on the OT position, for such spiritual gifts as are mentioned are more closely associated with a “personalized” Spirit. This is more true of John, with his developed teaching ab