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THE GIFTS AS A MEANS FOR UNITY
LORD’S DAY, DECEMBER 15
Ephesians 4:7-11
Matthew 25:14-30
 
“… to every man according
to his several ability.”
 
THE GIFTS AS A MEANS FOR UNITY
 
A talent was a coin with some monetary value. In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, the Lord Jesus Christ spoke of three men whose master had delivered his goods unto. They received money of different values. Two traded with their talents and gained more. One did not and was punished. Out of that story the talent became synonymous to a natural gift or ability given to a person. Paul stated this in Ephesians 4:7, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” These will be gifts in ministering for Christ. Paul also quoted from Psalm 68:18 that talks about gifts to men.
 
Here is Matthew Henry’s observation: “Unto every believer is given some gift of grace, for their mutual help. All is given as seems best to Christ to bestow upon every one. He received for them, that he might give to them, a large measure of gifts and graces; particularly the gift of the Holy Ghost. Not a mere head knowledge, or bare acknowledging Christ to be the Son of God, but such as brings trust and obedience. There is a fulness in Christ, and a measure of that fulness given in the counsel of God to every believer; but we never come to the perfect measure till we come to heaven. God’s children are growing, as long as they are in this world; and the Christian’s growth tends to the glory of Christ.”
 
The Apostle listed five offices of the church (Eph 4:11) that were valid at his time to illustrate the spiritual gifts that were given. He was himself an Apostle, others were prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
 
THOUGHT: The talents that the Lord gave are to be used.
PRAYER: Lord, may I not neglect the talents that Thou hast given me.