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Charis and charisma

The word for grace is "charis" χάρις, which is the root word for gifts in 1 Cor 12:4 "charisma" χάρισμα. Question: if charis means grace, what does "ma" mean in the word ...
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Is Paul describing "the Body of Christ" (Church) as it should be today, or just as it should be in the First Century, 1 Corinthians 12:12, 27.?

In several of his letters, Paul described the Church as the Body of Christ where each disciple was a part, a member of it. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have ...
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Does scripture allow for "speaking in tongues" to be in non-human languages?

"Tongues" is a metonym for "language". In 1 Corinthians 13:1 Paul says: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels … (KJV) If I could speak all the languages of earth ...
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Is the grammatical tense for Isaiah 9:6 irrelevant when it comes to debating whether Isaiah 9:6 refers to Jesus Christ, The Messiah?

There is a debate about the grammatical tense used in Isaiah 9:6. Some translations like the Young's Literal Translation (YLT) translate Isaiah 9:6 in the past tense ( i.e “For a Child hath been born ...
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What was the purpose of laying hands on the seven in Acts 6:6

After an uproar concerning the feeding of the widows the Apostles chose seven men to take care of that ministry KJV Acts 6 : 1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, ...
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Is there significance to the gifts being anarthrous in 1 Cor. 12:8-10?

While the gifts of the Spirit or should I say gifts of the Spirit, in 1 Cor. 12:8-10 are anarthrous in Greek, many are translated with the definite article the in this passage. The use of λόγος (word ...
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Is there a contradiction between 1 Corinthians 12:29 and 1 Corinthians 14:31,39?

29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? (1 Corinthians 12:29-30 ESV) 30 If a ...
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What is the relationship between prophecy and faith according to Romans 12:6?

6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one ...
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Does Revelation 22:18 preclude further manifestations of the gift of prophecy?

Revelation 22:18-21 (ESV): 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes ...
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1 Corinthians 13:2 - What does Paul mean by having "prophetic powers"?

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2 ESV) What does ...
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What is the difference between revelation, knowledge, prophecy and teaching? 1 Corinthians 14:6

1 Corinthians 14:6: Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? (ESV) But now, brothers and ...
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What is the difference between having the spiritual gift of prophecy and being a prophet?

In 1 Corinthians 12, 13 & 14 the Apostle Paul talks about the spiritual gift of prophecy and also about prophets, and he seems to use both terms interchangeably: 10 to another the working of ...
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Is there a contradiction between Hebrews 1:1-3 and Acts 21:8-11?

Note: this question is inspired by this answer. Some cite Hebrews 1:1-3 to argue that Jesus Christ was the ultimate special revelation from God, and that the office of prophet was thus rendered ...
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What kind of knowledge will pass away according to 1 Corinthians 13?

1 Corinthians 13 (ESV) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and ...
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Does the election of Matthias as an apostle via casting of lots (Acts 1:21-26) contradict 1 Corinthians 12?

21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of ...
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Who distributes spiritual gifts? God or the Holy Spirit? 1 Corinthians 12

11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. (1 Cor 12:11 ESV) 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, ...
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Is Acts 4:29-31 an example of earnestly desiring spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:31, 14:1)?

Acts 4:29-31 (ESV) 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and ...
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What is the difference between gifts of healing (1 Cor 12) and praying for the sick to get healed (James 5)?

1 Corinthians 12 (ESV): 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has ...
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What does τῷ πνεύματι in 1 Cor. 14:15 denote, the Holy Spirit or my spirit, or else?

Does the text signify "praying and singing with/by the spirit and the mind," "volitional," or "non-volition"? Text: 1 Cor. 14:15 (NASB) What is the outcome then? I will ...
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Will faith and hope continue or cease when the perfect comes? 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13 (ESV): If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and ...
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Is love a spiritual gift or a spiritual fruit?

The context of 1 Corinthians 12 and 13 (spiritual gifts) appears to suggest that love (as well as hope and faith) is a spiritual gift: 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a ...
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What does "prophecy" mean in Romans 12:6?

Romans 12:6-7 "Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his ...
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In what sense is speaking in tongues a sign to unbelievers? 1 Corinthians 14:22

1 Corinthians 14:22: 22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. [...
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What are the best/higher gifts? 1 Corinthians 12:31

1 Corinthians 12:28-31: 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of ...
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Is speaking in tongues evidence that someone is saved? [closed]

Is speaking in tongues evidence that someone is saved? And is it a sign that one has been baptised in the Holy Ghost? In my church that seems to be what they believe, that as a believer you must speak ...
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What are the differences between the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd/pastor and teacher? Ephesians 4:11-12

Ephesians 4:11-12: 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, [ESV] ...
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Is Paul's singling out of 3 specific spiritual gifts (prophecies, tongues, knowledge) in 1 Cor 13:8 intentional or rhetorical?

1 Cor 13:8-12 (ESV): 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 ...
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Can Ephesians 2:20 be used as to prove the cessation of the offices of apostle and prophet? [closed]

Ephesians 2:19-22 (ESV): 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles ...
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Were tongues for believers or unbelievers?

1 Corinthians 14: 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. Tongues were for unbelievers and not for believers....
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Does the use of past tense in Hebrews 2:4 indicate that signs, wonders, miracles and the gifts of the Holy Spirit had ceased?

Hebrews 2:1-4 (ESV): Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every ...
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Should πνευματικα (pneumatika) in 1 Corinthians 14:1 be translated as "spiritualities" or "spiritual things" instead of "spiritual gifts"?

My question is motivated by an answer to a related question I asked on C.SE in regards to 1 Corinthians 14:1. Specifically, the linked answer argues that the Greek word πνευματικα (pneumatika) should ...
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In 1 Cor. 14:1, was Paul's exhortation to "earnestly desire spiritual gifts" addressed only to the Corinthians, or to all Christians in general?

1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV) Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy Did Paul write this exhortation only for the Corinthians who were the immediate ...
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Can 1 Cor 13:8-10 be used as to prove that radical Continuationism is necessarily true?

This question is prompted by an answer in C.SE claiming that the very wording of the bolded text below within 1 Cor 13:8-12 implies that prophecies, tongues and knowledge are available in the time of ...
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When shall we see "face to face"? 1 Corinthians 13:12

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (ESV): 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in ...
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Job 28:7-11 is about the benefits of praying and speaking in tongues [closed]

Benny Hinn mentions in this youtube video -->( https://youtu.be/mX_Ts0jAFNU?t=823 ) that Job 28:7-11 is about the benefits of praying and speaking in tongues: ( Job 28:7-11 ) 7 “The path no ...
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Did Paul (1 Cor 14) and the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:19) share the same concept of 'prophet'?

1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV): Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 (ESV): 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or ...
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Are Moses (Numbers 11:29) and Paul (1 Corinthians 14) talking about the same type of prophecies?

Moses: 29 And Moses saith to him, `Art thou zealous for me? O that all Jehovah's people were prophets! that Jehovah would put His Spirit upon them!' (Numbers 11:29 YLT) Paul: Pursue the love, and ...
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What is the difference between gifts of healing and the working of miracles? 1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12 (ESV): 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same ...
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What prophecies was Paul referring to when he said "do not despise prophecies" in 1 Thessalonians 5:20?

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (ESV): 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. What prophecies was Paul ...
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What is meant by "the secrets of his heart are disclosed" in 1 Corinthians 14:25?

1 Cor 14:24-25 (ESV): 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling ...
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Is there theological significance in the word 'Allelujah' only occurring 4 times in the entire Christian Greek Scriptures, all of them in Rev. ch 19?

I would expect more than a few Allelujahs bursting from the lips of overjoyed Christians when they realised Jesus had arisen in triumph from the grave, but that is not recorded in the gospel accounts ...
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Can we determine from the text/context in what language Peter preached his sermon at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-41)?

We all know that the apostles and disciples miraculously spoke different tongues at Pentecost, that the foreigners around who were native speakers of those languages could understand: 5 Now there ...
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What is the difference between speaking with the mind and speaking in a tongue (with the spirit)? 1 Corinthians 14

In 1 Cor 14:2, the act of speaking in a tongue is described as a process in which a person utters mysteries under the influence of the Holy Spirit: 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men ...
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Is there any value in "giving thanks with one's spirit" when the person doing the thanksgiving lacks the gift of interpretation of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:13-19 (ESV): 13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 15 What am I to do? ...
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Why was there no need for the gift of interpretation of tongues (1 Cor 14) at Pentecost (Acts 2)?

The gift of interpretation of tongues is a very important gift according to 1 Corinthians 14. It enables the person with the gift to understand and interpret what someone with the gift of tongues is ...
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Does the Holy Spirit produce anger?

In 1 Samuel 11:6 (NASB) Then the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and he became very angry. Is anger a fruit of the Spirit?
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Did Jesus exercise omniscience or a spiritual gift in Matthew 9:4?

Matthew 9:4 (ESV): 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? Did Jesus know their thoughts because 1) he was omniscient, 2) the Holy Spirit revealed the ...
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Why did some of the witnesses at Pentecost react with mockery in Acts 2:13?

Acts 2:12-13 (ESV): 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” Why did some of the witnesses ...
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In light of Acts 10:44-48, were the disciples in Acts 2 praising/exalting God in tongues (contrary to the view that they were "preaching" in tongues)?

Disclaimer: this is going to be a bit of a long question, so bear with me. I've heard people claim that the purpose of the gift of tongues is to preach the gospel to foreigners in their own native ...
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Are the mysteries in the Spirit (that no-one understands) uttered in a language that can be interpreted via the gift of interpretation of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:2 (ESV) says: 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. However, later verses say: 5 Now I ...
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