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[The Economy of God]-Chapter23-Part15

NOT BUILT BY MERE GIFTS
The same principle applies to the matter of gifts. Many Christians today think that since they have the gifts they are quite spiritual. But in fact, it is not so. If you read 1 Corinthians, you can see the state of the Corinthian believers. They exercised the gifts even more than the Apostle (1 Cor. 14:18-20), but did they have the real growth of life? No; they were carnal and childish (1 Cor. 3:1-3). As the teachings must be the means to convey Christ to others, so also the gifts must only be the means to convey Christ. God’s intention today is not to give us so many teachings and gifts, but to minister and impart Christ into us.