Ephesians 4:7-10 (2)
The Gift of Grace (7)
2 Problems Commonly Made with Grace
1. “God cannot forgive me of what I have done.”
2. “God’s going to forgive me so why not sin?”
Giver of the gift (8-9)
You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.
He who descended is who ascended. (10)
In the light of this emphasis on Christ, ascended, exalted, filling the universe, ruling the church, bestowing gifts, it would clearly be a mistake to think of charismata as being exclusively ‘gifts of the Spirit’ and to associate them too closely with the Holy Spirit or with experiences of the Holy Spirit. For here they are the gifts of Christ, while in Romans 12 they are the gifts of God the Father. It is always misleading to separate the three Persons of the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Together they are involved in every aspect of the church’s wellbeing.