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Understanding Spiritual Gifts: A Verse-by-Verse Study of 1 Corinthians 12-14 [Paperback]

By Robert L. Thomas (Editor)
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This thorough study of spiritual gifts will help Christians understand their gifts and how they should use those gifts in the church.

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This thorough study of spiritual gifts will help Christians understand their God-given gifts and how they should use those gifts in the church. Thomas explains each gift, examining them in the light of the Word. He also deals with the issues concerning the source, purpose, and nature of spiritual gifts. Understanding Spiritual Gifts will give readers new insight into how their gifts can be used for God's glory and service.

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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 13, 1999
Publisher   Kregel Academic & Professional
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0825438292  
ISBN13  9780825438295  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ROBERT THOMAS (B.M.E., Georgia Institute of Technology; Th.M. and Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is currently professor of New Testament at The Master s Seminary. Dr. Thomas is author of A Harmony of the Gospels, Revelation 1-7 and Revelation 8-22: An Exegetical Commentary. Dr. Thomas previously served with the Lockman Foundation as a member of the translation team for the Exhaustive Concordance Committee and on the Topical Reference Bible Committee for the New American Standard Bible. Robert resides in Sun Valley, California."

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Poor, poor exegesis  Apr 4, 2008
I was recently "converted" to the charismatic/continuationist position, and a cessationist friend gave me this book to try to give me the other side. I have to say, honestly, if I were still on the fence before reading this book, I would be thoroughly convinced of the CHARISMATIC/CONTINUATIONIST view! The reason for this is the absolutely dreadful exegesis, particularly of 1 Cor. 13:8 - 12.

One point in particular stands out: Thomas essentially stakes his claim to a cessationist reading of this passage on the rendering of "to teleion" as "maturity", and a gradual maturity at that. Two problems arise from that. First, no English Bible translation, from KJV to NIV to ESV, etc., translates that Greek word in v. 10 as "maturity". They all translate it "perfection". When you are basing your argument on an absolute minority view of a translation, you are in big trouble.

Second, he finds a parallel with Eph. 4:13. Here "teleion" is translated as "mature" (although KJV and NKJV translate it "perfect"). And in these instances, Thomas argues, the idea of "mature" or "maturity" means a gradual growth, not the kind of perfection to be expected after Christ returns. And so in that sense, we have attained this maturity as the Church, mostly as having received the completed Scripture. Therefore, in a nutshell, what Paul is referring to in 1 Cor. 13:10 is the Church having received the completed Scriptures, and since that is the case for us, those spiritual gifts mentioned (prophecy, tongues, knowledge) have ceased.

But let me back up and reveal a serious and fatal flaw, one of many (in my opinion), in this argumentation. If Eph. 4:13 is referring to the kind of maturity that we have attained to, i.e. a gradual maturity, then the Church no longer has a need for evangelists, pastors, and teachers (not to mention apostles and prophets). Why is that? Because it seems that Thomas has missed the word "until" at the beginning of v. 13. Those 5 offices, Paul says, are given to the Church UNTIL maturity is reached.

Read Carson's book "Showing the Spirit" instead.
Excellent Treatment of Spiritual Gifts  Dec 3, 2007
Thomas has done a real service to the church with this book. The exegesis is solid, readable & helpful. The appendices add gravy to the book & are very helpful in aiding believers in discovering what their own gifts are today. This is a 'must have' for any pastor, teacher or discipler's library.
dismissive and selective interpretation of the bible  Nov 16, 2007
what can you expect of a book that dismisses the gifts of the Holy Spirit in action today? I'm not sure if it's a case of sour grapes, turning a blind eye to something or just pure blindness! it's for the reader to decide. The gifts are in operation and are visibly manifested across the world. Now, if someone chooses to think that they have ceased to exist and therefore all the realities that people are experiencing worldwide in God's presence are fake - you know where he is going!
And this book is not any different from what most theologians do - beat around the bush! you don't need 300+ pages to describe something that is written over a few pages in the bible unless you want to impose your view onb it and try to prove it. IN any case you can't disprove it Dr. Thomas, because if you walk into a place where the gifts are in operation, your heart's secrets will be laid bare and then you BETTER fall on your face and repent!!! your theology ain't taking you nowhere, sir!
Cessasionist View on the Gifts of the Spirit  May 25, 2004
Dr. Robert L. Thomas of Master's Seminary ( writes a book that should appeal to cessationist viewpoint of the gifts of the Spirit as found in 1 Corinthians 12-14. The book is a verse by verse, expositional and theological commentary on these famous chapters that have blessed charismatics and confused non-charismatics.

Dr. Thomas takes on the tough questions that 1 Corinthians 12-14 brings to mind especially for those who believe that the manifestation gifts were for the early church only and ceased with the completion of the New Testament canon. His conclusion is that Paul was writing to correct the Corinthians and while there is application for today from his advice, the sign gifts are no longer in operation as found in the New Testament Church.

This book is a great theological book on the cessationist viewpoint but it is tough reading. Dr. Thomas is a theologian and his writing reflects his earnest committment to that study. I give this a book a four only because of this difficult nature. I find this type of book a thrill whereas most Christians may find it a bore.


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