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Summary: God through His Son as blessed the body of Christ with gifts to equip the body.

God in His love for us all as the body of Christ has chosen to bless us all with different gifts that will help us the body of Christ to grow in Him and to help each other in the things of the kingdom. The focus of all this gifts is the kingdom of God and not for our selfish needs.

The Kingdom of God is important to God and everything here on earth is pointing to the kingdom of God. Jesus actually said so in:

Matthew 6: 25 - 34

Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

With all that Jesus said in this chapter of Matthew about been not worried about the necessities of life, at the end of it all what He told us is that we seek after His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things that we are concerned about will be given to us from the Father who cares for His children.

Therefore, as the body of Christ, for us not to be confused we have been given different kinds of gifts to equip us, the body. And He expects us all to be a blessing to each other with His gifts, the gifts comes from Him to us as well and we are not to misuse His gifts. It's His gifts give to us and we are not to say to ourselves that I don't want this gift or I prefer this gift! He created us and knows what is best to give us - Jeremiah 18.

There are different types of gifts for us the body of Christ here on earth:

Romans 12: 6 - 8

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them accordingly: if [someone has the gift of] prophecy, [let him speak a new message from God to His people] in proportion to the faith possessed; if service, in the act of serving; or he who teaches, in the act of teaching; or he who encourages, in the act of encouragement; he who gives, with generosity; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy [in caring for others], with cheerfulness.

The list of His gifts are:

Prophecy

Serving

Teaching

Encourager

Giver

Leadership

Mercy

The gift of prophecy

Meaning

The bible meaning is

The foretelling or prediction of what is to come, something that is declared by a prophet, especially a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation.

Or

An inspired utterance of a prophet.

Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 14

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

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