LAB148 Your Gifts Are Meant for Others
1 Peter 4:10
LAB148 Mine Within the Immediate Context First
Published January 30th, 2017
Notes Refer to these LABs: www.desiringgod.org/labs/your-gifts-are-meant-for-others www.desiringgod.org/labs/what-is-a-spiritual-gift Excerpt from the LAB webpage: "Principle for Bible Reading: Mine Within the Context First Cross-referencing and making connections to other passages enriches Bible study. We need to make connections, but we also need to be careful to import other passages into the one we are studying before we have given the passage itself its proper due. The problem with moving all over the Bible too quickly is that we can miss what the particular author wanted to communicate. In many cases the author could have brought in other passages and made connections but that wasn’t his point. Cross-reference and conduct word searches, but let each author speak for himself without making a collage of other passages too quickly." Takeaway: This lesson stood out to me. I found myself glossing over the verse quickly, making a lot of assumptions and reading into the text rather than reading out of the text. After viewing the LAB videos, I learned through Pastor Piper about Peter's understanding of gifts. More importantly, I learned to slow down and more carefully read the text.
1 Peter 4:10
Based on the gift
Pastor Piper showed by it's easy to gloss over "gift" and assume a link with the spiritual gifts as listed by Paul. But this is reading into the text what Peter did not intend. Peter sees gift here as what the rest of this verse explains.
each one has received,
Each person receives a gift meaning that there is no sense of exclusivity. Something the Reformers noticed.
Each gift is to be exercised
to serve others,
for the purpose of helping others. This means that others have needs that are to be met by using these gifts.
* as good managers
or stewards in ESV. There is a sense then that each and all receive these gifts and are fellow mutual managers or stewards
of the varied grace of God.
This is a stewardship of the varied grace of God. Here is Peter's thought in contrast to Paul's idea of spiritual gift. Peter sees the gifts as varied grace of God. He does not specify if each gift is static, permanent, changeable. So it is possible that God gives His varied grace to each at different times according to the need to serve others in 10b. Therefore, trying to discover each gift according to a prescribed checklist would not fit within Peter's understanding of gifts here.