BACK TO "SPIRITUALS"

Another look at what Paul says "Concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant" raises a question.

Most times we simply read it and read on. But there is something in it that's worth thinking about. The word "gifts" is in italic letters. That means that it's not in the Greek manuscript.

Words printed in italics are words introduced to help when Bible translators encounter difficulty or uncertainty.

The plain translation is simply "spirituals". The introduced word "gifts" is found only in 1 Corinthians 12'1, 14'1, 14'12.

In contrast, in Romans 1'11 the word "gift" is in the Greek so the straight translation is "spiritual gift", no italics!

So what would the difference be if the word gifts was left out?:

"Concerning spirituals, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant," 1 Corinthians 12'1. 

"Pursue love, and desire spirituals, but especially that you may prophesy," 1 Corinthians 14'1.

"Even so you, since you are zealous for spirituals, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel," 1 Corinthians 14'12.

Believers are told to desire spirituals and to be zealous for spirituals. So what are they?  

The word "spiritual" is translated from the New Testament Greek "pneumatikos". Strong's concordance translates it:

"... the human spirit, or rational soul, as part of the man which is akin to God and serves as his instrument or organ".

Regenerated humans are spiritual. Jesus declared: "... that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3'6).

While being natural, Believers have a part that "is akin to God and serves as his instrument or organ".  

This instrument/organ is what the Holy Spirit uses in spirituals with Believers in order to manifest Himself with a gift or a prophecy, when they are disposed to Him.

It's all about being disposed or being open to the Holy Spirit making contact.

Some Believers refer to "promptings of the Holy Spirit". They could very well be what Paul identifies as "spirituals"? What about encounters with the Holy Spirit?

Obviously, spirituals were very significant indeed to Paul. Shouldn't they be to us, too!