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Are there companion gifts to gifts of the Spirit?

Submitted: 12/9/2005
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Question: I recently heard that some of the gifts of the Spirit have a companion gift, meaning that if you get the one you will also get it's companion. Is this true? Which gifts come in doubles? My curiousity is really stirred up now. I really love this website. It is so very helpful, and I feel at home here. Thanks.

Answer: We are not familiar with this teaching and do not find it in the Scriptures. It may be that what someone meant was that when a person receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, he gets some spiritual gifts along with it. The gifts (Greek charisma) of the Spirit described in 1 Corinthians 12 are given to those who receive the gift (Greek dorea) of the Holy Spirit described in Acts 2:38. All spiritual gifts are attribues of the one Spirit and are given for the edification of to the church. In this sense, spiritual gifts are companions of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps this is what this person meant.