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Updated: 07/06/2013 08:02:19AM

The Fabric of Our Faith: Spiritual complexity

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C. Peter Wagner’s book “Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow” identifies 27 such gifts. At least three associated with our intellectual mind-set are utilized by Jesus in the Mark 2:1-12 account of the healed paralytic. As Jesus included forgiveness of sin alongside the paralytic’s healing, the teachers of the law sat there thinking, “‘Who can forgive sins but God alone?’”

“Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, ‘Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Get up, take your mat and walk?”’ He got up and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God.”

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