9 “to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit…”
9to another faith by the same Spirit,
There is faith and then there is the gift of faith. The gift of faith here is not saving faith but serving faith. The quality of serving faith varies greatly among believers. The gift of faith is not initial salvation or faithfulness after salvation. This gift is not a person who is optimistic about everything. It is a gift that believes God in an extraordinary way for doing ministry. It is the ability to see what God wants done and sustain unwavering confidence in God regardless of insurmountable obstacles.
Faith turns vision into reality.
All Christians have faith, but some have special capacity to exercise faith. This is a gift associated with vision in ministry. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ was a clear example of this gift in his launching of the largest worldwide ministry in Christianity. This kind of person expresses faith towards God and turns vision into reality. It would be a mistake to try to exercise Bill Bright’s faith without Bill Bright’s gift of faith. His faith was for a particular task or work. He had faith to launch out where there was little financial support for the project. Everybody seemed to be against it and people discouraged him on every side. God’s work carried on in God’s way will never lack God’s support.
This faith does not produce the work of God but rather sets the climate in which God chooses to work. The person gifted with this faith is characterized by utter dependence upon God. This gift is the unique assurance that something we believe to be in God’s plan will definitely happen.