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29 “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?”
 
We come now to the third list of gifts in this chapter (vv. 29-30). All the questions in verses 29 and 30 expect a negative answer. Note the word “all” occurs in each question. Clearly, God does not expect everyone to have all these gifts.
12:29
Are all apostles?
This question in the Greek expects a negative answer, “Are all apostles? No.”
Are all prophets?
No, all are not prophets.
Are all teachers?
Neither are all teachers.
Are all workers of miracles?
All do not work miracles.
12:30
Do all have gifts of healings?
Not all can do “gifts of healings.”
Do all speak with tongues?
Only a few have the ability to speak in foreign languages without studying for them.
Do all interpret?
All cannot translate languages without studying for them.
PRINCIPLE: 
God does not hold us accountable for gifts we do not have.
APPLICATION: 
God does not rubber stamp gifts for the local church, for He loves variety. No one person can do all ministries in a local church. We need different strokes for different folks. We need each other. None of us has a gift that is sufficient unto itself. God does not hold us accountable for gifts we do not have.
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