Just what does this mean to us today? If we look a little closer we find some very interesting information.
1Co 12: 4, 28. 4 Now there are diversities of gifts (5486), but the same Spirit. 28 And God hath set (5087) some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts (5486) of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
5087 tiyhmi tithemi tith'-ay-mee, used: make, appoint, kneel down
Eph 4 : 7, But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift (1431) of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts (1390) unto men.
The question is, are all the words for gift having the same meaning? In the 4 verses above we see the word gift or gifts being used. Of the 4 verses we see three different words used in the Greek. These are referenced with the Strong’s numbering behind the word. The first word we see is in 1Cor 12 and in the Strong’s numbering (5486), this is the Gk word charisma and the meaning is below.
5486 carisma charisma khar'-is-mah, from 5483;
1) a favour with which one receives without any merit of his own 2) the gift of divine grace 3) the gift of faith, knowledge, holiness, virtue
So this word gift would be the gifts of the Holy Spirit as listed in 1Cor 12.
The next two words are used in Eph 4 and the definitions have two more different meanings then the one above, Eph 4 : 7 see below:
1431 dwrea dorea do-reh-ah', from 1435;
1) a gift
The word comes from 1435 and means:
1) a gift, present 1a) gifts offered in expression of honour
This gift is best looked at as gifts from a conquering King to the people. See below.
The second word for gift Eph 4 : 8 is:
1390 doma doma dom'-ah
from 1325; ; n n
1) a gift
And this word comes from 1325 which means:
1) to give 2) to give something to someone 2a) of a writing 3) to appoint to an office 4) to grant or permit one 4a) to commission
This word here is best looked at as offices and these offices are the GIFT of Holy Spirit to the body for edification. We find what these gifts are in Eph 4:11-13 , v11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
The best way I have found to look at this is from a conquering kings point of view, so Jesus has conquered death for us and much, much more. He is also a King and as King He now leaves His people in Government positions of His Kingdom. When two kingdoms are warring with each other and one king wins, one of the things that he would do, is to ride down the street’s to show himself as there new leader (king). Then he would give gifts of some sort and in some cases he would throw gold coins to the people and in so doing they would know that they must now answer to him as there new king. He would then select people to appointments in the new Government in that country he just conquered.
Is this starting to sound familiar! Many Christians today see Jesus as there Lord and there saviour, but never do they see Him as there King and Lawgiver. This is a very bad mistake and because of it they miss the whole concept of the Kingdom.
This is what happened when Jesus died and was buried and then rose again from the grave. He became a conquering King, in fact we are told He is NOW the King of Kings, in other words He is the King of all the kings of this earth. We see this in these verses Eph 4 : 7, 8. In verse 8 I just described. I like how it reads in the NASB 8 Therefore it says, "WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN." This is a quote from Ps 68: 18. Notice it was a host of captives that He led “a host of captives”. And He (Jesus) gave His gifts. But what are they you say, verse 7 is very important in finding out, “the measure of the gift of Christ (5547). This is where some people make a mistake in that they think this is Jesus and it is not. The word here (Christ) is not the last name of our Lord but instead it means “anointed”.
Strongs: 5547 Christos khris-tos' Christ =" anointed"
1) Christ was the Messiah, the Son of God 2) anointed
So the Greek word for Christ means anointed and the Hebrew word Messiah is for anointed. It is better said Jesus the Christ or Jesus the Messiah, both are saying that it is the anointed one who shall come or was to come or is come.
So why you might say, did I go throw all of this? To come to this, In verse 7 “it says according to the measure of the gift of Christ”. It is according to the measure of the gift of The Anointed. What was He anointed with? Holy Spirit, that’s who, In other words the gift is a measure of the Holy Spirit working in a person. We are told that Jesus was given the Spirit not in measure John 3:34 . But to us He is now given with measure.
Bottom line is the gifts spoken here Eph 4 : 8 The five fold ministry, are the offices and commissions of His (Jesus') Government that these gifts are the working of His, Holy Spirit in our lives. Why, read Eph 4 : 12, 13 above. Rom 12 : 4 “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:”
He is a gentleman to us we in turn need to be respective to Him and what He wants to do with His gift or with Himself in us.