gifts of healing

1 Corinthians 12:9

12:9 gifts of healing. The “gifts of healing” (note the plural, indicating a repetitive gift) were used frequently in the early church, and were clearly miraculous in nature. However, even Paul, who certainly used such a gift successfully on various occasions, was not always successful (note II Timothy 4:20, for example). This, like the other gifts, was bestowed individually according to God’s will. Paul was not even able to bring about his own healing (II Corinthians 12:7-10). The “gift of miracles” was similar, except that it was for special needs other than healings.

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