3:7 gift. “Gift” is essentially the same Greek word as “grace” and “given” in Ephesians 3:7-8. Paul stresses not only the free grace of God in salvation but in granting particular gifts of the Spirit and particular calls to service to individuals of His choosing. The word “minister” in this verse (Greek diakonos, from which we get “deacon”) refers to service, not office.
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