Special gift (1 Cor. 7:7)

“I wish

That all were

As I myself am.

But each of you

Has his own special gift

From God,

One of one kind

And one of another kind.”

θέλω δὲ πάντας ἀνθρώπους εἶναι ὡς καὶ ἐμαυτόν· ἀλλὰ ἕκαστος ἴδιον ἔχει χάρισμα ἐκ Θεοῦ, ὁ μὲν οὕτως, ὁ δὲ οὕτως.

Paul said that he wished (θέλω) that all men (δὲ πάντας ἀνθρώπους) were like him (εἶναι ὡς καὶ ἐμαυτόν), but he admitted that each one (ἀλλὰ ἕκαστος ἴδιον) has their own special charismatic gift (ἔχει χάρισμα) from God (ἐκ Θεοῦ), one of one kind (ὁ μὲν οὕτως) and one of another kind (ὁ δὲ οὕτως).  Paul indicated that he was a celibate, not-married person.  He wanted everyone to be like him in a celibate lifestyle.  However, he realized that each person had their own special spiritual charismatic gift that was different from each other.  For Paul, the ideal state was a celibate state, since there were no other commitments of the heart, but he also realized that celibacy was desirable but not mandatory.  Not everyone had the charismatic gift of celibacy.  He would permit and encourage marriage, but he personally preferred celibacy.  Do you know anyone who has the charismatic gift of celibacy?

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