THE TRUTH IS – GIFTS (plural) are given to those whom the Godhead directs. Notice: Eph. 4:7-8 – “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts (plural) unto men.” In the next few verses he lists by names, several of the different gifts. See: Rom. 12:3-8. Especially V.6. Now also consider the contextual varieties numerically in a Timely Gospel/Church Capacity – Matt. 25:14—–30. These talents are gifts and are to be employed as God gave them, but some have mis-applied their gifts. All God-given gifts are expressly and clearly designed for the Gospel Church/Kingdom on Earth. 1st Tim. 4:14 and we are to even covet these best timely gifts – 1st Cor. 12:31; James 1:17. Yet, please know there is ONE particular gift given by the Lord, which is ETERNAL – Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8.
One can see Elder Hulan Bass’ mini-commentaries at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pb-mb/