Israel is Giver. The Old Testament portrayal of Israel as the wife of God is consistent with the wounded Giver profile we are familiar with.
That said, what is the redemptive gift of the Bride of Christ? And what makes you think that? I can see all seven gifts strongly at work in the Body, but what would be the ideal gift for the task God has given The Church?
I have a bunch of ideas, but no clear picture yet. Let’s dialog for a while through the comments and see if we can get through the smog of surface stuff to hear the heartbeat of the church.
Copyright July 2013 by Arthur Burk
Airborne over Ohio, on my way to an intense research retreat for the fractal of four with a small team