(I Corinthians 4:7) For who makes you different? And what do you have that you didn’t receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
I wondered: Why should received be less boasted about than not received? After all, if one received a spiritual gift, the received becomes a part of his personality just like as not received.
I think, the answer to this question is: If you received some spiritual gift, then (after the will of God) anybody else can easily receive the same gift. So “received” is a common thing, which can be easily given to anybody else. So you have no reason to boast about the received.