August 5, 2012Spiritual Gifts
Understanding Spiritual Gifts: 1 CORINTHIANS 12 & 14
Definition: Spiritual Gifts are those special abilities given by Christ through the Holy Spirit which God intends Christians to use in fulfilling His Purpose in the Earth.
Important Facts About Spiritual Gifts:
1: They are received not achieved
2: They are given to fulfil Christ’s purpose in the earth – Acts 1: 8
3: They differ from natural talents
4: They are different from the Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5: 22-23
5: A Believer can be given more than one gift
6: They are given to us by “measure” Ephesians 4: 7; Romans 12: 3 and just like faith it can be increased
7: There are at least three things to consider concerning the measure of your gifts
a: We each must relate to our gifts honestly and realistically (Romans 12: 3; 1 Peter 4: 10-11)
b: The measure of our gifts can increase (Luke 19: 26)
c: Be careful not to step beyond your measure of the gift
(2 Corinthians 10:13, Romans 12: 3)
8: We must be careful of the enemy’s (Satan’s) attempt to confuse us with counterfeit gifts (Acts 16: 16-18)
9: They are meant to be permanent and to be used throughout our lives. (Romans 11: 29)
There Are Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
1: Word of Wisdom
2: Word of Knowledge
5: Working of Miracles
7: Discerning Of Spirits
8: Various Kinds of Tongues
9: Interpretation of Tongues
Identifying Spiritual Gifts:
Word of Wisdom
The supernatural ability in the Spirit to impart special and specific information, insight guidance or counsel which brings life changing illumination.
Note: The gift of the word of wisdom is just that, the Word of wisdom and not Wisdom itself, spoken of for example in 1 Corinthians 2: 6-7; Ephesians 1: 17-18; The Book of Proverbs; Daniel 1: 4 There are two types of Wisdom, one is earthly, James 3: 14; 1 Corinthians 2: 4 and the other, is divine, James 3: 17; 1 Corinthians 2: 6-7
Biblical (Divine) wisdom comes from God and His written Word through research and studying but does not automatically qualify one’s ability to operate in the gift of the Word of Wisdom. Conversely, operating in the gift of the Word of Wisdom does not mean that an individual has “great wisdom”. You can be spiritual (manifest spiritual gifts) but very immature (lacking Christ-like character) or you can be very mature but not very spiritual.
Please Note: Spirituality and Maturity Are Not The Same!
Biblical Examples of The Word of Wisdom in Operation:
Daniel 2; Acts 27: 21-25; 1 Kings 3: 16-28
Word of Knowledge
The God-given ability to receive a spontaneous knowledge of facts or details about a person or situation that has not been discovered through natural inquiry – A supernatural revelation by the Holy Ghost.
Note: Again this is different from being knowledgeable:
a: The Word of Knowledge can reveal the cause of sickness or demonic oppression in an individual
b: It can reveal root problems when counselling
c: It reveals secrets of the heart for repentance
d: It gives insight for intercessory prayer
1 Kings 4: 2-3; 2 Kings 5: 20-27; 2 Kings 6: 8-12; John 4: 18, 29; John 1: 47 – 48; Acts 5: 1-18
The God-given ability to believe for the extraordinary or impossible within the will of God in a particular situation.
Note: This faith is different from the measure of faith that God gives to every man. Romans 12: 3
Acts 16: 16-18; Genesis 6: Noah; Genesis 22: Abraham; Matthew 14: 23-31
The supernatural ability to serve as a human channel in ministering divine healing and restoration of health apart from natural means.
Jesus throughout the Gospels: Matthew 4: 24; Matthew 8; Matthew 12; Mark 1; Luke 4: 40; Acts 28: 8
Working of Miracles
The supernatural ability to serve as a human channel through which God can perform acts which transcend the laws of nature:
Note: There are Miracles of Healing which differ from the Spiritual Gift of Healing:
Acts 4: 22; Acts 3: 1-10; Matthew 14: 15-27; John 4: 43-54; John 2: 1-11; Acts 19: 11; Acts 20: 7-12; Acts 9: 36-41; Luke 7: 11-17
The God-given ability to sense the mind and will of God, either past, present or futuristic, for a person, group or situation and to communicate it accurately through divine anointed speaking.
Note: Having the gift of prophecy is not the same as being a Prophet as recorded in Ephesians 4: The gift of prophecy in the local Church is limited to exhortation, edification and comfort: Also it is the only gift out of the nine that has such wide scope for ministering to and blessing the Body of Christ: Paul encourages everyone to prophesy 1 Corinthians 14:1, 31
There are five dimensions to Prophetic Ministry:
1: The Office of the Prophet:
Ephesians 2: 30; 4: 11; 1 Corinthians 12: 28; Acts 13: 1
2: Prophetic Preaching:
1 Peter 4: 11
3: Prophetic Presbytery:
1 Timothy 4: 14; Hebrews 6: 1-2; Acts 13: 1-3 is used in: –
(a) Prophetic revelation and confirmation of those called into
leadership ministry in the Church
(b) Ordination to the five-fold ministry
(c) Confirmation and activation of membership ministries in the
Body of Christ
(d) Progress in Christian Maturity
4: The Spirit of Prophecy
This is an anointing arising from Christ within the believer, which takes place on occasions of special anointing: Revelation 19: 10
5: The Gift of Prophecy
1 Corinthians 12: 10; 14:1, 3, 4, 6, 22, 24, 31, 39; 1 Thessalonians 5: 20; Romans 12: 6; Joel 2: 28
Discerning of Spirits
The God given ability to know whether the spiritual source behind certain behaviour is divine, human or satanic.
Note: This is one area in which people tend to become very “spooky”. This gift is not intended for one to go around trying to discern everything people say or do.
Mark 9: 25; Matthew 16: 15-23; Acts 8: 23; Acts 13: 9-12; Acts 16: 16-18
Various Kinds of Tongues
The God-given ability to communicate in an unfamiliar language (either human or divine.)
Note: This differs from the Tongues you receive as the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost: Clarification of 1 Corinthians 12: 30
1 Corinthians 14: 18, 39b; Acts 2: 4; Acts 10: 46; Acts 19: 6 – 9:
Interpretation of Tongues
The supernatural ability to translate an unknown language either divine (angelic) or natural (human) to a person or group of people into a language they understand without any natural aids.
1 Corinthians 14: 1- 9