LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BOOK: The Person and Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Chapter 4.1: Introduction
There are nine spiritual or charismatic gifts:
word of wisdom,
word of knowledge,
discerning of spirits,
working of miracles,
gifts of healing,
divers kinds of tongues, and
interpretation of tongues
I Cor 12:1-12
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God
calleth Jesus accursed:
and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord,
but by the Holy Ghost.
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another
discerning of spirits;
to another divers kinds of tongues; to another
the interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that
being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
These gifts (charisma) are given by the Holy Spirit, to equip us to be
able to perform the work of the Body of Christ in a supernatural way.
gifts are "tools" for us to us in preaching the word of God to the
unsaved world, confirming the truth with signs and wonders, thru the
working of the Holy Spirit.
A. Attracting attention to the truth.
B. To proclaim Jesus as Lord (verses 2-3), which is also confirming the truth.
C. To proclaim God's power and majesty to the world (demonstration).
D. Ministering to the needs of the Body of
Christ, that is God meeting needs in a supernatural way.
A. The gifts are manifested as we move with the Holy
Spirit, acting in faith. The gifts may also manifest at times we
are not expecting them to because they function as the Holy Spirit
wills. The balance is in that the Holy Spirit is moved by faith.
DIVISION OF GIFTS:
divide and isolate the individual gifts to define them only.
Normally, two or more gifts will operate at the same time. They may
function at the same time (e.g., prophecy and word of wisdom), or they
may flow from one to another without an obvious breaking point (e.g.,
interpretation and prophecy).
B. All these gifts operated in and under the Old
Testament, except tongues and interpretation. Tongues and
interpretation are signs of and specific to the New Testament.
This is why you don't see tongues and interpretation until the baptism
of the Holy Spirit upon believers. All gifts, except tongues and
interpretation, can be manifested to a lesser degree before the baptism
of the Holy Spirit; however, the baptism brings the anointing of the
Holy Spirit without measure or limit, and allows the potential for the
full manifestation of the gifts, as we grow and yield to the leading of
the Holy Spirit.
The gifts are divided into three groups, defining their general type of operation:
A. the revelation gifts (reveal something):
word of wisdom
word of knowledge
discerning of spirits
B. the power gifts (do something by supernatural power):
working of miracles
gifts of healing
C. the spoken gifts (speak something):
divers kinds of tongues
interpretation of tongues