Series that considers the Gifts given by the Holy Spirit to Believers
page is one of a number that seeks to provide basic study material for
the Christian who wishes to see what the Bible says about the gifts
of the Spirit.
are many Bible references but the student is simply advised to copy
and paste the page information into say Word and then study the materials
people think gifts of the spirit are something they are to earn to make
them a better Christian.
truth is that Gifts of the Spirit are simply the supernatural
moving of Jesus through an individual. They are the Spirit
of Jesus (the Holy Spirit) expressing himself through the Christian.
this series we will see that they are not for personal blessing, but
for serving God and bringing blessing to others within the will of God.
are mentioned a number of times in the New Testament and the following
are the main 'lists' that occur:
1 Cor. 12:4-11 (gifts of abilities on occasion)
is Jesus showing you how to proceed in a difficult or impossible situation.
is Jesus revealing what you could not know naturally.
is Jesus giving you the ability to believe for the naturally
is Jesus releasing the power to physically restore through you.
is Jesus simply doing the impossible through you, for the breakthrough
of his kingdom.
is Jesus speaking God's heart for a person or situation through you.
is Jesus revealing the spiritual background of a person or situation
is Jesus releasing your inner spirit in prayer to God for personal
is Jesus giving you understanding of that unknown tongue for personal
and corporate blessing.
Rom 12:6-8 (gifts of abilities on occasion, with
a sense of regular use)
is allowing Jesus to speak his heart for a person or situation through
is allowing Jesus to minister practically through you to bless others.
is allowing Jesus to impart knowledge and understanding through you
to teach, strengthen, upbuild and equip others in the body.
is allowing Jesus to speak upbuilding words through you.
is allowing Jesus to provide resources through you.
is allowing Jesus to provide direction and order through you
for others to follow.
is allowing Jesus to bring his love and grace to the needy through
you for their blessing.
1 Cor 12:27-31 (gifts of abilities in regular
use that we call a “ministry”)
apostle is one through whom Jesus is expressing
the role of a missionary church planter, specially with the gifts
of faith and wisdom and power.
prophet is one through whom Jesus is expressing
the role of a speaker of the heart of God with faith and revelation.
teacher is one through whom Jesus is expressing
the role of one who imparts knowledge and understanding with faith.
miracle worker is one through whom Jesus is often
able to perform the naturally impossible for the breakthrough of the
healer is one through whom Jesus is often able
to bring supernatural physical restoration.
administrator is one through whom Jesus is expressing
the role of an organiser with the gifts of revelation, insight and
tongues speaker (in this context) is one through
whom Jesus often releases edifying spirit prayer and interpretation.
Eph 4:11-13 (gifts of abilities in regular use
that we call a “ministry”)
evangelist is one through whom Jesus is often able
to speak words of conviction with faith that bring salvation.
pastor is one through whom Jesus is able to express
the role of a shepherd-carer in the local church.
Some keys to remember
Jn 14:10 Jesus said that it was the Father living in him who was doing
attributed his abilities to the Father within him (closeness of relationship
needed by us)
Jn 5:19 Jesus said he could do nothing by himself, but only what he
saw his Father doing.
watched the Father, sensed the Father's desires, activity etc. and
did it (sensitivity and obedience needed by us)
Jn 14:12 Jesus said that anyone who has faith in him will do what he
had been doing.
you believe in AND respond (faith is responding) to Jesus you'll be
doing the same sorts of things that Jesus did in his ministry on earth.
Rom 12:6 Paul said that we have different gifts according to the grace
given us by God.
each have different gifts
aren't earned but given as a free gift by God's sovereign choice.
Rom 12:3 Paul said we were to think about ourselves in accordance with
the measure of faith God has given us. (Also Rom 12:6)
receive gifts by grace but use by faith.
faith is also a gift from God but it's up to us to exercise it.
“gifts” are always Jesus expressing himself.
don't merit or earn being used like this, it's simply an honour bestowed
by him because of his sovereign choice.
determines the nature or type of thing he wants to do through us.
use in the same manner increases ability and develops a “ministry”
a gift to us, it is up to us to exercise it. That is faith, responding
to Jesus' leading in this particular way.