Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Study in Spiritual Gifts

Anointed by the Holy Spirit
Courtesy free clip art

A Study in Spiritual Gifts

As Christians, we desire to serve our Lord and the Church (his body), we realize that many are naturally gifted with inbred talents, abilities, and aptitudes.

Although these natural capabilities are needed and accepted they are not in the same category with the Spiritual gifts we find listed in the Scripture of Corinthians 12. 

This list covers nine (9) Spiritual gifts:  Word of wisdom, Word of knowledge, Special Faith, Gifts of healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Distinguishing between spirits, Speaking in different kinds of tongues, and the Interpretation of tongues.

The church has also been gifted with Administration gifts which include:

First apostles, second prophets, third preacher/teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

When you consider Romans 12, Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12 and combine these gifts, you come up with a summary of twenty three Spiritual Gifts listed here by 

(Romans 12, Ephesians 4 and I Corinthians 12)

  • Administration / Ruling
  • Apostleship / Pioneering
  • Craftsmanship
  • Creative Communication
  • Discernment
  • Encouraging / Exhorting
  • Evangelism
  • Faith
  • Giving
  • Healing
  • Hospitality
  • Intercession
  • Interpretation
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Miracles
  • Pastor / Shepherding
  • Prophecy / Perceiving
  • Teaching
  • Tongues
  • Serving / Ministry
  • Showing Mercy
  • Wisdom
These gifts and administrations all must operate by LOVE, but notice that Love is not one of the Spiritual gifts in its-self.  Love is a Fruit of the Spirit and must be desired and developed.

Many confuse the Spiritual Gifts with the FRUIT of the Spirit.  Fruit grows as we learn more about Jesus and daily walk with Him. 

Yes, whether we operate in Administration, or as a body to use our Spiritual gifts to edify, exhort and encourage, we must also seek and desire the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.

The Verses that record Fruit are found in:
Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control/temperance.  Against such there is no law.

Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:16-19: 
“I Paul give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,  the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,  and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power”

Paul urged us to earnestly seek the best gifts.  Which is the best gift for you? 

Might we say that it is the gift needed at the moment.  As Christians we should seek God first in His holiness and volunteer to be equipped with his anointing.  At a necessary time, in boldness claim His power within you to do the task before you.

Some of the nine Spiritual gifts seem to reside in the individual while others only use one or more of the Holy gifts occasionally in their life time.

It is the same Spirit that gives gifts to his children, and always remember these gifts all operate by the Fruit of Love.

An excellent book by Howard Carter is; Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts
by Howard Carter  It is out of print but is available as a used book

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 This post has been shared with Tracy at Winsome Wednesday


  1. Good lesson. None of the gifts add up to anything without the love of our Father within us. May our fruits and gifts point to He who gives us strengths and gifts.

  2. I like the graphic because when He gives a gift to us, it is like a burning inside - we must go and use it. I like that.

  3. Love this post... you explained it all so well....and in the world today there is so much antipathy regarding the work of the Spirit we need all the loving help we can get with this most relevant issue... Along that line I am excited to be reading RT Kendall's latest book... Holy Fire... I just shared about it on my page... hope you will visit and give it a look see! God bless!

  4. Good article on spiritual Gifts.


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