Gifts of the Holy Spirit


Did you know that not only are there Fruits of the Spirit but also Gifts of the Holy Spirit?

Before I get into what these are, let’s take a look at the differences between the Fruits and the Spiritual Gifts.

Now that we know the differences, one thing to keep in mind according to 1 Corinthians chapter 12 states that we are each given a gift.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 

5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 

6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

1 Corinthians 12

What are the Gifts of the Spirit?

In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he lists the nine gifts of the spirit in chapter 12 versus 8-10 .

  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Healing
  • Working of Miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Discerning of Spirits
  • Different kinds of Tongues
  • Interpretation of Tongues

Who is Paul and what’s this about Corinth? Paul considered himself the least of the Apostles. He started out as a ruthless prosecutor of Christians before becoming one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age.

Corinth was the most important city in Greece during Paul’s day. It was a bustling hub of worldwide commerce, degraded culture and idolatrous religion. It’s here Paul founded a church and wrote his first epistle to share his words of council.

His best outlines the above Gifts. I could have described them as others have done on the internet, however by doing so, I rob you of a full understanding.

Please listen to the video below to gain and develop your own interpretation and understanding of the above Gifts.

The video below is an audio reading of 1 Corinthians and speaks of not only the Gifts of the Spirit, but also the Fruits of the spirit, morality, and hints at the Rapture. The video is one hour in length and is from the King James Bible.

What Gift of the Spirit do you think you have?

I found a website where you can take a test and find out. It’s 105 questions and takes about 10-12 minutes to complete. Click here to head over to the test. You need to create an account, but the test is free.

I took the test and was surprised how accurate it was. I’ve been told I help too much and I can’t not feel empathy to others. I feel the need to help others grow spiritually, which explains the drive to start this blog. I share my results with you below so my brothers and sisters in Christ can see an intimate part of who I am.

My Top Three Spiritual Gifts

Administration

The Greek word for the spiritual gift of administration is Kubernesis. This is a unique term that refers to a shipmaster or captain. The literal meaning is “to steer,” or “to rule or govern.” It carries the idea of someone who guides and directs a group of people toward a goal or destination. We see variations of this word in verses like Acts 27:11, and Revelation 18:17.

With this gift the Holy Spirit enables certain Christians to organize, direct, and implement plans to lead others in the various ministries of the Church. This gift is closely related to the gift of leadership, but is more goal or task oriented and is also more concerned with details and organization. See also I Corinthians 12:28, Titus 1:4-5.

Mercy

All Christians are called to be merciful because God has been merciful to us (Matthew 18:33; Ephesians 2:4-6). The Greek word for the spiritual gift of mercy is Eleeo. It means to be patient and compassionate toward those who are suffering or afflicted. The concern for the physical as well as spiritual need of those who are hurting is covered by the gift of mercy. Those with this gift have great empathy for others in their trials and sufferings. They are able to come alongside people over extended periods of time and see them through their healing process. They are truly and literally the hands and feet of God to the afflicted.

The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of mercy to some in the church to love and assist those who are suffering, and walk with them until The Lord allows their burden to be lifted. The gift of mercy is founded in God’s mercy towards us as sinners and is consistently expressed with measurable compassion. Those with this gift are able to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15) and “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). They are sensitive to the feelings and circumstances of others and can quickly discern when someone is not doing well. They are typically good listeners and feel the need to simply “be there” for others. See Romans 12:8, Matthew 5:7; Luke 10:30-37; James 3:17; Jude 22-23.

Faith

The spiritual gift of faith is not to be confused with saving faith. All Christians have been given saving faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), but not all receive this special gift of faith. The word for faith in the New Testament is Pistis. It carries the notion of confidence, certainty, trust, and assurance in the object of faith. The gift of faith is rooted in one’s saving faith in Christ and the trust that comes through a close relationship with the Savior. Those with this gift have a trust and confidence in God that allows them to live boldly for Him and manifest that faith in mighty ways.

In the Bible the gift of faith is often accompanied by great works of faith. In Acts 3:1-10 we see this gift in action when Peter sees a lame man at the Beautiful Gate and calls on him to stand up and walk in the Name of Jesus. Jesus said even a small amount of this faith could move mountains (Matthew 17:20; 21:21). Paul echoed this truth in 1 Corinthians 13:2.

The Holy Spirit distributes this gift to some in the church to encourage and build up the church in her confidence in God. Those with the gift of faith trust that God is sovereign and He is good. They take Him at His Word and put the full weight of their lives in His hands. They expect God to move and are not surprised when He answers a prayer or performs a miracle. See also I Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 11:1-40.

Take this free test and find out what your results are. Feel bold? Share your top three in the comments section. Have a blessed day my brothers and sisters in Christ. I love you all.

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