Summary: The gifts of the Holy Spirit contribute to the orderliness of God’s design for the Church. As instruments of God, operating in the Body, we must be orderly. Only then can the Body be edified. When the Body is edified, God will be glorified!
1st Corinthians 12:7
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
The Gifts that Give a Believer Power to Supernaturally "Know".
These gifts are used by God to REVEAL something through us to others.
2. A Word of Knowledge
3. Discerning of Spirits
I’m going to call these “manifestation” gifts because they are supernatural in nature.
As I have said, all gifts come from the Holy Spirit.
But not all gifts are manifested the same way.
When I teach, when I pastor, I do it by making choices based on what I know about God and what I know about people.
When God uses me to manifest Himself THROUGH me, it is not something I do by making conscious choices based on what I know about God or what I know about people.
It is “revealed” in the moment the gift is needed.
Since the time of Adam and Eve, it has been important for mankind to hear from God.
When God communicates to people, He usually uses the Holy Spirit.
Even the OT prophets had the Holy Spirit come upon them, which is why they could hear from God, and then act accordingly to what He said.
What God did for the prophets, He does for the modern Christian as well.
This is where we find a huge division in the church today.
Many Christians do not believe that the whole Bible can be used in the present day.
Many Christians believe that most of what is written in the Bible is no longer in effect.
They believe it stopped with the Apostles in the First Century Church.
When the last of the Apostles died, God stopped being who He had always been in His relationship to man.
And everything that they were able to do as a result of His empowering through the Holy Spirit stopped as well.
If that is true……
Why do we NOW waste our time even READING the Bible?
If it’s only value is as a history book?
Sadly, that is what many Christians believe.
Only the values and morals that we can somehow pick out and separate from the rest of the Bible, especially the HS, can benefit believers today.
And who is telling us what we can and cannot use anymore??
God knows we STILL need His help and guidance to be successful in life and accomplish what He wants us accomplish.
God WILL NEVER abandon us, by ABANDONING HIS WORD TO US!!
So, these “revelation” manifestation gifts come DIRECTLY from God.
It is not simply a case of one believer trying to “reveal” something they think or they believe to another believer.
These manifestations work together with the human mind, but they are completely separate from it.
That’s the SUPERNATURAL part.
Isn’t God SUPERNATURAL???
Many people, saved and unsaved, give wise advice.
That is not a manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
Most Christians have heard from God without even realizing it.
God “provides” information or direction, but sometimes we don’t recognize it as God.
Many times it is only after the fact that we recognize that the “thought” we had was actually revelation from God.
You may “get the idea” to call a friend that you have not called in a long time, only to find out when you are on the phone that your call was “right on time.”
You may “feel an urge” to stop by someone’s house, only to find that the timing of the visit was perfect timing.
These things are not just coincidences.
No. You were operating by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As Christians, the Holy Spirit is sealed inside of us, it “indwells” in us and is part of our very nature.
That is how God can communicate through it seamlessly to our minds.
Every Christian should expect to receive this kind of “revelation.”
And in the process, it builds our faith when we hear from heaven.
Gift of Wisdom
A person operating in the gift of wisdom will receive insight regarding specific needs of another individual.
They receive supernatural direction for how to apply certain facts and information they have about a situation.
A word of wisdom can be defined as “the right application of knowledge.”