Summary: The word of knowledge is one of the three revelation gifts as discussed in earlier lessons. The "revelation gifts" are our spiritual eyes and ears. They allow us to see and hear things by the Spirit.
By: Donna J. Kazenske
1 Cor. 12:7-10 "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom, through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another the gift of faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues."
The word of knowledge is one of the three revelation gifts as discussed in earlier lessons. The "revelation gifts" are our spiritual eyes and ears. They allow us to see and hear things by the Spirit.
1) Word of Knowledge
2) Word of Wisdom
3) Discerning of Spirits
The word of knowledge is supernatural revelation, by the Holy Spirit, of certain facts in the mind of God. It is the God-given ability to receive from God, by revelation, the facts concerning something that is humanly impossible for us to know anything about.
Important note: It is a gift of the "word" of knowledge. It is not the gift of knowledge.
A word is just a fragment or part of a sentence. A "word" of knowledge is just a fragment or a part of God’s knowledge. He gives us a “piece” of His knowledge regarding a particular circumstance or situation.
Even though it is true that the Lord has all knowledge and knows everything about absolutely everything, He does not always reveal everything to us. Revelation comes only as He wills it to come. He has always proven Himself to be faithful to speak to His people at the proper time (fullness of time). However, it’s become quite obvious that many of us do not enjoy the waiting process in God’s precious timetable. We want to know everything, right now! The truth of the matter is that the Spirit of God usually doesn’t function in this manner. Normally, we find that revelation comes to us as we begin to seek the truth, not because we have a desire for more knowledge, but because we have a desire for more of Him in our lives.
Thousands of believers have been entrusted with much knowledge, wisdom, and revelation from the Holy Spirit. However, there are some who have been guilty of quietly keeping all of this life-giving information carefully stored away in the memory banks of their own hearts and minds. They have failed to see and experience the wonderful benefits that could be made available to them, because they have neglected to pass the blessing on to others.
The Lord brings revelation to His people for specific purposes and reasons. What has been freely given to us must also be freely given to others as the Spirit of God leads. It’s our responsibility to ask the Lord what He wants us to do with the revelation knowledge that He has given to us. If we have a tendency to keep all that He has graciously given to us locked away in the corridors of our hearts, it could possibly hinder any further working of His Spirit in us. His initiative is to bless us so that we, in turn, might be a blessing to others.
1 Cor. 13:9 – For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
Have you ever been around someone who had a fear of being around the “true” prophets of God? Maybe you have been one of those who have been afraid to be in close proximity with a true prophet. What would cause us to fear those who are walking in the truth of God’s word? Could it be because we are not measuring up to the standards of holiness that God has called us to walk in? Could it be because there is some sort of blatant sin in our lives, and we don’t want it to be exposed? The Lord does not want His people living in fear, yet at the same time, He does want us living holy and blameless lives before Him. If there is sin in our lives, we must repent and turn back to the Lord.
Prophets only prophesy in part. They don’t see the whole picture. They see only that which the Lord would have them see at any given moment in time. If the Lord chooses to expose sin in our lives, we must receive the word that is given to us so that we can be set free from the enemies power.
Two Important Factors To Remember:
1. The word of knowledge and the word of wisdom often work together.
2.The word of knowledge brings revelation regarding the past and present.
Some purposes of the Word of Knowledge: