Summary: A five part series on the Manifestational-Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Part 2 explores manifestational gifts and then focuses on the gift of prophecy
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit - part II
The Manifestational Gifts
1 Cor 12:1-12 1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 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. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
The manifestational gifts are segmented into 3 distinct groups.
Power Gifts; gift of faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles
Revelation gifts; word of wisdom, word of knowledge & the discerning of spirits
Inspirational gifts; prophecy, divers kinds of tongues & the interpretation of tongues
The Gift of Prophecy
The Inspirational gifts, also known as the vocal gifts, are where God speaks to His church
Prophecy involves human will and faith but does not involve human intellect
It is entirely supernatural in a natural tongue
Prophecy is speaking or conveying the heart of God unto men
An example would be Peter at the day of Pentecost – Stephen before the Sanhedrin
The Definition of Prophecy:
The word prophecy originates from the Hebrew word ‘naba’ meaning, "to flow forth, to spring forth, to tumble"
1 Cor 14:3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
Prophecy has 3 divine functions; edification, exhortation and comfort
Greek, oikodome’ – to build up or to strengthen, to teach or guide.
The gifts of the Spirit were given to the church to strengthen it.
The second outreach of the gift of prophecy.
To encourage, motivate, prompt, urge or light a fire under them
Correction comes from preaching the word and doctrine - through 5-fold ministry
Greek – paramuthia to give consolation and comfort in distress, sorrow, persecution or suffering.
The church needs divine comfort where the Holy Spirit brings the healing forces of heaven to people’s hearts.
What the gift of prophecy is not
It is not the office of a Prophet (Philip the evangelist, Acts 21:9, had 4 daughters who prophesied but were not prophets)