Topic: The Gifts of The Spirit
Author: Pastor Abraham David
Now there are diversities of Gifts, but the Same Spirit. 1 Col 12:4
The Holy Spirit is a person, He is the third person of the God-head. As a person, He came to live in us and right now, He’s at home in us because we have received Him and are full of Him.
As a divine being, He works in us and also works through us; His workings through us is for one purpose, the edifying of His body, that is, the building of His body, the Church, and the individual member of the Church; He builds His Church using His gifts at work in us; so, the gifts of the Spirit are His gifts of grace lavished on us for one single purpose, the edifying of His body, that’s why apostle Paul emphasized on people of God desiring the gift of prophecy because the gift of prophecy edifies the Church.
To know the spiritual gifts, let’s read 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. This is the place in the Bible where we have the list of the gifts of the spirit and they are about nine of them mentioned in the scripture.
No one can decide which of the gifts he wants or which of the gifts he doesn’t want, we have no freedom to choose the one we want, the Holy Spirit Himself distributes His gifts as He chooses, He gives to each one of us what is perfect for us, because He knows us all more than we know ourselves, but you can covet for the best gifts.
Some people have problem understanding this line in 1 Corinthians 12:31, “but covet earnestly the best gifts…;” they want to know which is the best gifts and which is not the best gift; the best gifts are the gifts you need to edify the Saints, not just any gift you see operating in another man.
We have different groups of people and you cannot meet the spiritual needs of all the groups using only one particular gift, that’s why the Holy Spirit by Himself gives to each one of us the gifts we need to meet the spiritual needs and edification of the groups of people He is sending us to or bringing our way.
Haven known all the gifts of the Spirit, I hope you can identify now which of the gifts the Holy Spirit has given to you? Use your gifts to build His Church, don’t use it to pull down His Church or His people, don’t ruin or mislead people using the gift the Holy Spirit has given you, build His Church.
Precious Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit whom you have given to us to tabernacle in us, I pray for all the Saints that we shall yield more to your Spirit so that He can use us to build your people in the faith, and in truth, in Jesus name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 AMPC.