What Are The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit?

Learn what the gifts of the Holy Spirit are and why it is so important for Christians to operate in these 9 gifts.

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This study is part of a more extensive series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I wanted to make you aware of this entire resource before getting started.

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What Are The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit?

Three significant passages within the Bible talks about gifts. Many theologians and Bible teachers combine these three passages to make what they call a spiritual gifts list.

However, I do not believe that this is the proper approach to understanding what spiritual gifts are.

The three biblical passages concerning gifts are found in Romans chapter 12, 1st Corinthians chapter 12, and Ephesians chapter 4. It is only in the 1st Corinthians passage that the term “spiritual gift” is used.

I believe, the reason for this is because the gifts listed in 1st Corinthians 12 are the gifts of the Holy Spirit given by the Spirit whereas the gifts listed in Romans 12 are gifts given by God the father, and the gifts given in Ephesians chapter four specifically state that they are gifts given by Christ.

So when we talk about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we are going to deal specifically with the gifts listed in 1st Corinthians chapter 12.

1 Corinthians 12:4

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 gifts of the Holy Spirit are the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, extraordinary faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, the gift of tongues and the interpretation of tongues.

These nine gifts are what I believe to be, the comprehensive list of gifts that are given to us by the Holy Spirit.

Now I know that some could argue that since God is a triune God, and that the three persons of the Godhead, are, in fact, one, that there is no differentiation between the three.

I believe, however, that each member of the Godhead has different roles and functions to play within the Trinity. That is why I think this is the comprehensive list of gifts of the Holy Spirit. That is why I believe that this is the correct passage to use when talking about spiritual gifts.

Now once again I want to make sure you understand me. I am not saying that this is the comprehensive list of gifts that God gives to people.

I am saying that as far as supernatural gifts, that this is the comprehensive list. There are many beautiful gifts that God gives to people in life, but they are not supernatural gifts.

So in this guide to the Holy Spirit, I will be sharing with you whether or not spiritual gifts are for today and what should motivate us in the use of spiritual gifts, along with explaining each of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of L.I.F.E. Bible College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988. Pastor Duke specializes in healing hurting churches and bringing revival, renewal, and restoration of the presence of God to the body of Christ in America to make the church spiritual again. Pastor Duke has a few limited dates available to speak in other churches. If your church needs a fresh move of the Spirit of God or has gone through a painful and wounding season, click here. Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world. He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center.
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