- The Paradox of History
- The Essence of God
- Raw Material
- Available People
- Spiritual Gifts
- Three Functions of the Believer
- Seven Figures of Christ and the Church
- The Mature Believer and Personal Accountability
- Tongues as a Spiritual Gift
- Prophecies of Jesus Christ in the Psalms
- The Perspective of Grace
- Blessing and Reward
- How to Redeem Time
- Dispensations Timeline
- The Rapture
- The Day of the Lord and The Day of Christ
- The Good Fight of Faith
- No Truce
- 10 Principles of Warfare
- God is Able, God Is Faithful
- Present Session of Christ
- Religion: The Enemy’s Ace
- Power In Us
- Small Things
- Five Techniques (to spirituality)
- Eight Sabbaths
- Strange Tests
- Daily Disciplines
- The Faith-rest Technique
- Three Sources of Temptation
- Divine Wisdom
- The Value of Wisdom
- The Royal Code
- The Character of Grace
- The Cross to the Crown
- Water and the Spirit
- Synonomous Terms
- Reversionism and Recovery
- Soul Strengths and Soul Kinks
- Seven Steps of Spiritual Advance
- The Race of Life
- The Will of God
- The Old Sin Nature
- Energized Prayer
- Abiding: Absolute Thinking
- God’s Faithfulness
- Salvation in The Book of James
- “All things work together …”
- Biblical Spirituality
- Essence of God Acronym
- Eternal Security
- Fellowship with God
- Five Commands for Christian Soldiers
- Five Factors of Effective Faith
- Five Techniques of the Christian Way of Life
- Five works of the Holy Spirit
- Five Works of the Spirit in Regard to the Word
- Free Will
- God is Able
- God Revealed
- Hebrew Words for Faith
- Imitation of Christ
- Man’s Barrier with God
- Seven Steps of Spiritual Recovery
- Seven Steps of Spiritual Retreat
- Spiritual Flexibility
- Spiritual Rest
- Stages of Spiritual Growth
- Take up Your Cross and Follow Him
- The Blood of Christ
- The Call of God
- The Daily Care of the Soul
- The Doctrine of Sin
- The Good Soldier of Jesus Christ
- Christ’s Work on the Cross
- The Church
- The Holy Spirit and Christ
- The I AM Sayings of Christ
- The Importance of the Word of God
- The Overcomer
- The Plan of God
- The Spirit in the Old Testament
- The Way of Salvation
- The Way to be Salt and Light
- The Words of Jesus
- The Work of Christ on the Cross
- Using the Physical to Learn the Spiritual
- Ways of Learning
- The Christian Way of Life
- The Christian Walk
"The Gift of the Spirit" and "Spiritual Gifts"
The phrase, "the gift of the Holy Spirit," relates to salvation and has to do with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the believer’s relationship in God’s family (Act 2:38–39).
The phrase "the gifts of the Holy Spirit" relates to service and has to do with the energizing or enabling power of the Holy Spirit and fellowship with God (1Co 12:7, 1Co 12:11).
There can be no spiritual gifts until one possesses the gift of salvation and indwelling of the Holy Spirit. No one has a spiritual gift before salvation.
Spiritual Gifts and Unity
There is one Spirit who bestows all spiritual gifts (1Co 12:4; 1Co 12:7; 1Co 12:11).
There is one Lord over all the gifts (1Co 12:5). Out of the gift bestowed on each believer should come service, ministry. Because believers are the Body of Christ, all service on the part of Christians is a continuation of the things that Jesus "began to do and to teach" when He was in the flesh on the earth (Act 1:1).
There is one God who supplies the power and makes the gifts effective (1Co 12:6). Ministry will produce results, effects. The Greek energeo is the root of two words used in 1Co 12:6: "effects" and "works." God is the power behind both.
All gifts have one goal: to edify or build up the Body of Christ (1Co 12:7; Eph 4:12–13).
All gifts work by one power and motivation—love (1Co 13:1–3).
Description of the Gifts
A spiritual gift is divine enablement or capacity given to each believer for accomplishing some area of service for the edification of the Body of Christ (Eph 4:7–16).
Spiritual gifts are sovereignly bestowed at salvation by the Holy Spirit; in this way His ministry to each believer is personalized (1Co 12:7; 1Co 12:11).
The believer can never lose his spiritual gift or have it taken away from him (Rom 11:29).
Spiritual gifts are distinct from natural talents. Talents are related to physical birth; spiritual gifts are related to spiritual birth. Spiritual gifts are supernatural (1Co 1:26–29, 1Co 2:12–14).
The gifts of the Spirit are different from the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22–23). The presence of a gift is evidence of the indwelling of the Spirit, but the presence of fruit is evidence of the filling of the Spirit. Spiritual gifts can be imitated; the fruit of the Spirit cannot. Unless the fruit is present, the exercise of the gifts is unacceptable to God (1Co 13:1–4). The Corinthians exhibited every spiritual gift (1Co 1:7) and placed great emphasis on the exercise of spiritual gifts (1Co 12–14), yet were totally carnal (1Co 3:1). It is far better to pursue the fruit than the gift. Where the fruit exists, the gift will surely function. Paul calls this "a still more excellent way" (1Co 12:31).
Twenty different categories of spiritual gifts are mentioned in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4. In 1Pe 4:11, Peter breaks all gifts into two types: communication and service. Scripture also distinguishes between temporary and permanent gifts (1Co 13:8–10; Heb 2:1–4). The three categories of temporary gifts were: prophecy, which was the means of completion of the Canon of Scripture; knowledge, which was the ability to know a truth before it was recorded in Scripture; and tongues, the ability to speak in languages not known to the speaker. Tongues was given specifically as a warning to the nation of Israel (Isa 28:11).
Spiritual gifts must be developed or "stirred up" (2Ti 1:6). This implies preparation and practice. Rom 12:6–8 emphasizes that each believer is to minister in his own gift and should not attempt to intrude into work that he is not gifted for. The day will come when God will ask each of us: "What have you done with what I gave you?" (Eph 4:7–16; 1Co 12:7; 1Co 12:11; 1Co 12:18).This material was originally a highlighted topic in "The Basics".