Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts

William Stout / General

Spiritual Gifts / 1 Corinthians 12:1–11

 

 

1 Corinthians 12:4–11 NKJV

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.

 

 

What are Spiritual Gifts?

  • There are diversities of “Gifts” = Charisma
  • Charisma = gifts of God’s grace, favor bestowed
  • But the same “spirit” = Pneuma
  • Also “pneumatikos” is translated as “spiritual gifts”
  • So then, Spiritual gifts are gifts of God’s favor or grace which are bestowed

Spiritual Gifts are “Gifts” not “earnings” or “entitlements”

 

1 Corinthians 12:4 NKJV

4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

 

  • There are different kinds of gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit – From God
  • Different ways to administrate these gifts but the same Lord
  • for instance sometimes Jesus administered healing through speaking a word
  • sometimes through touching them
  • sometimes through giving an instruction
  • Also there were different ways the prophets expressed their messages from God
  • But all of these “administrations” come from the same Lord

 

Different kinds of spiritual gifts

  • These “gifts” come in a number of manifestations
  • this is not an exhaustive list
  • Word of wisdom
  • Word of knowledge
  • Faith (gifts of faith)
  • gifts of healing
  • working of miracles
  • prophecy
  • discerning of spirits
  • kinds of tongues
  • interpretation of tongues
  • These Gifts of the Spirit are not the only gifts of the spirit
  • There all work by “one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man individually as He will”

1 Corinthians 12:7 NKJV

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

  • So here again he says “to every man”
  • So these gifts are available to every Christian
  • God is no respecter of persons
  • Yet they are “given” not earned or taken
  • Distributed to each person “as He (God) wills

 

  • Examples of Spiritual Gifts in action:

 

Acts 3:6–7 NKJV

6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

  • Here is a gift of healing & miracle (since never having walked it would have been impossible apart from God)

Acts 5:3–5 NKJV

3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?

4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”

5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.

  • Peter had a word of knowledge, and perhaps discernment of spirit
  • Also a gift of prophecy is active here, since Peter is speaking for God

 

Acts 5:15–16 NKJV

15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.

16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

  • numerous spiritual gifts were active here as the needs were present
  • healing, miracles, discernment, casting out sprits, faith, miracles of drawing the people

 

Acts 9:40 NKJV

40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.

  • miracles
  • healing
  • and it was known throughout all Joppa and Peter stayed many days there

Acts 10:44–47 NKJV

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,

47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?

  • gifts of tongues
  • miracles of salvation also

Acts 16:16–18 NKJV

16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.

17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”

18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.

  • gifts of discernment
  • gift of knowledge, and faith
  • faith in casting out the demon

 

Acts 21:8–11 NKJV

8 On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.

9 Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.

10 And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.

11 When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’ ”

  • gifts of prophecy
  • by Phillip’s daughters
  • and by Agabus
  • Also, a different way of using the gift by Agabus-
  • And many other examples of Spiritual gifts both in the Old testament and the new Testament
  • Such as Sampson, Saul, Samuel, all the prophets

 

Numbers 11:27–29 NKJV

27 And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”

28 So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, “Moses my lord, forbid them!”

29 Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”

 

  • So then, Spiritual gifts might be described as:
  • Supernatural abilities, or supernatural knowledge that is given to a person by an act of God’s grace, which allow that person to either do, or speak, or receive something or things which they could not have done, spoken or received without this special favor and power of God.
  • These gifts can be one time manifestations, or an ongoing gifting
  • for example, Sampson’s strength was a gift which he receive which he could use at will until it was taken
  • People who have received the gift of tongues generally do so at will

 

 

Spiritual Gifts given to the disciples, and by extension to you

 

Luke 10:18–20 NKJV

18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

 

Luke 24:49 NKJV

49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

Acts 1:8 NKJV

8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

 

John 7:37–39 NKJV

37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.

38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

 

 

  • Although these are “gifts”, they are not earnings or entitlements as mentioned earlier
  • they are also not “prized” – they are not random
  • You cannot “earn” them, but you should desire them
  • You cannot earn them, but you should strive to be worthy of them

 

Acts 8:14–21 NKJV

14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,

15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!

21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.

 

  • Spiritual Gifts cannot be bought with money or works

1 Corinthians 14:1 NKJV

1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

  • we are instructed to “desire” Spiritual gifts
  • Desire especially to prophesy – to speak for God, or God’s will
  • Later told to “covet to prophesy, and not forbid tongues”
  • Who does God give Spiritual gifts to?
  • Although they are “gifts” they are not automatic
  • Why do some people receive gifts and others seem not to?
  • Why do some people who have received gifts, or been used in spiritual ways, seem to grow and be used much more, while others do not, and some just kind of fizzle out?

 

Why do You want Spiritual Gifts?

What will you do with it?

  • For example: when I was doing street ministry, many people asked for money for food….
  • but I declined
  • Yet, I was willing to feed them
  • Was willing to do so as a gift
  • But why did they want the money?
  • to consume it upon unworthy things
  • to use in a way which would not honor the Father
  • Also, we often give food away to family in need
  • recently gave more than 2 tons of food –
  • Yet, when people take more than they need in order to sell it, we do not allow it
  • It matters what they will do with it
  • Also, some people could not even come to our free meals – because of behavior, etc.

Some people do not receive Spiritual gifts because their motive is wrong

  • Is it so that you can be the hero? Or God can be glorified
  • Is it so that people can know God and be saved, or just so you can be a good guy in blessing people?
  • Consider Peter and John when the crippled man was healed
  • Or Paul when the man at Lystra was healed
  • Or Jesus after the miracles in Capernaum and other places
  • Sometimes God says “no”, are we listening for those times?

 

Some people do not receive Spiritual Gifts because they refused to use them when they were offered

  • Sometimes we are afraid to step out and speak, even when we know God has given us a Word
  • Sometimes we are afraid to move forward and act even when we know that God has given us an unction
  • While God is very patient, and His gifts and calling are irrevocable, if we do not take heed what he says, it can be lost.
  • there are many impotent Christians, or pseudo Christians in the world now, who have talked themselves into believing spiritual gifts are gone, because they were afraid to act when they first believed.

 

 

Mark 4:24–26 NKJV

24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.

25 For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,

  • Let us commit to God: Lord, we want to be used by you
  • Lord we want to be endued with power from on High
  • Lord we want to receive gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Lord we want to prophesy in Your Name
  • Lord, we commit, if you will give us your gifts, we will use them for your glory
  • We will not stand still nor be silent
  • We will speak what you give us to say, we will do what you give us to do
  • Stretch forth your hand through us, that sign and wonders be done in your name, that people will be healed, delivered, and saved,
  • And that Your Name may be known and glorified.
  • Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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