Spiritual Gifts

The Gift is The Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit moves through believers

Three Different Giftings

There are 9 spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, and 5 “ministry” gifts listed in Ephesians 4:11, and 7 motivational gifts listed in Romans 12:6-8. However it is a little misleading to think in terms of spiritual gifts as something separate from the one gift of the Holy Ghost through whom all gifts have their source. It is the Holy Spirit who does, ordain, or endow our abilities to be used by Him. We are capable of being used by Him in anything if He so needs, but have particular gifts that we are specifically intended to use.

This article briefly outlines all of these gifts.  The motivational gifts are given in more detail elsewhere. Paul outlines these 3 broad categories -motivational, ministry & spiritual – in the beginning of 1 Corinthians 12

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.(1 Cor 12:1 KJV)

Clearly we are to understand the gifts so that we may benefit the body of Christ.

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. (1 Cor 12:4 KJV)

The diversities of gifts referred to here are the Motivational Gifts of Romans 12:6-8. These gifts are given to us at birth and are our natural tendencies to do. They are used by believers and pagans alike. Knowing your natural gifts makes it easier to know how God will use you.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. (1 Cor 12:5 KJV)

The differences of administrations referred to here are the “Ministry Functions” described in Ephesians 4:11. These function temporarily for a season and  are aid and encouragement of other believers into  maturity in Christ. Later, through selfish ambition, these functions became paid offices.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.(1 Cor 12:6 KJV)

The diversities of operations referred to here are the Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit moving through believers demonstrating the power of God to the body of Christ and to the lost in evangelism to confirm His Word. These are the gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. (1 Cor 12:7 KJV)

These are spontaneous movements of the Holy Spirit for the time.


(From CHRISTIAN FAMILY SERVICE Jerry Stettheimer, D. Min. April 2002)

Spiritual laws. There are certain laws of God that control the gifts:

You reap what you sow;
The measure you use will be the measure you get;
To the person who has still more will be given;
To him who has not (to him who uses it not), then that which he has will be taken away.

As the gift is used, it increases in intensity and effectiveness; it seems to glow brighter and brighter and blesses others in the process because as Jesus said, the measure you give will be the measure you get. In contrast when the gift is put aside and left unused, it tends to wither away. When this happens, discovering a person?s specific gift becomes more difficult.

Significant others. We may also be influenced by leaders or ministers whom we listen to on a regular basis. For example, in one congregation, a very large number indicated high levels of the prophet gift. After checking, those who administered the test discovered that the minister of the congregation was a very strong prophet. He influenced the members of the congregation to the extent that they themselves were picking up some of the characteristics of the prophet.

Sin. The type of sin and general areas of weakness seem to have a strong correlation with the foundational characteristics for that specific gift. Put simply, the closer one walks with the Lord, the more intense the positive traits. The farther one is away from the Lord’s presence, the greater the amount of sin in one’s life, and the weaker these traits will appear.

The Spiritual Gifts

  1. Motivational Gifts
  2. >Ministry Gifts
  3. Gifts of the Spirit

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