Just like we receive a special gift or present from our loved ones, on our birthday, Mother’s DAY, for our accomplishments, or celebration, so we receive spiritual gifts from our heavenly father in heaven.
Designed to fit our every flaw and every curve of life
A gift is a special act of giving, without expecting anything in return, or a special ability or capacity; natural endowment; talent.
Paul the apostle, in the book of 1st Corinthians 12 presents to us this Good News. These spiritual gifts gifted to us from above, help us function in the body of Christ, serve the community; or enable us to operate in specific field, or calling, for the furtherance God’s KINGDOM.
Everyone who is born of the spirit, receives a distribution of this special ability, for a purpose, and God’s plan, proportioned to each believer, as God sees fit.
Though these gifts come from ONE spirit, they are different and unique, in function, ability, and service. ” Just as the body, though one has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” A mystery that Paul presents to the church in Corinth. 1 Cor 12: 12-14
Each member in the body is important, and essential in it’s function, and service. One cannot say, I don’t need you, or another, I don’t need you, in-fact the parts that seem of least importance are actually the parts that are much needed in the body. Take the heart for example, a hidden organ, but an organ that plays an essential role in pumping the blood through the body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the cells as well as remove waste products. Or step on a nail, the whole body feels it!
While studying this chapter, I noticed some of the gifts that Paul mentioned in the chapter, I have acquired as well, for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom. I will try my best to describe these gifts and their functions, to the best of my knowledge, so when you are given these abilities, through the spirit, can also use them properly, according to its designed function.
NINE gifts of the spirit
The first proportion of this gift, as Paul mentions in the chapter, is the message of wisdom. A special ability or talent given to us by God to bring the message of understanding, to the community, as well as insight, into a difficult situation or circumstance.
The second is as important, message of knowledge, a sense of knowing, through the knowledge that flows directly from heaven, that cannot be perceived in this natural world, or understood by natural senses, again for the furtherance of the KINGDOM.
The third, just as important faith– a measure of faith that is given to the individual for the good of the community, and God’s purpose, and plan. A faith that is spoken of in Hebrew 11:1 ” substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ” An ability to believe beyond what we see, move at the command of God, a natural talent given to us from GOD, for his GLORY, and his purposes.
Fourth, again just as important, gifts of healing to mend the broken hearts, as well as restore health, to the body, and spirit. This gift or ability cannot be bought or sold, but is naturally given to each, as God proportioned it.
Fifth, miraculous powers, spoken of, all through the bible, the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, all through the Old and New Testament. Miracles, signs and wonders; the parting of the sea, David and Goliath, Esther pleading for her nation; Daniel in the lions den, Joseph reigning in Egypt, lazarus awaken from death, bones coming alive, and so many more. This gift activates miracles, and power that comes from above to an area of impossibility, that surpasses all known human or natural powers, as well as understanding of this world.
Sixth, prophecy, a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation in a form of revelation, or message, given to people from God.
Seven, distinguishing of spirits, or as I like to call it discerning of spirits. A natural sense of knowing or feeling the presence of particular spirits. This particular gift is not an easy one, because it is not easily accepted in the culture today, or even talked about, but is very much alive and active in the body of Christ.
Eight, speaking in different kinds of tongues, ability given from above to speak in different languages, or dialects for the purpose of exhorting the body, and glorifying the father.
Nine, the interpretation of tongues, or languages, to make plain, or explain the message behind the dialect spoken, to understand the heavently message.
I hope this article has been a blessing to you. For more on this chapter, or the functions of spiritual gifting, tune into my podcast, and be blessed as a result.
Yours truly, Lena