The Holy Spirit – 2022 – Part 6

1 Corinthians 12:1 | NKJV (1) Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:

The word “gifts” was added by the translators. This verse actually says,

1 Corinthians 12:1 | BBE (1) But about the things of the spirit, my brothers, it is not right for you to be without teaching.

Introduction to the Gifts of the Spirit

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.

The gifts of the Spirit can be categorized:

Three gifts that say something (vocal):

  • Prophecy
  • Diverse kinds of tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

Three gifts that reveal something (revelation):

  • The word of wisdom
  • The word of knowledge
  • The discerning of spirits

Three gifts that do something (action):

  • The gift of faith
  • The working of miracles
  • The gifts of healings
The Gifts that Say Something (Utterance Gifts):
  1. The Gift of Divers kinds of tongues is a supernatural utterance in an unknown tongue.

Divers Kinds of Tongues is supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit in languages never learned by the speaker, nor understood by the speaker, nor necessarily understood by the hearer.

  1. The Gift of Interpretation of tongues is a supernatural revealing of that which has been said in an unknown tongue.

Interpretation of tongues is not a translation of a message in tongues.

The purpose of this gift is simply to render the gift of tongues understandable to the hearers so the whole church congregation as well as the one who gave the utterance in an unknown tongue, may know what has been said and be edified.

  1. The Gift of Prophecy is a supernatural utterance in a known tongue.

1 Corinthians 14:3 | NKJV (3) But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

In the simple gift of prophecy there is no revelation, only edification, exhortation and comfort.

The Gifts that Reveal Something (Revelation Gifts):
  1. The Gift of the Word of Knowledge is the supernatural revelation by the Holy Ghost of certain facts in the mind of God.

A word is a fragmentary part of a sentence just as the Word of Knowledge is a fragmentary part of the complete knowledge that God has.

The Word of Knowledge can come through several different means: inward revelation, an angel, dreams, tongues and interpretation, etc.

  1. The gift of the Word of Wisdom – a supernatural revelation by the Spirit of God concerning the divine purposes and plans in the mind and will of God.

The difference between the Word of Knowledge and the Word of Wisdom is that the Word of Knowledge is always present tense or concerning something that has happened in the past. The Word of Wisdom is pertaining to things in the future.

  1. The Gift of Discerning of spirits is the supernatural insight into the realm of spirits.

Discern: to perceive by seeing or hearing

The Gift of Discerning of spirits is seeing or hearing into the spirit world.

Everything within the realm of knowledge, whether facts, events, purposes, motives, origins, or destinies – human, divine, or satanic; natural or supernatural; or past, present or future – comes within the scope of one or the other of these three revelation gifts.

The gift of discerning of spirits is supernatural insight into the spirit world where there are Divine spirits as well as evil spirits.

You do not necessarily need the discerning of spirits to know when something is out of order. You can know that simply by the inward witness of your spirit.

Any time in the scriptures that someone had an angelic visitation and “saw” the angel, this was through the gift of Discerning of Spirits.

Remember, these manifestations are to operate in the life of believers not just preachers and great ministers.

They are, however, as the Holy Spirit wills and not as we will.

The Gifts that Do Something (Power Gifts):
  1. The Gift of Faith – a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit whereby a believer is empowered with special faith, or wonder-working faith, and it is beyond simple saving faith.

1 Corinthians 12:9 | AMP (9) To another [wonder-working] faith by the same [Holy] Spirit…

    • The gift of faith is given to the believer so that he can RECEIVE miracles.
    • This special faith cannot be increased by hearing and feeding on the Word of God like simple saving faith can.
    • Smith Wigglesworth said, “…If you will take a step of ordinary faith, when you come to the end of that faith, very often this supernatural gift of special faith will take over. One reason more folks don’t see the manifestation of special faith operating in their lives is that they don’t first use what faith they already have.”
  1. The Gift of the Working of Miracles – a supernatural intervention by God in the ordinary course of nature, a temporary suspension of the normal order, operated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    • The Gift of Special Faith receives the miracle, where the Gift of Working of miracles does the miracle.
    • The Greek word for “miracles” in 1 Corinthians 12:10 means: acts of powers, explosions of almightiness, staggering wonders or astonishments.

John 2:5-11 | NKJV (5) His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (6) Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. (7) Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. (8) And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. (9) When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. (10) And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” (11) This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

    • Jesus fed the multitudes twice with not enough food and it was supernaturally multiplied; He walked on water; calmed the sea, etc.

Acts 6:8 | NKJV (8) And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

Acts 8:6 | NKJV (6) And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

  1. Gifts of healings – supernatural manifestations for the healing of sickness and disease to deliver the sick and destroy the works of the devil in the human body.

The Gifts of Healings have nothing to do with medical science or natural learning.

Acts 19:11-12 | NKJV (11) Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, (12) so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.

Acts 28:8 | NKJV (8) And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him.

Jesus operated in the Gifts of Healings and Working of Miracles in His ministry.

Jesus did not perform any miracles or heal anybody as the Son of God. He did it as a man anointed by the Holy Spirit and did none of these things until after the Holy Spirit came upon Him and He was anointed.

Jesus was just as much the Son of God when He was 25 as He was when the Holy Ghost came upon Him at 30 but He did not heal anyone when He was 25.

John 14:12 | NKJV (12) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

Ephesians 5:15-17 | AMP (15) Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), (16) Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. (17) Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

If the Lord through the Apostle Paul is telling us to understand what the will of God is, then it must be possible for us to know the will of God for our lives.

Colossians 1:9 | MSG (9) Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works.

The will of God for us can be divided into two major categories:
  1. The general will of God that is made known unto us by His Word.

For instance, we do not have to pray about people getting saved or not. The Bible tells us it is God’s will for all to be saved.

1 Timothy 2: 4 | NKJV (4) (God) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

I do not have to pray about whether to marry someone who is not saved. The Bible tells me not to.

2 Corinthians 6:14 | NIV (14) Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

  1. The specific will of God for our individual lives

In the things that God has not given us direction for in His Word, He wants us to learn how to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s establish seven things in this:
  1. You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 | NKJV (23) Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. The spirit is made new when you are Born Again.

2 Corinthians 5:17 | NLT (17) This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

  1. We present our bodies as a living sacrifice.

Romans 12:1 | NLT (1) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.

  1. We must renew our minds with the Word of God.

Romans 12:2 | NLT (2) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

  1. God lives in you by the Holy Spirit in your spirit.

1 John 4:15 | NKJV (15) Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

  1. God will guide us, enlighten us, and lead us through our recreated human spirits.

Proverbs 20:27 | NIV (27) The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one’s inmost being.

  1. As a child of God, you have a right to be led by the Spirit of God.

Romans 8:14 | NKJV (14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

How Does the Holy Spirit Lead Me?

The four primary ways that God will lead the Born-Again believer are:

  1. The Written Word of God
  2. The Inward Witness
  3. The Inward Voice or Voice of Your Spirit
  4. The Voice of the Holy Spirit
  • After the Word of God, God will lead you first and foremost through the inward witness.

Romans 8:16 | NKJV (16) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

1 John 5:10 | NKJV (10) He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself…

His Spirit, God’s Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are His children. There is a knowing that is right down on the inside of you.

If He will bear witness in our spirits about being Born Again, the most important decision that we could have possibly made, then surely, He will bear witness about all the decisions in our lives.

  • He will warn you of impending danger or harm in the same way.

Acts 27:9-11 | NKJV (9) Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, (10) saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” (11) Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul.

Paul had a knowing that the trip would not go well because the Spirit of God bore witness to that in his spirit.

  • He will confirm that something is good, proper and in His will by a peace in your spirit.

Colossians 3:15 | AMP (15) And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

God will lead you in this way as you pursue a “peaceful knowing” in your spirit.