The Holy Gift : The Spiritual Gifts Of The Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit, the third person of God, is the dynamic agent that both leads us toward Christ and transforms us through and in him. Upon a believer’s conversion and regeneration , the Holy Spirit continues to work; the Spirit dwells actively in Christians doing many facets of work like empowering, illumining, teaching, reproving, interceding, sanctifying, and bestowing gifts . Often the overlooked work of the Holy Spirit, the spiritual gifts he entrusts to believers are important for the growth of both the believer and Christ’s bride, the church. God’s desire is for us to be informed about the gifts his Spirit gives (1 Corinthians 12:1), and it is our obligation and should be our desire to understand the giving of, the exercise of and the purpose in spiritual gifts. This paper endeavors to present a synopsis of this subject.


Spiritual gifts should loosely be defined as “God-given” abilities supplied by the Holy Spirit as prescribed and purposed by the Father (Acts 2:38). 1 Corinthians 12:7 assures believers: “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit [the spiritual illumination and the enabling of the Holy Spirit] for the common good”, and James 1:17 encourages Christians: “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above;”. Christians therefore have been bestowed with special, supernatural, God-ordained and Holy Spirit supplied abilities (gifts) at their conversion that are intended to be used for the work of the Lord in producing fruit (John 5:16). Identifying a believer’s God-given gifts is subsequent for their continued growth and effectiveness in Christ.


Key passages that identify spiritual gifts are Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4. The following list is likely not exhaustive, but is representative of many gifts the Holy Spirit has revealed in the Word. Romans 12 speaks about exhortation, giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, and teaching. 1 Corinthians addresses administration, apostleship, discernment, faith, healing, helping, knowledge, miracles, prophecy, teaching, tongues, interpretation, and wisdom. Ephesians 4 discusses apostleship, evangelism, pastoring,

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