The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit gives us nine sign gifts to help in the body of Christ. Here is what the Bible says:

  • But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

Here are the nine gifts organized by category:

  • Revelation gifts – these gifts reveal something
    • Word of wisdom (vs. 8) – gives supernatural wisdom such as Jesus had when he was in the Temple at 12 years old and knew more than those that had studied for years in the seminary.
    • Word of knowledge (vs. 8) – reveals things that only one or a few know
    • Discerning of spirits(vs. 10) – allows the user to discern the heart and intent of others
  • Action gifts – these gifts do something supernatural
    • Faith (vs. 9) – allows you to believe above all else; it can also be called supernatural faith
    • Gifts of healing (vs. 9) – allows the user to invoke supernatural healing on the sick
    • Working of miracles (vs. 10) – causes the user to perform the supernatural
  • Edification gifts – these gifts provide edification to the body of Christ usually in a church setting
    • Prophecy (vs. 10) – causes the user to supernaturally reveal some future event
    • Diverse kinds of tongues (also called the gift of tongues) (vs. 10) – causes the user to speak in another language to give a message in tongues in the church; this not the same as the prayer language which all receive at their infilling.
    • Interpretation of tongues (vs. 10) – Interprets the message in tongues given by one who possess the gift of tongues

Why are we given these gifts?

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

We are also told to seek them:

  • But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:31)