How much do we all need the gifts of the Spirit 101 training course for today!
Did you know that all 9 are relevant for extending the Father’s love to the nations?
Being raised a “Lutheran” I thought the Holy Spirit was just a Dove that showed up at the baptism of Jesus.
I had no idea that He was the personal presence and the “gift of the Father” through Jesus for us to walk with, learn to listen to, and to flow in His gifts.
Imagine my surprise when I received a double dose of His power simply by asking for it!
Are the Gifts for today? Can you prove it? Excellent questions!
SCRIPTURAL PROOF OF THE PRESENT REALITY
There is Scriptural Proof of the present reality of the gifts and an extension of the Kingdom of God upon the earth.
And 4 of them are taught uniquely in LOVE SPEAKS as Gifts to help us hear the voice of God!
Are they really for today?
Paul proves to us that the gifts of the Spirit are needed in this whole Dispensation and will be with us as powerful blessings until the end of the Age when Jesus returns.
He writes to the Corinthians,
“I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus…even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that YOU ARE NOT LACKING IN ANY GIFT, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our LORD Jesus Christ, who shall confirm you to the end, blameless in the Day of our LORD Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 1:4-8).
What do we learn from Paul in this passage?
- (1) The gifts of the Spirit are an extension of the grace of God (verse 4).
- (2) The gifts testify of the reality of Jesus and His Kingdom (verse 6).
- (3) Paul wants all believers to be actively pursuing and flowing in the Gifts (verse 7).
- (4) The Gifts are a part of this current Dispensation, and will be active until the return of the LORD Jesus Christ in the Second Coming (verse 8).
Let’s ask a few questions.
What are the 9 gifts of the Spirit? Here’s the answer:
“But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the WORD OF WISDOM through the Spirit, and to another the WORD OF KNOWLEDGE according to the same Spirit, to another FAITH by the same Spirit, and to another the GIFTS OF HEALING by the one Spirit, and to another the EFFECTING OF MIRACLES, and to another PROPHECY, and to another the DISTINGUISHING OF SPIRITS, to another VARIOUS KINDS OF TONGUES, and to another the INTREPRETATION OF TONGUES” (I Corinthians 12:7-10).
Have the Gifts of the Spirit always been in operation through God’s people?
Answer: 7 of the 9 have been in operation since the Book of Genesis! Only 2 of them are brand new to this Dispensation.
What? REALLY? Yes! Which 2 are brand new?
Answer: the Gift of Tongues and the Interpretation of Tongues (these were given to the Church on the Day of Pentecost as new gifts especially for this time of the “Church Age”; see Acts 2 for a further understanding).
Question: when did the gifts “die out” for the Church?
Answer: NEVER! Yes, it’s true that as the Church spread throughout Rome, in the first few hundred years they were not as practiced as they should have been. But the testimony of Jesus and the extension of the Kingdom in all the world has been witnessed in every generation of Salvation-History through all 9 Gifts, and they are needed for today and for tomorrow, until the LORD Jesus Christ returns!
HOW TO BECOME A REAL SUPERHERO
This Lutheran boy became a real SUPERHERO overnight…
The “real Avengers” are those who are filled with the Spirit (all believers have a measure) and are committed to extending the Kingdom of God upon the earth.
You too can learn to flow in the 9 gifts of the Spirit, and not just for your own blessing, but in reality they are for the blessing of others!
When Jesus began to establish His Kingdom in these realms, He opened the scroll of Isaiah to declare that the Holy Spirit was to be the love of God in action,
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind; to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD” (Luke 4:18-19).
Can you see it? The Holy Spirit flowing through the Church, on this side of the Cross, is extending God’s love, restoration, healing and miracles, deliverance and salvation…to all the world! The Ministry of Jesus continues through you and I!
Time to become a real superhero: pray for the sick until you see them recover; cast out demons and bring freedom; flow in the gift of prophecy and share God’s destiny with people. And the list goes on!
Becoming Supernaturally Natural
The gifts of the Spirit enable all of us Believers to be supernaturally natural!
Answer: Prophecy, the Word of Wisdom, the Word of Knowledge, and the Discerning of Spirits.
All of these subjects will be future Blogs. For now, I encourage you to activate your faith and flow in the Gifts of the Spirit! And that ends our Class, “The Gifts of the Spirit 101” and I encourage you to learn more.
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