Gifts of the Spirit
Each Christian has a spiritual gift, or "manifestation of the Spirit." The gifts differ, but have these common
1) Each is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit's presence.
2) Each is "for the common good," that is, each is intended to build up the body of Christ.
3) Each is given "as He The Holy Spirit determines."
There is no true Christian in whom the Holy Spirit has not worked, providing a divine capacity enabling him or
her to make a significant contribution to other believers. If those gifts operate in love the church will
accomplish what God intends for it and that is to show the world His plan of salvation for all people regardless
of race, position, status, poverty, or wealth.
There is a difference between a spiritual gift and a talent
A person (regardless of his belief in God or in Christ) is given a natural talent as a result of a combination of
genetics (some have natural ability in music, art, or mathematics) and surroundings (growing up in a musical
family will aid one in developing a talent for music), or because God desired to give certain individuals certain
talents, for example, Bazeleel in;
Exodus 31:1-6 (NKJV)1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2 "See, I have called by name Bezalel the
son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in
understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 to design artistic works, to work in gold, in
silver, in bronze, 5 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of
workmanship. 6 And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan;
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and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have
commanded you: ).
All Believers Have at Least One Spiritual Gift
Spiritual gifts are given to all believers by the Holy Spirit the time they place their faith in Christ for the
forgiveness of their sins;
Romans 12:3-8 (NKJV) 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to
think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure
of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same
function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having
then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in
proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who
exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with
At that moment, the Holy Spirit gives to the new believer the spiritual gift(s) He desires the believer to have;
1 Corinthians 12:11 (NKJV) But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one
individually as He wills).
To summarize the differences between spiritual gifts and talents:
1) A talent is the result of genetics and/or training, while a spiritual gift is the result of the power of the Holy
2) A talent can be possessed by anyone, Christian or non-Christian, while spiritual gifts are only possessed by
3) While both talents and spiritual gifts should be used for God’s glory and to minister to others, spiritual gifts
are focused on these tasks, while talents can be used entirely for non-spiritual purposes.
Spiritual Gifts are for the common good to build up the Body and each of you if you are a believer and saved
has at least one. This is what Paul wrote to the church in Corinth;
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NKJV) Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
1 Corinthians 1:4-7 (NKJV) 4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given
to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,
6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,
7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
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1 Peter 4:10-11 (NKJV) 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the
manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him
do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to
whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The word gift is translated from the Greek charisma (which is where we get charisma or charismatic) quite often
associated with tongues, healings, word of knowledge, prophecy, miracles, and so forth. These gifts were given
by the grace of God so they were not earned through study or practice or genetics but by God's grace.
Paul's List of Spiritual Gifts
Now the apostle Paul speaks about spiritual gifts in a number of places in his letters to churches,
and the gifts mentioned in Peter are also included in Paul's lists.
Romans 12:6-8 (NKJV) 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to
us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us
use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who
gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
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.
Ephesians 4:11-12 (NKJV) 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets,
some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of
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Spiritual Gift Categories
Spiritual Gifts Without Love Don't Accomplish God's Intended Purpose
When Paul wrote to the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians he was writing to a church where all
the spiritual gifts were in operation. God had given them for the edification of the body and
each of them, but they were misusing them, they were abusing each other, they thought one
gift was superior to another, they were puffed up with knowledge, so what did he say?
1 Corinthians 12:29-13-3 (NKJV) 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are
all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all
interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent
way. 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have
become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and
understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove
mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the
poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Identify Your Spiritual Gift(s)
If you don't know your spiritual gift I encourage you to identify it's needed in the church. If
you are sitting on your gift then your congregation is missing it like the body missing a
finger. It can’t function at the optimal level without that finger as small and insignificant as
you might think it is it still keeps the body from functioning as God would have it.
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