To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
I’ve already talked about the Message of Wisdom, the Message of Knowledge, and Faith. Now we’ll move on to the rest.
Gifts of Healing. You may remember that a couple of posts ago, I talked about the word, gifts. This is the Greek word, charismata. It’s a gift that the giver retains the right to tell you how it will be used.
Another interesting point about this manifestation is that the original text reads – gifts of healings. Both words are plural.
I see an incredible word picture in this. It’s like each of us is given a bag full of presents – healings that we’re to deliver to particular people that we’ll meet throughout our lives. It’s up to us to stay sensitive so that we can be obedient when the Holy Spirit tells us to pray over that sick person.
Miraculous Powers. The words used in Scripture mean the working of power. This can be anything, other than healing, that seems to go against the natural laws.
This also includes the instances of divine favor that we experience. People in the world will say, “Wasn’t that a great coincidence.” No, it was the power of God at work orchestrating things on my behalf.
Prophecy. This is when God gives you a message that He wants you to deliver for Him. It could be a private or public message.
Many times when we hear the word, prophecy, we think future. That’s not always the case. God may want something said that could deal with the past, present, or future. I think that there are times when believers are speaking prophetically and they don’t even realize it.
Distinguishing Between Spirits. The phrase, distinguishing between, comes from a Greek word that means to make a judicial decision. It’s this supernatural gifting that gives you the ability to know what spirit, if any, is at work in a situation. You’ll know if the demonic forces are trying to hinder. You’ll also know if the Holy Spirit is at work in the background.
Speaking in Different Kinds of Tongues. This is the use of your prayer language for ministry. It could include simply praying for yourself or others. It could also be a part of deep intercession. It’s when you allow your spirit to pray in the will of God beyond what you know in the natural.
Interpretation of Tongues. This is when the Holy Spirit gives you insight into what you or someone else is praying in the spirit. It’s not quite the same as a translation. That’s because what you’re speaking with your mouth may not be what’s being exchanged between you and the Lord in the spiritual realm.
These are the manifestations of power that the Holy Spirit wants to display through His people. They’ll directly point to Christ as Lord. They’ll cause people to move closer to a relationship with Him.
I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done – by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.
I don’t believe that you can full proclaim the Gospel of Christ without the power of the Holy Spirit.
Question: How have you seen the manifestations of the Holy Spirit at work?
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