It is not in the scope of this short post to go over the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit that are granted to each believer. There are three main “lists” of these gifts1 in the Bible. Each passage identifies several gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to believers—God’s children—to use in their lives. All of them are CHARISMA (that is the Greek word most often used). That is, they are special “graces,” granted by God’s Holy Spirit for the Christian to use in his or her life. This post offers 3 practical points every believer should know about spiritual gifts.
The key for us to understand here is that every Christian is “graced” with these gifts. Not every Christian gets every gift—in fact, most of us only get one or two.
Here are 3 practical points you should know about spiritual gifts:
“But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4:7 NKJV).
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them” (Romans 12:6 NKJV).
“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:4 NKJV).
“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you…. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NKJV).
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 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” (1 Peter 4:10-11 NKJV).
These “grace gifts” are designed and distributed by the Holy Spirit to each of God’s “saints”—if you have been made a part of God’s forever family, you are a saint; the Bible says so!2
The Holy Spirit distributes them so that the group of believers—the church—will be strengthened by the exercise of those gifts in and among the believers in the church.
Question: How have you benefited from other saints using their gifts in your local church? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
- Although the Bible does not appear to provide an exhaustive list of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, there are three main passages in the New Testament that provide the major distinctions (Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-10, and Ephesians 4:7-11). Not all of the gifts are to be viewed as of the same importance or significance (1 Corinthians 12:28-31). All of the gifts, however, are to be used to build up the saints of God (1 Corinthians 14:4-40) and to produce in the church a growing maturation of the people of God (Ephesians 4:12-16).
- The word most often translated “saint” in the Bible is the Greek word, HAGIOS. The same word is also translated “holy.” There are many passages that verify how God views His “birth ones.” Here are a few for you to look up: Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:13; Ephesians 1:1; Ephesians 2:19; Ephesians 4:12; Colossians 1:12; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Revelation 15:3.