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Spiritual Gifts: Part II

by Joanna Pierce on August 10, 2017

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 (I Corinthians 12:8–10, KJV).

Last week, we started our study on Spiritual gifts, and learned what they were, categories, origin, and purpose in the Kingdom of God—to build and strengthen the church. This week, we take a deeper dive into the categories of Spiritual gifts, specifically into the supernatural spiritual gifts.

Supernatural Gifts

Supernatural gifts are broken into 3 main categories:

  • Gifts of Revelation—Resemble the mind of Christ and include the gifts of a word of wisdom, word of knowledge, and discerning spirits
  • Gifts of Power—Resemble the hands of Chris and include the gifts of healing, faith, and miracles
  • Gifts of Utterance—Resemble the voice of Christ and includes speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, and the gift of prophecy

Gifts of Revelation

A Word of Wisdom

This type of supernatural gift speaks of a specific instance where God imparts wisdom to the believer. This is the supernatural ability to apply knowledge in a wise manner. The purpose of this supernatural gift is to serve and strengthen others with wisdom and godly advice.

A Word of Knowledge

This type of supernatural gift communicates spiritually-derived facts about God’s truth or specific circumstances. The believer will be given specific facts s/he normally would have never known if it weren’t for God. We see an example of this in Scripture when Ananias lied about how much he was giving to the church. Peter called him out and asked why he was keeping back a part the “all” he claimed to have given (Acts 5:2–3).

Discerning of Spirits

This supernatural gift allows a believer to recognize truth or error within a message, person, or event. In plain terms, a believer can determine the motive behind someone or something. Many times we limit this gift to the determination of good vs. evil, a spirit from God vs. a demonic spirit, etc. But, this gift also plays into the discerning of (identifying) the human spirit. People don’t need to be possessed, but can be mistaken in their own attitudes. We’re told in Scripture not to believe every spirit but determine if they’re from God (I John 1:1–3).

Gifts of Power

Faith

This power gift gives the believer the ability to have faith in a situation that God’s purpose will be accomplished. They can trust in the Lord to handle any and all obstacles along the way. The gift of faith is used, and works in tandem, with many other spiritual gifts. While every believer has been given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3), this faith is above and beyond this introduction. The church won’t just see this gift abide with miracles and healings, but in believers who trust and believe in God through trials and impossible circumstances.

Gifts of Healing

These power gifts heal and restore health beyond traditional or natural means to those who are sick, hurting, and suffering. There are different kinds of healings that don’t just pertain to our bodies, but can include emotional and spiritual health issues—which can be just as dangerous to the body. For the healing to be classified as a gift, God must accelerate the healing outside of the natural bodily process.

Working of Miracles

This power gift is the manifestation of supernatural acts that bring validity to God and His power. Miracles are difficult to define, but we can understand them to be something that goes against natural means. Miracles can be instantaneous or occur over a season of time. Again, these types of gifts are not just about physical healing (Matthew 8:14–15). Jesus calmed the raging seas (Mark 4:35–41) and turned water into wine (John 2:1–10). Both were miracles that occurred outside of the context of healing!

Stay tuned next week as we look at the Spiritual gifts of utterance!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on August 09, 2017 with Pastor Nave