Spiritual Gifts: Part III

by Joanna Pierce on August 17, 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; 10 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 overviewed 2 aspects of the supernatural gifts: gifts of revelation and gifts of power. This week, we’ll explore the last category of supernatural gifts—the gifts of utterance, as well as discuss the other main categories of Spiritual gifts: ministerial office gifts and ministerial service gifts.

Gifts of Utterance

Gift or Prophecy

This is the God-given, special ability to serve and strengthen the body of Christ by offering messages from God that comfort, encourage, guide, warn, and reveal sin in a way that leads to repentance and spiritual growth. These messages are given in the known-tongue of the hearers, and may be exercised in preaching, teaching, etc.

There are 2 aspects of prophecy: 1) foretelling—speaking of the future, and 2) forth-telling—speaking of what is happening now. We see an example of prophecy in Acts 21:10–14 where the prophet Agabus confirms to Paul openly what he had already heard in the Spirit. Paul teaches the church that it is better to prophesy so that everyone can understand (I Corinthians 14:5).

Diverse Kinds of Tongues & Interpretation of Tongues

These 2 aspects will be discussed simultaneously because they go hand-in-hand. Diverse kinds of tongues is the God-given, special ability to serve and strengthen the body of Christ by communicating God’s message in a special language known to the speaker.

While the initial evidence of the Holy Ghost is speaking in tongues, the spiritual gifting of tongues is the utilization of the same tongue, just for a different purpose. Note: Just because you have the Holy Ghost does not mean you are being used by God in this gifting. God chooses at a specific time to deliver a message to His people in a special language to those in attendance. This gifting is difficult to explain, but someone will speak a message in tongues, stop, and an individual is the interpretation of what was said through God’s revelation.

Giving a message in tongues only edifies or lifts up the speaker through experience. They are not speaking gibberish, but speaking to God (I Corinthians 14:2–4). However, no one else can understand what has been said (I Corinthians 14:6)—we only understand in our native tongue! We should pray for the interpretation of what has been given in tongues so that all may understand (I Corinthians 14:13).

The ultimate goal is to have an interpretation. God doesn’t give a message in tongues to remain a mystery! If there is no interpreter, people will think you’re crazy (I Corinthians 14:23). Additionally, these gifts must be used in order. The message must be given, interpreted, and evaluated by others (I Corinthians 14:29–30). Remember, we are in control of our bodies and our mouths (I Corinthians 14:32). We must operate in this gift in decency and in order. God is not the Author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33).

Ministerial Office Gifts

We discussed these types of gifts in Part I of our study—how these comprise aspects noted in Ephesians 4:11–12. We don’t appoint ourselves to these offices; however, we can be used in the gifting.

Ministerial Service Gifts

Noted in Romans 12:6–8, these are gifts that come from our personalities, backgrounds, and talents. They can be natural-born talents or learned talents; however, they all should be leveraged and enhanced by the Holy Ghost working in our lives. We should all hope that we are used in and operate in aspects of these in the Kingdom of God. Below is a list (not all-inclusive) of these types of gifts:

  • Music—Musicians and vocalists that help usher in a spirit of worship and praise
  • Missions—Bringing the Gospel to other nations and adapting (with ease) to another culture
  • Giving—Ability to give joyfully and abundantly to various Kingdom initiatives
  • Creative/Artistic—Maintaining and beautifying the House of Worship (décor)
  • Hospitality—Serving by providing others with a welcoming environment
  • Evangelism—Helping people respond to God and follow the plan of salvation
  • Helps—Offering assistance to others in the church and ministry
  • Service—Recognizing unmet needs in the church

All of us should consider when we see something that needs to be taken care of in the church, or a missing ministry, God has gifted us to take care of it.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on August 16, 2017 with Pastor Nave