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Spiritual Gifts

”But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” (1 Corinthians 12:7 NKJV).

You have probably heard of the spiritual gifts of teaching, leadership, encouragement, mercy, and so forth that are listed in Romans Ch. 12. First Corinthians 12:8-10 lists other ways that the Holy Spirit manifests His power through the children of God. Have you ever considered how these gifts benefit the church?

The Gifts:

v.8  the word of wisdom – applying knowledge to the situation at hand

v.8  the word of knowledge – declaring the right or true thing

v.9  faith – “an extraordinary measure of confidence in God, such as raises its possessor above the fear of man, and inspires him with the firm hope of success in the midst of dangers, difficulties, and hindrances”1  

v.9  gifts of healing – power to heal diseases of the body and the mind

v.10  working miracles – other miracles such as casting out demons, raising the dead, etc.

v.10  prophecy – speaking words given by divine impulse

v.10  discerning of spirits – an ability to discern whether people are being led by the Holy Spirit or by some other impulse

v.10  tongues – the ability to speak languages that the speaker had previously not known

v.10  interpretation of tongues – the ability to translate foreign languages

“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” (1 Cor 12:11 NKJV).


Copyright © 2015 by Beebe Kauffman

1. Family Bible Notes, quoted in Phil Lindner, Power Bible CD, CD-ROM (Bronson, Mich.: Online Publishing, Inc., 2007), 1 Cor 12:8.

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Beebe Kauffman is a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies. She has a bachelor’s degree in business, but her heart is in teaching the Bible.

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