Spiritual Gifts part 2 by Pam Winkle
If you did not read part 1, here is the link.
Pam continued teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, speaking on each of the gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
A WORD OF WISDOM – This is an utterance coming from the Spirit, not from your logical mind. You need the ability to judge this correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on your knowledge and understanding. Examples of Words of Wisdom are the Wisdom Literature in the Bible: The books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. In the Old Testament, the best example of a “wise man” is King Solomon.
1 Kings 10:4-8 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her. Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard. Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!
2 Chronicles 1:7-12 On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?” Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”
A WORD OF KNOWLEDGE – something in the now, helps us to know what to do with the Word of Wisdom. Knowledge is the truth or facts of a life that a person acquires either through experience or thought. The greatest truth that a person can possess with the mind or learn through experience is the truth about God.
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
This cannot be gained by unaided human reason.
Job 11:7 Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?
Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
It is acquired only as God shows Himself to people – in nature and conscience.
Psalm 19 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
Romans 1:19-20 …because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
In History or providence
Deuteronomy 6:20-25 “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; and the LORD showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers. And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.”
Daniel 2:21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
and especially in the Bible.
Psalm 119 (look this one up it is the longest Psalm in the Bible, but sure teaches us about the benefits of the Word of God – HM)
Revelation 1:1-3 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
FAITH – this is special faith, raising dead kind of faith. That paralyzed man WILL get up off the bead. This is from Brother Hagin’s BIBLE HEALING STUDY COURSE: Hagin knew this gift was operating in his life, he says that the gift of faith is also a supernatural endowment by the Holy Spirit whereby that which is uttered or desired by man, or spoken by God, eventually comes to pass. In other words, when this power gift is in operation, you believe God in such a way that God honors your word as His own and miraculously brings to pass whatever you believe or say. Hagin spoke of Smith Wigglesworth special faith – under his ministry, at least three different people were raised from the dead. In his book, EVER INCREASING FAITH, Wigglesworth related one instance of his neighbor being raised from the dead.
The Weymouth translation of 1 Cor. 12:9 calls this faith special faith because every believer already has faith. Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
For example, there is SAVING faith, or faith to receive salvation, which is also a gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, The faith by which you are saved is a gift of God, but it is given to you through hearing the Word. The Bible says, Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But the gift of faith is distinct from saving faith. The gift of faith is the supernatural manifestation of one of the nine gifts of the Spirit. The gift of faith is a gift of the Spirit to the believer that he might receive a miracle, whereas the working of miracles is the gift of the Spirit. (One gift receives something, the other does something). But these gifts are very closely related. We’re just differentiating between them for the purpose of defining them.
This gift of faith is also distinct from the FRUIT of faith that we’re taught about in Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Faith is a fruit of the Spirit, but the kind of faith mentioned here is faithfulness. The fruit of the Spirit is for character, but the gifts of the Spirit are for power. A fruit is something that grows. So faith, faithfulness, is a spiritual fruit that grows in the life of the Christian to establish him in spiritual character. The more we abide in Him, the greater the fruit. He produces His character, likeness, in us so that we become human embodiments of His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. The gift of faith, however, is given supernaturally by the Spirit of God as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. Romans 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; Fervent means boiling or bubbling.
So you see, three are different kinds of faith. Saving faith comes before salvation, and the fruit of faith comes or develops after salvation. But the manifestation of the gift of faith comes after the baptism in the Holy Spirit as the Spirit wills.
Remember, the working of miracles employs faith that actively works a miracle, but the gift of faith employs faith that passively expects a miracle as a sustained or continuous actions. There may not be anything that the person sees at the moment to confirm that he has his answer. But special faith will carry over a long period of time. In other words, its manifestation can be sustained or continued for the purpose of receiving a miracle.
HEALINGS – they have nothing to do with miracle science. This gift of the Holy Spirit is supernatural. It comes by laying on of hands, anointing with oil, or sometimes just speaking God’s Word in faith! So we not only believe in natural healing, but we also believe in supernatural healing. The Bible is full of examples of gifts of healings in operation – delivering the sick and destroying the works of the devil in a person’s human body – especially through Jesus’ ministry. However, it must be pointed out here that Jesus ministered (fully human) as a prophet anointed by the Holy Ghost. Notice, for instance what Jesus said of Himself in the synagogue, reading from the Prophet Isaiah. Luke 4:18-19The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. Then, Peter says in Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Jesus never healed anyone until after He was anointed with the Holy Ghost and power. He healed them the same way anyone else would minister to the sick today – by the anointing of the Spirit or the manifestation of the gifts of healings.
The gifts of healings are not referring to gifts to individuals to bless them personally. They are ministries of healing that are give to some in order to bless others. Ephesians 4:8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” Ephesians 4:11-12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, In other words, these gifts are not given to bless you, but to bless others. It’s a ministry. 1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Hagin says, “The gifts of healings are supernatural manifestations of the Spirit that are manifested through someone to someone.
MIRACLES – a divine intervention in the ordinary course of nature. Examples in the Old Testament are when God parted the water for the Israelites, when He saved Israel in Egypt through the Passover. God revealed His character, and the Israelites were convinced that God was working for their salvation. Exodus 12:13-14 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. Miracles were expressions of God’s saving love as well as His holy justice.
Miracles in the Old Testament are connected especially with the great events in Israel’s history. I am giving you some of the examples and where you can find them in scripture – some of the passages are long, so you need to check them out for yourself).
PROPHECY – Speaking things you don’t know, an utterance, a fragmented part of knowledge. Predictions about the future and the end-time special; special messages from God, often uttered through human spokesmen, which indicate the divine will for mankind on earth and in heaven. Prophecy was technically the task of the prophet. But all truth or revelation is prophetic, pointing to some future person, event, or thing. The full panorama of God’s will takes many forms; it may be expressed through people, events, and objects. Historical events such as the Passover anticipated Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. as did various objects in the Tabernacle, including Manna (John 6:31-35) and the Inner Veil. Matthew 27:51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split. Hebrews 10:20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS – seeing in the spirit realm. A gift of the Holy Spirit that enables a person to judge whether one who speaks in tongues or performs miracles does so by the power of the Holy Spirit or by a false spirit (1 Cor. 12:10; distinguishing between spirits.) The Apostle Paul suggested that a person led by the Holy Spirit will be concerned for those things that strengthen the Church (1 Cor. 14:12, 26)
GIFT OF TONGUES – The Spirit-given ability to speak in languages not known to the speaker. This is not your prayer life tongue, when we’re baptized with the Holy Spirit, the initial evidence is speaking with tongues, but that’s not this – this is in a meeting God wants to talk to us, supernaturally, things we don’t know – heaven is giving us a message to earth. The gift of tongues is to be exercised with restraint and in an orderly way. People who speak in an unknown tongue are to pray that they may interpret (1 Cor 14:13) Or someone else is to interpret what is said. Only 2 or 3 persons are to speak, each having an interpretation of what is said. Each is also to speak in turn. If these criteria are not met, they are to remain silent (1 Cor 14:27-28). The gifts of speaking in tongues and their interpretation are to be Spirit-inspired. Paul also points out that tongues are a sign to unbelievers. If these guidelines are not observed, unbelievers who are present will conclude that the people of the church are out of their minds. Speaking in tongues is a genuine work of the Holy Spirit.
THE GIFT OF INTERPRETATION – The ability to interpret what was said. We need to know what God says.
Since these gifts are gifts of grace, according to Paul, their use must be controlled by the principle of love.
Pam then handed out the following sheet called QUESTIONS ABOUT SPIRITUAL GIFTS – she gave scripture references. I will look them up for you.
Who operates them? 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 11 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. Verse 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
1. PURPOSE – To confirm the Word of God
2. CAN ONE PERSON HAVE ALL OF THEM? YES
3. HAS MAN EVER RECEIVED ALL OF THEM? YES
4. WERE THEY MANIFEST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT DAYS? YES
5. CAN GIFTS BE MISUSED? YES: Solomon – vanity of pleasure
6. ARE GIFTS PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY? YES, PERMANENT IF RECEIVED AS A PERSONAL GIFT.
7. WHEN SHOULD GIFTS BE USED? WHEN NEEDED.
8. ARE GIFTS EXERCISED AT WILL? YES
9. HOW CAN THEY BE RECEIVED? BY FAITH AND PRAYER
10. DO WE NEED GIFTS TODAY? YES, FOR THE SAME REASON OTHERS OF OLD NEEDED THEM
Praying that your day is blessed. I am so grateful that spring is near, snow is melting.
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