Passport (Week 9)
Kingdom equipment -:the gifts of the holy Spirit
PASSPORT - WEEK 9
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Some points to consider:
THE Gift is the Holy Spirit.
Once when he was eating with them, Jesus commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5).
In Paul’s passage on spiritual gifts, he calls the church the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Paul’s teaching is clear. It is through the various gifts of the Spirit that the church continues the Kingdom ministry of Jesus as His visible and tangible body in the world. That’s how believers practically are little “Jesuses”.
Through these Kingdom power tools, the church advances the Kingdom of God and sends Satan’s kingdom packing. For example, the gift of leadership calls the troops to battle, the gift of administration mobilizes the troops to action, the gift of discernment recognizes where the battle is taking place and the gifts of healing and mercy and pastoring and teaching set the captives free.
Spiritual gifts are descriptions of how the Spirit works in people. The Spirit doesn’t give you a spiritual gift and then walk away so you have to exercise it on your own independently of Him. A spiritual gift is just a description of how the Spirit actually works in a person. For example, the gift of teaching is simply the Spirit using a believer as a teacher. A spiritual gift isn’t so much a thing or a possession then. It’s the presence and power of the Holy Spirit at work in and through someone. This stresses the need to not just to grow in the use of your gift, but to grow in your relationship with the Holy Spirit. After all, He IS the Gift. Think of it like a corded power drill. It only works plugged in.
Some gifts are given permanently (constitutional gifts). Some people are teachers because they have been given the gift of teaching. It doesn’t come and go. It’s how the Holy Spirit uses them throughout their lifetime. It’s their speciality.
All gifts can be given situationally (situational gifts). There’s nothing stopping the Holy Spirit from giving any gift at any time to any believer for ministry in the moment. I take that back. Actually, something or someone can stop Him. We can. We should never say, “I’m sorry. I can’t do that. That’s not my gift.” Ultimately, the gift is the Spirit and since the Spirit has all the gifts and since you have the Holy Spirit, or better yet, the Spirit has you, you are as good of a candidate for a gift as anyone else, especially if you are the only one around! It’s better to say, “Here I am. Use me!”
The Bible’s teaching on the gifts stresses that everyone gets to play. Everyone gets a gift or a cluster of gifts for a lifetime of ministry. And anyone can get any gift at any time for situational ministry. So get off the bench and into the game!
We can make a distinction between roles, gifts and ministries.
For example, it is every believer’s role to be a witness for Jesus. You don’t have to be particularly “gifted” to be a witness. As you shine your good deeds and simply tell people about Jesus, the Holy Spirit will use you as a witness.
Some people are given the gift of evangelism. This may be a permanent or situational gifting. But with this gifting comes added power and impact to their witness.
Then there are those who are given the gift of evangelism who are called to be evangelists within a ministry. Their spiritual speciality becomes their ministry.
There’s a difference between the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
What’s more important? The gifts of the Spirit of the fruit of the Spirit? What’s does 1 Corinthians 13 say about it?
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
How might this picture help you balance the rail of the gifts of the Spirit with the rail of the fruit of the Spirit? What if one rail ends?
What are your spiritual gifts? How can you use them in ministry?
What questions do you have about spiritual gifts?
Lay hands on one another in prayer for the release of spiritual gifts.
Let's recite our memory work.