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GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT (cont.)

Purpose of the Gifts


1. Spiritual Maturity 1 Corinthians 14:12
  Spiritual gifts help you mature, so you can edify (strengthen) the Body of Christ.


2. Edification 1 Corinthians 14:12
 

Spiritual gifts are used for the edification of the Church.



3. Credentials I Corinthians 14:12-13
 

Evidence concerning your authority.  We are identified as believers through the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 2:4)



4. Spiritual Prosperity 1 Corinthians 12:7
    Proverbs 17:8

Do Believers Have All the Gifts?

Apostle Paul    1 Corinthians 12:31

The Revelation, Vocal and Power Gifts were operating in Paul’s ministry and life.  God wants these types of gifts in operation in your life also.

Understanding the Revelation Gifts


  1. The Word of Wisdom
    This is the actual application of knowledge that God gives you.  It is a gift.  It is not received from studying or experiences you’ve had.

           Biblical Examples of the Word of Wisdom

           The Temptation of Jesus                                                              Luke 4:1-14
           Paul Before the Council                                                               Acts 23:6

           The gift of Wisdom is the Wisdom of God.  It is the supernatural impartation of facts… 
           It
is received from God through prayer (Ephesians 1:17).

  1.  The Word of Knowledge

           This is supernatural Knowledge that you need, regarding situations, circumstances, or problems.

           Biblical Example of Word of Knowledge
           Joshua knew about Achan’s sin (Joshua 7:10-11)  Elisha knew about Gehazi’s lying
           (2 Kings 5:20-27)  The Gifts of Word of Wisdom and the Word of Knowledge are raw,
           Material and wisdom builds on them.

      3.   Discerning of Spirits
            Discerning of spirits is the supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit to perceive and
            Determine whether something is of God, the devil, or man.


The Spirit World

  1. The world of the Spirit of God
  2. The world of the spirit of the enemy
  3. The world of the human spirit

The Discerning of spirits enables you to tell which spirit is operating.

1. The Spirit of God Acts 10:30-35
Peter & Cornelius

The Holy Spirit


2. The Spirit of the Enemy Acts 16:16-18
Apostle Paul discerned a

Demon Spirit on a Woman


3. The Human Spirit Acts 8:18-23
Peter discerned Simon

The Sorcerer’s
Human Spirit

Test whether or not a spirit is of God in 3 ways

1. Observe what they do Matthew 7:15-20
2. Watch who they exalt 1 Corinthians 12:3


3. Observe their confession 1 John 4:1-3

Listen to what a person says.  Is their confession lining up with the truth of God’s Word?

Receive These Gifts

The Gift of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Discernment come by Prayer:

  1.  Desire them
  2.  Ask for them
  3. Pray to receive them
  4. Do what God says in 1 Corinthians 12:31, “Covet earnestly the best Gifts”

Purpose of the Gifts

The purposes of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit can be found in Ephesians 4:12-15

Purposes are to:

  1. Perfect the saints
  2. Promote the work of the ministry
  3. Edify the Body of Christ

The Objectives of Spiritual Gifts are for believers to:

  1. Become united in the Faith
  2. Develop and grow in the knowledge of Jesus and walk in the fullness of Christ
  3. Develop in perfection, with Christ as the pattern for our purpose
  4. Become stable, not deceived by false doctrines
  5. Mature spiritually in Christ (grow up in all things)

The Trinity and the Gifts
All three Persons of the Trinity are involved in empowering believers with Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

The Father (1st Person), the Son, the Lord [Jesus Christ] (2nd Person) and the Holy Spirit (3rd Person) of the Trinity are all mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

Spiritual Weapons Ephesians 6:12
Distribution of the Gifts 1 Peter 4:10
1 Corinthians 12:7, 11
Spiritual Truth Matthew 25:14-30


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