Welcome to this transformative class on the Gifts of the Spirit. This class is intended to help shape our spiritual lives. The realm we are about to explore extends beyond the physical, encompassing both good and evil spirits. Our goal is to equip ourselves with knowledge and understanding, for ignorance in this realm can prove detrimental. As the apostle Paul urged the Corinthians, we, too, must not be ignorant of the spiritual gifts bestowed upon us (1 Corinthians 12:1).
Understanding the Gifts of the Spirit:
The Gifts of the Spirit are extraordinary manifestations of God’s power in our lives. They are not for personal glorification but for the edification of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7). In the New Testament, Paul highlights the diverse gifts, including the word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, various kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).
Praying for Purpose, not Just Power:
As we delve into the realm of spiritual gifts, let us remember that seeking power alone is insufficient. Instead, we must pray for God’s purpose to be revealed in our lives. Every gift has a divine purpose, and understanding that purpose will guide us in its proper use. We should also cultivate a consistent prayer life, study of the Bible, and incorporate fasting to draw closer to God and understand His will.
The Supernatural Realm:
The spiritual realm surpasses the physical in reality and lasting existence. All things originate in the spirit realm before manifesting in the physical. It is essential to be God-conscious while studying His Word to comprehend how He used individuals throughout the Old and New Testaments. The Gifts of the Spirit are supernatural manifestations of God’s wisdom, knowledge, and will (Ecclesiastes 8:4).
The Foundation of the Gifts:
Every divine work should have a foundation, and the Gifts of the Spirit are no exception. Understanding the different categories of gifts will help us establish this foundation. The three categories are the Revelation Gifts (word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discerning of spirits), Power Gifts (working of miracles, gifts of healing, gift of faith), and Utterance Gifts (prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues). Each gift serves a unique purpose in God’s plan (1 Corinthians 12:8-11).
Fruitfulness and the Gifts:
As we explore the Gifts of the Spirit, we must remember that they complement the fruits of the Spirit. Just as a tree is known by its fruit, we are recognized by the spiritual fruit we bear – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). Producing spiritual fruit requires effort and diligence.
The Necessity of Prayer and Humility:
While we cherish the Gifts of the Spirit, we should never neglect prayer and studying God’s Word. These foundational practices are irreplaceable. No gift should be exalted above other ministries; rather, they are meant to support and build up the body of Christ. As God uses us, we must remain humble, recognizing that it is His power working through us.
The Chosen Vessels:
Let us take inspiration from the disciples, whom Jesus chose after a period of fasting and prayer. In the same way, God has handpicked each one of us for a specific purpose. Age, possessions, and background are irrelevant; what matters is our willingness to be used by God. We have the privilege of being actively involved in God’s miraculous work rather than standing on the sidelines.
As we conclude this introduction to the Gifts of the Spirit, let us embrace the responsibility and privilege that comes with such spiritual manifestations. We must seek understanding, pray earnestly for God’s purpose, and remain humble in His service. With a strong foundation and fruitfulness in our lives, we are better equipped to operate in the supernatural realm. Remember, the Gifts of the Spirit are for us, for our edification and the glorification of our Heavenly Father. May we eagerly pursue these gifts and use them wisely for the advancement of God’s Kingdom on Earth.
Footnotes: A lot of this is from notes taken in The Gifts of the Spirit class at Pine Grove Pentecostal Church on Wednesday, March 29th, 2023, led by Bro Jerome Fedrick.