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 Post subject: Charismatic Gifts of the Spirit
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Charismatic Gifts of the Spirit Written By: CK Quarterman

Spiritual Gifts are the Holy Spirit’s manifestation through the body of Christ, but fruit is the wellspring of a believers’ character.

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: (1 Corinthians 12:8-10 KJV)

Church History clearly refutes any notion that charismatic manifestation of the Gifts faded away after the apostolic era, however they may have diminished somewhat during the middle ages (probably due to the inaccessibility to scripture by the common people), it is obvious that charismatic manifestation of the Gifts were never completely absent from the church. Many statements to this effect were recorded by the Early Church Fathers, such as Irenaeus, who wrote around A.D. 150 “…we hear many of the brethren in the church who have prophetic gifts, and who speak in tongues through the spirit, and who also bring to light the secret things of men for their benefit [word of knowledge]…” Elsewhere he said, “When God saw it necessary, and the church prayed and fasted much, they did miraculous things, even of bringing back the spirit to a dead man” (Refutation and Overthrow of False Doctrine, Pg. 174). Near the close of the second century, Tertullian cited similar incidents, describing the operation of prophecies, healings and tongues, and in 210, Origen reported many charismatic gifts, as did later writers such as Eusebius, Firmilian, Chrysostom and others throughout the centuries.

The Encyclopedia Britannica says that spiritual gifts such as glossalalia (speaking in tongues) have occurred in Christian revival of every age. They were seen during the Great Awakening, and in recent times, through what is called the “Pentecostal movement” in the early 1900′s. Later in the 1960′s, churches mainline denominations throughout the world experienced what is known as the “charismatic renewal.”

Spiritual gifts are manifested wherever believers are receptive and open to the workings of the Holy Spirit. An environment where spiritual gifts function may take on a less structured, more spontaneous environment the Apostle Paul did establish specific guidelines for their use. Rather than rejecting the operation of the gifts as some churches have done we should seek to have the prescribed order. As Paul cautioned: “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Cor. 14:39-40).

WORD GIFTS – “a supernaturally imparted fragment”

Prophecy (Greek: propheteia). Prophecy is the spiritual ability to speak forth the mind and counsel of God. Prophets in the Old Testament were used by God to speak to Israel about current and future events. Jesus was the prophet to come (Deut. 1:8-18; Acts 2:22-23). The prophets in the body of Christ were called to speak forth the word of God about present and future events (Acts 2:17-18; 11:27-28), equip the saints for ministry (Eph. 4:11,12), as well as edify, comfort and encourage believers within the body of Christ and reveal the secrets of men’s hearts (1 Cor. 14:3, 23-25). Agabus (Acts 21:10-11) and the four daughters of Philip, the evangelist, were given the gift of prophecy among so many (Acts 21:9).

A word of wisdom (Greek: sophia). A word of wisdom is the spiritual ability to perceive life and truth from God’s perspective and then apply that wisdom to specific situations. Wisdom can be discerned by its fruit. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere (James 3:17). James used his spiritual gift of wisdom at the Jerusalem council (Acts 15:31-21). was given a vision, while living in Asia Minor, to preach the gospel in Europe (Acts 16:6-10).

A word of knowledge (Greek: gnosis). A Word of Knowledge is the spiritual ability to communicate knowledge. Stephen was a great example of a man of spiritual wisdom and knowledge when he spoke before the Supreme Court and broke open the scriptures to show them that Jesus was their Messiah (Acts 7:1-53).


Faith (Greek: pistis). The spiritual ability to see what isn’t, believe it to be, and trust God to do it.

Healings (Greek: iaomai). Paul called it the gifts (plural) of healings which mean this gifted person could make one who is sick whole. An example: Peter and John’s experience with the lame man at the temple gate (Acts 3:2-10).

Miraculous powers (Greek: dunamis). The spiritual ability to do works of a supernatural origin and character, such as could not be produced by natural agents and means. Philip (Acts 1:8, Acts 8:13), and Paul (Acts 13:9-12). Dunamis is a temporary, supernatural intervention of natural laws. The Greek describes it as “works of power” and implies instantaneous results.

Discerning spirits (Greek: diakrisis). It is the spiritual ability to discern from God between the spirits of evil and of Good, May include the flesh and the spirit, a person’s character and truth and error. Paul had this experience with Elymas the magician (Acts 13:9-12).

Tongues (Greek: glossalalia ). Tongues are a supernatural ability to speak an unknown language without learning it beforehand of angels or men. The gift of tongues is to be used publicly to bring praise to God (1 Cor. 14:2), to edify the body of believers (I Cor. 14:5), and to be used as a sign of judgment against unbelievers (I Cor. 14:21-22).

Interpretation (Greek: hermeneis). Interpretation of Tongues is the spiritual ability to translate the language of the person speaking to the audience listening. The one who does the translation of the tongue would be able, by the spirit, to interpret without learning the language beforehand (1 Cor. 14:27)

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