Spiritual gifts are available and they are given to the believer who has received the initial infilling of the Holy Ghost. Every believer may receive one or more than one or even all of the spiritual gifts to be used in the church body for the edifying or strengthening of the Body of Christ, the church. Not ALL believers receive ALL the Gifts of the Spirit.
By Fredi Trammell
With the realization one treads deeply in the furrows of “theological grounds” in dealing with THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT, I choose to walk softly and rely heavily upon what I have learned concerning spiritual gifts from other writers, speakers, preachers, teachers, and prophets.
I especially concur with the opening statement of Lee Stoneking in the preface of his book, The Gifts of the Spirit: “The church needs the Gifts of the Spirit exquisitely adorned by the Fruit of the Spirit.”
In my lifetime of almost fifty years of having been filled with the blessed Holy Ghost, I have seen and heard ALL NINE Gifts of the Spirit operate within the Church of God. This statement I make very humbly and in the fear of God. To God be the glory for being a God of REALITY IN MY LIFE!
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to EVERY man to profit withal. 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: BUT ALL THESE WORKETH THAT ONE AND THE SELFSAME SPIRIT, DIVIDING TO EVERY MAN SEVERALLY AS HE WILL” (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).
The Gifts of the Spirit, which are given to operate in the body of Christ (the church), fall into three divisions:
(1)Gifts of revelation (mental gifts): The Word of Wisdom, The Word of Knowledge and Discerning of Spirits.
(2)Gifts of inspiration (vocal gifts): Prophecy, Divers Kinds of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues.
(3)Gifts of Power (working gifts): Faith, The Gifts of Healing and The Working of Miracles.
Many questions have been asked down through the church age about the Gifts of the Spirit. Prayerfully read the following and glean the understanding God imparts to you:
To those whom God has filled with His Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:38-39: “Then Peter said unto hem, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto YOU, and to YOUR CHILDREN, and to ALL that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:38,39).