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Forgotten God – Part 7

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

General Classifications/Gifts/Manifestations of the Spirit

A. Revelation Gifts ? Those that impart an ability to know supernaturally.
? Word (utterance) of Wisdom
? Word (utterance) of Knowledge
? Discerning of Spirits

B. Power Gifts ? Those that impart an ability to act supernaturally.
? Gift of Faith
? Gifts of Healing
? Working of Miracles
C. Vocal Gifts ? Those that impart an ability to speak supernaturally.
? Gift of Prophecy
? Various Kinds of Tongues
? Interpretation of Tongues


Word of Wisdom

Greek: logos sophia

Definition: This gift has to do with the revelation of the best course of action at a given time, or the most profitable performance of what has been revealed. It would also include the making known of supplemental knowledge necessary for carrying out the revelation.


Word of Knowledge

Greek: logos gnosis

Definition: This gift is the impartation of information by the Holy Spirit which could not otherwise be known. It usually deals with the past and present, whereas the gift of the word of wisdom deals more with the future aspects of God’s plans and purposes.


Discerning of Spirits

Greek: diakrisis pneuma

Definition: The discerning of spirits is a supernatural enablement that permits identification of the nature and character of spirits, seen and unseen. These include angels, demons, human spirits, and the moving/activity of God’s Spirit. This gift has close relationship with the Word of Knowledge, but restricted to specialized knowledge.


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