Now concerning spiritual gifts


1 COR 12:1,7

Now concerning spiritual gifts …But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man

The word “manifestation” is a good translation of the Greek word ‘phanerosis’, which means “a manifestation, a making visible or observable.” A manifestation is detectable by the five senses. We experience manifestations all the time. Electric energy in a light bulb is manifested in the form of light and heat. A manifestation of the chicken pox disease is a rash with small pimple-like sores. We cannot see the virus that causes the chicken pox, but we can see the manifestation of the disease.

The multipurpose “Swiss Army” knife is a good example of the difference between a gift and a manifestation. The traditional knives have red handles, and many come with blades (big and little), screwdrivers, a can opener, an awl, scissors, a file, and a pair of tweezers. If you receive one multipurpose knife as a gift, you can use (bring into manifestation) any or all of its implements, and cut, snip, tweeze, etc. The one gift has many manifestations. Similarly, the one gift God gives each believer is Holy Spirit, which can be manifested in nine ways.

The gift of Holy Spirit is not observable or detectable by our five senses. Its presence inside the Christian becomes known when it is manifested, made obvious, in the senses world.

The Bible says that to “each one” (1 Co. 12:7) is given the manifestation of the spirit. Each and every Christian can manifest Holy Spirit because each Christian has Holy Spirit.

Gifts are tools and not toys to be experimented or played with.  Gifts are to glorify God and not the vessel.

§   They supernaturally equip the church to show the power of God.  Christians are to function as Christ’s Body in the earth.  Jesus promised that supernatural signs would follow.  We should expect it even today.  This is a part of His salvation.

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”  (Heb 2:3-4). 

God warns men not to neglect such a great salvation.  So also the church is not to neglect this salvation and her responsibility to use all that God has given her to reveal that salvation.
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”  (Mar 16:17-18).

Gifts are not the end but the means to our end.  Signs will follow and not that we should follow after them.

§   They establish  strong foundation in our lives.
“For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;”  (Rom 1:11).
The gifts are something extra to our faith, for the edification and the growth of the Body.

§   Where the gifts are in operation in the right order, the life of the believers shall be balanced and established on strong foundation.

§   The bring encouragement and vision to the church.
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”  (1Co 12:7).

They are not for personal benefit but for others, for the edification and encouragement of the Body of Christ.

 “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.”      (1Co 14:12) 
 “…when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.”                    (1Co 14:26). 

The gifts will lift the believer into the realm of God’s thinking and bring encouragement and edification.

§   They bring deliverance and healing to the whole man.  Through gifts God brings release and healings to the mind and body.  The gifts can release us form fears and anxieties, it can deliver us from satanic oppression, so that,
‘the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1Th 5:23).

God does not desire us to in any bondage or sickness.  These gifts were not just for the Corinthian church, Paul instructs the believers to make full use of their gifts.

Gifts cannot be earned or merited therefore gifts are not a sign of spiritual maturity.