What Are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Unlike the Ministry gifts of the Fivefold given to the church, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are meant for all believers and begin when we receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit and is a sign that follows those who believe. They are founded from the Scriptures in 1 Cor. 12:8-10.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are grouped into three categories. The first category are The Vocal Gifts. These gifts are manifestations of the Holy Spirit speaking supernaturally to or through us. When this happens the believers are strengthened, encouraged and comforted but never put under condemnation. They are:
- Tongues: A supernatural vocal expression of an inspiration given by the Holy Spirit, using our natural voice. (1 Cor 13:1, Acts 2:4)
- Interpretation of Tongues: The supernatural showing forth, by the Spirit, of the explanation or meaning, in the hearer’s own language, of the vocal expression of a message given in another tongue. (1 Cor. 14:13)
- Prophecy: A spontaneous supernatural vocal expression of inspiration in a known language which strengthens, encourages, and comforts the Body of Christ. (Joel, 2:28, 1 Cor. 14:1,5,39)
The second grouping are The Revelation Gifts and are manifested through Hearing. They manifest as God supernaturally reveals the identity, nature or activity of spirits, or when He supernaturally reveals knowledge or wisdom to His people. They come into our minds through our spirit in the form of a thought, impression, felling, dream or vision. They Include:
- Discerning of Spirits: This is a distinguishing of spirits with supernatural insight into the realm of the spirit world. It reveals the type of spirit(s) behind a person, situation, or a message. (Rom. 12:2, Heb. 4:12)
- Word of Knowledge: A supernatural revelation by the Holy Spirit of certain facts, present or past, about a person or situation, which are not learned through the natural mind. (Acts 1:8, 14:9)
- Word of Wisdom: A supernatural revelation by the Holy Spirit, giving the believer God’s wisdom to proceed on a course of action based on natural or supernatural knowledge. It works with a Word of Knowledge. (John 4:19-29, 11:4)
The third and last grouping of gifts are The Power Gifts and are manifested in Doing. These are manifested by God releasing His supernatural faith or power to work or flow through us.
- The gift of Faith: A supernatural faith for a specific time and purpose to accomplish a certain task. (1 John 5:4, 1 Sam. 17:32)
- The Gifts of Healing: A supernatural impartation of God’s healing power into people who need healing. Many of the other gifts are actively involved as we minster healing to the sick. (Mk. 16:17-18, Lk. 13:11-16)
- The Working of Miracles: A supernatural intervention in the ordinary course of nature. A demonstration of the power of God by which the laws of nature are altered, suspended, or controlled. (John 14:12, Mk. 16:17-18)
What is the Fivefold?
- The term “Five-fold” is not found in the bible. Its scriptural basis is found in Eph. 4:11-13, 1 Cor. 12:28
- However, it is referred to as the five ministry gifts that God gave to the church which include: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors, & Teachers.
- They are not gifts to men but Gifts to the church. They are endowed (a quality or ability possessed or inherited by someone), to us only by Jesus Christ.
- They are church ministries that establish a spiritual kingdom government by which churches should function/operate on the earth for the purpose of sustaining a supernatural environment and prioritizing the kingdom agenda.
- They are different from the “Nine-fold” gifts of the Holy Spirit that God has given to each of us mentioned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Cor. 12: 7-11. However, they work together. Everyone can have one or more of the “Nine-fold” gifts but not everyone will have a ministry of the “Five-fold” gifts given for the church/ Body.
- The Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Ministry Gifts given to the church must work together. The Ministry Gifts cannot operate/function without the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. And while the Gifts of the Holy Spirit can operate without the Ministry Gifts, they operate without a holistic foundation and anointing that comes with the unity and authority of the fivefold ministry.
What Would Happen if the Fivefold arrived at the Scene of a Car Accident?
Ephesians 4:11 tells us that God has anointed some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers. Danny Silk (Culture of Honor) describes these fivefold anointing in terms of what each might do at the scene of a car accident (pp.53-55):
The Pastor applies first aid, dispenses blankets and water. He gathers vital sign information, talks to everyone about their emergency contact details and brings a sense of calm to the situation.
The Teacher studies the scene to see what caused the accident and what might be done to ensure accidents like this don’t happen again. The teacher concludes that drivers would benefit from more training and continuing education requirements.
The Evangelist asks everyone “If you were to die as a result of your injuries, would you go to Heaven or Hell?” He speaks to the crowd of onlookers: “There are no guarantees that you will make it home safely. Do you know where you would go?” He then leads people to Christ and trains them to lead others.
The Prophet knew there was going to be an accident because he had a dream about it the previous night. He walks around the crash scene rebuking the spirit of death and calling out the destiny in various people. He discovers who’s in charge of the crash scene and discerns whether this is God’s chosen leader or not. If he finds no one in charge he will appoint a leader.
The Apostle releases the healing touch of God into the scene. He tells testimonies of how he has witnessed the power of God at other accident sites. The faith of the listeners rises and they too begin to pray for healing. The apostle starts a school for those who arrive at car accident scenes and sends them all over the world to do signs and wonders.