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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Although there is one church body, one Holy Spirit, one Lord Jesus Christ, one God and Father of all, one faith and one baptism, there are varying apportions of spiritual gifts.  Not everyone has the same gift, all the gifts or even the same level of blessing in similar gifts.  Unto each Christian is “given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”  These gifts are for perfecting and edifying the body and for the works of the ministry.  Christ gave to some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some teachers (pastors); some the ability to help others; some the gift of government (administration, ruling).  To some believers is given the word of wisdom; to others knowledge; to some faith; to others the gift of healing; to some the gift of miracles; to others prophecy; to some discerning of spirits; to others diverse kinds of tongues; and to others the interpretation of tongues.

Caution: There are some who measure salvation assuredness against a rule of “tangible gifting,” rather than by evidence of rebirth in the heart through “tangible fruits” of Christ and the Holy Spirit.  The manifestation of any “gift” among professed believers cannot be held as ultimate proof of the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Satan can display all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, including healing.  False apostles will teach incorrect doctrines and disrespect for the authority of Scripture.  False prophets may make accurate predictions; however, Christ warns, “Watch out for false prophets.  They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them…Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?  Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you.  Away from me, you evildoers!”

Dt 13:1-4; Jer 23:9-40;  Mt 7:15-23;  Ro 12:6-8;  1Co 12:4-11, 28-31;  2Co 11:13, 26;  Eph 4;4-12;  1Pe 4:10;  1Jn 4:1-6.