The 9 Gifts of The Holy Spirit – Part 3

1 Corinthians 12: 2- 11

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: ………… to another prophecy, …….., to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

Utterance/inspirational gifts – These gifts say something. They include prophecy, diver kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues.

The gift of prophecy is supernatural utterance in known tongues. The gift of prophecy is the most important of the 3 inspirational gifts because it takes the other two to equal prophecy. When the gift of diverse kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues are in operation they equal prophecy. The Greek word that is translated “to prophesy” means “to speak for another” it means to speak for God, to be His spokesman.

1 Corinthians 14:1-5, 39

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification. Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

The gift of prophecy is for edification, exhortation and comfort 1 Corinthians 14:3. It is different from the office of a prophet. In the gift of prophecy there is no revelation. Whereas in the office of a prophet, we often find revelation coming forth by prophecy. A good example are the four daughters of Philip who prophesy through the operation of gift of prophecy and the prophet Agabus who operated in the office of a prophet. Acts 21:8- 11.

Note in the simple gift of prophecy there is no foretelling. There is only forth telling.

The gift of diverse kinds of Tongues – it is supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit in languages never learned by the speaker, not understood by the mind of the speaker, nor necessarily always understood. It is a vocal miracle.

The values of tonguesit is a supernatural sign , it is a devotional gift . God will use some people in public utterance in tongues. This is a gift and different from the devotional use of tongues. There is the devotional tongues, we use it as we will but the gifts of divers kinds of tongues manifest as the spirit wills.

The gift of interpretation of tongues – supernatural showing forth by the Spirit of the meaning of an utterance in other tongues. It is not translation of tongues; it is the interpretation of tongues. It is the least of the nine gifts because it is dependent on another gift in order to operate. The purpose of this gift is to render the gift of diver’s kinds of tongues intelligible to the hearers so that the church as well as the possessor of the gift may know what has been said and may be edified.

This gifts manifests both in private and public life of a Christian. Please be aware that all these gifts operate as we earnestly desire them by faith.

For Further Study

Mark 16:17, 1 Corinthians 14: 18,27-33, 1Corinthians 12:28-30, 1 Corinthians 14:13-15, 27-28, 40

Personal declaration for the day

Today, I give the Holy Spirit, freedom of expression in my life.

Questions for you to reflect on

Which of the gifts do you think is the least and why?

Which one do you think we should all desire above the rest?