The Lord our God is one God (Deu. 6:4), but He has chosen to reveal Himself to us in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mat. 28:19). He has also chosen to give all mankind gifts from birth and to make others available to some upon surrender to Jesus Christ. He manifests his power through us when we are baptized in His Spirit. These manifestations are what most believers commonly refer to as “the gifts”. Before we investigate the gifts of the Spirit, it is beneficial to understand the gifts of the Father and of the Son.
Ministry activities (also called motivational gifts or natural abilities) are gifts of the Father. These are given to all mankind from birth and are known as: perceiving, serving, teaching, exhorting, giving, organization, and mercy.
“and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” 1 Cor. 12:6 ESV
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” Rom. 12:6-8 ESV
Ministry offices are gifts of Jesus Christ. When Jesus ascended to Heaven after triumphing over death and the grave, He divided His personal ministry into five roles. These are known as the five-fold ministry offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher.
“and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;” 1 Cor. 12:5 ESV
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,” Eph. 4:11 ESV
Ministry “gifts” (also called manifestations, enablements, or empowerments) are gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are what most believers are referring to most of the time when they mention “the gifts”. There are nine gifts of the Spirit: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues, faith, healing, and miracles.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;” 1 Cor. 12:4 ESV
“For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 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.” 1 Cor. 12:8-10 ESV
The Holy Spirit Is The Gift
There is a wide range of teaching on the gifts of the Spirit, but it is my personal conviction that the Holy Spirit is the gift. When He works through you, His power will be made evident through you in nine particular ways which we commonly refer to as the gifts of the Spirit.
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Cor. 12:7 ESV
“All these [nine gifts] are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” 1 Cor. 12:11 ESV
Not only does He distribute the gifts to each one as He wills (1 Cor. 12:11), but He does will to distribute them according to his grace and the need at hand. The real issue has more to do with learning to function as the new creation which we are in Christ, instead of a merely human way (2 Cor. 5:17, 1 Cor. 3:1-3).
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Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for eighteen years, and is the proud father of two boys.