Short Essay #3
Short Essay on Pneumatology: Spiritual Gifts
A friend contacted me on Facebook the other day and asked me what I know about the gifts of the Spirit. I replied by telling him the following:
The gifts of God the Holy Spirit are recorded in 3 similar, but different lists in the New Testament. One lists God’s appointment of apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, gifts of healings, helps, administrations, and various kinds of tongues (1 Cor. 12:28*). Another, Romans 12, lists prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, and mercy. I remember a church service I was in when I was a child. I was sitting in one of the pews when the pastor gave the “altar call”. After the first call, I remember my father leaning over and whispering into my mother’s ear, “Is there a woman in a red dress sitting on the isle [so many] rows back on the other side of the church?” My mother was surprised and replied, “Yes.” My father, having received a word of knowledge from the Lord, called out to the pastor and told him that the Lord had spoken to him and told him there is a woman whose heart God had touched and that she needed to go forward. He then described her: a blonde woman, in a red dress, sitting on the isle, and told how many number of rows back she was. The pastor looked at the woman and told her, “Ma’am, God is definitely speaking to you. You better come forward because that man is blind and cannot see a thing.” (My father was blinded in the 2nd World War and has two fake eyes). She immediately got up and gave her heart to God. The woman later told my mother and father that the Lord was in fact prompting her to go forward. She said she had needed the word of knowledge my father had shared in order to find the strength to go forward.
The gifts of the Spirit of God are given to authenticate the preaching of the gospel (Heb. 2:3) and to equip believers for the task to which they have been called (Elwell 2001). They are...
Bibliography: Bible. The MacArthur Study Bible: New American Standard Bible. La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995.
Elwell, Walter A. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. 2. Edited by Walter A. Elwell. Vol. 1. 1 vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001.
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