THE GIFTS OF INSPIRATION (Part 1)

THE GIFTS OF INSPIRATION (Part 1)

Out of the nine spiritual gifts or manifestations of the Spirit listed in 1 Cor. 12:4-11, three of the gifts can be classified as the Gifts of Inspiration, namely Prophecy, Different Kinds of Tongues, and the Interpretation of Tongues.

The inspirational or vocal gifts are spontaneous supernatural vocalisation, verbalisation, articulation, or proclamation of divine words or revelations from the Holy Spirit through the vocal or speech organs of the believers. Let us examine the gifts of inspiration one after the other…

THE GIFTS OF REVELATION

THE GIFTS OF REVELATION

These supernatural abilities are not intended for self projection and aggrandizement, but for God’s glory, for effectiveness and fruitfulness in God’s service, and for the edification of the Church, God’s people.

The Scripture highlights nine major gifts or manifestations of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 12:4-10. However, for the purpose of this study we shall group the nine spiritual gifts into three distinct divisions based on their unique nature, affinity, manifestation and function. First, the Gifts of Revelation: the Word of Knowledge, the Word of Wisdom, and the Discerning of Spirits…

THE PURPOSE OF THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE PURPOSE OF THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are divine expression of God’s grace in and through the believers. They are supernatural abilities which the Holy Spirit distributes to the believers in the Church according to His will (Heb. 2:4).

Paul states, “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” (1 Cor. 12:11 NKJV). The gifts of the Holy Spirit are not spiritual rewards or wages given to believers for their faithfulness in service, holiness, fervency in prayer, or long fasting. They are simply gifts of grace to be received and exercised by faith…

THE NATURE OF THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE NATURE OF THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the Divine Helper that the Lord Jesus Christ promised to send to His disciples to dwell with them and in them forever, helping them to live, walk and operate in this world just as Jesus did while in the world (John 14:16, 26, 15:26).

Since His glorious and dramatic arrival on the Day of Pentecost upon the 120 Disciples of Christ in the upper room in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit has remained on earth (in the Church), revealing Christ, glorifying Christ in and through the believers, and transforming believers’ character progressively into Christ-likeness…

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part 3)

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part 3)

When you receive, believe, internalize, and walk in the revelation knowledge of your spiritual oneness or identity with Christ as a new creation, you are cooperating with the Holy Spirit to glorify Christ in and through your life.

You allow the Holy Spirit to glorify and magnify Christ in and through your life when you shine as light in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, having your conduct honourable among the Gentiles (Matt. 5:13-16). Christ is glorified and magnified in your life by the Holy Spirit when you heed these admonitions by Paul and Peter…

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part 2)

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part 2)

Knowing and internalizing the truth that as a new creation you are one spirit with Christ, thereby possessing same life, nature, glory and authority with Christ will make you an effective ambassador for Christ in this world, doing the works that Christ did and even greater works than what He did.

But, how does the Holy Spirit give the revelation of Christ to the believers? The Holy Spirit primarily gives the revelation of Christ to the believers in and through the Scripture. The Scripture bears witness of Christ, testifies of Christ, and reveals Christ to us!

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