“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.” – 1 Cor. 12:4-6 (NIV)
Last week, we studied “The Eleven Permanent Gifts of the Holy Spirit” and ended on the 5th gift – “The Gift of Ministering” and said Dorcas and Phoebe had this gift. We continue this week with the remaining permanent gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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(6) THE GIFT OF THE SHOWING OF MERCY
“if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” – Romans 12:8
Often untrained laypeople possess this supernatural ability to minister to those sick and afflicted.
(7) THE GIFT OF RULING OR ADMINISTRATION
“if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” – Romans 12:8. This is the supernatural ability to organize, administer, and promote the various affairs of a local church – Titus 1:4,5. A local church will not grow beyond a ministry of those individuals empowered with this gift.
(8) THE GIFT OF FAITH
The Bible describes three kinds of faith:
- Saving Faith: given to all repenting sinners.
“They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved -you and your household.” – Acts 16:31
“However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.” – Romans 4:5
- Sanctifying Faith: available to all believers.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”. – Galatians 2:20
“Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. “ – Galatians 3:11
- Stewardship Faith: given to some believers.
”For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” – Romans 12:3
“To another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,” – 1 Cor. 12:9
(9) THE GIFT OF TEACHING
The supernatural ability to communicate and clarify the details of the Word of God.
“ If it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach”; – Romans 12:7. The gift was given to:
- Paul – “For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.” – Acts 20:27
- Apollos – “Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.” – Acts 18:24-25
- Aquila and Priscilla – “He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately”. – Acts 18:26
While no one can present a better gospel than that in the Bible, there are those who can teach that gospel better. This is the gift of teaching.
(10) THE GIFT OF EVANGELISM
The supernatural ability to point sinners to Christ and to burden Christians about soul-winning. All believers are to witness for Christ whether Timothy, for example, was not an evangelist, but he was a soul-winner. “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” – 2 Tim 4:5.
There are others, however, who were given this gift. Philip, among others in the book of Acts, possessed it – “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so
he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.” – Acts 8:26-40
Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.” – Acts 21:8
(11) THE GIFT OF PASTOR-TEACHER
The supernatural ability to preach and teach the Word of God and to feed and lead the
flock of God. “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” – 1 Peter 5:1-4
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.” – Acts 20:28.
This is the only “double portion” gift of the eighteen gifts. Thus, all teachers are not called to be pastors, but all pastors are to be teachers.
To be continued!
Source: Wilmington’s Guide to the Bible
All Scriptures are from the New International Version.
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