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What are the spiritual gifts in the Bible?

The term spiritual gifts can refer to multiple things, including the spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, the motivational gifts of Romans 12 or the ministerial gifts of Ephesians 4. This is a brief overview of where to find these in the Bible.

Here is a list of the 9 spiritual gifts of the Bible found in 1 Corinthians 12:

  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Gifts of healing
  • Miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Distinguishing of spirits
  • Tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

It is interesting to note, however, that in the original Greek language of the New Testament, the word "gifts" is not present in 1 Corinthians 12:1 and therefore could be better translated as spirituals, whereas "gifts" is present in Romans chapter 12 and therefore would more appropriately be called the spiritual gifts.

Semantics aside, why not answer this brief survey about whether the spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 are still for today's churches:

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Spiritual Gifts Knowledge Check: Cessationism vs. Continuationism

According to the Bible, are spiritual gifts still relevant for the church today?

Commonly asked questions about spiritual gifts

Question: Can spiritual gifts be lost?

Answer: Romans 11:29 says, "for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable." But remember that the spirituals of 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 are given temporarily in the need of the moment and are not permanent giftings as the other ministerial and motivational gifts.

Question: Why are spiritual gifts given?

Answer: According to Ephesians 4:12, gifts are given, "for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ."

Question: What spiritual gifts are there?

Answer: See above and below for lists of all the gifts, from 1 Corinthians, Romans and Ephesians.

Question: How to receive spiritual gifts?

Answer: Pray. Seek and wait for spiritual gifts from the Lord, but even more diligently seek love.

Question: Are spiritual gifts permanent?

Answer: As the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable, the motivational and ministerial gifts appear to be permanent. The spiritual manifestations of 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 are given by the Holy Spirit in the need of the moment and do not appear to be permanently given, otherwise the apostles could have likely healed or performed miracles any time they desired.

Question: When do we receive spiritual gifts?

Answer: The exact timing of the receipt of spiritual gifts is unclear. The spirituals of 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 are given by the Holy Spirit in the moment as the need arises. The motivational gifts are likely given at birth or new birth like personality traits. The ministerial gifts are ordained by Christ and acknowledged by the Church.

Question: Are spiritual gifts for the church today?

Answer: Yes! See below for an overview of the spiritual gifts in the body of Christ.

Question: How many spiritual gifts can you have?

Answer: You could have the ministerial gift of being a pastor, the motivational gift of teaching, and at any time be given the temporary spiritual expression of faith, wisdom, knowledge, healing, etc. Paul teaches that one who speaks in tongues should also pray for the interpretation for the tongue, which would clearly mean a dual spiritual expression.

The spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

See 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 for an introduction to spiritual manifestations given by the Holy Spirit.

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be unaware. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Here again is a list of the 9 spiritual gifts in the Bible found in 1 Corinthians 12:

  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Gifts of healing
  • Miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Distinguishing of spirits
  • Tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

The motivational gifts of Romans 12:4-8

For just as we have many parts in one body and all the body’s parts do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually parts of one another. However, since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them properly: if prophecy, in proportion to one’s faith; if service, in the act of serving; or the one who teaches, in the act of teaching; or the one who exhorts, in the work of exhortation; the one who gives, with generosity; the one who is in leadership, with diligence; the one who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:4-8

Here is a list of the 7 motivational gifts in the Bible found in Romans 12:4-8:

  • Prophecy
  • Service
  • Teaching
  • Exhortation
  • Giving
  • Leadership
  • Mercy

The ministerial gifts of Ephesians 4:11-13

11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastor-teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-13

Here is a list of the 4 ministerial gifts of Ephesians 4:11-13:

  • Apostles
  • Prophets
  • Evangelists
  • Pastors and teachers (or pastor-teachers)

What is my spiritual gift? Join the discussion below.

The spiritual gifts or spiritual manifestations of 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 would indicate that the Holy Spirit gives them out individually, in the moment, and as the need arises; they are not permanent giftings.

The motivational gifts, however, are more characteristic of each individual and how God has made them to be: some have a greater tendency towards serving or giving, while some are especially motivated to teach and preach the Word of God.

The ministerial gifts are given by Jesus Christ to a person to serve the Lord in the body in a particular role, such as a pastor-teacher or an evangelist.

At Countryside Chapel, we seek to edify one another in the love of Christ and to express each gift in love. Nobody makes a show of it speaking in tongues during church or interrupting a sermon to prophecy.

When we come together, all things must be done in love and be orderly, according to the apostle Paul.

To inquire more about spiritual gifts and what yours may be, comment below.

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