Once we’ve received baptism in the Holy Spirit, there are certain gifts God has for us that He wants us to operate in. These gifts of the Spirit enable us to know and do things we couldn’t have on our own. They can both benefit us personally, and help us to minister to others in a greater way.
The gifts of the Spirit are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-11.
Message of wisdom
Message of knowledge
Gifts of healing
Working of miracles
Discerning of spirits
Speaking in different kinds of tongues
Interpretation of tongues
Message of wisdom, message of knowledge, and prophecy all have to do with God speaking to you, and/or revealing things to you that you wouldn’t know otherwise. Gifts of healing and working of miracles have to do with God flowing through you in a special way to perform miracles and instances of healing. Speaking in different kinds of tongues is different than just praying in tongues. Usually, it’s a specific message God gives you in tongues, which He will then give either you or someone else the explanation of. This explanation of what is spoken in tongues being given to you is interpretation of tongues.
These gifts are for us today, and God wants us to operate in them! Do as 1 Corinthians 14:1 says, and eagerly desire these gifts. Make yourself available to God to be used by Him, and you will begin to experience these gifts at work in your life as you are in need of them!
Earlier this month, we celebrated Easter – Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Before He went back to heaven, Jesus told His disciples to wait for God’s promised gift – in a few days, they would be baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). In Acts 2, we see this promise fulfilled. While they were gathered together on the day of Pentecost (a Jewish holiday), a violent wind seemed to fill the room they were in. What appeared to be tongues of fire came and rested above each of them, and they began to speak in other tongues! This was the first time believers experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and lives inside of us. When we receive baptism in the Holy Spirit, it’s like what’s inside of us comes out and manifests in ways such as speaking in tongues (as happened to the early believers mentioned in Acts 2) and other gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:8-11).
Acts 1:8 says that when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we receive power. Through His Spirit living inside of us, God is able to show us things we couldn’t know on our own, and enable us to do things we couldn’t do by ourselves. Look at the example of Peter. While Jesus was being put on trial and condemned to death, Peter denied Him three times. After being baptized in the Holy Spirit, Peter had the courage to speak boldly for Christ, and explain what was going on to the people who witnessed the believers speaking in tongues. Baptism in the Holy Spirit had an impact on Peter, and it has an impact on us as well!
Those who were staying in Jerusalem for Pentecost when this all took place heard the wonders of God proclaimed in their own language through the believers speaking in tongues. This demonstrates how baptism in the Holy Spirit can enable us to minister to others more effectively.
Do you want to experience baptism in the Holy Spirit? Just like salvation, it becomes ours by simply believing, and receiving it from God. Ask Him, and He will give it to you, for He promises to give it to those who ask (Luke 11:13)!
Week 27 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was 1 Corinthians 12-16. These chapters further continue one of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.
In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Paul speaks of the gifts of the Spirit, which are given for the common good. They are all the work of the same Spirit, which He distributes to each, as He determines.
Here are the nine gifts mentioned in this passage:
word of wisdom
word of knowledge
gifts of healing
working of miracles
discerning of spirits
different kinds of tongues
interpretation of tongues
God wants us to walk in the gifts of the Spirit. Like any gift, they are offered to us freely. Let’s receive and utilize these gifts, that our Heavenly Father has for us as His children!