Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: (1 Corinthians 12:1 NKJV)
The Holy Spirit spoke through Apostle Paul saying that, “He did not want Christians to be ignorant of spiritual gifts.” This ignorance often stems from the misinformation campaign run by the devil and his servants (sometimes also masquerading as fellow Christians). At other times, Christians are ignorant simply because of the lack of proper information (knowledge) (Hosea 4:6)
What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
In the New Testament, the Greek word charisma (singular) or charismata (plural) is used to designate the spiritual gifts. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible defines charisma as follows: “a (spiritual) endowment
So then ‘the Gifts of the Holy Spirit’ are supernatural endowments or abilities that the Holy Spirit gives Christians to enable effective ministry.
Gifts and Talents
There is a difference between spiritual gifts and natural talents. A talent is a natural ability inherited at birth or developed through training. Whereas a spiritual gift is a supernatural ability which does not comes by inheritance or training.
Supernatural gifts provide spiritual capabilities far greater than the finest natural talents. Although, we should use all our natural talents for the work of the Lord, we still need spiritual gifts.
The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
8for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:8-10)
All the Gifts of the Holy Spirit can be classified into three groups:
The Gifts of Revelation
a Word of Wisdom
b Word of Knowledge
c Discerning of spirits
The Power Gifts
b Gifts of healing
c Working of miracles
The Vocal gifts or Gifts of Inspiration
b Divers kinds of tongues
c Interpretation of tongues