Rev. Kevin Airrington
March 1, 2014
25 gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture
Many of us are familiar with the nine gifts of the Spirit that Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 12:4-10. However, most Christians are not aware that there are many more. The exact number of Spiritual Gifts are still debated. No doubt in the 600 range. Below you will find my list of at least 25 spiritual gifts that the Holy Ghost gave to the early church—and continues to give today. For most of us, this is plenty. Can you find more? Please Contact Us and we will add to this list.
Can we operate in more than one gift? Can we operate in all the gifts simultaneously? The short answers are yes and probably not. It is possible to operate in multiple gifts at the same time? I would encourage you to ask God to use you in a manner that He sees fit. Think of it like a Army unit. If the Army needs three truck mechanics, a radio operator, 25 infantry and 14 scouts then the unit would requisition command for those resources. The Holy Ghost knows exactly what the body (local church) needs. He will provide prophets, healers, leadership, interpreters, discerners of spirits according to the needs of the church.
Some gifts will come naturally for you and this is when we know the Holy Ghost is in charge. If you struggle to work it out in a gift, then perhaps this is not a gift given to you by the Holy Ghost and is a product of your flesh. The answer to the first question is , YES, ABSOLUTELY.
The Gift of Speaking in Tongues
Because, out of all the gifts the gift of speaking in tongues seems to churn up the most questions, I will attempt to handle that here…some. This will not be an exhaustive study of this remarkable gift, however, I will hopefully answer a few questions.
The gift of Tongues is debated from church to church. There are some that say, “If you DO NOT speak in tongues you are going to hell.” While other churches take a different extreme stating that, “If you DO speak in tongues you are going to hell.” Both are incorrect. The gift of tongues as with any or all of the gifts are given for the edification of the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12, 1 Corinthians 14:12) This also includes the gift of tongues.
Some questions I hope to answer here:
- Is there a difference between Water Baptism and Baptism of the Holy Ghost?
- How does one receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost/the Gift of Speaking in Tongues?
- Are there different types of tongues?
- Are tongues for us today or did this gift cease when John the Apostle died?
Acts 1:5 differentiates baptism by water and the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
“For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.“
Acts 10:44-48 gives us some further explanation of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”
Acts 19:6 we learn even more about receiving the Holy Ghost or the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
“And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.“
Acts 2:38-39 tells us in clear language that these gifts are promised to us and our sons who are afar off (unlimited amount of generations).
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Are there two distinct different types of tongues? I would say that is a misnomer; however, two distinct operations of tongues.
- For prophecy and edification of the church for which the Bible says there MUST be an interpreter.
- For the personal edification of the saint. Private prayer Language.
1 Corinthians 14:2, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.“
1 Corinthians 14:4, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.“
Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.“
When they were filled with the Holy Ghost they spoke with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. In our private prayer life, when the Spirit gives us utterance that is for self edification and no interpreter is needed because the prayer is to God and not to men.
If we prophecy in tongues let it be limited to 2 or perhaps 3. Among them there must be an interpreter. In other words, what Paul is saying is…if you have 30 people going nuts speaking tongues it’s just chaos. Keep to a very small minimum and let the Holy Ghost work. At the same time if Tongues is used for Prophecy then there must be an interpreter.
1 Corinthians 14:27-28, “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.”
JESUS IS ALIVE!
If you believe Jesus is alive today, then you have to believe that He is still healing and raising the dead today. Otherwise, you believe that His character is inconsistent, and you’ve rejected the Word that says: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever ().”
The Bible says we are the body of Christ, and the Spirit of Jesus lives in us. If you believe these scriptures, then you should understand that the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) are still active today. Otherwise the Spirit, who is God, is inconsistent as well.
The Gift of Tongues is not evil
Luke 11:11-13, “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him.“
1 Corinthians 14:39, “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.“
According to the Paul we should desire strongly to prophecy and that we should not avoid or forbid others to speak with tongues.
Some people will quote 1 Corinthians 13:8 and claim that it says “tongues will cease”. And sure enough it says, “Tongues shall cease.”
“ Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.“
A couple of points:
- Verse 8 does not specifically state when they will cease or that they have.
- Verse 8 also says the knowledge will vanish. Well, that has not happened yet either.
- What about prophecies failing? Yeah, I don’t see that happening yet either.
Can we tell from scripture when tongues cease? I think so…in the next two verses.
1 Corinthians 14:9-10, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”
The scripture says that that which is perfect has come. Jesus?
Why speak in tongues?
The Bible says that gift of Speaking in Tongues is a sign for unbelievers.
1 Corinthians 14:21-22, “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.“
Isaiah 28:11-12, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”
Until Jesus returns, until there are no unbelievers then we will have gifts. After Jesus returns there is no reason to have a sign. Some may argue that tongues are a lesser gift. How can the showing unbelievers a sign of the Miracle of Christ be not as important as other gifts?
The bottom line is Tongues is a GIFT. It is neither a requirement for or against salvation. It is a gift used to be a sign for unbelievers. It gives us the language of angels to improve on our prayer lives and the gift of prophecy is to edify the believer.
As far as I am aware, Jesus was the only man to ever operate in all of the gifts at the same time. But then He was no ordinary man…He was God. So, the answer to the second question is, probably not.
Mark 16:17, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;”
1 Corinthians 12:10, “to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”
Do not fear the gifts of the Holy Ghost. Do not tremble at the utterance of strange babblings. Instead, embrace these gifts. Pray ye that the Holy Ghost gives you the power to speak in diverse tongues and operate in other gifts in order to edify the body of Christ (your local church).
1 Corinthians 14:5, “I would that ye all spake with tongues…”
We must be good stewards of the gifts that are given to us by the Holy Ghost.
1 Peter 4:10, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.“
- Word of wisdom (1 Cor. 12:8; Luke 6:9)
- Word of knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8; Luke 18:22)
- Faith (1 Cor. 12:9; Acts 3:6)
- Gifts of healing (1 Cor. 12:9, 28; Acts 28:1-10)
- Working of miracles (1 Cor. 12:10; Acts 6:8)
- Prophecy (1 Cor. 12:10; 1 Thess. 5:20-21; Eph. 4:11)
- Discerning of spirits (1 Cor. 12:10; Luke 8:29)
- Tongues (1 Cor. 12:10; Acts 19:6)
- Interpretation of tongues (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:13-33)
- Helping (1 Cor. 12:28)
- Administration (1 Cor. 12:28; Acts 6:2-3)
- Ministry/service (Rom. 12:7; 2 Tim. 1:16-18)
- Teaching (Rom. 12:7; Eph. 4:11-14)
- Encouragement (Rom. 12:8; Heb. 10:24-25)
- Giving (Rom. 12:8; 1 Cor. 13:3; Acts 4:32-35)
- Leadership (Rom. 12:8; Acts 13:12)
- Mercy (Rom. 12:8; Luke 5:12-13)
- Apostleship (Eph. 4:11)
- Evangelism (Eph. 4:11; 2 Tim. 4:5)
- Pastoral guidance (Eph. 4:11)
- Grace (Rom. 12:6; Eph. 3:7; 4:7; 1 Pet. 4:10-11)
- Willingness to face martyrdom (1 Cor. 13:3)
- Intercession (Rom. 8:26-27)
- Hospitality (1 Pet. 4:9)
- Celibacy (1 Cor. 7:8)