1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;-- To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;-- To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
Understanding How The Gifts Of The Spirit Function
Every vocation has peculiar tools that make its execution possible.The gifts of the Spirit are the christian's God-given tools in the ministry. While each gift is unique and accomplishes its own particular purpose , the gifts also complement each other even in their diversity. The importance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the essential functioning of the church cannot be over estimated.
Classification of the gifts of the Spirit:
A. Gifts of Revelation
i. The gift of the word of wisdom: It is the supernatural revelation from God of his mind and purpose.
ii. The gift of knowledge-A supernatural revelation from God of any fact or event
iii) The gift of discerning of spirits-A supernatural revelation from God of the presence and activities of the spirit world
B. Gifts of Power
i) The gift of faith-A supernatural power endowed by God protecting from harm and danger
ii) The gift of working of miracles-A supernatural power from God producing signs and wonders
iii) The gift of healing-A supernatural power from God to remove diseases, sicknesses and infirmities
C. Gifts of Inspiration
i) The gift of prophecy-A spiritual utterance inspired by God in a known tongue
ii) The gift of tongues-A supernatural utterance inspired by God in an unknown tongue
iii) The gift of interpretation of tongues-A supernatural utterance inspired by God interpreting an unknown tongue
How To Receive The Gifts Of The Spirit
i) Desire Spiritual Gifts:
The Holy Spirit gives his gifts to those who desire it. You must yearn for these gifts as a precondition to receive it. The gifts of the spirit are very precious and he endows them on only those who have the desire for them.
1 Corinthians 14:1
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
ii) Understand that the Holy Spirit gives his gifts as He wills and not as we will:
1 Corinthians 12:11
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
iii) Walk in love:
1 Corinthians 12:31
But covet earnestly the best gifts:and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 13:1
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Howard Carter, Questions and Answers on Spiritual gifts