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The gifts of the Spirit: tongues and interpretation

The gift of tongues is surely the ‘ultimate’ spiritual gift, the one that shows beyond all doubt that the speaker is filled with the Holy Spirit. Wasn’t it the gift of tongues that evidenced the coming of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

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The gifts of the Spirit: discernment

The gift of discernment enables us to distinguish between what is the work of the Spirit and what is a product of the flesh (or maybe of an evil spirit). This is especially important in conjunction with some of the … Continue reading

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The gifts of the Spirit: prophecy

The gift of prophecy enables us to hear and relay personal messages from God. It applies God’s word to the present situation or to a particular individual, for “strengthening, encouragement and comfort” (I Corinthians 14:3). This is a highly valuable … Continue reading

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The gifts of the Spirit: healing and other miracles

When people talk about spiritual gifts, these are the ones we immediately think of – even though they are not the commonest nor even necessarily the most important. There are indeed gifts of healing and other miracles (including exorcisms), and … Continue reading

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The gifts of the Spirit: the gift of faith

This is not to be confused with the faith in Jesus by which we are saved. The gift of faith is an inspired confidence that God will act in a particular way at a particular time (e.g. to heal), leading … Continue reading

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The gifts of the Spirit: words of wisdom and knowledge

Anyone can ask God confidently for wisdom (James 1:5); it is a product of ‘the fear of the Lord’ (Job 28:28). But the spiritual gift of wisdom is slightly different; it is, in fact, a ‘word of wisdom’ (I Corinthians 12:8). … Continue reading

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The gifts of the Spirit: some principles

“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed…” (I Corinthians 12:1) The church at Corinth was richly endowed with spiritual gifts (I Corinthians 1:7) – but were woefully ignorant of … Continue reading

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