Recently there has been an increase of interest in spiritual gifts bestowed upon Christians. This ministry of the Holy Spirit has often been misunderstood and misinterpreted. Questions often arise and equipping the saints with answers becomes critical. When questioned, believers must be prepared to respond with a correct, loving and biblical answer. Dedicated study and attentive analysis reveals, identifies, and illuminates the spiritual gifts.
Spiritual gifts are capabilities sovereignly dispersed by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:11 [KJV]) to believers (1 Pet. 4:10) fulfilling their place in the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:7-13) to perform particular ministries ...view middle of the document...
As Christians continue to grow and mature in their walk with God, so does their fruit.
The Spirit of God appeared audibly and visibly on the first Pentecost after Jesus’s death (Acts 2:1-21) allowing some present to speak in different languages. Called the Gift of Tongues, it marked the coming of the Spirit of God and the beginning of the church. Furthermore, it showed unbelieving Israel that God would now begin to use the church to declare his gospel. Later the Corinth church corrupted the gift requiring Paul to define rules of usage. Tongues must always have an interpreter and be done sequentially by no more than three people (1 Cor. 14:27). Of the scriptures, mentioning tongues (Mark 16:17, Acts 2:4, 11; 10:46; 19:6, 1 Cor. Chapters 12, 13, 14) all agree tongues conveyed information in actual intelligible, language as a sign to unbelievers.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the action of a believer placed into the body Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). There are four distinctions when discussing this topic to describe the type and time of baptism. First is the theological referring to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Rom. 6:3-5). Next is the historical referring to the baptism of the new church, occurring on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:5). Lastly, a believer experiences two personal baptisms, experiential, at conversion, and testimonial, with submission to water baptism.
Recently there has been expanded growth of Pentecostalism and its belief that baptism of believers accompanies a physical sign of speaking in tongues. They promote that this sign creates a life that is empowered for witness and service. Rare occasions exist early in biblical history where Christians filled with the Spirit spoke in tongues (Acts 10:44-46) but it was primarily used to witness (Acts 1:8). Upon completion of the full revelation of the...