“SPIRITUAL GIFTS” MENTIONED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Spiritual Gifts should be understood to mean:
“DIVERSITIES OF SPECIAL GRACES DISTRIBUTED BY GOD TO EVERY
BELIEVER, ENABLING EACH TO VARIOUSLY MANIFEST THE
POWER/WORKINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE SERVICE OF THE
LORD, FOR THE EDIFICATION OF CHRIST’S BODY, THE CHURCH”.
We could identify in the New Testament
Scriptures NOT ONLY NINE Spiritual Gifts as commonly taught among some
Pentecostals today but MORE THAN NINETEEN Spiritual Gifts. Below is an
attempt to group these Gifts (24 of them) into five for better understanding
(see I Cor 12:7-12:28-31; 14:6-26; Rom 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11; Mark 16:17-18)
and I Cor 13:1-3).
1. UTTERANCE OR INSPIRATIONAL GIFTS:
a. Tongues (of men and Angels),
b. Psalms (Songs),
c. Interpretation (of Tongues),
d. Wisdom (Counselling),
e. Exhortation (Encouragement),
g. Evangelists (Preaching), and
2. DECIPHERING OR PERCEPTIONAL GIFTS:
k. Discernment (of Spirits).
Some Utterance Gifts like Interpretation and Prophecy also operate in combination with the Perceptional Gifts.
3. POWER OR DEMONSTRATIONAL GIFTS:
l. Faith (that moves mountains)
n. Exorcism (Casting out/’Deliverance’),
o. Healings, and
p. Immunity (to serpents, scorpions and poisons).
4. PASTORAL OR ORGANISATIONAL GIFTS:
q. Apostle (Missionary/Messenger),
r. Pastor (Shepherd),
s. Leadership (Ruling/Administration),
t. Service (Ministry).
5. SACRIFICIAL OR DEPRIVATIONAL GIFTS:
u. Giving (even till poverty),
w. Martyrdom (even by burning),
x. Mercy, and
y. Continence (or Celibacy) see I Cor. 7:7.