The Gifts of the Spirit
June 26th, 2019
Read: 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:7 writes that the Holy Spirit has given each believer a gift of the Spirit to the benefit of all believers. Last week we looked at the discerning gifts, this week we’ll look at declarative gifts. Declarative gifts use the tongue to edify and encourage.
“A divinely inspired and anointed message of encouragement from God through a person.” One who prophecies speaks edification, exhortation and comfort (1 Cor. 14:31). The gift is not for correction under the New Testament. In 1 Corinthians 14:5, Paul is saying, “I wish you all encouraged each other.”
“A message from God in a language unknown to the person through whom the message comes.” This gift is the manifestation of tongues and not tongues as a prayer language. There are three reasons for tongues: (i) Initial evidence for the Baptism of Holy Spirit, (ii) Prayer language and, (iii) A message in tongues. A message in tongues is the gift of the Holy Spirit spoken of here. If you are a believer with the gift of tongues (a message in tongues), 1 Corinthians 14 gives guidelines on use of this gift. Be careful to follow.
(3) Interpretation of tongues.
“Understanding and expressing the thought or the intent of the message in tongues.” The gift of tongues is uttered in an unknown language. The person with the gift of interpretation of tongues will reveal supernaturally the meaning of the uttered message in tongues. It is interpretation, not a translation, as the interpreter doesn’t understand the tongue itself but has divine understanding of the message of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 14:27 Paul says that when there is public utterance of tongues (message in an unknown language), there should be someone who interprets.
The declarative gifts are often feared by believers as they have been misused over the years. Paul teaches that these gifts are for encouragement and edification. Not for rebuke. They must be expressed in an orderly manner, as each believer has control over its expression.
Ask God to reveal to you how you should express the Spiritual gift He has given you.