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Questions About the Gifts of the Spirit

Often we are confused concerning the gifts of the Spirit, especially the gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.  Questions still linger:  Are all the gifts for today?  Or, were some of them only for the time of the apostles?  And, if they are for today, what does the exercise of these gifts look like?  How are they manifested in the church today?

In order to understand the truth behind these questions, we must begin with a simple, seven-letter word:  another.  There are two Greek words translated “another” in this passage.  The first is allos, which means “another of the same kind.”  And then there is heteros, which means “another of a different kind.”  Now, look at the passage in question:

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 – For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another (allos) the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another (heteros) faith by the same Spirit, to another (allos) gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another (allos) the working of miracles, to another (allos) prophecy, to another (allos) discerning of spirits, to another (heteros) different kinds of tongues, to another (allos) the interpretation of tongues.

Now we have three groups of gifts each divided by the word heteros – or “another of a different kind.”

Group One

•   Word of Wisdom
•   Word of Knowledge

Group Two

•   Faith
•   Gifts of Healings
•   Working of Miracles
•   Prophecy
•   Discerning of Spirits

Group Three

•   Different kinds of tongues
•   Interpretation of tongues

Do you see how logically the Lord has presented this confusing passage about the gifts of the Spirit?  Do you see what He is trying to teach us?  

If you want to know more, then keep listening.


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