Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Warning: This blog was written prior to discerning Paul's letters.
Please refer to Quick Reference for Paul’s Contrary Teachings.

(Luke 11:11-13) “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if [he asks] for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Holy Spirit, who is a gift of the Heavenly Father to us through Jesus Christ, distributes various gifts to each one individually as He wills.

(1Cor 12:7-11) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit [of all:] for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another [different] kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.


(1Kgs 3:28) And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.

(1Cor 1:30a) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God

(1Cor 6:5) I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?

Wisdom is a gift from the Holy Spirit to judge within the church to administer justice. Christ Himself is that wisdom.


(2Pet 2:20) For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.

(Col 3:9-10) Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new [man] who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him

Knowledge is a gift from the Holy Spirit to put off our old sins and to escape from the pollutions of this world.


(Rom 1:17) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

(Eph 6:16) above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

(Prov 11:19) As righteousness [leads] to life, So he who pursues evil [pursues it] to his own death.

Rom 5:1 Having been declared righteous, then, by faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Gal 3:24 so that the law became our child-conductor–to Christ, that by faith we may be declared righteous,

Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit through which we are not only declared righteous but we are to reveal the righteousness of God and keep off from the evil.


(Acts 10:38) “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

(Jas 5:15-16) And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Healing is a gift of the Holy Spirit to heal those who are oppressed by the devil and sick because of their sins in the church.


(Acts 8:6) And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

(John 2:23) Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

Miracles is a gift of the Holy Spirit for many to listen and believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ.


(1Cor 14:3-4) But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

(1Cor 14:22) Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.

Prophecy is a gift of the Holy Spirit for the edification of believers within the church.

Discerning of spirits

(1John 4:1) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 

(Matt 7:15) Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

(John 15:26) ” But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

Discerning of Spirit is a gift of the Holy Spirit to discern the spirit behind a prophet or a preacher. Christ teaches us to look for his/her fruits. Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of Truth who will guide us in all truth.


(Acts 2:6-11) And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how [is it that] we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs — we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

(1Cor 14:21-22) In the law it is written: “With [men of] other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord. Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.

Tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit which God through us speaks to unbelievers of a different language.

Interpretation of tongues

(1Cor 14:5) I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies [is] greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
(1Cor 14:27-28) If anyone speaks in a tongue, [let there be] two or at the most three, [each] in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.

Interpretation is a gift of the Holy Spirit which God uses to reveal what He had spoken in tongues. This is for the edification of the church. As mentioned in a previous blog, Gift of Interpretation and Imaginary Explanations! Beware! Gift of interpretation is not a private interpretation but it is like Rosetta Stone.


  • Wisdom – Administer Justice
  • Knowledge – Keep away from sins
  • Faith – Reveal righteousness of God
  • Healing – Free the oppressed by devil because of sins
  • Miracles – For many to believe
  • Prophecy – Edification of believers
  • Discernment of Spirits – Keep watch of false prophets
  • Tongues – Declare God’s Word to unbelieving in their own language.
  • Interpretation – Interpret the tongues within the church for believers edification.
Jesus Christ is the wisdom

(1Cor 1:30) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption —

He is the knowledge.

(Eph 1:17) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

We became sons of God through faith in Him.

(Gal 3:26) For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

We are healed by His stripes.

(Isa 53:5) But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

He is the Miracle of God

(Isa 7:14) “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

He is the reason for prophecy.

(Acts 3:18) “But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.

Spirit of Truth confess He has come in flesh is of God.

(1John 4:1-2) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

Every tongue in every language should confess He is Lord

(Phil 2:11) and [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

His gospel will be preached to every nation, language and people.

(Rev 14:6) Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth — to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people —

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments