The most significant gift Christ has given His church is the Holy Spirit. No gift is more important for Christ’s followers today. Jesus stated it plainly: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7). Jesus promised that in His absence the Holy Spirit would reveal His love, grace, and truth to each believer. The Holy Spirit would also provide strength to overcome the temptations of the enemy and gifts of the Spirit to accomplish His mission. In this lesson we will study the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
1. What concern did the apostle Paul express to the church at Corinth regarding spiritual gifts?
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant” (1 Cor. 12:1).
Paul did not want the believers in Corinth to be ____________________ about the gifts of the Spirit.
The church in Corinth presented Paul with numerous problems. There were divisions in the church; conflicts raged among the members; immorality had crept into the church; some members sued one another in public courts. The Lord’s Supper was abused; some of the wealthier church members brought large amounts of food to feast upon at the Lord’s Supper, while poor members went hungry. There was misunderstanding and misuse of God-given spiritual gifts that had become a source of spiritual pride and religious arrogance.
2. In what two specific ways are the gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest?
“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are differences of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all” (1 Cor. 12:4-6).
A God-given diversity of gifts leads to differences of ___________ and _________________ .
All God-given gifts find expression in ministries and activities that serve and bless others. God’s gifts are not exclusively for us; they are given to minister to others.
3. What are the primary purposes of all spiritual gifts?
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11, 12).
God’s gifts are given for _______________ the saints, and ____________ the body of Christ.
The twofold purpose of each of the gifts the Spirit gives to His people is to equip them for a life of witness and service and build them up in their faith.
4. How long will the gifts of the Spirit remain in Christ’s church?
“Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13).
“So that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:7, 8).
The gifts of the Spirit will remain in the church until the day of our Lord_____________________.
5. Where does one find the gifts of the Spirit?
“But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased” (1 Cor. E12:18). “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church” (verses 27, 28).
God places the gifts of the Spirit in the ____________________________________________.
This is an extremely important principle: The gifts of the Holy Spirit are found in God’s church. If you desire to find the genuine gifts of the Spirit, in their fullest manifestation, you will find them among God’s last-day, commandment-keeping people.
6. To whom are the gifts of the Spirit given? Are they only for a select few? Who determines who receives what gifts?
“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as he wills” (1 Cor. 12:11).
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to each one _______________________________ as
When we surrender our lives to Christ and are transformed by His grace, the Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts to each believer both to strengthen our own faith and to bless the church and community. The Holy Spirit determines who receives which gifts.
The Bible teaches us to “desire spiritual gifts” (1 Cor. 14:1), but it does not command us to seek them. We desire spiritual gifts because we long to grow in Christ and witness to others. We don’t have to seek them, because we trust the Holy Spirit to reveal the gifts that are especially designed by God and suited for us. When we are passionate about revealing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives God will give us the gifts of the Spirit in abundance. When God has a group of people who reveal His compassion, kindness, understanding, patience, and love to the world through the power of His Holy Spirit, He will pour out the power of His Holy Spirit without measure. The gifts of the Spirit will be fully manifest in Christ’s church, and the entire world will be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Would you like to bow your head right now and ask our Lord to open your heart to receive the gifts of the Spirit He has especially for you? Will you tell Jesus that you will use the gifts He gives you to bless others, and by faith will you grasp reality of the gifts of the Holy Spirit?