i corinthians 12:9b
…and to another gifts of healing by the one spirit,
as i wrote on monday, we have all been given the personal gift of healing, or divine health. jesus walked on this earth in divine health and when he was beaten at his crucifixion, he was beaten for our healing, so that we could walk in divine health just as he did.
… and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;
Last week I talked about the Word of Wisdom. This was the first of the ministerial gifts of the Spirit which Paul referred to in 1 Corinthians 12. This week I am going to talk about the Word of Knowledge.
As a ministerial gift a Word of Wisdom and a Word of Knowledge often go hand in hand, coming at the same time. You may receive the Word of Knowledge about a situation and then a Word of Wisdom about what to do with that knowledge.
For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit…
For the next few weeks I want to take a closer look at the ministerial gifts of the Holy Spirit. Last week I introduced them to you with encouragement that we all need these gifts as it is our duty as Christians to minister as part of the body of Christ.
This week I’ve been talking about the ministerial gifts of the Holy Spirit. I am sure than many of you decided right off that this teaching did not pertain to you as you were not in the ministry. But if you are part of the body of Christ you are in the ministry.
Christ’s body is a ministering body. The mission of the body of Christ is one of ministry. So if you have become part of that body, you are in the ministry. Even if you do not consider yourself in a ministry, God does and has sent the Holy Spirit to equip each and every one of us.
I Corinthians 12 4) Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5) And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6) There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7) But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
I truly believe the key to becoming the New Testament church that God desires, is dependent on how we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, both as an individual and as a body.
The Holy Spirit is the giver of gifts. He gives gifts for the spirit, soul and body, but there are some gifts that are strictly set aside as ministry gifts. Now before you check out and say that you are not in a ministry so this does not pertain to you – don’t.