– Jack Hyles
The Gift of Knowledge
There are very likely more than nine gifts of the Spirit, but there are nine gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12, and one of those gifts is the gift of knowledge, where in 1 Corinthians 12:8 it says “… the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit.” We have a church member who is remarkably gifted in this area. He can reference an event back in the time of the Reformation and tell you the exact year, and he can also quote Polycarp, a disciple of the Apostle John. I just love talking with him, hoping some of his knowledge will rub off on me.
The Gift of Faith
This is one gift that I may not possess, and it’s not the faith that is a gift from God that saves us (Eph. 2:8-9) but a gift that emboldens some to make decisions and fully resting in their trust in God to provide so to “another faith by the same Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:9a). I’ve seen and read of some very remarkable occasions where I’d be terrified to step out on faith, but they seem to think there’s nothing to it.
The Gift of Discernment
First Corinthians 12:10 is where Paul mentions “to another the ability to distinguish between spirits,” which appears to be the gift of discernment. Some can immediately spot error while others have a more difficult time doing this. The gift of distinguishing between spirits might be a way that God equips the person with the ability to know when someone’s telling the truth, when there is error mixed with truth, or if something is contrary to biblical doctrine, even if it’s in a so-called grey area.
The church needs these gifts, and God equips every believer with at least one and likely more gifts for the building up and edifying of the church. The church is called the Body of Christ, and like a body, it needs different members to operate functionally and efficiently. By this, we can know with certainty that if God called us to a task, He will then qualify us for the job by gifting us by His Spirit.