Gifts of the Spirit #3 – Utterance Gifts

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For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
– 1 Corinthians 12:8-11
There are 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1. Word of Wisdom
2. Word of Knowledge
3. Gift of Faith
4. Gifts of Healing
5. Working of Miracles
6. Prophecy
7. Discerning of spirits
8. Divers Tongues
9. Interpretation of Tongues
These 9 Gifts can be split into 3 different categories…

Power Gifts – Gifts that DO something!

1. Gift of Faith
2. Gifts of Healing
3. Working of Miracles

Revelation Gifts – Gifts that REVEAL something!
1. Word of Wisdom
2. Word of Knowledge
3. Discerning of spirits

Utterance Gifts – Gifts that SAY something!

1. Prophecy
God has things He wants to say to His people, and He will do this through the Gift of Prophecy! To understand the other two Utterance Gifts we must first understand the Gift of Prophecy. Prophecy is not the gift to be able to foretell future events. Prophecy is a supernatural utterance in a known tongue. The purpose of Prophecy is for the exhortation, edification and comfort of the Church (1 Cor 14:1-5). The Hebrew word translated “to prophecy” means “to flow forth. To bubble forth like a fountain,, to tumble forth, to spring forth.” The Greek word translated “to prophecy” means “to speak for another”, it means to speak for God, or to be His spokesman. Have you ever been speaking with a person, and suddenly Scripture and encouragement began flowing out of your mouth? Maybe later you thought “Oh my, I don’t know where that came from!” You could have been actually operating in the Gift of Prophecy. God was speaking through you! This is something you cannot make happen, however if your faith is active and you’re available you can certainly expect God to use you in this way!

2. Divers Tongues
The next two Gifts work together. Divers Tongues is a supernatural utterance in an unknown tongue. Divers Tongues is God speaking through a person in a heavenly language, followed by an interpretation of what was said. This is not to say a person’s prayer in tongues needs to be or should be interpreted, however if a person were you stand up and publically speak in Tongues to a congregation an interpretation should be expected to follow.

3. Interpretation of Tongues
Divers Tongues and the Interpretation of Tongues is the equivalent to the Gift of Prophecy. In 1 Cor 14:5 Paul said, “Greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret.” Remember that it is an interpretation of tongues, not a translation. Some people wonder why the interpretation of what was said is longer or shorter than the length of the Tongue that was given. This is because it is an Interpretation of Tongues, not a direct Translation.

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