Permanent Spiritual Gifts
Ability to comprehend, categorize and communicate the Word of God for
spiritual growth. His ministry is to study and teach - to feed the flock. (Rom. 12:7; 1 Cor. 12:28-30;
Eph. 4:11-13; Heb. 5:13-14)
“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He
wills.” (1 Corinthians 12:11) Each believer receives one of these supernatural gifts to function during the
Church Age: Pastor/Teacher, Evangelist, Helps, Giving, Mercy, Leadership, Administration, Exhortation, Service.
Specialized Service Gifts
Ability to serve in ministry activities within the local Church body. Deacons, Teachers,
Cooks, and Bus Drivers, etc. (Rom. 12:7)
Ability to exhort in a situation where encouragement and reassurance is needed
within the Church body and to help the person to pursue a course which is compatible with the
Word of God. (Rom. 12:8)
Ability to perceive a need and to give of one’s self and one’s resources to generously
meet that need with a grace attitude. This gift supports a large part of the Church ministries.
(Rom. 12:8; 1 Cor. 13:3)
Ability to take the leadership initiative in some specific function of the Church for
others to eagerly follow. (Rom. 12:8)
Ability to identify those who suffer within the Church and to render kindness that
encourages their spirit towards hope such as Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Shut-ins and funerals.
(Rom 12:8; Acts 9:36-39; 1 Cor. 16:18)
Ability to render assistance to some burdensome task within the Church, those in need,
widows etc. (1 Cor. 12:28; 16:16)
Ability to coordinate details of the projects, activities and ministries within the
Church. (1 Cor.12:28; Acts 6:1-4)
The extension and magnitude of your Spiritual Gift ministry will be determined by the consistency of
your spirituality (Gal. 5:16-17) and your spiritual maturity (2 Pet 3:18)
Temporary Spiritual Gifts
Temporary spiritual gifts were to equip the infant church in the transition of dispensation, divine
agency, and covenants. Dispensational change from the Jewish age to Church age. Divine agency
change from priest nation to church, and covenant change from old to new. (Eph. 1:9-10; Heb.8:13)
This gift was given to those called to establish the Church and the Canon of Scripture.
(Acts 2:42; Eph. 2:19-22; 4:11; 1 Cor. 4:9; 2 Cor. 12:12; Rev. 1:9)
This gift was given to bring divine revelation to believers prior to the canonization of
the Scriptures. (Acts 11:27-30; 21:10-14; Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor 12:10, 28-30)
3. Discerning Spirit
Associated with the gift of prophesy. It was the ability to detect false
prophetic teaching prior to the canonization of the Scriptures. (1 Cor. 12:10; 13:8)
4. Different Kinds of Tongues
Ability to speak the truth of gospel of Jesus Christ in an unlearned
foreign language to unbelievers present. (1 Cor. 12:10, 28-30; 13:8-10; 14:2-6, 14, 20-28)
5. Interpretation of Tongues
Ability to translate an unlearned foreign language being spoken to
believers present. (1 Cor. 12:10, 30; 13:8-11; 14:1-13)
6. Word of Wisdom
Ability to know the mystery doctrines of the Church Age prior to the canonization
of the Scriptures. (Rom. 11:25; 16:25-27; 1 Cor. 2:7-9)
7. Word of Knowledge
Ability to enquire into spiritual truths related to the plan of God prior to the
canonization of the Scriptures. (Rom. 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 12:8; 13:2)
8. Different Faith
Ability to believe a revelation of God’s Will apart from the Scriptures. Associated
with miracles and healing. (Acts 12:9; 1 Cor. 12:8-11, 28-30; Not Rom.10:17)
9. Working of Miracles
Ability to interrupt the laws of creation to a revelation of God’s Will. Designed to focus attention on gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 12:8-10,28-29)
10. Gifts of healing-
Ability to cure any illness (not a process of healing ). Also designed to focus
attention to the gospel message of grace salvation. (1 Cor. 12:9, 28-30)
The temporary Spiritual gifts were canceled by two events: fall of Jerusalem and the completion of
the canon of Scriptures.
1. According to (1 Cor.13:8), the gift of tongues and interpretation would "cease" with the fulfillment of (Isa.
28:9-13), one of three messianic signs to Israel - the fall of Jerusalem to Rome in 70 AD. (1 Cor.14:21-22; 1:22)
2. According to (1 Cor.13:8-10), the following gifts would be abolished with the completion of the Canon of Scriptures. the word of wisdom, knowledge, prophesy,
discerning spirits, effects of miracles, and gifts of healing which focused upon substance of canon
and gospel message.
Here are six clues that can help you to identify your own Spiritual Gift.
1. Understanding the function of the Spiritual Gifts.
2. Be involved in different opportunities of services within the local body and watch
for the natural and comfortable function of Spiritual Gifts.
3. Personal inclination toward one of two category's of Spiritual Gifts: Communication and
4. Personal inclination toward certain gifts (remember they are not natural talents).
5. Often other spiritually mature believers can observe being served by your gift
(when it becomes obvious to many of them, it could be your Spiritual Gift).
6. Spiritual Gifts function under the filling of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, your Spiritual Gift
will function in the Christian Life as you walk in the Spirit (past experiences can be a clue).