by Stan Coffey

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The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit (7 Of 8)
Series: What Every Christian Should Know About the Holy Spirit
Dr. Stan Coffey

INTRODUCTION: There are three distinct categories of spiritual gifts. I Corinthians 12:4 mentions diversities of gifts, differences of administrations and diversities of operations. In verse 1 he mentions spiritual gifts, in verse 5 he mentions administration and in verse 6 he mentions operations. Thus, we have divided spiritual gifts into three categories, motivational spiritual gifts (Romans 12), ministries (Ephesians 4:11) and now we are ready to look at the third category of spiritual gifts, manifestations. The basic inward drive which God places in each Christian to serve is called his motivational gift, the opportunities of Christian service which are open to the believer for the exercise of his basic motivation is his ministry and the results in the lives of those to whom the believer ministers as determined by the Holy Spirit is the manifestation. The manifestations are not the actual gifts but the effects of the gifts in the body of Christ.

I. THE WORD OF WISDOM - I Corinthians 12:8
A. Paul is not talking about the kind of wisdom that is available to every Christian and described in James 1:5
B. The word of wisdom is a direct revelation into the otherwise unknowable mysteries of God - I Cor. 2:7-8
C. It is the ability to receive and explain the deep things of God and apply them to a present situation - Rom. 11:33
D. It is an ability to grasp immediately the secret plan and purposes of God
1. Noah - Genesis 6:12-13 - Noah was given a word of wisdom concerning God's destruction of the earth
2. Daniel had many great visions of empires which would come and go on the stage of human history. It was the gift of the word of wisdom and operation that caused him to know these things
3. David revealed through the Psalms how the Messiah would come to earth and how He would die - Psalms 2, Psalms 22
4. Peter was given a word o ...

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