Gifts, Spiritual

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Spiritual gifts are spiritual abilities given by God for the purpose of building up the church. Every Christian has at least one (1 Cor. 7:7). They are listed and discussed in different places in the New Testament (Rom. 12:6-8, 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28-30, Eph. 4:7-12). Following is a list of the gifts arranged in two groups. The first are gifts that require supernatural intervention and are possessed only by true Christians. The second are gifts that do not require supernatural intervention. Even non-Christians can have the second group of gifts. A further issue is whether or not the gifts are still in use today. Some believe that they ceased with the apostles and the closing of the Canon (the completion of the writings of the Bible) and they are no longer needed for the building up of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12). Others believe the gifts are still in use but not in the pure apostolic sense. In other words, they are still in use but not in the same way possessed by the apostles. Instead, they are available to the believer if and when God decides it is beneficial to use them.

Spiritual Gifts
1 Salvation Rom. 6:23  
2 Word of Wisdom   1 Cor. 12:8
3 Word of Knowledge   1 Cor. 12:8
4 Faith   1 Cor. 12:9
5 Healing   1 Cor. 12:9
6 Miracles   1 Cor. 12:10
7 Prophecy Rom. 12:6 1 Cor. 12:10
8 Distinguishing of Spirits   1 Cor. 12:10
9 Tongues   1 Cor. 12:10
10 Interpretation of Tongues   1 Cor. 12:10
1 Serving Rom. 12:7  
2 Teaching Rom. 12:7  
3 Exhortation Rom. 12:8  
4 Giving Rom. 12:8  
5 Leading Rom. 12:8  
6 Showing mercy Rom. 12:8  



About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.