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What we believe and teach: The gifts of the Holy Spirit

11 February 2016

What we believe and teach: The gifts of the Holy Spirit

holy-bibleThe Holy Spirit distributes His gifts to each one individually as He wills. These gifts are the following ones: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. These gifts also, like the ministry gifts, are given for the edifying of the Body of Christ, and for the perfecting of the saints. And these gifts also must be used by those who have received them to serve others.

The word of wisdom is a revelation of a future event (this gift is expressed not only in foretelling future events, but also in those divine commands and instructions which make for the development of those future events); the word of knowledge is a revelation of an incident which has already taken place or that is taking place; the gift of faith is a special faith through which a believer is enabled to perform some wonders; the gifts of healings enable those who have received them to heal the sick; the working of miracles enables those who have received it to perform miracles; the gift of prophecy enables believers to speak edification and exhortation and comfort to men (when the saints come together, all those who have the gift of prophecy can prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged); the gift of discerning of spirits enables believers to discern evil spirits in order to expose their diabolical works and to cast them out in the name of Jesus Christ; the gift of different kinds of tongues is the supernatural ability to speak several foreign languages and the gift of interpretation of tongues is the ability to interpret what is spoken in another tongue to God. Yes, because he who speaks in another tongue does speak to God, praying Him, thanking Him and blessing Him or speaking the wonderful works of God. When the saints come together, if anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. We must eagerly desire spiritual gifts. (Giacinto Butindaro, from http://www.the-new-way.org/wwbat/index.html)

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