The Holy Spirit
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the Earth. Acts1:8
By Dr. Rudy Rodriguez D.D.
- The Nine (9) Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
- Word of Wisdom
- Word of Knowledge
- Discernment of Spirits
- Working of Miracles
These gifts are found in 1 Corinthians 12: 1-13, you can turn there:
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
Every man; every Christian is entitled to these Gifts for the profit of all.
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.
Can we have all nine? The answer is yes
Let’s look at another scripture, turn to 1 Corinthians 14:12
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
These Gifts are tools in your hand that will bring the church to maturity. These are your credentials (Mark16:17-20).
Paul had all nine Gifts, let’s look at them:
2 Peter 3:15: Word of Wisdom
Acts 13:10-11 Word of Knowledge
Acts 16:16-18 Discerning of Spirits
1 Corinthians 14:18 Gift of Tongues
1 Corinthians 14:13 Gift of Interpretation of Tongues
1 Corinthians 14:6 Gift of Prophesy
1 Corinthians 13:2 Gift of Faith
Acts 14:8-10 Gift of Healing
Acts 20:9-12 Working of Miracles
The Bible clearly tells me that Paul had all nine gifts and God is no respecter of Persons.
The Word of God tells us that we must not be ignorant of these Gifts. The devils success is dependent on our ignorance. So let’s continue, in 1 Corinthians 12: 1 says, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”
In 2 Timothy 1:6, we are commanded to stir up the gifts. Today we are going to stir-up the gifts.
When is the last time you used these gifts?
Word of Wisdom
This gift cannot be gained through study or experience. It is the application of God’s Word and God’s Wisdom into a situation.
- a) Luke 4:3-13; the devil came and tempted Jesus by saying “it is written and Jesus answered by saying “and it is written.”
- b) Matthew 22:15-22: who should we give taxes to
- c) Acts 23:6-10:
The Word of Wisdom can save your live. It’s the supernatural impartation of facts, and the application of the Word of God. Lift your hands and ask for the Gift of Wisdom. This gift is the foundation of the rest of the gifts.
Word of Knowledge
This gift works in the atmosphere of worship.
- a) Acts 5:3: The presence of God was resting on Peter
- b) Romans 8:16, the Spirit bears witness.
- c) Hosea 12:10, used symbols; definite impression, quickening, knowing beyond the knowing. Like pictures seen in my spirit. It’s when you know that you know! It may come to you while reading the scriptures. In Acts1:15-26, Mathias was chosen through the Word of Knowledge.
Discerning of Spirits
The supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit to detect or perceive the source of a spiritual manifestation, weather from the Lord, from the human spirit or of the devil. We need this gift to determine the source of the manifestation.
- Acts 10:30-35, Peter perceived God
- Acts 18:18-23, perceived Human Spirit
- Acts 16:16-19, perceived the Spirit of Divination
Speaking in tongues – What, Why, When?
“Speaking in tongues” refers in general to speaking in languages unknown to the mind of the speaker, by the power of the Holy Spirit. “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4). They may be tongues of men or of angels (1 Corinthians 13:1). It is something which is happening in our time also! (Read the section towards the end of the lecture – are Tongues for Today?) There are many misunderstandings to do with speaking in tongues in many churches today. Therefore it is important to study carefully everything that follows in this lesson.
On occasions, the hearers may understand what is being said (Acts 2:8), but usually they do not (1 Corinthians 14:11). The speaker does not speak with his mind or understanding, but with his spirit (1Corinthians 14:14). In the case of tongues inspired by the Holy Spirit (we are not dealing here with satanic manifestations of tongues), the speaker speaks words as the Holy Spirit gives him utterance. In general, he speaks not to men but to God (1 Corinthians 14:2), although God can and does give messages in tongues to people through speakers who do not know what they are saying. In most cases, however, such messages will require interpretation or they are without value to the hearer. (1 Corinthians 14:9, 11, 27).
There are three types of tongues:
- Praying in tongues.
Tongues from man to God, for private edification, prayer and praise to God, and messages in tongues from God to man. Obviously tongues to God (1 Corinthians 14:2) require no interpretation, since God understands all languages.
- Prophecies in tongues (with interpretation) (1 Corinthians 14:26-28).
There are also messages in tongues from God to man. Tongues which form a message to people require interpretation in most cases. This kind of tongues is a spiritual gift for the edification of others. It was of this gift and ministry that Paul was speaking of when he taught that not all speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:28-30). In those verses it is talking about ministries in the church – not about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. According to Mark 16:17 all can speak in tongues in the sense mentioned in 1 Corinthians 14:2 – prayer in tongues to God – see point (1). But not all those baptized in the Holy Spirit will prophesy or give messages in tongues.
- Human Language (Acts 2:8, 1 Corinthians 14:22)
The speaking by the spirit words in a human language understood by the hearers but not by himself, it can be said that tongues are a sign for the unbelieving. This kind of sign is happening sometimes even in our days.
Jesus said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues.” (Mark 16:17). We have seen from the Book of Acts that this promise of speaking in tongues was fulfilled in the lives of believers when they were baptized in the Holy Spirit. Although not all true Christians today speak in tongues, nevertheless, they may, they can and they should – when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit! This is the will of God for all Christians (The Anointed One). Paul said, “I wish you all spoke with other tongues” (1 Corinthians 14:5) and “Do not forbid to speak with tongues.” (1 Corinthians 14:39)
Some Christian leaders discourage speaking in tongues or even forbid it because they teach that it is not Biblical or not for today. Who or what gives them the right to say that? Who gives any preacher the right to say what parts of the New Testament are and what parts are not relevant for the believer today? “ALL SCRIPTURE is inspired by God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
Praying in tongues can be done anywhere and at almost any time after you are baptized in the Holy Spirit. (1Timothy 2:8). You can pray in tongues while traveling, while reading, while listening as well as while kneeling in prayer. We will now consider several reasons why it is good for Christians to spend a lot of their time praying in tongues.
- He who speaks in an unknown tongue speaks to God (1 Corinthians 14:2). That is, he prays. But the prayers he prays are prayed with his spirit in words given by the Holy Spirit. Therefore these prayers will be effective because they are according to the will of God.
- Speaking in tongues enables us to pray much. God says, “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). While there are many forms of prayer it is great to have the ability to pray in tongues at any time, without taxing the mind. The mind can rest or do something else while the spirit prays. This ability will help us to be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18) even when our minds are tired and we don’t know how or what to pray. (Romans 8:26,27)
- Speaking in tongues allows us to pray for things and situations we don’t know about. There are a lot of important things happening or threatening to happen in life that we don’t know about. But praying in tongues helps us to pray for these things also – that God steps in and changes these things or people we don’t know about and we certainly don’t know how to pray for.
- “He who speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself.” (1 Corinthians 14:4). This means that speaking in tongues builds up our spiritual life. Jude exhorts the Christians as follows: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God.” (Jude 20,21). Much speaking in tongues helps us to be deeply conscious of the fact that God lives in us. Speaking in tongues therefore strengthens our relationship with God which will result in greater love and faith being known in and through us than we would otherwise experience.
- Speaking in tongues can be a spiritual gift to help others, when translated. It also helps us to train our spirits to hear the voice of God and to operate in the other gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-10). Especially in Western culture, we have been trained to base all our speaking, thinking and actions on reasoning that we can understand. However, the place where God speaks to us first is in our spirits. Our spirit is the part of us through which we hear the voice of God. It is not through rational processes or deduction that we arrive at what God is saying. We don’t arrive at the experiential knowledge of God through philosophy (1 Corinthians1:21), but through revelation by the Holy Spirit. That does not mean that God is illogical or irrational, but that He transcends natural knowledge and brings us extra knowledge we can’t obtain by natural reasoning. By speaking in tongues much and meditating on the Word of God, or waiting silently in the presence of God, and by stepping out in faith, we will learn to hear and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.
- We should imitate Paul (1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 4:9), who spoke in tongues more than all the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 14:18), and they were a church that were proud of their gifts and especially of speaking in tongues! The majority of God’s people with a significant healing ministry like John G. Lake or Smith Wigglesworth testify that speaking in tongues was a very important key to their ministry.
- Speaking in tongues re-fresh’s our spirits and our minds. Isaiah 28:11-12 speaks of a rest that comes to those who accept the blessing of speaking in tongues. Our minds can rest while we speak in tongues and we can receive power from God through it which affects our physical health positively also. (Romans 8:11).
- Speaking in tongues helps God get control of our tongues. We must yield our tongues to God when we speak in tongues. This is a good habit to get into, since the tongue is by nature the most unruly member of our bodies, the most dangerous and the hardest to control. (James 3:8). By speaking in tongues much we learn to quite our minds and quite our tongues from saying wrong and hurtful things. Instead, we train our tongues to speak things that are positive and life- giving.
It is therefore important for every Christian to speak much in tongues, so as to be of the greatest usefulness to others and to God in the work of the Kingdom of God.
Interpretation (1 Corinthians 14:26)
This gift is equal to prophecy and comes only by prayer. Comes only by prayer 1 Corinthians 14:3-5
Prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:1,3)
This gift has three purposes:
- Edify you
- Exhort you
- Comfort you
If a word is given and it doesn’t edify, exhort, or comfort you reject it. All these three are connected in memory. Always comes after the infilling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:17). It comes when we minister to the Lord with song and worship (Acts 13:2). The Pastor must judge the Prophesy (Acts 14:29).
Gift of Faith (1 Corinthians 12:9)
Romans 12:3 says: we have a measure of faith and it grows. I’m not talking about this faith. Every believer has this faith.
This faith brings into operation the miraculous power of God, the invisible limitless resources of heaven are released with this gift. It’s Supernatural faith, the same faith Jesus had while He walked on the earth. It’s when the impossible is believed. Operates with
Gift of Healing (1 Corinthians 12:9)
This gift helps fulfill the great commission in Mark 16:18.
a) Instant Healing (Matthew 8:3.)
b) Gradual Healing (John 4:52)
c) Spoken Word (Matthew 8:8)
d) Presence of Jesus (Luke 5:17)
e) Anointing with Oil (James 5:14)
It includes emotional, mental, wounds, memory, release from the past, release from oppression, release of rejection, release from childhood memories, and release from the things that hurt you
Working of Miracles
The performance of something against the law of nature.
a) Operated with great power (Acts 4:33)
b) A notable miracle recognized (Acts 4:16)
c) Miracle at the Gate Beautiful (Acts 3:2)
Key to Miracles: Acts 4:13
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
If you want to do miracles hang around with Jesus.