Gifts in Us | John Wimber

By, John Wimber

In 1 Corinthians 12:8-12 Paul names some of the spiritual gifts that God distributes: words of wisdom, words of knowledge; faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, the ability to distinguish between spirits, tongues and interpretation of tongues. Many of us have been taught that this list refers to a one-time, permanent endowment for each person.

But I believe Paul is not talking here about a dispensing of permanently held spiritual gifts. He is talking about passing touches of the Spirit at different times in different settings. At any time a person can minister in prophecy, in tongues, in healing, or in some other form of blessing for the good of others. That would be hard to accomplish in a church where most members are expected to be passive observers.

These are delicate nuances in our relationship with God, and we have to be sensitive enough to respond to them. If we do not, we will never learn to move in the power of the Holy Spirit.