Unwrap Your Spiritual Gifts

Dr. Stephen Phinney

It is my hope and prayer that this series blesses you. I spent 12-years researching, studying the Scriptures through the pictorial Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, and the Greek text.

In Greek, a spiritual gift or charism is an endowment or extraordinary power given by the Holy Spirit to those indwelt (born-again) by Christ. These are the supernatural graces that individuals indwelt by Christ need today (and were needed in the days of the Apostles) to fulfill the mission of the first and following generations of the Church – the Bride of Christ. In the narrowest sense, it is a theological term for the extraordinary graces given to those who have been filled with the Holy Spirit - each to advance others in the discovery of Christ’s full potential. Each gift is also for personal sanctification, such as the fruit that is manifested through the Holy Spirit.

The irony is only 1 out of 10 authentic Christians can identify the manifestations of the Gifts of the Spirit. More disturbing, many refer to these gifts with misnomers, such as the gift of music, worship, encouragement, laughter, and others. Not one of these is Gifts of the Spirit. There is a major difference between talents and gifts.

Why is it important to know your spiritual gifts?

Spiritual gifts are a supernatural blessing in the life of an indwelt believer. When you become born-again, you are called by God the Father, redeemed by the work of God the Son, and immediately indwelt by God through the Holy Spirit. Yes, God himself takes up residence in your spirit because He selected you long before you took your first breath. Always remember the words God spoke to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jer 1:5) Folks, before we were born, God already had a plan for our calling. With that calling, He provides the Spiritual Gifts to empower us to fulfill the “why” He put us here on earth. The gifts of the Spirit are preplanned for each indwelt chosen believer in Christ.

Yes, it’s true. While the cultural Church has propagated you choose Christ, Jesus refuted this in the book of John.

You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” (John 15:16)