This is another area where a lot of teaching has been produced based on just a few scriptures. What we want to look at is what are the gifts, who are they for, how do we get them, and what do we do with them.
The charisma, or gifts of the spirit, are often referred to as spiritual gifts. However, since they don’t function in the spiritual realm, but reside in the supernatural realm (our soul) and function in the supernatural and natural realm, it is more accurate to call them supernatural gifts given by the Spirit. These gifts can be described as one of the many ways the Lord impacts the supernatural and natural realms through the cooperation of a believer. For non-believers, these same capabilities, which were created in Adam and passed down to each successive generation, have either stagnated through lack of use or have been abused, or not used according to their original intent. This is where ESP, some witchcraft, divination, etc., comes from. As believers, we need to understand that the “gifts” themselves are not “holy”; they are not infallible or to be exalted in any way, though their activity in our lives is to be honored and sought after. We will go into more detail regarding some of the gifts described in scripture later, but for now in general know that supernatural gifts are real and for today. Also remember that just because some may have abused or mis-represented their use doesn’t mean that they can be ignored or dishonored. As the Spirit interacts with our spirit, the outflow will be expressed in some measure as administrations, extensions and manifestation of gifts of the Spirit.
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