Spiritual Gifts, Part I
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant. I Corinthians 12:1
Spiritual gifts are given by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in those who have been born again and have been baptized in His Spirit. They are as relevant today as they were on the day of Pentecost, where one hundred twenty disciples of the Lord Jesus were filled with His Spirit and spoke in tongues! The gifts of His Spirit are needed in the fulfillment of our ministry presence in the world.
Supernatural God given gifts enable us to perform things in the Spirit that would be otherwise impossible in the natural realm of human beings. The gift of tongues was employed by the one hundred twenty and enabled them to speak to 3000 people in their own language in order to allow them to hear the gospel and be saved! Without the gifts of the Holy Spirit the army of the God would be unarmed and unable to carry out the ministry that we have been called to do in the earth as representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Many today believe these gifts passed away with the apostles but I can assure you that after thirty five years of using them in my own life they are as real today as they were 2000 years ago! I would not have been able to cast out demons, heal the sick or raise the dead without the power of the Holy Spirit performing His supernatural work through me and others called according to His purpose. If you are going to be a disciple of Christ then you will need to be baptized in His Spirit and receive that which He has given you to act in His behalf: the gifts of His Holy Spirit!
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. To set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18,19
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin