What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Bionically, the Gifts of the Spirit are outstanding abilities given to believers baptized with the Spirit, the third component of the Holy Trinity—Father (God), Son (Jesus the Christ), and Holy Spirit (Embodiment) (I Corinthians 6:19 – Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?) (English Standard Version).
The Holy Spirit has no beginning or end, and was part of Creation, Genesis 1:2b – And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit just before he ascended into heaven, Acts 1:8 – "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Gifts and types of power are listed several places in the New Testament, along with examples, such as the apostle Paul being bitten by a poisonous snake and shaking it off. Since there are many versions and interpretations of the Bible, there are going to be many different words used to describe these powers and gifts. I don’t believe there is any definitive list, such as 7 or 9 gifts of the spirit.
I was also not aware when I wrote the original book that a large proponent of Christian congregations believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit were only manifest in the first generation, first-era Christians in the first century. I don’t necessarily want to offend anyone, but I also don’t think that the God who gave special powers to the Old Testament believers (raising people from the dead, food without end, calling nature into obedience, builders, and priests, and all the Judges), would limit his gifts and powers only to those named in the Bible. What else are miracles, sometimes? New believers are baptized in the Holy Spirit every day. Paul calls us to be filled with the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 5:18.
Nevertheless, there are many things we are called upon to act upon in faith, not judgement.
And, Healing Grace is fiction. That means I made it up.
Partial list of Scriptures specifically referring to New Testament Gifts of the Spirit follows:
6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
1 Corinthians 12:1-3, 8-11
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
1 Corinthians 14:1-3
14 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.