What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit and where are they listed in the bible?


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Scriptures in New King James

1 Corinthians CHAPTER 12 verse one 1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:

Then drop down to verse seven

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,

9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,

10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (NKJ)

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There are nine of them and they are all different and given for the church body for profit of all as God wills.

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Wayne Grudem B.A., M.Div, Ph.D. comments: 

Paul calls for lives marked by humility and faithfulness in Christian relationships.  Just as the physical body is made up of many members, each with a different function, the church is a body of many members, but all closely related and constituting a unity in Christ, with each one having individual functions and responsibilities.  We are not to inflate our own position nor to begrudge others their office.  

 These verses in context with the other verses in The Living (paraphrased) Bible

 Paraphrased meaning  A thought for a thought translation.

1 Corinthians  12:1-11

1{Spiritual Gifts--} And now, dear brothers and sisters, I will write about the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of us, for I must correct your misunderstandings about them.

2 You know that when you were still pagans you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols.

3 So I want you to know how to discern what is truly from God: No one speaking by the Spirit of God can curse Jesus, and no one is able to say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

4 Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all.

5 There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving.

6 There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us.

7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.

8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge.

9 The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick.

10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.

11 It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. (NLT)


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Here are a few, not all, comments made by Paul Walker, B.A., M.Div., M.Ed., Ph.D about the Holy Spirit Gifts and Power.


Supernatural perspective to ascertain the divine means for accomplishing Godís will in given situations.


Supernatural revelation of the divine will and plan. 

Supernatural insight or understanding of circumstances or a body of facts by revelation: that is without assistance of any human resource but solely by divine aid. 


Supernatural ability to believe God without doubt.

Supernatural ability to combat unbelief.

Supernatural ability to meet adverse circumstances with trust in Godís messages and words. 


Refers to supernatural healing without human aid. 


Supernatural power to intervene and counteract earthly and evil forces.

Literally means a display of power giving the ability to go beyond the natural.

Operates closely with the gifts of faith and healings to bring authority over sin, Satan, sickness and the binding forces of this age.


Divinely inspired and anointed utterance.

Supernatural proclamation in a know language.

Manifestation of the Spirit of God not of intellect.


Supernatural power to detect the realm of the spirits and their activities.

Implies the power of spiritual insight-supernatural revelation of plans and purposes of the enemy and his forces.


Supernatural utterance in languages not known to the speaker: these languages may be existent in the world, revived from some past culture, or unknown in the sense that they are a means of communication inspired by the Holy Spirit.


Supernatural power to reveal the meaning of tongues.

Functions not as an operation of the mind of man but as the mind of the Spirit. 

Does not serve as a translation (interpreter never understands the tongue he is interpreting), but rather is a declaration of meaning.


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When in an assembly bringing a message in tongues is a spiritual gift for spiritual edification of the church when accompanied by interpretation.  


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