How Believers Receive Their Spiritual Gifts

Some have heard of spiritual gifts for years, but have not thought about their implications for evangelism. For others, the concept of having a spiritual gift is brand new. I’ll explain briefly how you, as a believer in Jesus Christ, have at least one gift.

In the last days of Jesus’ ministry before He went to the cross, He made some big promises to His followers. He told them about the impact their lives and ministry would make. The reason for this kind of impact would be the Holy Spirit that would come and be with them and in them. Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth, whom the world is unable to receive because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17, HCSB). Jesus promised His abiding presence through the Holy Spirit who would be “with” them and “in” them.

The Apostle Paul echoes this when he wrote about the Spirit who rose Jesus from the dead living inside you (Romans 8:11), making you alive to God, and able to do the works of God. He goes even further in writing that the dwelling place for the Spirit of God is in believers. He wrote, “Don’t you know you are God’s sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16, HCSB). You are God’s special holy place of living!

Now that we have established every believer has the Holy Spirit of God with them and living in them, let’s move on to how the gifts are given. Because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in you as a believer, that Spirit will make His presence known in various ways. One of these is with the special ability of a Spiritual gift. As mentioned before, everyone has at least one gift. The Apostle Paul wrote, “There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God is active in everyone and everything. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, HCSB). That last sentence is key to this idea, “A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person…” A manifestation is a revealing sign of God working in your life. A gift appears as a tool in your hand to use for the common good. God wants you to use your gift to help relay your faith your way.

There are many different gifts and we will look at some of them later in the context of you relaying your faith. But for now, the important thing is to know where the gifts come from and that you have at least one. It may not be the same as another person. It could be the same, but may have a different degree of activity in that gift, a different degree of power. Your personality behavior will also affect the expression of your gift(s).

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