THE MANIFESTATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

   In studying the importance of resting in God, we realize that our body and mind requires rest in the natural to be strong and effective in our daily lives, so too, God's people must rest in the Spirit to be strong and effective spiritually.  It is God's rest, through praying in the Spirit, that empowers the Sword of the Spirit, which is the manifestation of the Spirit.

    Isaiah 28:14-2 teaches us that speaking in tongues is the rest and the refreshing.  This is confirmed by 1 Cor. 14:21-2.  With regard to settling God's land of promises, He has given us weapons of warfare which are not according to the ability of the flesh, but powerful by the Spirit (2 Cor. 10:4-6).  Besides showing us how we can be built up on the Holy faith and kept in the love of God, Jude verses 19-21 teach that praying in the Spirit arrests sensuality, our reliance on natural instinct and ability, and takes hold of God's mighty weaponry, the victory already won through Jesus.  This Sword of the Spirit is the only part of God's armour that works offensively (Ephesians 6:10- 8).  It is the experience of Jesus, as He is now, bringing others into His experience, which is the Kingdom of God.

    I Cor. 12:4 says, "there are diversities of gifts [or charisma: gratuity, deliverance, an endowment or miraculous ability], but the same Spirit".  Verse 7 goes on to say that "the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal [that is, to bear together for the collective advantage]".  From these verses we see that the Sword of the Spirit is one manifestation, the Spirit of God, according to the nine aspects listed in verses 8-10.  The manifestation is what the Spirit wills to do, not the ability or effort of an individual. Though our will may be set to seek God, His manifestation is the fulfillment of His purpose, on behalf of His people, above (not against) what they will and beyond their ability to produce it.  Because the manifestation of the Spirit is charisma, and charisma is eternal life (Rom. 6:23), every believer has access to these gifts and should see them increasing in their lives.

Revelation Gifts

WORD OF WISDOM--This is the Spirit of God revealing to our spirits the imminent course of things because of the true spiritual influence men have chosen to become their will.  The Word of Wisdom, though showing the future, is not fortunetelling and does not require, nor will He utilize implements, such as a crystal ball, the ouija board or tarot cards.  Matthew 24 and Revelation in the new Testament, much of the writings of the Prophets in the Old Testament and any other area of Bible scripture which reveal the destiny of people and nations are examples of the Word of Wisdom in manifestation.

WORD OF KNOWLEDGE--Information that is hidden to our natural senses affecting this present time is revealed to us by God's Spirit in the Word of Knowledge.  Jesus 'seeing' Philip under the fig tree in John 1 and His ministry to the woman at the well in John 4 are incidents of the Word of Knowledge.

DISCERNING OF SPIRITS--The ability to 'see' the true spiritual agents influencing people, circumstances and events, whether of God and His angels or of satan and demons, is Discerning of Spirits.  Jesus in Mat. 16:23; Peter in Acts 5:3,9 and Elisha is 2 Kings 6:17 are examples of this ability of the Spirit.

Utterance Gifts

PROPHECY--This is a message spoken by the Spirit through an individual for the purpose of building people up in truth, calling them nearer to God and giving encouragement (1 Cor. 14:3).  Jesus' admonitions to the Churches in Revelation 2-3 are samples of the form in which Prophecy is given.  Much of the writings of the Old Testament Prophets show a record of this gift in operation, as in Haggai.

KINDS OF TONGUES--This is a message given by the Spirit in any of the infinite dialects of men and angels, to be interpreted for the hearers, through someone, or in them, by the Spirit.  This is not the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, but a result of it; nor is it praying in tongues, which is subject to the believer's will, not the Spirit's.  Acts 2:6-12 records the first occurrence of this gift in manifestation and 1 Cor. 14:27-8 gives us an important guideline for its operation in ministry.

INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES--This manifestation is separate from, yet, reliant upon a tongue being spoken.  Not disregarding the rule of order given in 1 Cor. 14:27-8, Interpretation of Tongues can also work as the result of any tongue unknown to the hearer, whether from the individual or from someone else present or in another location.  The time of the manifestation is not limited to the moments directly after tongues come forth, but can be at any time following (ref.: 1 Cor. 14:6 and Eph. 6:18-9).  Interpretation of tongues is translation, not specifically of language, but of the Spirit into words tangible to our need for revelation, knowledge, prophecy and doctrine (1 Cor. 14:6).

Power Gifts

FAITH--Manifest by the Spirit, this gift is the source of provision, supply, substance, power and influence, the interruption of natural laws for a person without their affecting presence.  The incident of the tribute money Jesus sends Peter to pay from the mouth of a fish (Mat. 17:27) and Abraham sending his servant to find a wife for his son, Issac (Gen. 24), are examples of this gift of Faith.

GIFTS OF HEALING--When the source of sickness, disease, infirmity and demonic possession are subdued and driven out of an individual it is one or several of the aspects of the Gifts of Healing.  See: Mat. 8:14-7; Mark 8:22-5; Luke 8:26-36; Acts 3:8 and 1 Kings 17:17-24.

WORKING OF MIRACLES--This is the source of provision, supply, substance, power and influence, the interruption of natural laws through a person as a result of their presence.  We find examples of this gift manifesting  with Jesus multiplying fishes and loaves and walking on the sea (Luke 13); the temporary blinding of Elymas the sorcerer through Paul (Acts 13:11); Moses parting the Red Sea (Exodus 14) and the supernatural strength of Samson (Judges 13-6).

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