Research Paper - Spiritual Gifts

Topics: Holy Spirit, Glossolalia, Pentecostalism Pages: 18 (4650 words) Published: February 24, 2015
LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

A paper submitted to

Dr. Daniel Mitchell

In partial fulfillment of the requirements

For completion of the course

THEO 530

Systematic Theology II

By

Shannon Palamar

Lynchburg, Virginia

March 2, 2014
TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION………….……………………………………………………………………..3

WHAT ARE THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?.………………………...………………….3

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT………………….………………………………………...............5

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT……...…………………………………………………...............6

A CESSATIONIST PERSPECTIVE………………………………………...…………………..8

A NONCESSATIONIST PERSPECTIVE…………...……………………...………………….11

DO THE GIFTS EXIST FOR BELIEVERS TODAY?……………………..…………………..13

CONCLUSION…………………….………………………………………...………………….15

BIBLIOGRAPHY………………….………………………………………...………………….16

INTRODUCTION:
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are an integral part of a believer’s life and are still applicable to believers today. We see examples of spiritual gifts throughout the Old and New Testaments. Some scholars believe that these gifts do not exist in the lives of believers today, while others insist these gifts exist today. During the course of this research paper, we will explore what the gifts are, the two main views regarding gifts today, and finally whether they really do exist today. The big questions to be answered as what are the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how do they apply to us today. WHAT ARE THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?:

One of the most important aspects of the work of the Holy Spirit is giving spiritual gifts to believers. The Holy Spirit gives each person a divine capacity at the time of their conversion that help them serve a spiritual service. These gifts are given for the specific purpose of achieving God’s will. I Corinthians 12:7 states, “To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”1 By this we know that every believer is given a gift from the Holy Spirit. It continues in verse 11 to say, “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.”2 It is very evident by these scriptures that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not given in a lottery, but they are hand picked by the Spirit for each individual believer for a specific purpose. The illustration of the human body is used in the Bible to describe the gifts. Within the church, each member acts as a different body part. The body cannot be complete without each and every part. No part can perform another part’s functions. This is the same for the spiritual gifts among the believers in the church. Each member is given a different gift that serves a different role.3 So what are these gifts? We find a couple lists of what the gifts of the Holy Spirit are in the New Testament. We find these lists in 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12 and Ephesians 4. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 lists wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. Later in that chapter in verse 28 we find more gifts: apostle, prophet, teacher, miracles, healing, helps, administration, and tongues. Romans 12:6-8 lists prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership, and mercy. Ephesians 4:11 tell of the gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Each of these gifts has a unique trait about them. If they truly come from the Holy Spirit, there will be no problem distinguishing the true gift in a person.

Paul uses three words to describe the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The first is charismata, which is from the Greek root meaning “grace”. This word is used to designate something that was given by God’s favor with grace or freely given. The second word is diakoniai, which means “services” or “ministries”. These gifts involve a responsibility for...

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