There is a well accepted teaching in the body of Christ that the Holy Spirit gives the gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 to people specifically and that is their GIFT. Sometimes to the exclusion of other ones. That is not the whole truth.
People have various gifting, even beyond those listed in Chapter 12. The problem is people think this is to be one in exclusion to all others. That simply isn't so. People are gifted to one extent or another in ALL the gifts.
This is not about the Office Gifts of Ephesians 4. That's another discussion, not part of this teaching. Office gifts are very different. This is about the nine spiritual gifts listed in chapter 12:
- Words of Wisdom,
- Words of Knowledge,
- Supernatural Faith,
- Effectiveness in Ministering Healing,
- Effectiveness in Manifestation of the Miraculous,
- Prophetic Utterance,
- Discernment of a Spirit,
- Speaking out in a Public Tongue,
- Interpretation of a Public Tongue utterance.
All 12 of those are present at any time in any holy Spirit empowered believer. Maybe Dormant. Maybe Latent. But all fully present at all times. Some people are more comfortable in moving out in one or the other gift because of activity and familiarity, but all of them are present at any time.
1 Corinthians 12
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.God is in all of them, the Spirit distributes them as His purposes arises.
11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.So if YOU are part of the Body of Christ, if you are baptized by one Spirit, then you are spiritually gifted to be what God is calling you to be. Not all at all times, but some at some times and as God needs you to be when there is a need.
IF you read the enumeration of the gifts once more:
8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.Here's the rub. IF we buy into the idea that people have only one or two of the Spiritual gifts and there is a place and time where someone needs healing, God will empower whomever is ready to minister healing and is on the spot. We are not to be waiting till a Healing Gifted Person shows up. WE are His body. IF someone needs a word of Knowledge or a prophetic encouraging word, God will flow in and thru whomever is ready on the spot to provide. We are all latent gifted saints. God will use whomever is willing and available.
Some people may only be used ONCE in a word of knowledge, healing, discerning of Spirits, but God will do so to accomplish his purposes. Some people flow in certain gifts all the time. But that doesn't mean that all the other aren't in there.
All the gifts are present in all Spirit Filled believers as potential at all times.
That's why the devil hates you so much. You are a Holy Ghost fully loaded believer.
OK Holy Ghost Believer....Lock and Load. Take on the enemy with all the nine gifts present as bullets in your spiritual armament.