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The Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit
by Dr. Stanley M. Horton, Dr. Zenas Bicket & Dr. George Wood
- The Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit
- The Gifts of the Spirit
- The Specific Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Questions and Answers About the Gifts of the Spirit
- How are spiritual gifts different from natural gifts?
- Today many spiritual leaders are calling on believers to discover the spiritual gifts for appropriate use in the local assembly. Is it proper for people to search for gifts that may not be bestowed on them?
- Since these are spiritual gifts and not natural gifts is it wrong to think we can automatically possess them simply by choosing to receive them?
- Are the gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 the only "gifts"?
- What are miracles? What is the purpose of miracles, signs, and wonders?
- The Fruit of the Spirit
- Questions and Answers about the Fruit of the Spirit
- How are spiritual fruit different from natural human traits given at birth or from learned character traits?
- Can Christians possess all nine characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit? Is it idealistic to think Christians can have more than a few?
- Can we as Christians control or acquire any of the spiritual fruit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, or is each bestowed sovereignly by God as he chooses?
- If we as Christians do no display spiritual fruit inwardly or outwardly does that indicate anything?
- The Bible often speaks of other fruit as a witness and byproduct of our Christian testimony. How is that different from spiritual fruit?
- In Conclusion
- Authors & Contributors
- Recommended Reading
- Order The Gifts & Fruit of the Holy Spirit Pamphlets
- Bible Verses Referenced
- Gifts of the Spirit Personal Assessment/Quiz
The Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit: what are they, and exactly how are they to operate in our lives? More importantly, how do we know if we or others are operating under the power of the Spirit or by human will?
The Bible gives answers to these and other questions of Spirit-filled living. It is for this purpose that the Assemblies of God provides this [information] - so that we might know and live according to the Holy Spirit and not by flesh.
Such a life is a decision we all make. As Christians, we decide whether or not to surrender our bodies as vessels for the work and purposes of the Holy Spirit. It's a daily choice, a discipline, but one that offers great joy and eternal rewards.
The Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit
God's word in the Old Testament was "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit" (Zechariah 4:6). Jesus set a pattern for believers, for He was led by the Spirit and ministered in the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:1, 14). He wanted His followers to minister in the same way, for He promised they would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them (Acts 1:8). That power is manifest especially through the gifts of the Spirit which give power to do God's work, and through the fruit of the Spirit, which gives power to become mature and effective workers from the Lord.
The power of the Holy spirit is clearly available for all believers (Acts 2:17, 39). By the power of the Spirit we become the holy priesthood, ministering to each other and to the fallen world (1 Peter 2:5, 9). We must not substitute human effort or religious forms and ceremonies for what Jesus promised and what the Holy Spirit wants to give us.
The Gifts of the Spirit
Because human talent or abilities are not sufficient to do God's work or change the world, the Holy Spirit provides many gifts to meet the many needs, opportunities, and challenges that we face as Christians in a sin-dominated world. These gifts are manifest in a variety of ways through a variety of people. One does not go into a trance or lose control when the gifts operate. It is actually the opposite. As willing vessels we yield our body and mind to the lordship of Christ and permit the Holy Spirit to work through us as we obey in faith.
The Bible gives us several lists of gifts (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28-31; 13:1-3; Ephesians 4:7-12). No list is complete in itself, but each gives us samples of what the Holy Spirit has available for us, and each gift can be considered a category or class that may have a variety of expression. The gifts also involve cooperation between the believer and the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit distributes the gifts as He determines the need, yet we are also commanded to eagerly desire spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11; 14:1).
Ephesians 4:11-16 tells of the ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor-teachers, chosen by the Lord, taken captive by Him, and given by Him to the Church. These are not officers in the local church, but are ministers given to the Church as a whole and are seen operating from church to church. Their combined ministry is meant to bring believers to a maturity where all can receive gifts and contribute to the up-building of local churches in worship, spirituality, and in numbers. We can see this developing in the book of Acts.
Everything the Bible says about spiritual gifts shows that they are all still needed today. They are part of what God has designed and appointed for the Church, just as He has set the various parts of the human body in their place to fulfill their proper function (1 Corinthians 12:18, 28). This means the gifts are intended for the entire Church age. Not until Christ comes again and restores this earth to a perfect state will they be no longer needed. Now, our knowledge is imperfect and our gifts partial. But when Jesus comes again, "we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2).
Historians tell us that spiritual gifts were important for the rapid growth of the Early Church. These gifts persisted into the third century after Christ and then gradually died out. From time to time revivals brought restoration of some of the spiritual gifts, but they were largely neglected by the Church as a whole until the Pentecostal revival at the beginning of the 20th century. This revival has been instrumental in bringing about one of the greatest advances of the gospel ever known. Today, there are more Christians in Africa, Asia, and South American than ever before. The gifts of the Spirit wonderfully distinguish Christianity from all other religions.
The most extensive lists of gifts is found in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. Each of these nine is directed towards the needs of the local assembly, rather than towards the needs of the person the Spirit uses to minister the gift. The Greek manuscripts from which the New Testament was translated divide the gifts into three groups. First, the message of wisdom and knowledge are useful in teaching and preaching. Second, faith, gifts of healings, miraculous powers, prophecy, and distinguishing between spirits are useful in ministering to the church and to the world. Third, different kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues are useful in worship.
The Specific Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Message of Wisdom
This gift is a revelation of divine counsel. It gives supernatural insight into some particular need or problem and brings practical application of God's Word. It does not come through our meditation or preparation, but comes directly from the Holy Spirit (Luke 21:13-15). When the Holy Spirit dispenses a message of wisdom a limited but adequate portion of insight is given to meet the specific need. The gift does not raise us to a new level of wisdom, nor does it prevent our making future mistakes. It only allows us to temporarily draw on God's unlimited storehouse for the situation at hand (Romans 11:33). It may bring guidance to the assembly of believers, as in Acts 6:2-4; 15:13-21. It may give wisdom against adversaries (Luke 21:15), as in the case of the apostles and Stephen (Acts 4:8-14, 19-21; 6:9-10).
The Message of Knowledge
This gift gives divine insight into the truth of the gospel and its application to Christian living. It goes beyond what our own study of the Word can bring. As Paul says, "We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we many understand what God has freely given us" (1 Corinthians 2:12). Many believe it may also include a partial revelation of God's secret knowledge of the plans or actions of others. An example of this may be seen in the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10). However, nothing in the Bible indicates a message of knowledge is meant to reveal where to find lost articles or what disease or sin a person may be suffering from - though the Spirit can reveal these things according to His sovereign will.
Faith as a gift is not saving faith. It is a miraculous faith that meets unusual opportunities, as did the heroes of Hebrews 11 and as Elijah did when he confronted the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:33-40). It can also include the ability to communicate or build faith in others, as Paul did when the ship was about to be wrecked at the Island of Malta (Acts 27:25). This he often did (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).
Gifts of Healings
In the Book of Acts miraculous healings caused many to turn to the Lord for salvation. Both "gifts" and "healings" are plural in the Greek (the original language in which the New Testament was written), thus there is not one "gift" of healing but many to meet all kinds of sickness and disease. The gift of healing is not for the one who ministers the gift. It is for the sick person - the one who receives the gift. When Peter said to the lame man "what I have I give you" (Acts 3:6), he meant the Spirit was giving him a specific gift of healing to give to the lame man. The Spirit did not give Peter a reservoir of healing gifts in himself. He had to look to the Lord and receive from the Spirit a new gift for each sick person who was healed. Peter recognized also that God is the Healer and He alone must receive the glory (Acts 3:12-16; cf. Exodus 15:26). The Spirit will also encourage an atmosphere of faith, love, and acceptance that will help the sick person to receive.
these deeds of mighty supernatural power produce results that glorify God and defeat Satan. They many include casting out demons, changing circumstances, or bringing God's judgment [as in the case of the judgment of blindness on the sorcerer Elymas (Acts 13:9-11)].
To prophesy means to speak for God. The gift has a threefold purpose: "everyone who prophesies speaks to men [human beings, both men and women] for their strengthening [that builds up spiritually and develops or confirms faith], encouragement [that awakens and challenges to move ahead in faithfulness and love] and comfort [that cheers, revives, and encourages hope and expectation]" (1 Corinthians 14:3-4). This "edifies the church" (cf. Acts 15:32). In Acts, those regularly used in this gift were called prophets. However, the Holy Spirit can use any believer. Every manifestation of this gift must be weighed by other members of the congregation to see whether it is in line with Scripture and to determine what God wants us to do concerning the prophetic message (1 Corinthians 14:29).
Distinguishing Between Spirits
Gifts of distinguishing between spirits may be given in a variety of ways. Sometimes, it may be used to "judge" or "weight' prophecies. Sometimes, it may be the means of protecting us from Satanic deceptions. John warns us not to believe every spirit, but to test them "to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). Some manifestations come from the human spirit, some from demon spirits. The Holy Spirit can show us the difference. This does not mean one can go around announcing what spirit is in each person. The Holy Spirit gives the gift on specific occasions when it is needed.
Tongues and Interpretation
Tongues are Spirit-directed languages from heaven. They are unknown, even to the one who speaks them. When people speak in tongues, the Holy Spirit anoints them and they are spiritually edified (strengthened and built up) through union with God. This edification happens without one ever knowing what is said. Such edification is experienced individually be the one who prays in tongues.
The Holy Spirit edifies the church body of believers much differently. For the entire group of believers to be edified, tongues must be followed with an interpretation (1 Corinthians 14:4). The interpretation of tongues is given in the language of the congregation. It encourages the people and causes them to praise and worship the Lord. The interpretation is not necessarily word for word. Rather, it expresses what the Spirit is saying in a way that is clear and understood by all. This is necessary in any translation. For example, Psalm 23:1 is only four words in Hebrew, but it consists of nine words in English in the King James Version and eleven words in the New International Version.
Some say that gift of tongues is not important for it is mentioned last. However, the order in the various lists is not always the same. All the gifts are important. The apostle Paul did not neglect tongues for he said, "I thank God that i speak in tongues more than all of you"
(1 Corinthians 14:18). In the same chapter he also said, "Do not forbid speaking in tongues" (14:39). Paul asked only that "everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way" in the worship service (14:40).
The whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, emphasizes that God is a speaking God. Perhaps that is on reason why Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 to 14 gives so much attention to tongues, interpretation, and prophecy, with special emphasis on importance and value of prophecy to edify the believers and touch the hearts of unbelievers. That is what happened when Peter stood up to speak on the Day of Pentecost. He spoke as he was inspired by the Spirit. Peter didn't prepare or develop the message before hand. The Holy spirit spoke through him as a gift of prophecy. As a result 3,000 were saved and added to the church.
Questions and Answers About the Gifts of the Spirit
How are spiritual gifts different from natural gifts?
Natural gifts come as part of our inheritance from our ancestors. It is up to us to develop them and use them. We can use them for our own benefit or for the benefit of others and the glory of God, or we can neglect them and lose them. But even though anointed, they are no substitute for the ministry of gifts given in the inspiration and power of the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual gifts are supernatural and are distributed by the Holy Spirit as He wills or determines. They do not become our possession to use as we choose. We must stay in tough with Him and receive from Him as our source. We can expect Him to give whatever gift is needed for the particular situation. But it is up to Him whom He uses.
By saying they are supernatural we mean they are the work of the Holy Spirit. He will use our personalities and our vocabularies to express what He wants.
Today, many spiritual leaders are calling on believers to discover the spiritual gifts for appropriate use in the local assembly. It is proper for people to search for gifts that may not be bestowed on them?
First Corinthians 14:1 says, "Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy." Love will see the need and cause us to desire eagerly the gift that will meet the need. But, it is still up to the Holy Spirit to determine whom He will use. He will see the desire, however, and may use those who have the desire.
Some of the discovery questionnaires people fill out to try to determine their spiritual gifts are really dealing with natural gifts. The Holy Spirit is able to give us spiritual gifts that we have no natural talent for.
Since these are spiritual gifts and not natural gifts, is it wrong to think we can automatically possess them simply by choosing to receive them?
The Holy spirit is the one who chooses and determines whom He will use. It is indeed wrong to think we can automatically possess them by our own choice. On the other hand, as we look to the Holy Spirit, He may stir a desire in us to express a particular gift, for He knows what the need really is.
Are the gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 the only "gifts"?
These seem to be examples of the richness that the Holy Spirit has to meet the needs of the assembly. Romans 12:6-8 adds serving, teaching, encouraging, giving generous gifts to the needs of others, leadership, and showing mercy. First Corinthians 12:28 adds those able to help others and those with gifts of administration. Actually, the gifts are interrelated, and each one involves a variety of manifestations or ways in which it can be expressed. The variety in the lists of gifts indicates also that these are examples of the variety of gifts. It is quite possible for the Holy Spirit in His sovereignty to give additional gifts, but we can be sure they will be the same kind as the gifts mentioned in the Bible. He will not give strange gifts or gifts that do not glorify God and edify the assembly of believers.
What are miracles? What is the purpose of miracles, signs and wonders?
The word "miracles" translates three different words in Hebrew and Greek. These basically mean "signs", "wonders" and "powers" (or "deeds of power"). "Powers" emphasize the supernatural source - God's divine power. "Wonders" emphasize that they are beyond our human abilities and resources and that they draw attention to the awesome natural of our God. "Signs" point to some aspect of God's character. Thus, the purpose of miracles is to glorify God, not just to satisfy our desires - though God in His goodness and grace will often do that.
The Fruit of the Spirit
The New Testament book of Galatians shows that the purpose of justification by faith is to produce a lifestyle energized by the Spirit and characterized by the Spirit's fruit. Thus, the gifts of the Spirit must be accompanied for the fruit if we are to please God. Galatians 5:22-23 gives a list of the fruit. Peter gives us another list showing that the fruit grows as we exercise our faith (2 Peter 1:5-9).
Love (Greek, agape) was demonstrated in its highest degree by the death of Jesus on the cross (John 15:13). The old English of the King James Version sometimes translated agape as charity, sometimes as love. However, the highest meaning is always Calvary's love.
We use the English word "love" in many ways. In the Bible it is a loyal, steadfast, unselfish, freely given love, including a love for the poor, the underprivileged, strangers, and our enemies. Without love, no matter what gifts operate through us, we are nothing and will have no reward (1 Corinthians 13:2-3). Paul goes on to describe love.
- Love is patient. This means it is even-tempered, especially toward those who provoke or injure. It endures insults and bears with those who disagree or mock or make fun of us. Love cannot be short-tempered with those for whom Christ died.
- Love is kind. It does more than put up with abuse. It is actively kind and returns good for evil, seeks out what it can do for others, and graciously puts itself in the service of others.
- It does not envy or boast. Because it is truly humble it never shows off, never parades its virtues, never draws undue attention to itself.
- It is not proud, never has an inflated ego. It does not lord over others or treat them as unimportant. It never demands its rights or recognition even for faithful service.
- Love is not rude or indecent. Love never knowingly or needlessly embarrasses or humiliates anyone. Our earthly example is Jesus. His love was considerate and polite, never coarse or vulgar.
- Love is not self-seeking, grasping, or greedy. God so loved that He gave (John 3:16). Love like His will make us more concerned about giving than getting.
- Love is not easily angered. Actually, the word "easily" is not in the Greek. If we are provoked, irritated, or angered because of things done to us, that does not come from love. The Bible does mention God's anger. But His anger rises because of what sin does to the people He loves.
- Love keeps no record of wrongs. Instead of resenting, it is forgiving. It takes the one who has done wrong into its heart and forgets the past.
- Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It never takes delight in the downfall or misfortunes of others, never says, "I told you so," or, "It serves you right." Nor does it dig up the sins of the past. Instead, it rejoices when it sees the advancement of the truth, that is, of the gospel and whenever it sees a sincere acceptance of the truth.
- Love always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres because its hope is fixed on Jesus. It has faith in others and encourages them.
Joy is not just a happy feeling. It is far more than having fun. It is not a grin we put on when people are watching us. It is an active delight in the things of God, in His saving work, in the truth, in what God is doing in our fellow believers, and in the eternal hope we have in Christ. Joy keeps us from self-pity. We can have this kind of joy even in times of trial, suffering and persecution.
The kind of peace that the Bible speaks of is more than absence of conflict, more than quietness and rest. It is full of life and includes health, wholeness, harmony and well-being. It helps believers to move ahead for God in unity and to recognize their need for real fellowship with each other and with the Lord.
Patience includes putting up with people who mistreat us as well as being gentle with people who are different in race, culture, education, ideas, and personality. It recognizes that it takes time for each of us to mature. Patience helps us to learn together, forgive mistakes without limit, and keeps us from being critical of one another. It is long-suffering in view of the fact Jesus is coming again and He will bring full restoration.
Kindness appreciates others because of God's kindness to us. "When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy" (Titus 3:4-5). Kindness follows the example of Jesus. It is never harsh, but appreciates and respects others as it seeks to heal and unite. The gift of kindness does not sulk or expect a return from others, but freely and unconditionally gives to all. The parable of the Good Samaritan is an example.
Goodness includes generosity that shares with those in need (Romans 12:13; Ephesians 4:28). It cares about others in a practical way, sharing both material and spiritual blessings without boasting or seeking thanks. Barnabas is an example (Acts 11:24). Goodness can also be expressed in rebuke and discipline that recognizes God's holy righteousness. But in doing so, it is gentle, not harsh.
Faithfulness is more than outward conformity. It does not depend on circumstances. It comes from a life of faith and trust in God. It does not depend on passing moods, but reflects the faithfulness of God, who is always dependable. Because of God's pattern of faithfulness, we know He will carry out His plan and Jesus will come back to earth to fulfill all He has promised. By our faithfulness and obedience to God, we build relationships with each other and help them to build up their confidence in God.
Gentleness is not weakness and has no false modesty or self-depreciation. If flows from a humble concern for others. It is completely free from arrogance and is never manipulative or authoritarian. It does not quarrel, seek to defend itself, or call on God for vengeance. it puts no limit on helping others. Instead, it courageously seeks to protect others and encourage their gifts and ministries.
Self-control concludes this list of fruit and Paul follows it by saying, "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful natural with its passions and desires." Self-control means that we overcome temptations to immorality, anger, and covetousness. Self-control means also that we will not allow our weaknesses to keep us from obeying God and His Word. Rather, we choose Jesus, recognizing that we are not our own, we are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We are like the athlete who runs to win a prize (1 Corinthians 9:24). We depend on the Holy Spirit to help us. "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7).
Questions and Answers about the Fruit of the Spirit
How are spiritual fruit different from natural human traits given at birth or from learned character traits?
Jesus said, "Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit" (John 3:6). He also said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man [human being, person, man or woman] remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). Fruit bearing takes time and only comes as we stay in vital relationship with Jesus and cooperate with the Holy Spirit. There is no other way to get spiritual fruit. Natural or learned traits fall short of what the Spirit can do. Natural love is limited. Natural joy is temporary. Natural peace may be lazy or insensitive. Natural kindness too often is used to manipulate others. Natural goodness it too often a front and is hypocritical. We need something more, something that is imparted by the divine chemistry of the Holy Spirit.
Can Christians possess all nine characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit? is is idealistic to think Christians can have more than a few?
The term "fruit" as it appears in the earliest Bible manuscripts written in Greek, is a singular noun. This is different from the plural term used in describing "gifts". This important distinction shows us that the Holy Spirit dispenses multiple gifts but only one fruit.
While a spirit-filled Christian will seldom have all the gifts of the Spirit, all Spirit filled Christians should have the single fruit of the Spirit out of which flows love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
While all characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit may not be evident in the highest degree, and though individuals will seem to manifest some of these characteristics more than others, the clear intent of God's Word is that all nine attributes will be maturing as the Spirit works in a believer's life. The fact is, as Christians, we need the fruit with all nine character elements. Lack of any one of them hinders the growth of the rest. For example: there is no place for excusing one's lack of patience or self-control by saying the Spirit hasn't given me that fruit.
The most important and obvious feature of authentic fruit is that it is bound together with love.
Can we as Christians control or acquire any of the spiritual fruit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, or is each bestowed sovereignly by God as He chooses?
The gifts are sovereignly bestowed. The fruit develops and grows. Second peter tells us we have a part. Through God's "great and precious promises" we "may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." For this very reason, you should "make every effort to add (to exercise in a rich and abundant way) to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love" (2 Peter 1:4-7).
If we as Christians do not display spiritual fruit inwardly or outwardly, does that indicate anything?
Peter goes on to say, "For if you possess these qualities [that is, these fruit] in increasing measure [with the fruit growing], they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins" (2 Peter 1:8-9). The Bible does speak of carnal Christians, but it also shows that you cannot remain carnal, lacking the fruit of the Spirit, and remain Christian. This is implied by 2 Peter 1:11-12. John the Baptist gave the severe warning that "every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire" (Matthew 3:10). Jesus expressed this same caution (John 15:5-6).
The importance of the fruit is shown by the fact that several lists are recorded in the Bible. See Romans 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:10; and 2 Peter 1:5-7 for comparison and the negative terminology used in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
The Bible often speaks of other fruit as a witness and byproduct of our Christian testimony. How is that different from spiritual fruit?
An example is Colossians 1:6 which speaks of the gospel "bearing fruit and growing." Colossians 1:10 speaks of a life worthy of the Lord that pleases Him in every way "bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God." Hebrews 13:15 tells us that through Jesus we are to "continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess his name." We can be sure that work of the Spirit is involved in all of this, because all good fruit is in some way...the fruit of the Spirit.
Let us continually welcome and receive the Holy Spirit with joy and thanksgiving. His authentic blessings will always be obvious because His signature is love - a love so intense it often surpasses human understanding.
We must come to realize the Holy Spirit provides us with direct communion with Jesus and the Father bringing heightened attention and focus to each, keeping God central in our lives. The Holy Spirit also gives us an avenue of full expression to offer praise and honor to the Lord. He, in turn, provides us with an excellent defense system giving caution to the evil traps of Satan.
Let us recognize every benefit extended to us through the Spirit. Let us embrace, nurture, and take every advantage of the rich resources He offers. May we never be guilty of compartmentalizing the Holy Spirit to certain times, meetings, and places in our lives. He must be welcome in all instances, in every corner, and in every facet of life.
The apostle Paul admonishes us in Chris to "Be filled with the Spirit." Not for a moment, or temporary period, but on a continual basis...as a constant way of life. Through the work of the Holy Spirit we are strengthened and empowered to serve and share with others. Through the gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit, we are equipped with tools to accomplish the task.
It is our responsibility to willingly and daily open ourselves to the Spirit's infilling so that the Holy Spirit working through us may illuminate and declare the life changing power and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you have not yet received the full blessing of the Holy Spirit, we encourage you to seek the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, for it is the entry point into a spiritual life where the gifts and the fruit beautifully develop and enhance the life of the Christian.
Authors and Contributors
- Author: Dr. Stanley M. Horton
- Contributors: Dr. Zena Bicket, Dr. George Wood
- Administrative Editor: Juleen Turnage
- Editor: Rick Griepp
- Technical Editor: Mary Bowman
- Brochure Designer: Dave Danielson
- Brochure Cover Photo: Mark Wright, Rockafellow Photography
- Web Formatting: John Lutz and Justin Taylor, Acts 1.8 Internet Broadcasting Systems
Recommended Reading for Further Study on the Holy Spirit
- Assemblies of God. Where We Stand Springfield, Mo.: Gospel Publishing House, 1990.
- Bennett, Denis J. The Holy Spirit and You Plainfield, NJ: Logos International, 1971.
- Brandt, Robert L. Gifts for the Marketplace Tulsa OK: Christian Publishing Services, 1989.
- Brandt, Robert L. & Bicket, Zenas J. Spirit Helps Us Pray: A Biblical Theology of Prayer Springfield, MO: Logion Press / Gospel Publishing House, 1993.
- Brumback, Carl. What Meaneth This? Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1970.
- Burgess, Stanley M. & Megee, Gary B. Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1988.
- Carlson, G. Raymond. Spiritual Dynamics (Students' Manual and Teachers' Manual) Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1976. Our Faith and Fellowship (Students' Manual and Teachers' Manual) Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1977.
- Dalton, Robert C. Tongues Like As of Fire Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1945.
- Ervin, Howard M. Conversion - Initiation and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit Hendrickson, 1984.
- Gee, Donald. Concerning Spiritual Gifts Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1972. The Fruit of the Spirit Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1975.
- Grudem, Wayne A. The Gift of Prophecy Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers.
- Hayford, Jack. Spirit-Filled Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1987.
- Holdcroft, L. Thomas. The Holy Spirit - A Pentecostal Interpretation Springfield MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1979.
- Horton, Stanley M. The Book of Acts Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1981. What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1976.
- Lim, David. Spiritual Gifts: A Fresh Look Springfield MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1991.
- Menzies, William M & Horton, Stanley M. Bible Doctrines: A Pentecostal Perspective Springfield, MO: Logion Press / Gospel Publishing House, 1993.
- Pearlman, Myer. Knowing the Doctrines of the Bible Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1937.
- Sanderson, John W. The Fruit of the Spirit Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1985.
- Strongstad, Roger The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1984.
- Williams, Ernest S. Systematic Theology, Vol. 3 Springfield MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1953.
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Bible Verses Referenced
All Scripture quotations are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise specified.
- Acts 1:8
- "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
- Acts 2:17, 39
- 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.'" 39 "The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
- Acts 3:6
- Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
- Acts 3:12-16, Exodus 15:26
- Acts 3:12-16 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.
14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.
15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.
Exodus 15:26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
- Acts 4:8-14; 19-21; 6:9-10
- Acts 4:8-14 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!
9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed,
10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.
11 He is “ ‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the capstone.’
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
Acts 4:19-21 19 But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened.
Acts 6:9-10 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, 10 but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.
- Acts 5:1-10
- 1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.” 5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. 7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 5:8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.” 9 Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” 10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
- Acts 6:2-4; 15:13-21
- Acts 6:2-4 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
Acts 15:13-21 13 When they finished, James spoke up: “Brothers, listen to me. 14 Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: 16 “ ‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, 17 that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’ 18 that have been known for ages. 19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. 21 For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”
- Acts 11:24
- He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
- Acts 13:9-11
- 9 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? 11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun.”
- Acts 15:32
- Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
- Acts 27:25
- So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
- Colossians 1:6; Colossians 1:10; Hebrews 13:15
- Colossians 1:6 "...that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth."
Colossians 1:10 "And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God..."
Hebrews 13:15 "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name."
- 1 Corinthians 2:5
- "...so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power."
- 1 Corinthians 2:12
- "We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us."
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
- 19 " Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."
- 1 Corinthians 9:24
- "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize."
- 1 Corinthians 12:8-10
- 8 "To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the 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."
- 1 Corinthians 12:11; 14:1
- 12:11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
- 1 Corinthians 12:18, 28
- 12:18 "But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be." 28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.
- 1 Corinthians 12:28
- And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.
- 1 Corinthians 12-14
12:1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the 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 gives them to each one, just as he determines.
One Body, Many Parts
12:12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret? 31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts.
And now I will show you the most excellent way. 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues
14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified. 6 Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? 7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9 So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me. 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. 16 If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. 21 In the Law it is written: "Through men of strange tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me,” says the Lord. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24 But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, 25 and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”
14:26 What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints, 34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? 37 If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored. 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
- 1 Corinthians 13:2-3
- 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
- 1 Corinthians 14:1
- Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
- 1 Corinthians 14:3-4
- 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
- 1 Corinthians 14:4
- He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
- 1 Corinthians 14:18
- 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
- 1 Corinthians 14:39
- 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
- 1 Corinthians 14:40
- 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
- 1 Corinthians 14:29
- Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
- 2 Corinthians 3:4-6
- 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? 5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.
- Ephesians 4:11-16
- 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
- Galatians 5:22-23
- 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
- Hebrews 11
- 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. 17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones. 23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. 29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. 32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37 They were stoned ; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated - 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
- James 1:5
- "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."
- John 3:6
- "Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit."
- John 3:16
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
- John 15:5
- “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
- John 15:5-6
- 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
- John 15:13
- Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
- 1 John 3:2
- Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
- 1 John 4:1
- Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
- 1 Kings 18:33-40
- 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.” 34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again. “Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench. 36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!” 40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.
- Luke 4:1, 14
- 1 "Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert..."
14 "Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside."
- Luke 21:13-15
- 13 "This will result in your being witnesses to them. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict."
- Luke 21:15
- For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
- Matthew 3:10
- The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
- 1 Peter 2:5, 9
- 5 "...you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
- 2 Peter 1:4-7
- 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
- 2 Peter 1:5-9
- 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
- 2 Peter 1:8-9
- 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
- 2 Peter 1:11-12
- 11 "...and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have."
- Psalm 23:1
- The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
- Romans 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:10; 2 Peter 1:5-7, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
- Romans 5:3-5 3 "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
2 Timothy 3:10 "You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance..."
2 Peter 1:5-7 5 "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. "
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4 "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
- Romans 11:33
- Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
- Romans 12:6-8
- 6 "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
- Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28-31; 13:1-3; Ephesians 4:7-12
- Romans 12:6-8 6 "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28-31 7 "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the 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 gives them to each one, just as he determines. 28 "And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret?
31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Ephesians 4:7-12 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up..."
- Romans 12:13; Ephesians 4:28
- Romans 12:13 "Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality."
Ephesians 4:28 "He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need."
- 2 Timothy 1:7
- "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."
- Titus 3:4-5
- 4 "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit..."
- Zechariah 4:6
- So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.
Bible Verses by Topics
Armor of God
- Blessings, Body of Christ
- Challenges, Character, Cheerful, Christmas, Comedy, Communication, Credibility
Faith Healing, Fear, Forgiveness,
Fruit of the Spirit
Greatest Commandment, Great Commission
- Health, Heaven, Hell,
House of Prayer, Humility
- Joy, Judging Others
Life Purpose, Listen,
Lord's Prayer, Love
- Mary's Song, Momentum, Mentoring, Money, Music Videos
- Parable of the Talents, Peace, Perseverance, Possessions, Praise, Prayer, Pride, Priorities
- Reading the Bible,
Run with God
Speech, Spirit, Strength, Sword of the Spirit
Testing the Spirits, Thanksgiving, Tithe, Trust, Trust in God, Truth
- Victory, Vision
- Wisdom, Work