BIBLE READING: 1CORINTHIANS 12:8-10; JOHN 2:24-25; JOHN 4:16-18; 2 THESSALONIANS 2:1-8; JOHN 16:13
“While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him “Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.” Acts 10:19-20 (NKJV).
The Holy Spirit empowers Christian believers with His Gifts and Manifestations in order to fulfill the Mission of God. He is in charge of the Armoury of Heaven from where He distributes Appropriate Weapons “to each one individually as He Wills.”(1Cor. 12:11b). In other words, there are different Manifestations of the Spirit which are suitable for specific situations and functions as the occasion demands by the Leading of the Spirit.
There are Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit which are compartmentalized into three groups or clusters of three. Today, we will examine the First Group of Three known as the Revelation Gifts. Also referred to as the Insight Gifts or “the Gifts that reveal something,” they consist of the Word of Knowledge, the Word of Wisdom and the Discerning of spirits.
(1.)The Word of Knowledge: This is Supernatural Knowledge of past or present events without the aid of any human agency. One Word of Knowledge is what the Holy Spirit may choose to reveal for a specific purpose even though He is the Custodian of all knowledge (see 1Timothy 4:1); in the same way a word is a mere fragment of a sentence. The Bible is replete with examples of this Gift in operation as seen in John 4:16-18 when Jesus revealed the marital background of the woman at the well of Samaria.
(2.) The Word of Wisdom: This is Supernatural Insight into the Mind or Counsel of God regarding future events i.e., without the aid of any human agency as seen in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8. An additional feature of this Gift is an accompanying strategy or wisdom for solving any future problems before they even arise. A typical example is the case of Joseph not only interpreting Pharaoh’s dream regarding the seven years of abundance and seven years of famine but also giving him a saving strategy which preserved the whole land of Egypt. (see Genesis 41).
(3.)Discerning of spirits: This is Supernatural Insight into the Realm of spirits. Not to be confused with discernment, this Gift enables one perceive what spirit is at work in any given situation. It also enables one’s senses to be open in the spirit realm in order to see or perceive the Lord Jesus, Holy Angels, human spirits and demons or fallen angels. For instance, any believer who has seen a Vision of Jesus Christ or has had a visible Angelic visitation was clearly functioning with the Gift of the Discerning of spirits. A typical example of this Gift in operation in the Bible was the case of Paul and Silas casting out the spirit of divination from the slave girl in Philippi after discerning the nature of the spirit operating behind her. (see Acts 16:16-18)
Father in Heaven, thank You for the Provision You have made for us by Your Spirit. O Lord, we hunger and thirst for the Manifestation of the Revelation Gifts through our yielded vessels in Jesus’ Name. Amen.