What are examples of each of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit in the gospel of Luke?


First, there are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit and the are written in the book of Corinthians not Luke.

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

7 “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will”.

Above all else, with respect to these gifts we need to entirely recognize that the Holy Spirit may dispense His gifts according to His will to persons in any singular or combination He sees fit, temporarily or permanently.

In the book of Acts and the Epistles, the vast majority of miracles are performed by the apostles and their close associates. “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.” 2 Corinthians 12:12.

If every believer in Christ at the time of Christ ascension was equipped with the ability to perform signs, wonders, and miracles, then signs, wonders, and miracles could in no way be the identifying marks of a prophet or an apostle in the EARLY church period. The beginning of these gifts among men were never intended to be limited to the initial group that experienced them. Nor are they presently any limitation in any way of these gifts dissemination among men.

Acts 2:22 tells us that Jesus was “accredited” by “miracles, wonders, and signs.” Similarly, the apostles were “marked” as genuine messengers from God by the miracles they performed. Acts 14:3 describes the gospel message being “confirmed” by the miracles Paul and Barnabas performed.

The correlation today is that those who are able to perform any of these miracles are to be identified with Christ. This is not to say that soothsayers, psychics and others are identified with Christ, they are however, people who may have been given counterfeit gifts of the Spirit through demonic influence rather than the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Chapters 12–14 of 1 Corinthians deal primarily with the subject of the gifts of the Spirit. It is seen from these text that “ordinary” Christians are also given miraculous gifts (12:8-10, 28-30). The apostles were “marked” by signs and wonders, it would seem that the miraculous gifts as in raising people from the dead, were not given to “ordinary” Christians early on, but may have been the exception, not the rule during the beginning of the dissemination of the gifts of the Spirit to the apostles in order to establish their ministries. Beside the apostles and their close associates, the New Testament nowhere specifically describes individuals exercising the miraculous gifts of the Spirit.

It is also important to realize that the early church did not have the completed Bible, as we do today. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Therefore, the gifts of prophecy, knowledge, wisdom, etc. were necessary in order for the early Christians to know what God would have them do. The gift of prophecy enabled believers to communicate new truth and revelation from God. Now that God’s revelation is complete in the Bible, the “revelatory” gifts are no longer in the same capacity as they were during the New Testament. But it is clear that God did not state that His gifts had a time period constraint, or a that they were given to a specific person or persons alone. Jesus stated that greater works than the ones He performed we could do because we will live in the earth longer than he did.

John 14:12

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father”.

This makes the point that if you can believe God for the gifts, they are available to you and will work according to your faith. There are some that like to cherry pick which gifts of the Spirit still work and don’t today, like speaking in tongues. Many believe this was a gift for the early church alone, and was only a sign particularly for the apostles at pentecost. But this assertion is NOT biblical.

The problem with this assertion and others like it is that God never said it, neither did Jesus. There is no place in scripture that can support any position that any singular or groups of gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, is not available for people to operate in today, nor does scripture state these gifts are limited to a group of particular people in a particular time in history. What scripture does say is when these gifts where given and when they first appeared. Those that suggest otherwise are speaking from a twisted religious perspective that is NOT supported by scripture. Ask them to show you where it is written that ANY gift of the Spirit has such limitations or constraints.

God miraculously heals people every day. God still does amazing miracles, signs, and wonders and sometimes performs those miracles through a Christian. Initially, the primary purpose of the miraculous gifts was to prove that the gospel was true and that the prophets and apostles were truly God’s messengers. The Bible does not say outright that the miraculous gifts have ceased or will cease at any time.

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