God has given special gifts to His church, His body. These gifts are referred to as The Gifts of the Spirit, or spiritual gifts.

Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church
— I Corinthians 14:12

The primary purpose of spiritual gifts is for edification of the Church. God gave gifts to men so that man could accomplish His Purpose within the Church. Gifts are tools given with a specific “work” in mind. Just as there are various tools for the diversities of jobs, so are there many kinds of gifts given to the Church so that the Body of Christ can be complete in its function and purpose. Without the tools necessary for the task at hand, the body is unable to fulfill its purpose and calling.

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit
— I Corinthians 12:4

There are, basically, eighteen gifts of the Spirit found in the Bible that God has given to the Church. Each one of these gifts is as important as the other.

  1. Word of Wisdom: I Corinthians 12:8; Luke 6:9.

  2. Word of Knowledge: I Corinthians 12:8; Luke 18:22.

  3. Faith: I Corinthians 12:9; Acts 3:6-7

  4. Gifts of healing: I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Acts 28:1-10.

  5. Working of miracles: I Corinthians 12:10; Acts 6:8.

  6. Prophecy: I Corinthians 12:10; I Thessalonians 5:20-21; Ephesians 4:11.

  7. Discerning of spirits: I Corinthians 12:10; Luke 8:29.

  8. Tongues: I Corinthians 12:10; Acts 19:6.

  9. Interpretation of tongues: I Corinthians 12:10; 14:13-33.

  10. Helping: I Corinthians 12:28.

  11. Administration: I Corinthians 12:28; Acts 6:2-3.

  12. Grace: Romans 12:6; Ephesians 3:7; 4:7; I Peter 4:10-11.

  13. Ministry/service: Romans 12:7; II Timothy 1:16-18.

  14. Teaching: Romans 12:7; Ephesians 4:11-14.

  15. Encouragement: Romans 12:8; Hebrews 10:24-25.

  16. Giving: Romans 12:8; I Corinthians 13:3; Acts 4:32-35.

  17. Leadership /Ruler: Romans 12:8; Acts 13:12.

  18. Mercy: Romans 12:8; Luke 5:12-13.

Every member of the Body of Christ should ask for and seek the gift that God specifically wants to supply so that their part within the Body can be fulfilled and complete.

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way
— I Corinthians 12:27-31

Paul admonishes the Corinthian believers to covet the best gifts. The word best simply means the most useful. In other words, every part of the body is to ask for or covet the most useful gift for the purpose and place God has placed that member.

Just as a natural body is gifted with body parts that function and create the total man, so has the Body of Christ been gifted with diversities of gifts for every part to operate and function as a healthy unit, one Body, yet many parts.

But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body
— I Corinthians 12:18-20

Every member is important! Every gift is important. One cannot function without the other. Hence, as every body part, every gift and calling, submits itself to the other in the fear of God, the body can function, thrive, grow, excel and be edified of itself in love.

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God
— Ephesians 5:21
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love
— Ephesians 4:16

The gifts of the Spirit are therefore a very vital part of the healthy function of the Church as long as the gifts are operated by the Spirit that imparted them, and under the Lordship and Authority of God.

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal
— I Corinthians 12:4-7
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ
— I Corinthians 12:11-12


God also has given gifts of the administration of the Word of God to the Church. God does this by flowing through servants of God who are called to these offices or positions.

Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ
— Ephesians 4:11-12

These offices or positions do not make God’s ministers Lord or Master (of) the Church, but are rather offices or positions of servitude. It is not the man or woman that is teaching the church actually, but the anointing of the Word of God and the Spirit of God that is teaching the Church through His servants.

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him
— I John 2:27

Divine Healing and Deliverance

Divine Healing and Deliverance are an integral part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the Mercy and Grace of God that heals us, for mankind does not deserve such benefits nor can we earn this kind of favor with God. God heals us for His Name Sake.

We are healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed
— Isaiah 53:4-5
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses
— Matthew 8:16-17

Prayer of faith shall save the sick

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him
— James 5:14-15

The Ministry of Jesus is to save, heal and deliver

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
— Luke 4:18

The Apostles healed the sick

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God
— Acts 3:1-8
And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one
— Acts 5:12-16
And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:
— Acts 28:8-9

The LORD Heals.

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee
— Exodus 15:26
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
— Psalm 103:1-3
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds
— Psalm 147:3
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise
— Jeremiah 17:14