Gift-giving was a common practice during times of celebration in the Bible (e.g., Nehemiah 8:10; Esther 9:22). This tradition has been followed by people of all cultures and religions for centuries, but it reaches its pinnacle at Christmastime when the praise of the magi and the glad tidings of the angels (Matthew 2:10; Luke 2:10) are heard in homes all over the world and the spirit of giving is spread even in places where Jesus Christ is unknown.
However, the Lord God gave us the gift of giving. Human generosity is flawed in many ways, including being usually misguided, underappreciated, flawed, and fleeting. Only the Father of Lights can provide good gifts that are excellent and flawless in every way.
What Are The Gifts From God In The Bible?
The Holy Spirit
Before ascending into heaven, Jesus instructed His followers to stay in Jerusalem until the Spirit of God bestowed His spiritual blessing.
Acts 1:8 says “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Faith is a spiritual gift that trusts what God has said and what He has promised. Hebrews says: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
Believing is an act Christians do. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Jesus also instructed us to do this. Jesus said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom He has sent” (John 6:29).
Nevertheless, the Bible makes it quite plain that faith is a gift. According to Ephesians 2:18, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
“Justified” is the Hebrew word for forgiveness in the Bible. When you see the phrase justified or justification, keep in mind that it implies to be pardoned, reconciled, or restored to a proper relationship with God.
This is what Jesus accomplishes for those who have confidence in Him. He will forgive you. He justifies you. He restores your relationship with God to its original state.
What God meant here is Christ’s ministry as a whole and not just the church today. According to the Bible, Christ loved the church and sacrificed Himself for his entire house (Ephesians 5:25). Jesus did not sacrifice Himself for stained-glass windows, hardwood benches, or long, boring sermons. What is the church, and why did Jesus sacrifice Himself for her?
The Bible concludes with God establishing a brand-new heaven and world. John writes in Revelation 21:1: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…”
What Are The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit bestows special talents and abilities upon his devoted followers and the church, for the sake of God and the sake of everyone. In 1 Corinthians 12:8–10, we see a list of spiritual gifts, including knowledge, wisdom, healing, faith, miracles, speaking in tongues, discerning spirits, prophecy, and interpreting languages.
God gives his committed Christians the gifts of the Spirit so that they might carry out the missions He has given them. According to 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” The gifts of the Holy Spirit are part of “everything we need” to accomplish His plans for our lives.
In Romans 12:6, Apostle Paul noted that “we have different gifts, according to the grace given us… let [us] use [them] in proportion to [our] faith.”
9 Biblical Spiritual Gifts And What They Mean
There is substantial disagreement over the precise nature and quantity of the Holy Spirit’s gifts, but the following is a summary of the spiritual gifts mentioned in the aforementioned Bible scriptures and their meanings.
The Gift of Wisdom – the gift to make decisions and provide leadership consistent with God’s desire.
The Gift of Knowledge – the gift to comprehend a spiritual situation or predicament in its entirety.
The Gift of Healing – the miraculous gift to employ God’s healing power to treat a sick, injured, or suffering person.
The Gift of Miracles – the gift to perform signs and miracles that provide credence to God’s Word and the message of the Gospel.
The Gift of Prophecy – the gift to declare a message from God.
The Gift of Discerning Spirits – the gift to determine whether something is actually from God or in line with justice.
The Gift of Interpreting Tongues – the gift to interpret the words and writings of other tongues and translate them back into your native tongue.
The Gift of Administration – the gift to maintain things God ordered and the principles He set.
The Gift of Helps – the gift of constantly wanting to help people and doing whatever it takes to complete a task.
10 Bible Verses About The Gifts From God In The Bible
“To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom; to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another a gift of healing by that one Spirit; to another a miraculous power; to another a prophecy; to another a distinguishing between spirits; to another speaking in different kinds of tongues; and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”— 1 Corinthians 12:8–10
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”— Romans 6:23
“And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.”— 1 Corinthians 12:28
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”— James 1:17
“But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”— Ephesians 4:7
“When He ascended on high, He took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”— Ephesians 4:8
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”— Luke 11:13
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”— Romans 12:4–8
“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”— 1 Peter 4:10
“For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”— Matthew 6:25–27
When God offers a gift, it is not a type of supernatural ability, but rather his means of equipping committed Christians to perform what He has commanded us to do. And the Spirit, which is the Holy Spirit of God, cries, “Come!” God desires for you to experience His new creation. God sacrificed His only begotten Son for this reason. He died on the cross for you. He rose again for your sake. He bestows everlasting life onto you.
On the other hand, you really must be there. The key is faith. The gift He is offering you is one you must accept. And the best thing is the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29).