1 Corinthians 12:4-6 – “there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”
Over the past few days as we have been looking at the three categories of spiritual gifts, I hope that you have noticed the involvement of the whole Godhead. Spiritual gifts could easy be know as “Gifts from the Godhead”.
A closer look at each one of the 3 verses above will show that there are three distinct categories identified as Gifts, Operations, Administrations and Manifestation (Motivational, Ministry, Manifestation) that are given by God, the Lord and the Spirit. This distinction is important as each set of Gifts are different in their usage, purpose and origin
Sometimes known as the ‘Threefold Diversity’, 1 Cor 12:4-6 (above) speaks of the (diaireseis, “distributions, differences”) of gifts, ministries, and activities or effects, and provides important characteristics of spiritual gifts.
|The Father (motivational gifts)||The Son (ministry gifts)||The Holy Spirit (manifestation gifts)|
|Romans 12:6-8||Ephesians 4:11||1 Corinthians 12:1-14|
Showing mercy (compassion)
Discerning of spirits (human, angelic, demonic)
Speaking in tongues
Interpretation of tongues
Working of miracles
They are seen by Ernest F. Scott as “proceeding from the Spirit, as advancing the cause of Christ, and as giving effect to the will of God.”(The Spirit in the New Testament (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1923) 113).
So we can see the full working of the Godhead in the life of the believer. The three words are describing spiritual gifts from different points o f view. The analogy of the Godhead in this context shows that the three terms go together to make up a whole, as is also the case with the Trinity.
Therefore we can also see that Spiritual gifts, no matter what category they may fit into can work together. For example If an Apostle has the gift of serving, he will emphasize practical needs. If a Pastor has the gift of mercy he will emphasize the feelings of people through his messages and prayers. If a Prophet has the motivation of administration, he will emphasize getting projects completed and the proper procedure to accomplish the projects. If an Evangelist has the gift of giving, he will encourage all those to whom he speaks to be sensitive to the needs of others thus eliminating poverty in the church. If the Teacher has the gift of teaching, he will encourage the body to look up the meaning of words, get revelation from the Lord and to be accurate in their sharing of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
How amazing it is, that we the believer have the Trinity empowering us and pouring out gifts into our lives!