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. (I Corinthians 12:7-11)
Recently we celebrated Pentecost (actually we celebrate it everyday). After the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, the gift of holy spirit was and is poured out to every person who makes Jesus Christ Lord and believes in his resurrection. What is the point of the above verses? God wants every man enabled with His power. That is important to repeat! God wants every man enabled with His power!
In verse 7, Paul explains that holy spirit has profitable uses. The language is a little misleading starting in verse 8 because it says ‘for to one is given’. It sounds like one gift is given to one person and another gift is given to someone else. The ‘for to one’ is actually referring to the ‘profit’ in verse 7. This list is a list of the profits of the holy spirit to an individual person.
In reality, any person in which the gift of holy spirit is energized will probably exhibit more than one of these benefits in any one situation, not just one. Word of knowledge(what is going on) and word of wisdom(what to do about it) are often needed at the same time. Discerning of spirits (separating out the good and the bad) may also be involved and with all that going on, miracles, healing and faith (energized beyond ordinary believing) enter into the mix. So to say that one person operates one manifestation and another person operates another is not accurate. God energizes the spirit in a way that gets the job done. He could involve two people (we don’t dare put God in a box), but all nine profits are available to each individual.
Holy spirit in our lives is as simple as breathing. Man has mystified, elevated and complicated God’s gracious entrance to our lives by dissecting, separating and isolating it into pieces. Spirit comes from God. It is His very essence (John 4:24). Sometimes we work so hard at hearing from God that we can’t see how simple it is. God’s word is quick and powerful and cuts through anything. Sometimes it takes us some time to get it because of all the noise in our space, but when we get quiet and deliberately await God’s solution, answers are forthcoming, sometimes in a split second.