Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – May 24, 2015
Theme: The Promised Holy Spirit
Topic: The Revelation Gifts
Main Texts: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:8 – “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit”
Having had an overview of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we are in this study focusing on those we call the Revelation Gifts – the Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge and Discerning of Spirits. Note that “Word of Wisdom” is not the same as just “wisdom” as if to suggest natural wisdom. The Word of Wisdom is that special ministration of the Holy Spirit by which the mind of God on an issue is revealed to His people. A manifestation of this gift in Apostle James resolved the controversy over circumcision of Gentiles that had come to know Christ – see Acts 15:1-22. (Share an example, if any, of this manifestation in your church.)
The Word of Knowledge is also not the same as “knowledge”, not even a profound knowledge of the Bible. This gift is manifested by way of God revealing to the one so gifted, what has taken place. We see a manifestation of this gift in Apostle Peter, in the case of Ananias and Sapphira –Acts 5:1-10. Here, the Holy Spirit revealed to Peter the deceit planned and executed by the couple as regards sale of their property and surrender of the proceeds to the church. Peter did not learn about it through gossips; it was by revelation of the Holy Spirit. (Share an example, if any, of this manifestation in your church.)
Apostle Paul manifested the gift of Discerning of Spirits when, in Philippi, the slave girl began to shout publicly: “She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” (See Acts 16:12-18). What the slave girl was saying was true. But Paul could tell that she was speaking by an evil spirit. This is particularly relevant to Christians and to the Church today: Not everyone that speaks the Bible speaks by the Holy Spirit. (Share an example, if any, of this manifestation in your church.)
These Revelation Gifts are among the most counterfeited of the nine manifestations of the Holy
Spirit. A church member who wants to impose his or her will on the congregation could present
such viewpoint as a “Word of Wisdom” from God. Someone who had overheard a gossip about
another person could pose as delivering a “Word of Knowledge”, while one who is prone to
suspecting others could claim to be manifesting “Discerning of Spirits”. But, we must not because
of the possibility of counterfeits dismiss genuine manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
- Give examples of possible mistaken identification of each of the above manifestations.
- How can a congregation be convinced that what is being manifested as a Word of Wisdom is not a case of someone trying to impose his or her opinion on the congregation?
- Read 1 John 4:1-3. In what practical ways can we test what appears to be a manifestation of a Revelation Gift of the Holy Spirit?
Father, I not only desire spiritual gifts as You have told me to; I also ask that you help me recognise the manifestations of Your Spirit in others. Help our Church receive the full benefits of Your gifts for our edification. In Jesus’ name, Amen.