Gifts of the Spirit
Listing, Explanations, Bible Refetrences

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  • The goal of this page is to provide a reference listing of the Spiritual Gifts that God bestows upon individual believers.
  • To study the *purposes of these gifts* in your personal walk with God, Click HERE.


  • Listed below are the Spiritual Gifts that God has given for the profit of all His children.
  • Click on the name of a Gift in order to read an explanation, and Bible references for that particular Gift.
Apostleship Discernment Exhorting Evangelism Faith
Giving Healing Helps, Service Interpretation Knowledge
Leadership Mercy Miracles Pastor/Teacher Prophecy
Teaching Tongues Wisdom Artisan, builder, craftsman

Exod 35.30

Examples Noah, Bezaleel

Those with the gift of Apostleship manifest the following attributes...

  • They have been ordained and empowered by the resurrected Christ, in person.
  • They have been sent by God to establish His church and disseminate His gospel
  • Their teachings and their works are recorded in the Word of God, His Holy Bible.
Strong's #652 apostolos
from 649; a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ ("apostle") (with miraculous powers):--apostle, messenger, he that is sent.

Vine's definition
"one sent forth" (apo, "from," stello, "to send"). "The word is used of the Lord Jesus to describe His relation to God, Heb. 3:1; see John 17:3. The twelve disciples chosen by the Lord for special training were so called, Luke 6:13; 9:10. Paul, though he had seen the Lord Jesus, 1 Cor. 9:1; 15:8, had not 'companied with' the Twelve 'all the time' of His earthly ministry, and hence was not eligible for a place among them, according to Peter's description of the necessary qualifications, Acts 1:22. Paul was commissioned directly, by the Lord Himself, after His Ascension, to carry the gospel to the Gentiles. "The word has also a wider reference. In Acts 14:4, 14, it is used of Barnabas as well as of Paul; in Rom. 16:7 of Andronicus and Junias. In 2 Cor. 8:23 (RV, margin) two unnamed brethren are called 'apostles of the churches'; in Phil. 2:25 (RV, margin) Epaphroditus is referred to as 'your apostle.' It is used in 1 Thess. 2:6 of Paul, Silas and Timothy, to define their relation to Christ."


  • Paul- Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead) Gal 1.1
  • Peter- Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ 1 Pet 1.1a
  • John- That [Jesus] which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life -- the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us -- that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1.1-3


  • [Peter said...] Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection. Acts 1.21-22
  • And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles... 1 Cor 12.28a
  • And He Himself [Lord Jesus] gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers Eph 4.11
Discerning of spirits

The gift of discerning the spiritual power by which...

  • A teacher, preacher, or prophet speaks
  • A miracle-worker works his or her miracles

The gift of exposing...

  • False prophets
  • Counterfeit miracles
  • The presence or workings of demonic powers
Strong's #1253 diakrisis
from 1252; judicial estimation:--discern(-ing), disputation

Vine's definition
"a distinguishing, a clear discrimination, discerning, judging," is translated "discernings" in 1 Cor. 12:10, of "discerning" spirits, judging by evidence whether they are evil or of God. In Heb. 5:14 the phrase consisting of pros, with this noun, lit., "towards a discerning," is translated "to discern," said of those who are capable of discriminating between good and evil.
Paul & Dr. Luke- Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. Acts 16.16
1Co 12:10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
1Jo 4:1 ¶ Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Exhorting or Encouraging

The gift of encouraging and rousing fellow Christians...

  • To achieve a victorious walk with God
  • To forsake sins
  • To grow in the knowledge, faith, and grace of Jesus
  • To do their duty toward God
  • To move from depression and failure, into the realm of joy and and peace in Jesus Christ
Strong's #3874 paraklesis
from 3870; imploration, hortation, solace:--comfort, consolation, exhortation, intreaty.

Vine's definition
"to call to a person" (para, "to the side," kaleo, "to call"), denotes (a) "to call on, entreat"; (b) "to admonish, exhort, to urge" one to pursue some course of conduct (always prospective, looking to the future, in contrast to the meaning to comfort, which is retrospective, having to do with trial experienced)
Jesus said- Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. John 14.1
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Rom 12.6-8
2Ti 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

A gifted evangelist is a person who presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ with power and clarity, whenever and wherever he or she is called by God to do so.

  • An evangelist called by God will reach out to the unsaved even at the price of risking his or her own life, health, or well-being.
  • The unsaved who are in the presence of a gifted evangelist are supernaturally drawn to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

The gift of evangelism does not necessarily mean that the person is a great and charismatic speaker.

  • A gifted evangelist may indeed be a farmer, a doctor, a nurse, or other worker, who serves in unsaved regions of the world as an anointed representative of God and His Gospel.
  • God gifts some of His evangelists to preach to large crowds of people in great auditoriums.
  • God also calls some of His evangelists to REPRESENT His Gospel by *one-on-one preaching*, not necessarily by words alone, but also by living godly lives in the midst of the unsaved, and by showing forth the grace of God in serving others with hands and mind and heart.
Strong's #2097 euaggelizo
from 2095 and 32; to announce good news ("evangelize") especially the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).

Vine's definition
"a messenger of good" (eu, "well," angelos, "a messenger"), denotes a "preacher of the gospel," Acts 21:8; Eph. 4:11, which makes clear the distinctiveness of the function in the churches; 2 Tim. 4:5.\ Cf. euangelizo, "to proclaim glad tidings," and euangelion, "good news, gospel." Missionaries are "evangelists," as being essentially preachers of the gospel.
Peter & John [Evangelism to many]-
Ac 8:25 So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
Philip [One-on-one evangelism]-
Ac 8:26 ¶ Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is desert.
27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,
28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot."
30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
31 And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this: "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
33 In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth."
34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, "I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?"
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
Eph 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,


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