I. WHAT WERE THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS?
There are four groups of spiritual gifts in the New Testament.
1. I Cor. 12:1-11 - Miraculous gifts used by the Apostles and the early christians.
2. Rom. 12:6-8 - Gifts or Talents that christians today use in the church.
3. Acts 2:38 - Salvation as a gift from the Holy Spirit.
4. Eph. 4:11-16 - Leaders are gift from the Holy Spirit - Acts 20:28.
Miraculous gifts were tempporal gifts that the Holy Spirit gave to the early Christians to make them work on behalf of deity, and to make them grow in the faith ICor. 12:1-11. These include: Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Working Miracles, Prophesying, Spirit of Discerning, Speaking in Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues.
II. THE PURPOSE OF THE SPIRIT
A. The Spirit was to baptised the Apostles - Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:4-5.
B. To teach and remind the Apostles - Jn. 14:26.
C. To bear witness of Christ to the Apostles - Jn. 15:26.
D. To reprove the world of sin, judgement and righteousness - Jn. 16:7-8.
E. To guide the Apostles into all truth - Jn. 16:12-13.
F. To confirm what the Apostles would preach - Mk. 16:17-20.
III. THE SPIRIT IS RECEIVED IN THREE DIFFERENT WAYS
A. The Apostles had it through baptism - Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-4.
The household of Cornelius had the Spirit to prove the call of Gentiles and to fulfill
Joel 2:28 - all flesh - Jews and Gentiles. They later had water baptism for remission
of sins - Acts 10:45-48.