What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit?
When used in the plural (more than one gift), the gifts of the Holy Spirit refer to the miraculous gifts that Holy Spirit gave the early Christians. "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 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. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills" (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). These gifts were not given to everyone (I Corinthians 12:29-31) and they were foretold to end (I Corinthians 13:8-10).
When the Bible speaks of the gift (singular) of the Holy Spirit, it can refer to:
- The ability to perform miracles, such as in Acts 10:44-46
- Salvation, such as in Acts 2:38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; and Hebrews 6:4