Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:1
For the past two days, we have been studying to understand the subject of spiritual gifts. We started by seeing how spiritual gifts are not possessions but actions, or gifts we dispense as people have need of it.
We also saw the need to be interested in the things of the Spirit, as it confirms the testimony of Christ.
Today we are going a step further by asking and answering one salient question, Is Spiritual Gifts for some select few or all?
To answer this, we’d read a couple of scriptures.
Joel 2:28-29 says “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.”
This prophecy by Joel was simply figurative of the fact that ALL will be partakers of the things of the Spirit.
The fulfilment of this prophecy in Acts 2 further buttresses this point.
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were ALL with one accord in one place.
Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Acts 2:4 And they were ALL filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
All here represents male and female, none is left out. The only qualification required is being a believer.
So, we clearly see that there was no discrimination or segregation as to who could partake of these gifts. ALL BELIEVERS CAN PARTAKE!
I participate in the things of the Spirit. I have seeing eyes, I have hearing ears, I have healing hands, I have an obedient heart.