Spiritual Gifts

The gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Cor. 12:28 and Eph. 4:11 . As summarized in the latter text they are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. They are said to function “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” ( Eph. 4:12 ). The list in Corinthians (omitting pastors) adds the following: “miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” These gifts were bestowed upon the church at Christ’s ascension ( Eph. 4:8 , 11 ). They were needed in the early church to confirm the testimony of the early apostles ( see Heb. 2:4 ) and to provide guidance and leadership in the young congregations. In discussing spiritual gifts, Seventh-day Adventists have stressed the fact that...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.