It would be good to review the blog posted just before this one first before continuing to read… see Jesus and the Gifts – Part One.
We are called to do what Jesus did (John 14:12) and complete His mandate to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). The Church is His body and we are to fulfill His ministry of expanding the Kingdom until He returns to claim His Bride. Jesus accomplished His earthly ministry of three years through the anointing and empowering of the Holy Spirit – this today is called the Baptism in the Holy Spirit – a second encounter with God when His Spirit comes upon us and empowers us to walk and work supernaturally and join with Him completing His ministry.
Jesus received the baptism in the Holy Spirit as recorded in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 1, verses 9 and 10. When baptized in the Holy Spirit the Spirit of God imparts the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit as listed in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. Let’s review this passage…
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.”
There are nine gifts and Scripture records for us the fact that Jesus flowed in and ministered through seven of the nine gifts. Let’s review where He did this…
Jesus spoke to a woman at the well in John, Chapter 4 and during the conversation He asked her to go and fetch her husband and bring him back to meet Him. She said that she did not have a husband. Jesus praised her for speaking the truth and stated that she had previously had 6 husbands and that the man she was living with was not her husband. This is a Word of Knowledge – one of the revelation gifts of the Spirit. Through this gift God reveals something about a person’s past or present that we could not know in the natural. This revelation let’s the person know that you can hear the voice of God, that Jesus is alive, and that He cares.
After His resurrection Jesus appears to Peter, the apostle and in John 21:18 tells us that He declared the way Peter would glorify God in his death. A Word of Wisdom. The supernatural ability to know something about a person’s future that you could not know in the natural – God revealing it to you.
In Matthew 24:2 Jesus is in Jerusalem and prophesies over the city and the temple stating that not one stone would remain upon another. In A.D. 70 Titus, the Roman general, levelled the city. So, Jesus was moving prophetically as He spoke a Word from God over the nation of Israel.
Jesus, of course, flowed in the Gifts of Healings as the Bible states in many places that Jesus healed people. Jesus Himself declares that He was sent to heal in Luke 4:18-19 and that this ministry was a result of being anointed with the Holy Spirit (Baptized in the Spirit). And Luke, writing in Acts 10:38, speaks about the baptism mentioning that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power and went about healing those oppressed of the devil.
The supernatural gift of the Working of Miracles was seen a number of times in Jesus’s ministry. Changing water into wine (John 2:6-8), feeding a crowd of 5,000 with one little boy’s lunch, walking on water, and the list goes on. This gift interrupts the normal flow of nature – like parting the Red Sea and the sun standing still for 24 hours in Joshua’s day as a battle was fought in the valley.
The Bible states that Jesus knew the thoughts and the intentions of people’s hearts (Matthew 9:4, 12:25). This is the supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit called the Discerning of Spirits which is the ability of being able to see into the spirit realm and see what God sees.
And, of course, He had faith in His heavenly Father and believed the Word of God deeply. He shows us this in many situations but one that stands out is His time of temptation in the wilderness when He tells the devil “It is written….” (Matthew 4:4). This is the power gift called the Gift of (Special) Faith believing for more than what is usually believed for by the average Christian.
Jesus moved in 7 of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. There is no record of Him Speaking in Tongues (public tongues) or flowing in and ministering through the gift of the Interpretation of Tongues. However, His total ministry was accomplished under the empowering of the Holy Spirit received when He was baptized in the Holy Spirit. This is why it is essential, as disciples of Jesus, that we receive and walk in this experience because then we can see the fulfilment of “the things that I do you will do…” (John 14:12).