Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom and Knowledge

1 Corinthians 12:7- 11
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by [f]the same Spirit, 10 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. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
The word of knowledge, the word of wisdom and the discernment of spirits are usually referred to as the revelation gifts. The reason they are referred to in such a manner is because each of these three gifts reveals something. But what exactly are these gifts because if we don’t know how they manifest, how then can we then know that we have them? Today we look at the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge.
The word of knowledge;
Anybody can work towards gaining knowledge but “The word of knowledge” is a spiritual gift given to a believer by the Holy Spirit. It does not come by natural reasoning or education or training, it comes by the Holy Spirit. This is knowledge pertaining to events past and present that are made known to a believer. A good example is Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. Jesus knew about the woman’s past and present lifestyle by revelation of the Holy Spirit The word of knowledge brings about conviction of TRUTH, it also confirms something that God has been showing us by some other means, it also prepares us for what is to come.
The word of Wisdom;
As with knowledge, anyone can acquire wisdom but “The word of wisdom” is a spiritual gifted given to a believer by the Holy Spirit. This gift is special illumination that enables one in a specific situation to grasp divine insight regarding a fact, situation, or context. This gift is useful in directing the Body in what to do next and in making God’s will know. Solomon’s story with the two women is a good example. In the new testament one of the best examples to demonstrate the word of wisdom is in the book of acts in the early days of the church when there arose a dispute about feeding the widows in Acts 6. The word of wisdom that came forth gave a solution that pleased the whole multitude and enabled the continuance of the preaching of the gospel.
May we desire the gift of Knowledge and Wisdom to guide us in our walk with Christ as we face different situations along our path.
Have you found yourself ever operating in one of these gifts and you probably had no idea, what happened? Have you ever experienced any of these two gifts operating in a ministry situation, what happened? How can this gift help build the body of Christ?