“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:1,7).

When it comes to the person and working of the Holy Spirit many believers have settled for a subjective, willy-nilly understanding; that their intuitive feelings bring legitimacy to anything they choose to attribute to the working of the Spirit. Scripture, however, makes it clear that the Holy Spirit works objectively for a common cause–the exaltation of Christ and the edification of his church. Any gifting of the Spirit that might be ours must be tested against these two criteria.

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