Gifts, Administrations and Operations of the Spirit
By Apostle Aje Pelser, Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” KJV
God is a diverse God, with many facets and eternal possibilities. We are just as diverse as a Body of Christ, and He designed us to all bring our share to contribute to the growth of the church. Let’s meditate together on the three levels of spiritual works that help you function in the Church.
1. Gift – a spiritual gift from God, with a miraculous quality, that brings deliverance from danger.
From our MBTC Subject Manual “Gift and Functions” there are three categories of spiritual gifts to consider:
Revelation Gifts : Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment.
Utterance : Tongues, Interpretation, Prophecy.
Power Gifts : Faith, Miracles, Healings.
“Jesus is the administrator of the gifts. The Holy Spirit is here on earth. The Holy Spirit, by the administrating Lord, knows what results are to be taken care of in this room right now. He has given the commands. That’s the reason why we have to pray, prepare, prevail over the evil powers before we come in here. Jesus has it already in his plan, what has to be done here. The Holy Spirit has the right to get it done in whatever way he sees fit. The differences in operations come into play because of the different human beings that operate it.
The way you YIELD to the Holy Ghost is not a withdrawal waiting for Him to do something. You yield to the Holy Ghost by acting on the Word of God.
(How do you yield to Jesus when you get saved? You act on the Word of God and make a confident, public surrender). When I do it, he (the Holy Spirit) is the one that takes action in the Word of God and that is the point of results. When I take a step, he takes a step.”
The best gift for someone is the one the person needs at that moment. The gifts of the Spirit are for the benefit of all, so don’t keep them to yourself! Don’t rob someone of a blessing because you are embarrassed to share it publicly.
2. Administration – to perform a good service to bring relief to mankind on behalf of God.
1Co 12:28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
Act 6:1 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
Act 6:2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.
Act 6:3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;
Act 6:4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Act 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch,
Act 6:6 whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
Act 6:7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Stephen Is Seized
Act 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.
Examples of people in the New Testament who performed a good service to bring relief to mankind on behalf of God.
Dorcas was known for her good works, and when she died, Peter prayed for her and she rose from the dead:
Act 9:36 – 43 At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.
Act 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,
Act 10:2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.
Luk 7:2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die.
Luk 7:3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant.
Luk 7:4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving,
Luk 7:5 “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”
Act 4:36 And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus,
Act 4:37 having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Php 4:14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.
Php 4:15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.
Php 4:16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.
3. Operation – to show how you really are by being powerfully active and efficient in your spiritual work for God and others.
Each one doing their share: Ephesians 4:16: “From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love”.
Romans 12: Now Paul makes personal application of all his teachings. The Word taught has to be lived. The Word must become flesh (John 1:14). The believer has a God-given ability to live a godly life.
In Paul’s letters, which section precedes the other: doctrine or exhortation?
Doctrine precedes exhortation, and must first be taught before one is asked to do anything.
Scan through this passage and allow the Holy Spirit to activate you to function on one of these levels:
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Rom 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,
Rom 12:5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;
Rom 12:7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
Rom 12:8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Rom 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
Rom 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
Rom 12:12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
Rom 12:13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Rom 12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
The Holy Spirit has a gift for you, with a miraculous quality, that brings deliverance from danger.
Jesus will give you an administration – to perform a good service to bring relief to mankind on behalf of God.
God will give you a spiritual operation – to show how you really are by being powerfully active and efficient in your spiritual work.