The apostle Paul says: "Concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant" (1 Corinthians 12'1). He's saying that what he is about to say is important. Why?

Because ignorance robs people. And for God's People the robbery is great and ignorance is not just the opposite of knowledge. And it's also important because the things of the New Covenant Kingdom of God were so precious to him.

The point is that ignorance is the opposite of knowing and experiencing. He wanted these and all Believers well aware of the Holy Spirit's ministry in the Gathering.

Sadly, not all Believers hold that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is for today. Nevertheless it is - and it is from God - to us as it was to the early Believers.


It is important to ask why the word gifts is printed differently (in italics) to the other words in 1 Corinthians 12'1. In most bibles italic lettering is used by the translators use italics to clarify something they think needs it.

Some other verses are the same. However, take away the word gifts and the plain translation is just "spirituals":

"Concerning spirituals, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant," 1 Corinthians 12'1.

"Pursue love, and desire spirituals, but especially that you may prophesy," 1 Corinthians 14'1.

"Even so you, since you are zealous for spirituals, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel," 1 Corinthians 14'12.

So what is the significance? In short, spirituals gifts are not spirituals. It could be said that "spirituals" are what some Believers call "promptings of the Spirit".     

The word "spiritual" is translated from the New Testament Greek "pneumatikos". Strong's concordance translates "pneumatikos"  as:

"... the human spirit, or rational soul, as part of the man which is akin to God and serves as his instrument or organ".

Regenerated humans are spiritual. Jesus declared: "... that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3'6).

While being natural, Believers have a part that "is akin to God and serves as his instrument or organ".

This instrument/organ is what the Holy Spirit uses and does so whenever He chooses. He uses spirituals in Whole Gatherings when Believers are disposed to Him.

It's not the gifts that are spiritual, it's the Believer through whom the Spirit moves.


[By the way, the common description "spiritual gifts" is not in the New Testament, as such. These gifts are, in fact, the "manifestation of the Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12'7). However, Hebrews 2'4 does refer to "gifts of the Holy Spirit" but that belongs to a different context.]