KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:8 ” For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit”;
We now look at the revelational gifts. These include the word of wisdom, word of knowledge and the discernment of spirits.
We would look into details at the gift of the word of wisdom. The word of wisdom is when the Holy Spirit give some a message about the future concerning a brother or the church and the corresponding actions to be taken. It is a revelation of God’s wisdom concerning the fellow, the congregation or even the nation … This gift tells forth what is yet to happen. . Most prophets operate mostly in all the gifts of revelation.
The gift of the word of wisdom is not just a wise saying. A man like King Solomon had the gift of wisdom and so he was a very wise man. The word of wisdom is a knowledge gained into a little of God’s wisdom concerning a future event. We saw this being demonstrated in almost all the prophets. An example is in 2nd Kings 7:1, the prophet Elisha prophesied.”Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord, thus saith the Lord;tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel in the gate of Samaria”. The message given by the prophet happened just as he predicted.
In the New Testament there were a number of prophets. One of such prophet was Agabus. Acts 11:28 “And there stood up one of them named Agabus and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world; which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar”. The apostles also operated in this gift.
As the scripture taught in 1st Corinthians 12, the gift of the word of wisdom also manifests among the members of the congregations of God. The Holy Spirit does these things to the profit or benefit all members of the church.
This gifts gives the children of God an opportunity to know what is in the future and to act rightly to please God and to save themselves from the traps of the devil. It is a strong weapon to frustrate the activities of the devil. There are some brethren who start calling themselves prophets, the moment this gift begins to manifest through them. Some begin to feel so proud that they leave their respective places of worship to start a new church. This is very wrong. This gift was given to the church, but you were the candidate the Holy Spirit choose to manifest through,for the rest. Do not leave your congregation, stay and let God’s purpose for the church to be realised. Let heads of churches also allow such brethren to use the gift to bless the church. May there be order in God’s house
Lord, make the church understand the dealings of the Spirit in these matters and help us all to rightly relate to one another in its use.
Acts 21:10-11 ” And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles”.
2 Timothy 3:1. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come”.