• The word of wisdom.
• The word of knowledge.
• The discernment of the spirits.
2. The three Gifts of Action or Power:
• The gifts of healing.
• The working of miracles.
• The gift of faith, that faith that moves mountains.
3. The three Gifts of the Tongue or Speech:
• Speaking in tongues.
• Interpretation of tongues.
To these nine gifts are added four others found elsewhere in the New Testament:
• Casting out of devils
• Taking up serpents
• Able to drink poison
• Raising the dead
The New Testament clearly confirms that all these signs did accompany the preaching of the apostles in the first century, Mark 16:20: And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. When writing about the preaching of the Apostles and the gifts that accompanied them, Paul says in Hebrews 2:3,4: … which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
The same principle was at work in the lives and ministry of the Apostles. They went out to preach in Jesus' Name. They went out to preach a message of repentance from sin; of belief in Jesus Christ alone; of resurrection from the dead for body and soul. The message of the resurrection of the body was particularly a unique message in its day, especially among the Gentiles, cf. Acts 17:18-20,32.
As the Apostles preached this message, and engaged in the use of these sign gifts, people believed what they heard, cf Acts 8:5,6: Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. This is but one example of what happened as the Apostles and their immediate successors/associates preached. People heard the message and saw the signs and believed. The signs confirmed the message that it was genuine. It was not a hoax or a deception. It was absolutely real and genuine. This was God's method of 'confirming' the truth of what was preached.
How difficult it was to argue against the message of the Apostles when it was accompanied with these signs or supernatural gifts.
This is seriously wrong! It could not be further from the truth of Scripture. The Word of God clearly states that these gifts, and especially tongue speaking, are a sign to the unbeliever, cf. 1 Cor 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not…. This text could not be clearer. The purpose of these sign gifts is directed towards the unsaved, unconverted heart. Not the believer!! It says a great deal about those who persist in claiming otherwise. They are contradicting Scripture and that is a serious issue before God.
Yet we have Charismatics/Pentecostals telling people today that every believer is to seek for these gifts and that every believer can know these gifts. This is plain falsehood. It is not according to the Scriptures. When people don't experience these gifts they are assaulted by the accusations of the devil, and sometimes by their fellow believers, in being made to feel inadequate and a lesser believer as if they were missing out on God's blessing in their lives.
Let's make sure we properly understand the purpose of these gifts in the New Testament.