Insightful Types of Spiritual Gifts

At times we need a little more depth or insight when it comes to truth. Suggesting that the following gifts provide spiritual insight is not meant in the mystical sense but rather providing that which is based upon or filtered through the Word of God. Click on the gifts to learn where these gifts are listed in Scripture and possible definitions. (Use the browser’s back button to return to this post.)

Spiritual Insight Types of Giftsdiscernment
knowledge
wisdom

While each of these gifts provides insight based on the Truth of God’s Word, the way they handle truth differs.

discernment –

distinguishing truth from error; more about analyzing to determine if something is true

 knowledge –

seeking to know truth; more about arriving at truth based on study

wisdom –

sensing how truth relates to life; more about applying truth

These insightful types of spiritual gifts help to keep the Body of Christ on track and could help make the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Colossians a reality for any church. —

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God … (Col. 1:9-10)

6 Replies to “Insightful Types of Spiritual Gifts”

    • Tom, within Christendom there are different definitions given to the spiritual gift of knowledge. As with any of the spiritual gifts, I look at the original Greek word to help me understand the gift. The Greek word used in 1 Corinthians 12:8 where this gift is listed is “gnosis” which is primarily seeking to know, inquiry, investigation which involves studying or researching. I hope it helps to know why knowledge was defined that way.

  1. If a person can encourage others and inspire them. And has an ability to walk with people trough their difficult times and comfort them, so they can become a person they need to be. What kind of gift is that?

    • Hello, Julia. It sound like you are describing someone with the spiritual gift of exhortation, possibly with some mercy in the mix. The gift of mercy often takes people beyond words of comfort to doing something that helps alleviate their situation. The gift of exhortation usually is coming along side of someone with words of comfort and/or encouragement. Someone with the gift of exhortation often has a strong desire to see people reach their potential in the Lord. If you click on the links in my reply they will take you to definitions of those gifts and links to other helps about those gifts.

  2. I have spent a long time trying to find out my spiritual gift and recently took a test which told me I had the gift of exhortation. After reading on this website, I am so encouraged because as I read about this gift, i related strongly with the signs and feel confident in the direction I need to go now to serve the church! Thank you for all the wonderful information here!!!

    • That is absolutely wonderful, Scottie. I rejoice in the Lord with you. May God use you to His glory. And, I praise Him for using the material on this site.

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