In the New Testament, Spiritual Gifts are endowments. And they are gifts from the Holy Spirit to a person to fulfill missions of the church. Also, they are supernatural graces. Spiritual Gifts are also known in Christianity as “charismata”. There are seven fundamental spiritual gifts, but we can find many more in different sections of The Bible.
The seven Spiritual Gifts described in the Book Of Isaiah are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, fear of the Lord and confirmation. They are the characteristics of the Messiah. Also known as Jesus Christ.
In the Hebrew texts, The Spirit of The Lord is described with only six characteristics. These Gifts are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of the Lord.
The New Testament offers us different lists of charismatas in different sections of The Bible. In Romans 12:6-8 we can find seven Spiritual Gifts. These characteristics are: prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership and mercy. In the 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 we can find nine Spiritual Gifts. These are: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gift of healing, miracles, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, tongues and interpretation of tongues. Also a few sections below, in 1 Corinthians 12:28, we discover another list of charismatas. It contains eight gifts such as: apostle, prophet, teacher, miracles, kinds of healing, helps, administration and tongues.
A shorter list of Divine Gifts, we can find in Ephesians 4:11. It contains five endowments such as: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. The shorter list of charismatas we can find in 1 Peter 4:11. It contains only two Divine Gifts: Whoever speaks and whoever renders service.
These lists show us how differently people think of these gifts. There are different gifts, but every one of us has one or more endowments from the Lord that we have to develop in this life. There are several ways to find out your own spiritual gift, or maybe you already feel it in your soul. Use that endowment to do good in this life, to help people, to become a better person.