Gifts of the Holy Spirit



10. Can a believer receive more than one gift of the Holy Spirit?



Yes, he can. For Paul says to the Corinthians: “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy” (1 Corinthians 14:1) and also: “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12). Please note that in the first passage I have quoted Paul says to the saints to eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy, therefore he does not exclude the other gifts.

Paul says also: “Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret” (1 Corinthians 14:13). Therefore a believer who has the gift of divers kinds of tongues can receive also the gift of interpretation of tongues. If a believer with the gift of divers kinds of tongues could not receive more than one spiritual gift, Paul would not have said such a thing, because a believer who speaks in other tongues can interpret tongues only if he has another gift of the Spirit, which is called ‘interpretation of tongues’.

Furthermore, it must be said that a believer can receive more than one spiritual gift because the Scripture teaches that a believer, in order to be recognized as a prophet, must have the gift of prophecy and gifts of revelations (the gifts of revelation are these, the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits.