GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is attributed with two sets
of gifts. One set is essential for one's salvation; the other is needed
when one is working for the salvation of others.
Needless to say, God is the author of
salvation. He decides who will be saved. But He had designed
that men become co-workers in the work of salvation.
The first set of gifts is necessary for
one's salvation and is given to all those who are seriously working out
their salvation with fear and trembling. The first of these gifts is
the "desire to be holy." And next is the knowledge of the commands of
Christ (which is the perfection of the Ten Commands of God). Together
with this is the knowledge on how to obey the commands of Christ. Then the
Holy Spirit sees to it that the soul remembers the commands of Christ and
how to obey them. "He will teach all things and recall to mind all
that I have taught you."
The gifts given to holy people that they
may cooperate with God in the work of saving others are given only
occasionally. This is why we see some apostles doing seemingly nothing
We must desire the first set of gifts of
the Holy Spirit. For how can we save others when we cannot even save