1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
1Co 12:8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 1Co 12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,
1Co 12:10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
1Co 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
The word of knowledge is supernatural revelation, by the Holy Spirit, of certain facts in the mind of God. It is the God-given ability to receive from God, by revelation, facts that is in the norm humanly impossible for us to know anything about.
A word is just part of a sentence so a "word" of knowledge is just a small fragment of God's knowledge. He gives us as believers a piece of His knowledge regarding a particular circumstance or situation.
God has all knowledge. He knows everything, but He does not reveal everything to us. Revelation cohere is Him speaking to His people at the right time. If the Lord wants us to know something, He will reveal it to us. We don't need to know everything.
Many of us have been given revelation that has been stored up in the memory banks of our minds, but we never share it or use it to bring Him glory. When the Lord brings revelation to us, we must ask Him what He wants us to do with it. Should we speak it forth, or should we hold it in our hearts?
Its not always wise to blurt out everything we know, the Lord may tell us not to do so. We must be wise and use wisdom in all that we do and say.
We must also learn to walk in the knowledge that has already been given to us. Knowledge will not benefit the kingdom of God unless we have wisdom to use the knowledge according to His leading and direction.
1 Cor. 13:9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
The Word of Knowledge and the Word of Wisdom often work together.
The Word of Knowledge brings revelation regarding the past and present.
Some purposes of the Word of Knowledge:
1. To lead souls to Christ.
In John 4:5-18, Jesus said, Go call your husband, and come here. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You have well said, I have no husband, for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.
Jesus used a word of knowledge when he spoke to the woman at the well. He spoke to her about her present and past condition. The word of knowledge led her to believe on Jesus.
2. To reveal sickness or to be used in healing ministry.
3. To build up faith in someone for healing or whatever ministry they have come forward to receive.
4. To restore the believer back to fellowship with God.
5. To provide encouragement.
6. To reveal demon possession or oppression.
The Word of Knowledge can come in a dream or vision or interpretation.
Daniel 2 - Nebuchadnezzer had a dream. He didnt know the meaning of the dream. Daniel was called in to see if he had understanding of the dream. Daniel prayed to the Lord and the interpretation of the dream was given to him.
Acts 10:9-20 Peter received a vision from God. The Lord spoke to him and said, "three men are looking for you." Peter was not aware that anyone was at the door of his home. The Lord spoke this information to him by a word of knowledge.
The Word of Knowledge can be used to find lost property.
1 Sam. 9:19,20 - Samuel told Saul that the donkeys that were lost had been found.
1 Sam. 10:21,22 - The Lord told the people where Saul was hiding.
Jesus Himself operated in the gift of the Word of Knowledge:
Luk 19:30 saying, "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.
Luk 19:31 And if anyone asks you, "Why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say to him, "Because the Lord has need of it."'
Ananias receives a word of knowledge from the Lord.
Act 9:10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias."
And he said, "Here I am, Lord."
Act 9:11 So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
Act 9:12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight."
Act 9:13 Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.
Act 9:14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name."
Act 9:15 But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.
Act 9:16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake."
There were supernatural manifestations in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament.
2Ki 6:9 And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, "Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there."
2Ki 6:10 Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice.
2Ki 6:11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, "Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?"
2Ki 6:12 And one of his servants said, "None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom."
The word of knowledge was given to warn a king of the enemy's plan of destruction. The King of Syria was making war against Israel. The Lord spoke to His prophet Elisha and revealed the enemies plans.
1Ki 19:18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him
The word of knowledge came to enlighten and encourage a discouraged servant. Queen Jezebel was out to kill all the prophets of God including the prophet Elijah. She told Elijah that she would have his head also. Elijah sat under a juniper tree and begged God to let him die. He thought he was the only prophet left, but the Lord told him otherwise. The Lord told Elijah, God told Elijah, "You aren't the only one left. I have 7,000 who have not bowed their knee to Baal."
Word of Knowledge can reveal sin or corruption in the church:
Act 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.
Act 5:2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet.
Act 5:3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?
Act 5:4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."
Act 5:5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.
God revealed to Peter that Ananias and Saphira had lied.
We need to hearers of word from the Lord. We should ask the Lord to activate gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives so that we can bless others in the body of Christ. With His knowledge, we can set the captives free. The word of knowledge should be speaking words in due season that will bring life to those who hear it.
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
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