How Words of Wisdom Accomplish the Impossible by Jamie Rohrbaugh

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How Words of Wisdom Accomplish the Impossible
Series: The 9 Power Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Jamie Rohrbaugh
1 Corinthians 12:7-11  


Would you like to know how to do impossible things and solve impossible problems? Do you want to see miracles happen in your life? And do you want the inside lowdown on divine strategies that will get you from point A to point B faster, easier, and with better results? 

If your answer to those questions is yes, then you want the Holy Spirit’s gift of words of wisdom.

Words of wisdom (or “the word of wisdom”) is one of the nine power gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, as follows:

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 

for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 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. 

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” (emphasis mine).

Some people refer to this gift as “the word of wisdom,” while others call it “words of wisdom.” Either way, we’re talking about the same thing here.

So what exactly is the gift of the word/words of wisdom?

There is not very much specific teaching about this gift in the Bible, so we have to look across its pages in their entirety for times when the gift was used in order to understand it.

First, let me start by saying that “wisdom” is the Holy Spirit Personified. (I wrote more about that in my article on the Sevenfold Holy Spirit, when I shared how the Holy Spirit will mentor you. If you haven’t read that article, please stop and read it now.)

That being said, I don’t believe the gift of the word of wisdom is quite the same thing as access to wisdom by itself. I think it’s really closely related, but not quite the same. Here’s why:

The passage above from 1 Corinthians starts with “But the manifestation of the Spirit ….” That word “manifestation” in the Greek means “exhibition, expression” (Strong’s Concordance, Greek word #5321). So, the spiritual gift of words of wisdom involves manifesting and exhibiting wisdom. 

This is different from simply having access to wisdom.

If you have wisdom from the Holy Spirit, you will hopefully walk in that wisdom. Unfortunately, however, sometimes people don’t use the wisdom God gives. They have access to it, but it doesn’t always do them any good because they don’t submit to the ...


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