The Parallel Flow

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By Dr. Larry Ollison

Generally speaking, there is a parallel flow of the nine spiritual gifts. While the phrase parallel flow is not used in the Bible, the concept is woven throughout the instructions to the New Testament Church. In the same way that the word trinity and the word rapture are not found in the Bible but their concepts are clearly shown, so it is with the parallel flow of the gifts. Let me explain exactly what I mean.

Every believer who is a part of the Church has authority over the power of the enemy and has been authorized to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons (Mark 16:17). A Christian can do this of their own free will by taking the authority that has been given and using it as they see necessary. These actions involve healing, miracles, and authority and are to be a part of the work that every Christian has been commissioned to do through faith.

On the other hand, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are distributed to a believer who has asked to receive the Holy Spirit and has been filled with the eventual evidence of speaking in tongues. While through these gifts healings and miracles occur, the difference is they are at the direction of the Holy Spirit in His timing and by His desire.

For example, wisdom is obtained by asking God (James 1:5). The word of wisdom is a gift of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8). Knowledge is obtained by study of the Word (2 Timothy 2:15). The word of knowledge is a gift of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8). Faith is obtained by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17). The gift of faith is a gift of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:9). Praying in the spirit is a result of your desire to pray God’s will in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:2). The gift of different kinds of tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit that is distributed as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:10-11).

The parallel flow of tongues is different from the other gifts, because speaking in tongues signifies the filling of the Holy Spirit Himself. While the natural flow of healings, miracles, knowledge, and faith are available to all believers, praying in the spirit and all types of tongues both occur only after a person has asked and received the filling of the Holy Spirit.

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