A Gift for Today...continued
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Gifts of Healing
The Greek word for healing is 'lama' and is used only 3 times, all in I Corinthians 12, and signifies the means of healing. Therefore, gifts of healing could rightly be defined as: "Holy Spirit-given and empowered gifts that are the means of healing".
Whilst this could include the use of medicines etc. it more properly refers to a supernatural power over disease or a manifestation of Divine life and/or health.
This could refer to a wholeness of health including physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.
W.R. Jones in the book Pentecostal Doctrine in the chapter headed 'The nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit' (11) states:
"''To another the gifts of healing" (1
Corinthians 12: 9), so this is the only gift mentioned in the plural. Might it
be that some have a gift for the healing of a particular complaint or is it
rather that each healing is a separate gift in itself given by the same Holy