Unlike the fruit of the spirit, which is singular in nature; meaning they go hand in hand and everyone must possess them all, the spiritual gifts that God gives us are plural in nature; meaning it is a selection process by God which gift or gifts He bestows on us and a yearning from within us to desire a particular gift or gifts.
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (Ephesians 1:22-23).
Supernatural manifestations of the Spirit occurred, commonly referred to as the "gifts of the Spirit." By "supernatural," it is meant that which cannot be explained or understood by human reasoning and is not restricted to "natural laws."
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9).
"The things (ways and thoughts) of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." (I Corinthians 2:11)
This is not to say that man cannot learn the things of God, but rather that they are not perceived by worldly wisdom. Human reasoning is unable to digest spiritual truth. Spiritual gifts are given by God to His church to profit the church and its members. "
There are those today who contend that the gifts are no longer necessary components of the church. But there appears nothing in the Scriptures nor in the course of history to show when any of the gifts were withdrawn. The body of man has many members (hands, fingers, eyes, ears, etc.) so also is the body of Christ. There are many members of one body and all are important. Some may be more evident than others, but all are needed.
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. (1 Corinthians 12:11)
Apostle Paul said
“But earnestly desire the best gifts” (I Corinthians 12:31)
Each and every believer has been given by the Spirit of God, gifts of the Spirit. They are not gifts that they have developed by human capacities, therefore the believer has absolutely no right to brag on these gifts. If we exalt in our gifts, we are taking credit for something that we have not earned ourselves. It is like taking credit for a gift you receive on your birthday. It is just that; a gift that was not yours but given to you freely and it is given apart from any inherent capabilities that you have within you.
No believer can say that they have no gift of the Spirit from God. God has given all believers gifts; some have several but everyone has at least one of these gifts. These gifts of the Spirit are given not for the believer but for the Body of Christ. It is to make the Body complete. These gifts are intended for the church to edify it, to strengthen it, to feed it, to exhort it, to encourage it and to have the Body of Christ empowered to do the work of Christ.
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. (I Corinthians 14:12)
These gifts are always to exalt Christ, to witness of God’s power, to build up the Body, and to work to enlarge the Body of Christ by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost.
Isiah speaks of seven different spirits or gifts:
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: (Isaiah 11:2-3)
These are important gifts and some of them are similar to but different from the gifts of the Spirit that Apostle Paul talks about in the New Testament in I Corinthians chapter 12. Romans 12 has a similar listing of the gifts of the Spirit but I Corinthians 12 is more comprehensive in nature. Apostle Paul wants to make these gifts crystal clear to us so we will depend upon the inspired Word of God to reveal them to us:
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. (1 Corinthians 12:1)