absolutely correct definition of each gift that is of first importance; it is its possession and use that is vital. It does not matter whether Lazarus came out of the tomb by a gift of a healing, or a miracle, or a word of Faith. What does matter is that he came out! The mourners did not try to place the miracle in its exact category; they believed on Jesus, and their lives were changed by the companion miracle of Jesus leaving His tomb.
These papers have been written not simply as an addition to the Theology of Spiritual Gifts, but as a spur to us all not to rest until we possess the actual Gifts themselves, and set the Holy Spirit at liberty to play His part in His Churches. To have an absolutely accurate definition of every Gift, to be able to quote chapter and verse, to put to silence the ignorance of foolish men who deny their possibility, are all equally useless, unless the gifts themselves are in operation! "The Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power." It was the actual possession and use of these gifts which cut Pentecostals off from their fellow-believers in the beginning of our movement. Theologians could and did argue about the speaking in tongues in their commentaries without rebuke from their fellows: it was those who actually spoke in tongues that were ostracised and forced to begin their own churches!
So today, different ways of looking at the Gifts will be of no importance, but the Gifts themselves in operation are moving men in great masses. It was not theories, however correct, about demon possession that moved the Philippines, but the actual freeing of Clarita Villanueva from the two demons, who tormented and bit her, through