1 Corinthians 12:8 (KJV)
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
All across the church world today, there is this frenzy about the operation of the gift of the word of knowledge. The gift of the word of knowledge is God dropping into time part of his infinite knowledge making unaware supernatural about an event, place or issues about people past or present.
It is God giving us a supernatural knowing about a thing we don’t know naturally. It is not the trade or the skill of the word of knowledge, it called the gift of the word of knowledge.
The gift of the word of knowledge detects a problem :
John 2:3 (KJV)
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
It identifies a need but the gift of the word of wisdom is a problem fixer and not a problem identifier.
John 2:7 (KJV)
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
What we have here manifested by Jesus was the gift of the word of wisdom! Fill the waterpots with water.
John 4:16-18 (KJV)
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
What we have here is not a prophecy. It was the manifestation of the gift of the word of knowledge. This has been grossly misunderstood for prophecy.
This operation is generating a lot of sensation and the church has become frenetic about it.
Often times, when a prophet goes this way, “you have had five husbands, you are having this issue or that issue, people begin to scream prophesy, prophesy but Jesus wasn’t prophesying here! He was only functioning in the gift of the word of knowledge!
We must stop mixing things up!
Prophecy in operation may contain the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, tongues and interpretation but we must know that prophecy is a stream on its own.word of knowledge never equates prophecy!
The church is full of the manifestations of the gift of the word of knowledge identifying problems but no solution to those problems! They were accurately mentioned but the people are still the same five years later because the gift of the word of wisdom which is a fixer was not manifested!
When a widow ran under the weight of indebtedness to Elisha the prophet for the solution, the prophet asked her :
2 Kings 4:2-3 (KJV)
2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil. 3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
What Elisha manifested her by the Spirit was the gift of the word of wisdom! …..Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
She followed those directives and came out of debt under 24 hours!
Wisdom the Bible says is the principal thing:
Proverbs 4:7 (KJV)
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:and with all thy getting get understanding.
The first dimension of the seven Spirit of God that rested on the Messiah was wisdom :
Isaiah 11:2 (KJV)
2 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;
When God placed his Spirit upon Bezaleel the son of Uri in the desert to build the tabernacle alongside Moses, the first dimension of that was wisdom :
Exodus 31:1-3 (KJV)
1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Paul prayed earnestly for a newly converted church, the church at Ephesus:
Ephesians 1:15-17 (KJV)
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Paul went on his knees before God to ask that he would grant these bunch of believers the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.
The spirit of revelation is the spirit of the uncovering. It uncovers the problem but the spirit of wisdom tells you what to do.
Joseph manifested both in Egypt when he stood before the monarch.
He did not only interpreted the king’s dream under the spirit of revelation, but he also brought an implementation plan through the spirit of wisdom :
Genesis 41:34-35 (KJV)
34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. 35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
This article is not to downplay the importance of the operation of the gift of the word of knowledge, it is simply advocating for it go hand in hand with the gift of the word of wisdom.