In the first century before the New Testament was written the church understood Jesus had left planet Earth. It believed Jesus was sitting at the right hand of God and another like him had come to take his place – the Holy Spirit. He would be the teacher, guide and empower now -this is why the first believers wrote things like, “the Holy Spirit said” or ” listen to what the Spirit says to the churches”. It is not that Jesus is no longer Lord or the Holy Spirit is trying to take over, it is that there are differing roles in the Trinity and now it is the Holy Spirit’s turn to be God with us too.
Spiritual gifts or ‘spirituals’ – (things of the Spirit) are mentioned in Paul’s writing “First Corinthians – Chapter 12″. He speaks of 9 spiritual’s and the New Testament mentions 27 in total. It is very important we know our gifts, know how to use them, and keep developing them. Our gifts are essential but not sufficient to get us to heaven – remember Judas raised the dead too. He mixed the holy Spirit with wrong desires and actions and it cost him his place in heaven; Ananias and Saphira also mixed a gift of generosity with deception and it cost them their lives too. Clearly, spiritual gifts are important and…dangerous; they can take us to heaven or hell.
Here is a short talk on spiritual gifts. Spiritual Gifts – Stairways Heaven or Hell