2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (ESV) And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
Here’s the thing, you cannot separate the Holy Spirit from the Gifts of the Spirit, nor can you separate the Gifts from the Holy Spirit, both are inseparable. This is the principle reason why any notion that the Gifts of the Spirit are no longer necessary or needed in the church of today must not be heeded. Yes, those folk are free to have an opinion, but I just choose to disregard it. And I’m not alone…millions upon countless millions are also on the same page, for we, as just read, have been “sealed”. Seared deep within us is a knowing that the Holy Spirit longs to release the power of His presence in and through you, the church. I personally will not back down and nor should you. In fact, the gifts are a sign to the world around us that God is alive and well and lives within His followers. Yes, there should be a marked difference between a Christian and non-Christian with the deviation being the seal of the Spirit and I for one want to shine His light brightly to all who care to look.