- 1Co 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you
- 1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb
idols, even as ye were led.
Jesus told the church to go into the entire world and preach the gospel
and teach them all things whatsoever He commanded us to teach and do. He
said to heal the sick, cast out devils and preach the kingdom of God is
at hand and that God has commanded everyone to repent in order to be
part of that kingdom.
The gospel is to be preached to the entire world. What is the gospel? It
is the message of salvation by grace through the sacrificial death of
Jesus on the cross. It is the message that we must repent or turn away
from sin and turn to Christ in order to obtain salvation.
Repentance and turning to Christ have to go together. Why? When we are
saved, we are saved from sin. Repentance is necessary to save us from
sin. If we just want Jesus and want to keep our sin, we will not be
truly born again by the spirit of God. In order to do all that Jesus
instructed us to do, we have to have what we call the baptism in the
Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. If we fail to seek Him for these things, we
will not be going forth in the power that the believers need to do all
He said to do.
He doesn't give commandments and then not equip us to do what He
commands. Firstly every gift is given to the body of believers for the
purpose of spreading the gospel.. The sign gifts give accent to what we
are saying is true. It was badly needed in the days when the earth was
full of idolatry and false religion. It is still needed today as we see
all these things flooding back into the world. They are given to teach
new converts, disciple the body of believers, and they are a witness
that God is real and still with us today. They also are a witness
that Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead and is now at the
right hand of the Father in heaven.
The gifts are calling of God are without repentance. He made these
available to His followers and He never once took them back and said
they were not needed any longer. When that which is perfect is come,
that which is in part shall be done away with. That which is
perfect is either the literal 2nd coming of Jesus or else it is
when every person has been saved from sin, living for Jesus, every
person is healed from all disease, every person had come into the
fullness of God that he or she could possibly be, every person is
perfected in the faith. In other words the gifts will not be needed if
every single person on the planet has received the fullness of God and
do not need any teaching, preaching, further knowledge, wisdom healing
The gifts of the spirit were given after Jesus came so who is more
perfect than Jesus as far as one who walked upon the earth? Jesus was
taken away and He sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has to be here
until Jesus returns in person and sets up that which is perfect. Until
every single individual upon the face of the earth is saved from sin and
in no danger or returning to darkness, we will need every gift of the
spirit that is available. The gifts of the spirit would disappear only
if the Holy Spirit was removed.
The written word is indeed infallible and a gift of God. However, the
written would is not what is spoken of as being "When that which is
perfect shall come". The word is given so that we have a foundation in
which to judge whether or not any message of prophecy, interpretation of
tongues, preaching, teaching, signs and wonders is from God.
The Holy Spirit never contradicts the written word. It confirms the
word. If a sign or wonder does not confirm the written word, do not
believe it. I will say that again. If a sign, wonder, miracle,
utterance, prophecy, preaching, teaching does not confirm the word
already given to us, we do not have to accept it.
Jesus said that signs shall follow them that believe and also that signs
follow confirming the word. God gave enough equipment to His followers
so that we are not to abide in darkness and go back into the same sins
and darkness that Jesus saved us out of. In Paul's day all the nations
surrounding Israel were in the spiritual darkness of false religion and
They were led astray by false teachers, false religions and much
darkness. Since the gospel has been preached we have seen light going
into a dark world. We do not see much idolatry as we did then but we do
see that it is making a comeback. Could it be that the church has laid
aside once again the gifts of the spirit like they did in the days after
the death of the apostles?
Without the Holy Spirit we will return to the darkness of the Middle
Ages when the Holy Spirit was ignored or suppressed in the church of
that day. We need every gift that God gives or else we will not be able
to discern the false from the real. Idolatry should never be able to
return to the church but it has in many places.
Because of misuse and abuse of spiritual gifts, because of counterfeits
and people getting in the flesh, we are starting to shy away from the
gifts that will keep us from being deceived and help us to worship God
in spirit and in truth. In other words we are throwing the baby out with
- 1Co 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the
Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus
is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
A person can mimic someone saying that Jesus is accursed or mimic
someone saying that Jesus is Lord but someone speaking by the Holy
Spirit cannot call Jesus accused. No one can say that Jesus is Lord and
mean it except by the Holy Spirit.
- 1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
- 1Co 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same
- 1Co 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God
which worketh all in all.
Notice the word here. The same God which works. It is a work of God not
man when we operate under the anointing and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
- 1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to
First of all we must not make the mistake of getting spiritual gifts
mixed up with natural talents or abilities that we are born with or with
those tendencies that we are inclined to be good at as we develop and
grow into adults. Those too come from God but are given to people
whether or not they have been born again by the spirit.
Spiritual gifts are all together different. Although God uses
individuals who may be spiritually available or what we call "prayed up"
and not spiritually asleep, these gifts are given to the body of
believers who have formerly been saved by the blood of Christ and filled
with the spirit.
They are primarily for the spreading of the gospel and bringing souls to
Jesus Christ, they are used for edifying the body of Christ and
confirming the already written word of God which is to be preached and
They are never given to anyone so that we can get up and tell everyone
we have the gift of "such and such" so that we can exalt ourselves above
everyone else and be looked upon as a super spiritual person. We have
nothing that the least one among us if anyone can be called "least", can
have if they seek God and ask for it.
The mistake some make is this: They assume if God wants them to have a
certain gift, He will just give it and they don't have to seek. If we do
not have to seek for these things, why does Paul say in 1 Corinthians 14
to seek earnestly the best gifts.
We need to do more praying as a body earnestly seeking as a corporate
body the best gifts to be put into us as a body. God sees and knows our
needs and what is good for us as a local body of believers. We need to
see Him to pour out His spirit and bring the gifts that are needed for
this local fellowship that we have here. We can pray for other believers
of course but we canít really seek on their behalf, they have to do it.
We must seek for this locality that we have the opportunity to be part
of. He is not just going to pour out gifts upon us if we have the
attitude that we couldn't care less whether or not anything spiritual is
These gifts are given to the body to profit spiritually. Itís very
important that we get this part. So many have messed this up and have
caused many non-Pentecostal denominations to think we are not right. It
is not given for a side show; to individuals for their own profit, fame
or prestige. It is given to edify the local body in which we find
ourselves in. We may be used of God outside the local church such as
hospital visits, home visitation, witnesses to the lost etc. but that is
still functioning within the local body.
People that are used to ministering the gifts as the spirit directs are
in no way more spiritual, better or higher up than other members who
have not yet been used by the Holy Spirit as least not visibly. We
have nothing that anyone else, great or small cannot receive. It is not
"ours", it still belongs to God who gave them to us. We are to consider
ourselves vessels and ministers of the spirit, not objects to be
idolized above anyone else.
For an example of what I mean. We have a building here that we set aside
to worship God and learn more of God in this local building. It is
considered our place of worship. It doesnít belong to just me or just
the local pastor. It belongs to all of us. This is how the gifts work.
They are for the whole body of Christ and not just one or two
Although we have a building here sometimes only one or two may show up
to worship. That is how it works with the gifts of the spirit. It could
be only one or two are in tune with the spirit and have been praying,
continually in touch with God and willing to be available to the Holy
Spirit. If we all sat around watching TV and never seek the face of God,
I doubt if the Holy Spirit can move on us to do anything.
That may be why we usually only see certain individuals who are used in
the gifts of the spirit. It really is not meant to be that way. We all
should be seeking God and be willing to allow His spirit to fill us and
then use us as the Holy Spirit leads, not according to our will.
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