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Gifts of The Spirit
A Study in Scriptural Integrity:
Blessed With All Spiritual Blessings
Sometimes understanding of an aspect of revelation is developed plainly through a careful study of the parts of Scripture dealing with the subject.
That the Christian can do what is necessary to do the will of God is made clear in Scripture.
The Christian has spiritual “tools” to work with that previous peoples did not have.
First, the Christian is blessed with all spiritual blessings.
"Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
"Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"
In the Church epistle to Ephesus, Paul writes to the saints and faithful at Ephesus.
Some believe saints are "special holy people," generally who are deceased, who have an exalted position.
If they were dead and in Heaven Paul would have no reason to write to them.
"Saints" simply means "the sanctified people," specifically the sanctified people of the Church. In other words it is about the members of the Body of Christ. You and I.
He writes this to the faithful. Faithful are those who continually try to do the word of the Lord. Those who are faithful among the Church can better relate to what is written in this segment.
Want to better understand Ephesians? Stay faithful. It is, after all, then about your life.
After reminding the faithful in Christ that God's will is grace and peace, Paul then writes, by revelation of Jesus Christ, that the saints and the faithful (not just the faithful) are blessed with every spiritual blessing.
Not one spiritual blessing, not a few, not even most.
We as Christians are all blessed with all spiritual blessings.
We have the total package, through faith of Christ.
Was this total package always available? No. Prior to Christ ascending into heaven, the benefits were conditional and limited. Look at the Book of Acts.
"The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
"Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
"To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:"
Acts takes up at the point the former treatise, the Gospel of Luke, was leaving off. There is some overlap and Acts looks at slightly different angles.
Jesus is giving last minute instructions before leaving to sit at the right hand of God, i.e., to receive the promise of his glory.
"And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
"For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."
After Jesus was to ascend, his chosen were to wait until they received a very special promise from God that they had been told of.
What was this promise? We will soon find out.
But Jesus then says, "For John truly baptized with water; you shall be baptized in something else, in "the Holy Ghost."
Holy Ghost is actually "pnuema hagion," holy spirit.
They would be washed, not literally or “truly” in water like John did, but in something else, something greater.
They would be baptized in spirit, washed clean, and furthermore, the cleansing spirit would be holy, special.
John ceremonially cleansed for spiritual things: this holy spirit cleansing would be the real deal.
"When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
"And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
He was teaching the things pertaining to the Kingdom: this was a valid question.
But they were to concern themselves not with the establishment of the Kingdom, but with this baptism.
The details of the Kingdom are God's business, for His eyes only.
But with this baptism, they would receive power.
They would not merely receive the promise of a future benefit. They would receive power. Usable power.
And receive is the Greek word "lambano," and it literally means to use what is received.
And with this power they would be witnesses.
They would not merely speak nice, loving doctrines and do charitable social deeds having good intentions.
They would receive power.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
"Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
"Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
"Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee."
Prior to the receiving of this baptism in holy spirit, God would still bless His adopted children Israel. We often criticize Israel as lesser children. That is not our place. David, for instance, was a man after God's own heart. That's a hard accomplishment to claim superiority over.
He had the Spirit of God upon him. Not the same way as the Christian, as we have seen in this series and will expound on further.
But here he says to God, "take not your holy spirit from me."
Then, with the Holy Spirit of God in his life, David says he will teach transgressors God's ways, and sinners will be converted to Him.
You see, the Spirit upon David could be taken away, and speaking by revelation, David comments upon this fact. King Saul had the Spirit upon him. But he turned away from faith and it was taken away.
He no longer had the power of God active in his life, but the Psalmist wants a “clean heart,” a renewed spirit.
Then he could reach out to others, for he would have the enablements.
When God refers to Himself in Scripture as "The Holy Ghost" or "The Holy Spirit," it is in reference to His power manifested. As you have power to move things and do works with your body, God has power to move and do through His, which is spirit.
When a man has the Spirit of God with him, he has power.
Power to witness and do wondrous works.
Power to heal and bring salvation.
Witnessing power, with which to glorify God.
Power to glorify the God-chosen man, Jesus Christ.
"And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are one."
"Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
We are one with God and Jesus, the same way they are one, through the unity this holy spirit provides.
With the Holy Spirit of God upon him, Jesus could say, "I and my Father are one."
They were one in purpose, one in standards, one in doctrine, because Jesus always did his Father's will.
And he had the power of the Holy Spirit of God upon him with which to do the works.
Now, we have that in us.
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Here appears to be a discrepancy.
The other references to baptism say we are to be baptized "in holy spirit," not in the name of the Holy Ghost.
We are to be cleansed in the name of Jesus.
And we receive holy spirit.
Yet we know Scripture is true.
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
See? Peter failed to mention "the name of the Father, and the Holy Ghost."
And not once is it recorded in Scripture that anyone was actually baptized "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
Several purges of Christian leaders and of Christian writing took place at the later part of the third Century and the early part of the fourth Century A.D.
One was done was done by supporters of Bishop Arius of Alexandria, who differed from other gnostic Alexandrian sects and for a while exerted tremendous influence over Constantine, Emporor of Rome. Arius rejected the belief introduced by the letters of Ogiden in 254 A.D. that Jesus and God were one substance rather than one figuratively.
However, a rival gnostic Alexandrian sect controlled by Constantine II ruled against Arius at the Council of Trent, and introduced the Trinity formula first drafted in 254 by Origen. Origen also promoted the fallacy that Jesus was actually physically sired by the Roman soldier Panthera and was never actually raised by Joseph. This same man is the originator of the Trinity doctrine we hold so dear.
Shortly afterward, in 325 AD after the first Nicean Council, a burning of heretical literature began, including Bibles. The earlier copies were lost, seven compilations (all hand copied) being replaced with new versions in Italy alone.
The writers of Christianity prior to this always quoted Matthew 28:19 as "in my name" rather than "in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost."
Eusebius, himself a proponent of the new doctrine of Nicae, that elevated the Holy Ghost as a third part of God for the first time, had previously quoted Matthew 28:19 as "go therefore, teaching all nations, baptising in my name" no less than 27 times.
The Christian Church never recorded "baptising in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost" as a part of its early liturgy. It was always "baptising in the name of Jesus."
In Mark is another account of Jesus' last instructions to those who were to "tarry until ye receive the promise of the Father."
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
"They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
"So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
"And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen."
This promise, that they would cast out devils, and speak in new tongues, and minister healings, etcetra, was made to "those that believe."
It was not given to "those that are pious and super holy."
It was not given only to "apostles" and "prophets."
It was said of "those that believe."
And this was what was preached and believed:
"Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
"And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
"And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
"And ye are witnesses of these things.
"And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
"And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
"And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven"
Luke's gospel agrees that they would be "endued with," clothed with, power from on high, through the name of Jesus.
"And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.
"Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
"And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:"
These apostles saw the risen Lord, and believed.
What will follow those that believe? The signs of tongues, of healings, of wonders.
They believed, and were to receive the holy spirit.
Were they to receive God Himself, in whole or part? No, not literally, but they were going to literally be receiving the promise of the Father, holy spirit.
This holy spirit was not to be God, it was to be the gift from God, Who is The Holy Spirit.
"And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
"For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
"If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
"Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
In the text, this use of holy spirit is not capitalized. Modern translators raised in the Trinity doctrine assume "Holy Spirit" is a proper noun. It is not. It is a gift, it is a simple noun. It is a thing, not a person.
It is the gift of holy spirit, and as a gift, it is what is given by the Father; it is a good gift.
"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
"Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."
See, here again, after we believe, we receive that promise, holy spirit. Here it is said to be a "seal," a guarantee, of our inheritance. It's proof you are born of God. Proof.
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."
If holy spirit, that holy spirit we are sealed with, is a gift, can it be grieved?
Yes. Spirit is life. Thus, it can be said an ungodly life causes a bad reaction in this life, in this gift of holy spirit life.
But it is a new part of us, still a thing within us, not a personality of its own. If you stick your arm in boiling water, is it not grieved? If you “stick” the new life in you into a sinful body, it is grieved.
But it is still spirit life in you.
The followers of Jesus were told to tarry in Jerusalem until they received this promise, this seal, this gift.
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
"And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
"And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
This promise of the Father had finally arrived.
This day of Pentecost, the creation of the Church of Christ, arrived, and with great fanfare believers in Christ received the promise of the Father, the gift of holy spirit.
This gift was that prophesied by Joel.
The mystery was not revealed as of yet, but this was one of many hints given to Old Testament prophets that something special would appear between Jesus’ earthly ministry and nhis actual rule as King.
"And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
"Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
"And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
"And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
"Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
"Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
"Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
"And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
"Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
"But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
"For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
"But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
"And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
"And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
This was a gift of holy spirit, the gifts and calling of God in this matter being without repentance: He'll not take them back.
Rather, these first twelve received this gift, and then, by the end of this first day, about three thousand were saved.
"And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. "
Three thousand that first day also received the gift, holy spirit. They also, while they yet did not realize it, received "all spiritual blessings." This is the pattern that was followed in the early Church, receiving holy spirit, and bringing it forth by way of speaking in tongues, and manifesting power, and walking in the revelation of God.
"While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
"And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
"For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
"Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
"And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."
Up until this outpouring upon the gentiles, in the house of Cornelius, only Israel had received. The Jews had been told to take the name of Jesus to all nations, but until now they had not.
Now Gentiles had obtained this grace.
Peter became so excited when he heard them speak in tongues, he forgot that baptism in holy spirit was baptism in the name of Jesus, and ordered water baptism.
But in the next chapter, recounting to Israel the event of Gentiles called into the body of the elect, he said,
"And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
"Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
"Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
"When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life."
When Peter heard the Gentiles manifest the gift of holy spirit (the texts read "gift of holy spirit," not "gift of the holy spirit") he wanted to water baptize them.
But in recounting the tale to Judean believers, he says he also then remembered the words of the Lord, "but ye shall baptized with the Holy Ghost," with holy spirit.
So he refrained from "resisting God." How would he have resisted God? By insisting on water baptism AFTER the Gentiles had been baptized in holy spirit.
This speaking in tongues was the sign that "God gave them the like gift."
While the Scriptures do not mention tongues every time people are saved, it is obvious in this account it was the recognized event. Look at what happens when people are saved but do not speak in tongues.
"Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
"And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
"For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
"And there was great joy in that city.
"But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
"To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
"And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
"But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
"Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
"Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
"Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
"(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) "
Here we again have a problem. The Samarians were baptized in Jesus' name, but had not received holy spirit: it had not "fallen" on them. How could they have known?
How did they know the Gentiles received? They spoke in tongues.
These Samarians had not spoken in tongues yet, and it was such an important thing, that two of the apostles made a special trip to go down to Samaria.
The word "receive" is the word "lambano" in the text. It does not mean they had not been baptized in it, that they were not given the gift. Lambano simply meant they had not used what was given, it was not yet “activated.”
You receive your debit card subjectively the moment it comes in the mail, but “lambano” refers to the time you actually activate it, using it at a point of sale or an ATM, plugging in your PIN for the first time.
Speaking in tongues is our spiritual PIN, it activates not just our “every spiritual blessing” bank account but also our gift of holy spirit, our portable spiritual debit card into that account.
When one is baptized into Christ, he or she does not need water, or need to wait for holy spirit. They receive holy spirit, only they "dechomai" it, which means they receive without using.
When they use it, when they speak in tongues or do one of the other things that can be done with holy spirit, they "lambano."
The norm in the early Church upon receiving holy spirit was to lambano, receive, into manifestation by speaking in tongues.
Do you need to speak in tongues to be saved? Of course not. The Samarians were already baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, maybe having used water like Peter later wanted to do with the Gentiles until he realized it was unnecessary.
Remember, the details of this new Church were not revealed to Paul yet, so these guys were winging it with old teachings and inspired action, along with revelation regarding specific instances.
The doctrine for the Church as revealed in the Mystery was first given to Paul.
So Peter and John went down, prayed for them, and they lambano'd holy spirit. Things were right again.
It was the norm.
"Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost."
This was the norm for the early church even into the next century. Even as late as 177 AD, Irenaeus records in "Against Heresies":
"Christians still heal the blind, deaf, and chase away all sorts of demons. Occasionally the dead are raised...
"Some Christians do certainly and truly drive out devils, so that those who have thus been cleansed from evil spirits frequently both believe in Christ, and join themselves to the Church. Others have foreknowledge of things to come: they see visions, and utter prophetic expressions. Others still, heal the sick by laying their hands upon them, and they are made whole. Yea, moreover, as I have said, the dead even have been raised up, and remained among us for many years. The Church does not perform anything by means of angelic invocations, or incantations, or by any other wicked curious art; but, directing her prayers to the Lord...
"Those who are "perfect" are those who have received the Spirit of God, and who through the Spirit of God do speak in all languages, as he, Himself, used also to speak. In like manner we do also hear many brethren in the Church, who possess prophetic gifts, and who through the Spirit speak all kinds of languages, and bring to light for the general benefit the hidden things of men, and declare the mysteries of God, whom also the apostle terms "spiritual," they being spiritual because they partake of the Spirit, and seek spiritual understanding to become purely spiritual..."
Yes, just as Peter explained in Acts chapter two when he said "this is like that spoken of by the prophet Joel."
These workings of the holy spirit are again a witness, for as we read that Ireneaus wrote,
"Some Christians do certainly and truly drive out devils, so that those who have thus been cleansed from evil spirits frequently both believe in Christ, and join themselves to the Church. "
When Peter with the eleven stood up on Pentecost and manifested, lambano'd holy spirit by speaking in tongues, it was a witness. Many believed and asked, "what do we do?"
"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
"For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call."
They were to be baptized every one in the name of Jesus Christ.
Washed spiritually in everything the name of Jesus represents.
Jesus the son of God, risen by God from the dead and seated at God's right hand, is the way to salvation, the only way to God's heart.
Once given, the believer is blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ.
Can you too speak in tongues, and be clothed with power from on high?
You can if you have accepted the truths revealed in Romans 10:9 about Jesus.
If Jesus, whom you believe God raised from the dead, is master, lord, of your life, yes.
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
"For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
"Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
"And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
"And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
"For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
"In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
"In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."
In Christ you are no more separated from God.
In Christ, you are one with God, and with the saints, the people of the Church.
In Christ you are built with the household of believers into a holy temple, a habitation, unto God.
In Christ God lives and dwells in you.
Speaking in tongues is only one witness, only one function of holy spirit.
"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant."
I Cor. 12:1
Paul seems to say that concerning spiritual gifts we are not to be ignorant.
But the words "spiritual gifts" are from the texts the one word, "pneumatikos," which means "spiritual matters," and makes no reference to any gifts.
We are not to be ignorant of spiritual matters.
This section does not only concern itself with spiritual gifts, although there are subsections in it that do. A gift is a specific thing given. A “matter” may be anything pertaining to the spiritual realm.
"Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
"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."
I Cor. 12:2-3
At the moment one confesses the risen Jesus as Lord, he or she dechomais salvation. He or she cannot at that moment, or when that salvation manifests, curse Jesus nor do anything but confess him as Lord if he or she speaks in tongues.
Before, he or she was led, by the world, and could go no further. Now, he or she, in other words you, can know the truth.
"Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit."
I Cor. 12:4
Yes, certain things in the Bible are gifts. Ephesians five mentions the five "gift" ministries, because the ministry of a person who is a prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher or apostle is a gift to the people who benefit.
The seed of holy spirit is a gift.
Certain acts of God are gifts to the specific people who receive.
And whoever receives a healing has received a gift, though the power providing the gift is a manifestation of spirit power.
These gifts are all different, but the same spirit behind them.
"And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord."
I Cor. 12:5
Yes, the rules of different periods of time may have differences.
Abraham was only responsible to avoid idolatry, live honestly, and obey what little he knew of God.
The Israelites were responsible to obey over 900 regulations.
John added baptism.
Now we are under a rule, an administration, of grace.
Each is different, but the heart of each was to look forward to and/or at the promise of Jesus Christ, the same Lord.
"And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. "
I Cor. 12:6
The details of the Spirit of God upon and the gift of spirit within, whether obeying 900 laws or simply abstaining from idolatry, the act of looking toward a Messiah or of acknowledging his arrival, all differ. But it is one God working in all, all things must have homogeneous logic.
"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal."
I Cor. 12:7
Yes, gifts, administrations, and operations all differ so that without thought and study, it is often impossible to discern the rhyme or reason.
But the manifestation of spirit, the evidence that spiritual power is being utilized in the physical realm, is given to every man. The ability to manifest in all ways spirit may be manifested is without the differences many spiritual matters have.
Since all Christians are baptized in spirit, all can manifest when needed, in timely fashion can do everything that spirit can do.
Whether or not to use an aspect of that power depends on whet is needed at the moment.
"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
"To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
"To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:"
I Cor. 12:8-10
"For to one..."
One what? One man? No, this refers back to the nearest relative noun, which is the word "profit."
For one profit is given the word of wisdom, for another profit word of knowledge, on down the line.
The aspects differ, for there are nine profitable ways the spirit is manifested. Tongues, tongues with interpretation, etcetra.
But the manifestation is given to every man.
Every Christian can manifest, every Christian has the full measure of faith, as Romans 12:3 declares.
And the manifestation of spirit has nine aspects.
Can you speak in tongues? Well, is Jesus your Lord? The answer is the same for both questions.
You can speak in tongues, you can interpret, you can prophesy, you can receive knowledge, wisdom, and discerning of spirit, you can walk in supernatural faith, you can work miracles and healings.
Are there "rules" to follow, ways in which these work? Yes, and we will learn them.
But you already have them, for you have the gift itself, holy spirit.
And the nine ways this gift manifests itself are also in you, waiting for a walk with the Lord Jesus Christ to bring them out, as God works in you to will and do of His good pleasure.
"But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."
I Cor. 12:1-11
You see? All of these are worked by that selfsame spirit that you already have, and all are divided as he, the man, wills.
Is it not as the spirit wills? No, the spirit is a gift of life in you.
"As he wills" refers to the "man." It refers to, as you will to act.
You are the deciding factor.
And as you learn from the Scriptures, which is the operating manual for this gift of holy spirit, you will learn to manifest spirit, which is the promise of the Father, which is power from on high!
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"Speaking in Tongues"
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