Sunday, May 17, 2015

Paul's Epistles - 1 Corinthians Part 24 – Spiritual Gifts

Paul's Epistles - 1 Corinthians
Part 24 – Spiritual Gifts
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

Paul's letter to the church in Corinth, was addressing the things he had heard about them, including incest, adultery, over-spiritualized behaviors, wandering away from the Word of God, and an overall pride about them.

Paul has corrected the Corinthian Churches view about the division; Christ is head of the church, no one else. He also let them know that the power comes from God, and they should be humble, not conceited and over-spiritual.

He warned them not to go beyond what is written.

He addressed their pseudo-faith and spiritual activity of abstaining from intimate relations with their spouses, explaining this was the root of their immoral behavior.

He also warned them against lawsuits with other believers, saying the only reason they could not come to terms together inside the church was because of their pride and arrogance.

He instructed them to be content in their situations, so as to quench the immoral behavior that was coming from discontent, and selfish ambition. Paul warned about becoming a stumbling block to other believers if we have certain knowledge that they do not possess.

Paul explained again about Christian Liberties, and about God's Will, and last week explained Communion.

This week we will see Paul talking about Spiritual Gifts. Why, because the Church in Corinth was behaving badly, selfishly, sinfully, and Paul was trying to correct their path.

Committing a sin is one thing, however, living in that sin is another, Paul explained this to us a few chapters back when he talked about Israel and how those who died in their sin never saw the Promised Land.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE I Corinthians 12:1 - 11

Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

                   I.            IS HE CURSED OR LORD?
a.      About the Gifts
                                                                         i.      Paul is speaking of the 9 gifts he spoke of in verse 8-10
1.      Wisdom - information concerning the future of people, places or things.

2.      Knowledge - concerns the past or present relative to persons, place or things. "the word of knowledge", meaning a "small amount".

3.      Faith - special faith

4.      Healing - prayers for the sick

5.      Miracles - extraordinary things

6.      Prophecy - this is for edification, exhortation, and comfort (I Corinthians 14:3), this has nothing to do with the OFFICE of Prophet.

7.      Discernment - whether the Spirit of God, human spirits or evil

8.       Tongues - the kind meant to be interpreted.

9.      Interpretation of Tongues.

                                                                      ii.      Brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed (LIT. Ignorant) The Spirit of God speaking through Paul wants the Church to know about these gifts.o

b.     You were influenced, led astray by mute idols
                                                                         i.      Before they knew God they were led by superstition and witchcraft

c.      If you are led by God's Holy Spirit
                                                                         i.      You cannot say Jesus is cursed
1.      The Spirit of God would never do such a thing.

2.      Anyone who does say this is not led by the Spirit of God.

3.      This is done by word, action (behavior) or deed.

                                                                      ii.      You can say Jesus is Lord
1.      Because it is the Holy Spirit alone who reveals the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

               II.            ONE GOD
a.      Different Gifts but one Spirit
                                                                         i.      The Holy Spirit never contradicts Himself

b.     Different kinds of service (administrations, ministries, offices) but one Lord
                                                                         i.      Christ is the one who assigns the different Ministries

                                                                      ii.      The Holy Spirit then carries out the function

                                                                   iii.      Christ never contradicts Himself.
1.      We have three Deacons chosen to serve this church
a.      Bud Kramer
b.     Kurt Ulman
c.      Dale Keel
d.     Just because you may help one Sunday, does NOT make you a deacon.

2.      Their office is to serve the church and people in it as described in scripture. There are certain qualifications they must meet according to scripture, and they each received a certificate designating them as Deacons, as well as a book full of scripture verses describing their office as such.

3.      This office is different than Elder, which is someone called by God to serve as Spiritual Leader in the Church.

a.      Voting for a deacon is the only place in scripture where you see an actual "vote" take place for any office in a church.

4.      Different administrations, ministries, offices, but all serving the same Lord.

c.      Different kinds of workings but one God
                                                                         i.      Referring to the different ways the Gifts work

                                                                      ii.      But one God who authors all of this for one purpose, His Will

            III.            ALL OF THIS IS FOR ONE COMMON GOOD
a.      Various Spiritual Gifts serve God's purpose
                                                                         i.      If the gifts are allowed to function properly, they profit ALL
b.     No one person has them all
                                                                         i.      This would defeat God's will of congregations.

                                                                      ii.      The only people I have ever seen claiming to have all the gifts were TV evangelists wanting to cheat people out of their money.

                                                                   iii.      Scriptures make it clear, the gifts are distributed as the Holy Spirit sees fit, and are for the building, strengthening, and edification of the church, not selfish gain and riches.

c.      But they all work to the good of the Body of Christ (the church)


vs 11 All these (Spiritual Gifts, services, ministries, offices, and the ways the gifts work) are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

The Holy Spirit determines the distribution. Men and women cannot impart Gifts to other individuals. That is the domain of the Spirit alone!

You may desire certain gifts and pray for them as scripture says in I Corinthians 14.

Paul explains the gifts and their purposes again in hopes of correcting the path of the Corinthian church.

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