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2/20/2011 ~ Drinking of One Spirit


Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:
... ~ 1st Corinthians 12:1-3


~ We need to be of One Spirit.
The Bible lists nine supernatural gifts from God.

... There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. ...
~ 1st Corinthians 12:4-11


Miraculous Gifts Given Through the Holy Spirit
1. Word of wisdom
2. Word of knowledge
3. Faith
4. Healings
5. Working of miracles
6. Prophecy
7. Discerning of spirits
8. Different kinds of tongues 
9. Interpretation of tongues

... by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - ... - and have
all been made to drink into one Spirit. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:12-13


God teaches the truth universally.

... God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with
various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, ... ~ Hebrews 2:2-4


These are extraordinary gifts that can not just be conjured up.    
Real Miracles involve no debate as they are without argument.


What these nine Gifts did:       

                   1. Confirmed it was coming from God
                   2. Established the New Testament church

It was to profit all ~

... manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: ...
~ 1st Corinthians 12:7


~ It was to benefit all.  
It was to Glorify Him.


For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 14:33

\ | /   
It speaks of how great God is.
/ | \   
... for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 12:8


... now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, ... ~ Ephesians 3:1-7


Word of Wisdom = One Religion

┌─> Resisted the Holy Spirit.                                
"... always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, ..." ~ Acts 7:51-53
└─> Does one choose God's way or construct a self-chosen way?      
              └─> A way of self-gratification and personal exaltation?

Knowledge and wisdom ...
Today, we get the Holy Spirit by reading the Bible.

Miraculous Faith was given in the 1st century to launch the Gospel.

... to another faith by the same Spirit, to another
gifts of healings by the same Spirit, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 12:9


Healings were not marginal –
  └─> Cripples Walking
          └─> Blind Seeing
                         └─> Lepers Cured
                                     └─> Dead Raised

"... In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." ~ Acts 3:6

We can not deny miraculous healings.

... to another the working of miracles, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 12:10

... But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. ...
~ Acts 28:3-6


... And these signs will follow those who believe: ... they will take up
serpents; ... it will by no means hurt them; ... ~ Mark 16:15-20


Jesus said that signs would follow Him.

... to another prophecy, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 12:10

Prophesies = The Word of God through the mouths of men

... he who prophesies edifies the church. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 14:3-5

... I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came
through the revelation of Jesus Christ. ~ Galatians 1:11-12



... to another discerning of spirits, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 12:10

... But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filed your heart
to lie to the Holy Spirit ..." ~ Acts 5:1-11


Peter was able to discern the spirits.


... to another different kinds of tongues, to another
the interpretations of tongues. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 12:10


                    ┌─> To bring to light God’s own message for sealing His church.
Tongues – Equipped to speak languages of the Earth.
  └─> Something uttered that could be understood.

It was all meant to help people believe in God’s only begotten, Christ.


... "With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people;
And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me," ... ~ 1st Corinthians 14:21-22


Knowledge, wisdom, faith, healings, miracles, tongues, prophesizing.

... all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 12:12


Not a multiplicity of ways.


THE WAY NOT THE WAYS

        \   |   /
... have all been made to drink into one Spirit. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:13
        / | \

Today, people believe in many different ways.
↙                                                                             
Over time, this has been done through various charismatic individuals.


Charismatics = Believe they have gifts

All these religions claim the Holy Spirit directs them:

  1. Catholics
  2. Methodists
  3. Presbyterians
  4. Lutherans
  5. Baptists
  6. Mormons
  7. Jehovah Witnesses
  8. 7th Day Adventists
  9. Etc.
If they were all put in separate rooms ...                                       
                            ... to receive instructions from the Holy Spirit ...


CATHOLIC
METHODIST
PRESBYTERIAN
JEHOVAH WITNESSES
LUTHERAN
BAPTIST
MORMON
7TH DAY ADVENTIST

... they should all emerge with the same doctrine ...                    
                                                ... for the Holy Spirit agrees as One.


... However, they are dramatically opposed to each other.

Concerning the truth, there is only one.


... He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. ...
~ 1st John 4:6


Hears God's Word
  spirit of truth  
     Does not hear God's Word
  spirit of error  

Clearly, there is more error than truth.
→  The Holy Spirit has no schism  ←


For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point,
he is guilty of all. ~ James 2:10


Inside or outside His church?
His church takes precedence over that of man's.
The Lord will not accept deviations in what He has Once Delivered.


HOLY SPIRIT = SPIRIT OF CHRIST

Truth agrees with itself, not molding in intermittent adjustments.
God's true plan includes robust durability and lasting salvation.
Key is Love of Him and a willingness to continually seek out
His true word.


... understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have
all faith, ... but have not love, I am nothing. ~ 1st Corinthians 13:1-2

                                    └─> - It is to employ and obey the Word of God.

Talent does not necessarily mean justification with God.
~ We can trust in our own sincerity, but it is no guarantee.   


Ask, is it God's called for church or a man ordained social gathering?

Digression is a danger involving humans,
leaving or drifting away from God's own true plan.
Reformation is a constant striving to adhere to His once
delivered word, not an extravaganza of extra interjections.


Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God. ~ 1st Corinthians 10:31


DRINKING OF THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH?



 

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