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Holy Spirit

Here Are A Few Thoughts That May Encourage You to Look into This Matter Further:

 Contents

NOTES FOR BOOK ON FILLING OF Holy Spirit

A simple formula for testing the word:

There is a difference between

Show the connection to OT promises - for the scholars!

Old Testament prophesy and statements.   

The sign of Tongues:

The stuttering lips

The Blessing of Abraham

New Testament revelation on an Old Testament promise:

Abraham  & THE Promise  ( Gal 3:2&14

The significance of "THE”

The Spirit of THE Promise

The word "THE" is the definite article.

This is the ONLY promise to be called “THE”

Tongues of fire ( rushing wind

NOTES ON ACTS CHAP. 2

Who is the Baptiser of the Spirit

Why did Jesus promise the Spirit?

THE IMPLICATION OF "DO ALL SPEAK IN TONGUES?

THE IMPLICATION OF "HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT SINCE YOU BELIEVED?"

THE STATEMENT "TONGUES HAVE CEASED":

Has knowledge vanished away?

The fruit of the Spirit is:

THE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT

Basis of Jesus teaching is to be “born again”.

The WITH and IN of John 14:16-17

The teaching concerning the safety factors

Confident if we ask

BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

The Underling & Real answer to the disciples question.

Every Saved person has the Holy Spirit & can “speak in tongues”.

Do we have to "WAIT" today?

A good look at the use of tongues and the first time receiving and filling of the Holy Spirit in the book of ACTS.

There are five cases of first time receiving of the Holy Spirit.

Of these five cases TONGUES IS MENTIONED AS THE SIGN OF RECEIVING:

The similarity of these five cases

There were 4 basic groups

Notes on the 5 cases:

Day of Pentecost

The meaning of the word "GIFT"

Look at the "Baptised in the Holy Spirit" only used for initial outpouring on the church

Tongues as the sign

NOTES ON RE-FILLINGS

The order of events:

SPECIAL NOTE “Why the Apostles did the praying & laying on hands in the 5 cases of initial filling of Holy Spirit

STEPS TO RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT

HOW TO RECEIVE.

NOTES ON RAIN & FORMER / LATTER RAIN

JOB 29:23 – The Rain

JOEL 2:23

The tangle of 1 Cor 12, 13, 14. the difference between a "GIFT" and a "MANIFESTATION"

The “Gifts” of the Spirit

Understanding The Spiritual “Gifts” Given (Lent) to God’s people!

Cease?

A brief background on the “gifts”

The Promise has been fulfilled -

Meaning of Words used in describing Spiritual gifts

THE PURPOSE OF SPIRITUAL MANIFESTATIONS

Helps  “antiempsis”  

Overview “GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT”

All prophecy is to be “judged”

Lets read slowly 1 Cor 12:1-11 again. I will read.

General teachings on Use and Operation found in 1 Cor 14

The Gifts Spelt out in 1 Cor 12.

3 Gifts Of Revelation

3 Gifts Of Power

3 Gifts of Inspiration

3 Gifts Of Revelation

Word of wisdom

What God Knows versus What God Wills

The divine purpose is revealed so that we can follow it.

Word of knowledge

Discerning of spirits

These “gifts” are the seal of God on  His written Word : The Bible is a MIRACLE BOOK.

The greatest of all Gifts - HIS GOODNESS TO LEAD TO SALVATION:

The Revelation or Insight Group

THE “GIFT” OF THE WORD OF WISDOM ON THE OTHER HAND IS:

Wisdom in general is available for all

Wisdom - indeed all miraculous powers ARE defeated by Jealousy

Wisdom - Qualifications to Supervise & Serve on Tables

The gift of the word of wisdom  will  be manifested to every saint in these circumstances

wisdom revealed by the Holy Spirit puts us outside all natural thinking - logical or lateral

Word of Knowledge

Discerning of Spirits

The Gift of Discerning Spirits - Revealed by Holy Spirit

The 3 power gifts

Gift of Faith (manifestation)

The gift of working miracles

The gifts of healing

3 Gifts of Inspiration

Gift Of Prophecy

Gift Of Tongues

Gift Of Interpretation Of Tongues

How to be used in these “gifts”

A WARM UP TEST

Note: Imitators Pay Dearly

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NOTES FOR BOOK ON FILLING OF Holy Spirit

 

Monday, 19 August 2002 – these notes are unfinished – if you find the meaning of a passage unclear just skip it or send me email. They are written to myself for use in this book when I get round to it Danw

Danw AT netwit DOT net DOT au (change the AT to @ & the DOT to . [no spaces]

An important observation is that new converts and children who have never been exposed to contrary teaching. All receive the Holy Spirit and flow in tongues!!! Regardless of race or nominal religion or mother tongue.

A simple formula for testing the word:

1. Jesus taught his disciples to do it in the Gospels.

2. The disciples did it in the Acts.

3. The apostles then taught it the epistles.

There is a difference between

baptising the church with the Holy Spirit of promise & us individually receiving the fullness of this promise. In the same way we describe events of God as “God moving by his spirit - rather than saying “God is pouring more of his Holy Spirit out from his reserves that he has kept locked up in heaven until now” The church has been baptised in the Holy Spirit since the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 because Jesus has been glorified.

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Show the connection to OT promises - for those who like to study the Word!

Old Testament prophesy and statements.  

Joel 2:28-32

̃  Joel2:28 (KJV)

̃  "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:"

̃  Joel2:29 (KJV)

̃  "And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit."

̃  FULFILLED IN ACTS 2:16

[KJV]   ACT 2:16 - 17

̃  ACT 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;  ACT 2:17 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: 

̃  Joel2:30 (KJV)

̃  "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke."

̃  Joel2:31 (KJV)

̃  "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come."

̃  Joel2:32 (KJV)

̃  "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call."

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The sign of Tongues:

The stuttering lips

Isaiah 28:11-12

̃  Isa 28:11 (KJV)

̃  "For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people."

̃  Isa 28:12 (KJV)

̃  "To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear."

̃ Fulfilled in

̃  1 Corinthians 14:21 KJV

̃  21 In the law it is written,  With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

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̃  All flesh -- just as salvation is intended for all men everywhere in all times so is The Promise of The Spirit given to everybody through salvation.

̃ Joel 2:28  all flesh KJV

̃  28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

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̃  Acts 1:8 KJV

̃  8 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. 

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̃  Acts 2:16-21 KJV

̃  16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 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: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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̃  It may be difficult to grasp the first but when you understand Paul contrasts praying in the spirit and praying in the understanding in the first Corinthians -- that is praying in tongues and praying in a language that you know -- you begin to understand the when the Bible says praying in the holy spirit it is referring to speaking in tongues. Praying in tongues is a language that you have never learnt.  (I'll deal with this later)

̃  Jude 1:20 KJV

̃  20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

̃  1 Corinthians 12:13-14 KJV

̃  13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  14 For the body is not one member, but many.

̃  John the Baptist. Mat 3:11 (KJV)

̃  "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:"

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The Blessing of Abraham

Heb 6:14 & 16

Hebrew uses a double up of the word to emphasise the meaning: blessing – blessing, multiply – multiply. The same is used in the original curse = dying you will die (one could say the to the degree that death came so blessing & multiplication comes. The ultimate blessing is unbroken fellowship with God. The ultimate multiplication is fruitfulness.

̃  Heb 6:14 (KJV)

̃  "Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee."

̃  Heb6:16 (KJV)

̃  "For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife."

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It is the Law and the Spirit that are contrasted - Pentecost and Sinai.. In the OT every filling or flowing on of the spirit was but for a moment or a season - the spirit came on the saints and then left them - in the NT it is better. The Spirit comes on and dwells in the saints and does not leave them.

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New Testament revelation on an Old Testament promise:

Abraham  & THE promise  - Gal 3:2&14

Galatians reveals the real promise.

̃  Gal 3:2 (KJV)

̃  "This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?"

̃  Gal 3:14 (KJV)

̃  "That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."

This needs reading and showing clearly to see  how important that God’s people are able to receive the Holy Spirit without limitations of time, power or space. This is the great age that all OT prophets looked forward to the time of the “earnest” of the promise.

 

̃  Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

The ultimate glory is that we are made fit for fellowship by God by being filled with the Spirit. To be filled with the Spirit we have to be saved first. The gospel is preached so that we can believe be saved and receive the blessing of Abraham - the spirit

It should be understood that as soon as you are saved you receive the Holy Spirit - seeing He is God He cannot be received in part.

 

This makes traditional Pentecostal teaching: first saved then baptised in Holy Spirit; double portion and latter rain a bit hard to swallow. These teachings should be adjusted to that they are seen in the correct light. I might get time for this later. I certainly want to deal with the thought that “you need to be baptised in the Holy Spirit after you are saved”. Actually you need to receive the fullness of the out flowing (the whole vessel filled to overflowing) of the Holy Spirit after you are saved. When you are saved you immediately receive the Holy Spirit. The church was baptised with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. We will see that each individual does not get individually baptised in the spirit. There is one baptism for each believer.

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The significance of "THE”

The significance of "THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER" and the use of the definite article. Only promise of the Father that is called THE promise

Luke 24:49 (KJV)

̃  "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."

Acts 1:4 (KJV)

̃  "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."

̃  Acts2:33 KJV

̃  33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

̃  Acts2:39 KJV

̃  39 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.

̃  Galatians3:14 KJV

̃  14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

̃  Hebrews6:15 KJV

̃  15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

̃  Gal 3: 7 – 18; 22; 29

̃  7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.  16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

̃  22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

̃  29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The Spirit of THE Promise

̃  THAT PROMISE

̃  Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV

̃  13 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, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

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̃  Acts 2:32-33 KJV

̃  32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

̃  Gal3:29 (KJV)

̃  "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to THE promise."

̃  Luke 24:49 (KJV)

̃  "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."

̃  Acts 1:4 (KJV)

̃  "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."

Of all the hundreds of promises that God makes this is the only promise that especially uses the definite article -THE!

The word "THE" is the definite article.

The Greek language is even more particular in its usage than English is and in our language the definite article is used to separate an object for individual notice. If I told one of my children to go to get the babies nappies from the car that was parked in the church parking lot during the Sunday morning meeting they would hardly go and ask one of the deacons for the car keys to their car in order to get into it. The children would know that I was talking about MY car - in my household they would even know that I was not referring to my wife's car or even one of my children'' cars. The use of the word "THE" CAR is so strong that they would immediately know which car to go to. Specially as they know from experience how fussy I am about my car - who drives it why the seat and the mirrors were not returned to their original positions and why the tank was not topped up after someone else had used it. I have made such a fuss about my car in the general course of things that I can add emphasis by using the term "THE" and immediately all the others cars in the world pale into insignificance. A bit far fetched you think BUT in practice this is the truth. Jesus had spent most of His last months of ministry preparing his disciples (since John was beheaded) for his death and ascension. He spent hours and the chapters in the gospels bear this out teaching them that he would have to depart in order that the Holy Spirit could come. That they would be greater and freer and more multiplied when his presence in the flesh was replaced by the Holy Spirit.

This is the ONLY promise to be called “THE”

Anyway this is the only promise in the bible that is called THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER. Even in Galatians Paul speaks of the coming of the seed but lays greater emphasis on THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT.

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Tongues of fire - rushing wind

Pentecost corresponded to the Jewish feast of that name, which was primarily the feast of first-fruits, and afterward became also the feast of the giving of the law on Sinai, and in this twofold import was fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Ghost and the founding of the Christian church." Both revelations of the divine law," writes Jerome to Fabiola, "took place on the fiftieth day after the Passover; the one on Sinai, the other on Zion; there the mountain was shaken, here the temple; there, amid flames and lightnings, the tempest roared and the thunder rolled, here, also with mighty wind, appeared tongues of fire; there the sound of the trumpet pealed forth the words of the law, here the cornet of the gospel sounded through the mouth of the apostles."[1]

 

Thus God promised through Jeremiah, “I will write my Torah on their hearts.” This he does as he gives his Holy Spirit (v. 4). The same one God gives both Torah and Spirit (which thus are in a sense one) on the same one holiday, Shavu, to the same one people, the Jewish people, stretching through history from the fire on Mount Sinai to the tongues of fire at Jerusalem (vv. 2–3&N).

The Jewish New Testament Commentary, (Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications) 1996.

 

2–3  Roar of a violent wind …. tongues of fire which separated. God emphasized the connection between the Torah and the Ruach HaKodesh by giving both with similar miraculous signs. The roar and fire in Jerusalem recalled the fire, smoke and sounds at Sinai (Exodus 19:18–19, Deuteronomy 5:19–21). However, instead of God’s people being kept away (Exodus 19:21–23; Deuteronomy 5:22–24), God’s glory, represented by the tongues of fire, came to each individual.

The Jewish New Testament Commentary, (Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications) 1996.

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NOTES ON ACTS CHAP. 2

Verse 1

When the day of Pentecost was fully come — The feast of Pentecost was celebrated fifty days after the Passover, and has its name  from , fifty, which is compounded of , five, and , the decimal termination. It commenced on the fiftieth day reckoned from the first day of unleavened bread, i.e. on the morrow after the paschal lamb was offered. The law relative to this feast is found in Leviticus 23:15, 16, in these words: And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave-offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days. This feast was instituted in commemoration of the giving the law on Mount Sinai; and is therefore sometimes called by the Jews,   , the joy of the law, and frequently the feast of weeks. There is a correspondence between the giving of the law, which is celebrated by this feast of Pentecost, together with the crucifixion of our Lord, which took place at the Passover, and this descent of the Holy Spirit, which happened at this Pentecost.

1.      At the Passover, the Israelites were delivered from Egyptian bondage: this was a type of the thraldom in which the human race were to Satan and sin.

2.     At the Passover Jesus Christ, who was typified by the paschal lamb, was sacrificed for the sin of the world, and by this sacrifice redemption from sin and Satan is now procured and proclaimed.

3.     On the Pentecost, God gave his law on Mount Sinai, accompanied with thunderings and lightnings. On the Pentecost, God sent down his Holy Spirit, like a rushing mighty wind; and tongues of fire sat upon each disciple, in order that, by his influence, that new law of light and life might be promulgated and established. Thus, the analogy between the Egyptian bondage and the thraldom occasioned by sin — the deliverance from Egypt, and the redemption from sin — the giving of the law, with all its emblematic accompaniments, and the sending down the Holy Spirit, with its symbols of light, life, and power, has been exactly preserved.

4.     At the Jewish Passover, Christ was degraded, humbled, and ignominiously put to death: at the following festival, the Pentecost, he was highly glorified; and the all conquering and ever during might of his kingdom then commenced. The Holy Spirit seems to have designed all these analogies, to show that, through all preceding ages, God had the dispensation of the Gospel continually in view; and that the old law and its ordinances were only designed as preparatives for the new.

Clarke, Adam, Clarke’s Commentary: Acts, (Albany, OR: Ages Software, Inc.) 1999.

 

̃  [KJV]  ACT 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

̃  [NKJ]  ACT 2:3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.

Cloven - in the shape of cloven hoof sitting like a crown on each of them as is so often depicted BUT Upside down the fire stretches over them all with individual tongues lancing down on each of there heads – one spirit filling them all.

 

Rushing swirling mighty wind filling the place

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Who is the Baptiser of the Spirit

Matthew 3:11-17 KJV

The “you” is collective of his church.

̃  11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. 13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Why did Jesus promise the Spirit?

Jesus promised that he would provide them with a Helper & Comforter to assist them when he had gone to His Father.

[KJV]   JOH 16:5 - 7
[John 16:5] But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?

[John 16:6] But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

[John 16:7] Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

the Comforter (Counsellor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby)

 

The Greek word for “comforter” - parakletos - needs at least 7 words in English to bring out its meaning. - comforter, counsellor, helper, advocate, intercessor, strengthener, standby. & more! You can see this with careful study of the KJB

 

We receive “creative” power

The Spirit was there at the creation and now we have him flowing through us!.

[KJV]  [Romans 8:11] But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

We have to walk in this revelation

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THE IMPLICATION OF "DO ALL SPEAK IN TONGUES?

" You will need to understand the difference between a GIFT and a MANIFESTATION see below.

The purpose of this work is to explain this riddle.

1 Cor 12:30 (KJV)

̃  "Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?"

This question has been the cause of much misunderstanding.

 

The purpose of these notes is to put this question into its proper context and to provide a clear statement of understanding.

The simple answer to this question is "NO" - but this is only in a certain context of church order. Outside of questions of church order the answer in a different context should be "YES". This is because we who are truly saved ALL have the Holy Spirit - Please note that you DO NOT have to “speak in tongues” to be saved! (more on this later)

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THE IMPLICATION OF "HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT SINCE YOU BELIEVED?"

Acts 19:2 (KJV)

̃  "He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost."

In other words he asked this question to find out if they were saved & what they believed.

There were 2 classes of believers – disciples John the Baptist & disciples of Jesus – they both believed – one to repentance & one to repentance & the new birth. (maybe I can do more on this later)

 

There is a difference between “given” & “received”. Salvation is given BUT you receive it when you know that you have it.

 

The scriptural answer to this question in the light of the work of salvation is "YES - of course, there can be no regeneration without the Holy Spirit".

The true answer in the context of this particular question to these particular people is "NO".

The simple purpose of this work is to explain this riddle.

It is the same as if you ask someone who says “I am a Christian” - you ask “ARE you Born Again?”. There were two types of disciples - the disciples of Jesus direct and the type who had become disciples via John. Before Jesus died and rose there were two styles of baptism his follows could have had - John’s or the one performed by Jesus’ disciples (Jesus did not baptise) Both these baptisms were “baptisms of repentance only - after Jesus rose from the dead his baptism became one of repentance UNTO LIFE. It was a new baptism - this baptism gave forgiveness of sins and a new life filled with the Holy Spirit. The easiest way to find out which baptism disciples had received was to ask them is they had received the Holy Spirit since they believed – if they said “NO” then they must have been baptised into repentance only – they had not received the Spirit – if they had been baptised with the baptism after the resurrection then they would have received the Holy Spirit & they would have been able to speak with tongues.  The answer meant they had to be baptised again in the new way. (see notes on water baptism)

John 3:30 (KJV)

̃  "He must increase, but I must decrease."

̃  [I’m stilling working on this thread – actually I seem to have lost my work notes for now -19/08/2002]

{This question was never meant to imply 2 stages saved then the spirit as though God had to give each stage separately. It is more that we receive the fullness of each stage separately.}

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THE STATEMENT "TONGUES HAVE CEASED":

 There is a simple answer to this if you read the text.

1 Cor 13:8 (KJV)

̃  "Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."

Has knowledge vanished?   NO.

Are we in a time when prophecies fail?  Hardly.

So why then must tongues ceased?  They haven’t.

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¿Has knowledge vanished away?

[I like the idea of this Spanish pronunciation mark]

3 Types Of Evidence of the Holy Spirit:

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

THE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT

THE manifestation (POWER) OF THE SPIRIT

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The fruit of the Spirit is:

[KJV]  EPH 5:9

For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;

[KJV]  GAL 5:22 – 25

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

[KJV]   GAL 5:23 - 25

GAL 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

GAL 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

GAL 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

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THE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT

The GIFT of the SPIRIT leads to the MANIFESTATIONS of the Spirit.

As will be seen there is receiving the Spirit in a passive way and “receiving” the Spirit in an active way. BY receiving the gift of the Spirit we mean actively speaking out in tongues as a sign of the overflowing outflow as was intended when Jesus was gloried.

 

̃  [KJV]  LUK 11:13 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?

̃  [KJV]  GAL 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

̃  [KJV]  EPH 1:13 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,

̃  [KJV]  LUK 24:49 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.

̃  [KJV]  ACT 1:4 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.

̃  [KJV]  ACT 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

̃  [KJV]  ACT 2:39 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.

THE manifestation (POWER) OF THE SPIRIT

[KJV]  1CO 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "GIFT & "MANIFESTATION" & "BAPTISM"

̃  Mat3:11 (KJV)

̃  "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:"

̃  Acts 1:5 (KJV)

̃  "For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."

̃  Acts10:47 (KJV)

̃  "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?"

̃  Acts11:16 (KJV)

̃  "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."

̃  Acts 19:6 (KJV)

̃  "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."

̃  Mark16:16 (KJV)

̃  "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

On the Day that the church was baptised in the Holy Spirit the GIFT of THE HOLY SPIRIT was made freely available to every believer from the moment that they are saved. This would lead to the Manifestation and Operation and Administration of the Spirit. The operation of all these is as different as the operation of the experience of the actual moment BUT the evidence of this is universal just as the fruit of salvation is.

The emphasis after the day of Pentecost is not of God giving the gift to each believer individually BUT rather on each individual believer RECEIVING THE GIFT THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN GIVEN when He baptised the Church. See John Baptist

Example in Acts 8;14-19 "for as yet He was fallen on none of them! yet they were truly saved.

Example in Acts 2 Peter preached a sequence of repentance with faith which must bring salvation followed by Water Baptism which is subsequent to salvation followed by receiving the Holy Spirit after salvation.

 

In Acts 2:4 does not say that “received the gift of tongues” BUT rather that they spake in tongues. We receive the power to speak in tongues but do not all receive the power to give tongues messages in public meetings

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Basis of Jesus teaching is to be “born again”.

The well and the rivers from the belly

John 4 ; The woman at the well in Samaria.

Isaiah 12:3 KJV

3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

[KJV]   JOH 4:13 - 14
[John 4:13] Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

[John 4:14] But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

This spring of water refers to eternal life.

We now drink of the wells of salvation. It is the work of the Holy Spirit this spirit of regeneration. All born again Christians have the well of salvation that is constantly fed by the spring of the Holy Spirit.

The Spring becomes a river!

The spring within a believer can become an out flowing river.

[KJV]   JOH 7:37 - 39
[John 7:37] In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

[John 7:38] He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

[John 7:39] (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

The river flows deeper & wider.

John 7; The Rivers of Running Water.

Jesus speaks of a well of water that springs up into everlasting. This water was freely available even then to those who believe that Jesus was the Son of God and the Messiah. The water in the well can be received by the world when they believe in Jesus. Even in this conversation Jesus talks of the time yet to come when worshipers will be able to come before God - who is spirit - in spirit and truth. Isa 12;3 the wells of salvation. Jesus invited the woman to drink of the well of everlasting life - he did not invite the people to drink of the rivers of living water in John 7.  When you couple this with John 4 and the well of everlasting which we know to be the Holy Spirit which now the world can receive by receiving Jesus and  John 7 the rivers of living water FLOWING FROM THE BELLY which is to quote "BUT THIS SPAKE HE OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH THEY THAT BELIEVE ON HIM SHOULD RECEIVE (FUTURE TENSE): FOR THE HOLY GHOST WAS NOT YET GIVEN; BECAUSE JESUS WAS NOT YET GLORIFIED"

In the first we drink of the well when we believe on the Name of the Son. The second we have to come to him whom we have already received and believe in and drink. Incidentally this incident is at the temple feast of tabernacles when the sliver water pots are poured out. The feast of tabernacles was a different feast from Passover and was held after they had possessed the land (salvation).

John 4:11 (KJV)

̃  "The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?"

John 7:39 (KJV)

̃  "(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"

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The WITH and IN of John 14:16-17

The expression in John 14;17. -"FOR HE DWELLETH WITH YOU (NOW) AND SHALL BE IN YOU (FUTURE)" denotes a difference and double operation of the Holy Spirit.

Act 8:14 - 19 we see the difference with those who had already believed and been baptised in water. There is no need to be dogmatic about this in view of today’s muddled teachings. 

Act 1:8;

Says you shall receive power AFTER that the Holy Spirit comes upon you. We have a difference of IN You and UPON YOU.

Jesus first breathed out the spirit on his disciples and later he poured out His spirit on them at Pentecost.

John 14;17 Jesus says that the world cannot receive the Spirit and that the Holy Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified. This is an interesting point: the world cannot receive the Holy Spirit as the gift that is the promise of the Father BUT praise God the world can receive the gift of salvation. Jesus said specifically that the water - the flowing rivers of this passage COULD NOT BE RECEIVED. So the Holy Spirit administration and gift spoken of as rivers of living water could NOT be received at that time.

THE COMFORTER John 14:16

The teaching of Jesus concerning the fact of the coming of the comforter..

John 14:14-31 KJV

̃  14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

̃  15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

̃  18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

̃  25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

̃  28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me,  ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

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The teaching concerning the safety factors

Luke 11. You cannot be hurt.

̃  LUK 11:11  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?

̃  LUK 11:12  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

̃  LUK 11:13  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?

You won’t be harmed

You will never get something that will HARM you. Your doubts may hinder you receiving the fullness of the Spirit BUT NEVER result in you being harmed. This is a fact of the Word of God.

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Confident if we ask

We can be confident when we ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit

1 John 5:14 (KJV)

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:"

1 John 5:15 (KJV)

"And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

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BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

This is a command. In other words the word of God expects us to be filled with the Spirit. God has this anticipation.

Eph 5:18

̃  Eph 5:18 (KJV)

"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;"

̃  Eph 5:19 (KJV)

"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;"

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The Underling & Real answer to the disciples question.

Luke 11 “You need the Holy Spirit” Jesus said.

Luke 11:11 (KJV)

̃  "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?"

Luke 11:13 (KJV)

̃  "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?"

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Every Saved person has the Holy Spirit & can “speak in tongues”.

Mark 16:16 –

̃  in my name they will speak in tongues.

All who believe will or rather can “speak in tongues” when we are saved we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. When we receive this revelation of its out flowing we receive the fullness of the gift of the Holy Spirit & we speak in tongues.

 

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Do we have to "WAIT" today?

Why do not have to wait? –

If we had to wait then we would have to wait in Jerusalem. Churches would then all be in the travel & hospitality business

What is real reason that they had to wait?

Jesus was not yet glorified!

Acts 1:4 (KJV)

̃  "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."

Luke 24:49 (KJV)

̃  "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."

This question of tarrying or waiting or “not being filled until it is God's time” causes much disappointment and is not scriptural in foundation.

It is true that Jesus told his disciples to go and WAIT in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father. To follow his pattern exactly we would need to go to Jerusalem. Then the churches would become travel agents as well and ferry all seekers to Jerusalem and Christianity would join the other lost faiths that practice the pilgrimage because their God is not truly omnipresent.

Why did they have to wait in Jerusalem?

Well Jerusalem was to be the birth place of the church as a witness to the Jews themselves as the loved and precious people of God - have birth place was to be sacked and destroyed. The reason for waiting is simply that the Holy Spirit as the baptiser of the church had not yet been given. At the time that Jesus instructed His followers to wait He had not yet been glorified. In John 7:39 the Holy Spirit could not be given until Jesus was glorified. This is the official reason for the delay of the promise and the need to wait.

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A good look at the use of tongues and the first time receiving and filling of the Holy Spirit in the book of ACTS.

The initial conversion and receiving of the Holy Spirit of these different groups of believers is covered in detail in the book of Acts. The purpose to show that they all received salvation and water baptism and the Holy Spirit in the same way showing conclusively that they are all one and the same group of people in the sight of the Lord and they are all one in His Body.

Acts 2:1 (KJV)

̃  "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place."

Acts 8:5 (KJV)

̃  "Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them."

Acts 22:16 (KJV)

̃  "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord."

Acts 10:44 (KJV)

̃  "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word."

Acts 19:1 (KJV)

̃  "And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,"

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There are five cases of first time receiving of the Holy Spirit.

1st Day of Pentecost

2nd Philip at Samaria

3rd Paul at conversion

4th House of Cornelius

5th The 12 at Ephesus

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Of these five cases TONGUES IS MENTIONED AS THE SIGN OF RECEIVING:

3 TIMES SPECIFICALLY

DAY OF PENTECOST - JERUSALEM

HOUSE OF CORNELIUS - GENTILES

12 AT EPHESUS - DISCIPLES OF JOHN BAPTIST VIA APPOLUS

2 other times Holy Spirit is received

1 TIME BY LATER CONFIRMATION

PAUL - AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS BORN OUT OF DUE TIME

1 TIME BY INFERENCE.

IN SAMERIA - HALF CAST JEWS –

See notes later.

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The similarity of these five cases

to the command that the gospel was to be preached in definite stages of expansion:

Acts 1:7-8 KJV

7 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. 8 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. 

1. Jerusalem

2. All Judea

3. Samaria

4. Uttermost part of the earth

Jerusalem  & Judea - the Jews

Samaria - the half blood Jews  - Samaritans

2 Kings 17:27-41. 

When the Jews moved back to this area over the years they mixed and inter married these relocated migrants and adopted their customs.

The uttermost parts of the world - The Gentiles

Paul's uttermost revelation

To the church is that there should be ONE BODY ONLY. All making ONE Body

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There were 4 basic groups

of believers after the cross and resurrection:

1. Jewish believers

2. Half cast Jewish - Samaritans believers 

3. Gentile believers

4. believers of John the Baptist

These are believers who had followed the teaching of John the Baptist through the ministry of the likes of Appollos. They had been baptised by John’s water baptism – see difference between John and Jesus in water baptism.

In all examples in the Word of people receiving the Holy Spirit there is not one record of anyone who did not receive.

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Notes on the 5 cases:

5 CASES HAVE THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS OF THE DAY ALL INCLUDED IN THE OPERATION AND OUTWORKING.

THE CONVERTED JEWS AND THE CHURCH

THE CONVERTED SAMARITANS AND THE CHURCH

THE CONVERTED GENTILES AND THE CHURCH

THE CONVERTED DISCIPLES OF JOHN THE BAPTIST AND THE CHURCH

A DEVOUT RELIGIOUS PHARISEE AND RELIGIOUS LEADER AND THE CHURCH

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Day of Pentecost

In spite of Jesus command to go through the definite stages of spreading the Kingdom through Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the Gentiles (uttermost part of the earth) we can observe that they were in no hurry to leave Jerusalem. The Day of Pentecost started with travellers coming to Jerusalem (headquarters of the new Church) to get saved and the prevailing thought was get saved and pack up move to Jerusalem and join in. The apostles did not budge for three long years.

For notes on the power of this event (the travellers being there to hear) see my notes of the “heard in their own languages the wonderful of God”)

A note as the reason that the APOSTLES

A note as the reason that the APOSTLES had to be present at ALL these times that the HOLY SPIRIT is received by these 5 groups and note also that they were not present at the salvation and baptism. They were there when God "SEALED" that they were all equally in the Body of The Son. Confirming to the Apostles the Foundation that  the Body of Christ was ONE BODY.  - see notes later

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The meaning of the word "GIFT"

The meaning of the word "GIFT" in all these cases. The implications of what ownership of a gift implies. A gift is yours to do with as you like. To use or not to use. It is entirely up to the volitional use by the new owner of the gift. This is the case with speaking in tongues in everyday life BUT the manifestation of “tongues” as in one of the 9 spiritual gifts depends on the unction of the Spirit & not really just the will of a human.

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Look at the "Baptised in the Holy Spirit" only used for initial outpouring on the church

This term “baptism of the Holy Spirit” is only used regarding the day of Pentecost. After that believers are referred to as “receiving” the Holy Spirit of the promise.

[KJV]  MAT 3:11

̃ I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

[KJV]  LUK 3:16

̃  John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 

[KJV]  JOH 1:33

̃  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 

[KJV]  ACT 1:5

̃  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

[KJV]  ACT 11:16

̃  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. 

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Tongues as the sign

Tongues as the sign - be satisfied with no more and be satisfied with no less. When you look at the accounts in the word tongues are the sign that you have received the fullness of the promise that was promised. This sign is the proof that you have been given the same promise as the church on the day of Pentecost in the same way that they received the promise.

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NOTES ON RE-FILLINGS

RE -Filled OR 2nd time fillings

The idea that a refilling is another or further outpouring of the actual baptism of the Holy Spirit is flawed.  Whether we mean “not all” of the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost OR that the Holy Spirit has been depleted in the Spirit of a believe and so needs refilling or topping up as in a used resource is flawed.

A note about the refilling in Acts 4

A note about the refilling in Acts 4 - it is not what many have perceived - an additional event BUT rather a statement of FACT - see the context of the story. - see notes later

The refill dilemma. Does it leak out and empty. What does refilled imply?

Notes on the refilling in Acts 4.

We need to imagine the time. They had a great shock when Jesus was crucified and in spite of all his warnings and encouragement’s for them to remain steadfast they fled in fear and disappointment when he died before their eyes.

 

This a good example of God dealing with us according to his will rather than his knowledge. The prophets foretold that Jesus would be deserted by his followers but that did not stop Jesus trying his level best to prepare them and to save them from the shame of deserting! Interesting thought.

 

After his resurrection their hope and relief was immense so much so that the bulk of the inner circle remained waiting for the promise of the father when everyone else was giving up and leaving. They had learnt their lesson if Jesus said it --- it was true. After the in filling of the Holy Spirit and the church had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit that John and Jesus had spoken about they were bold.

 

This boldness leads them to preach with fire and direct condemnation of the high priesthood and all the Jewish blindness to the person of the messiah. You took him and you slew him Peter says for all to hear. Their numbers swell. They get bolder and bolder. I know that I would have.

 

Peter preaches to fellow Jews you crucified your only saviour but there is forgiveness. That took some boldness for a man who denied the Lord and deserted him just a few weeks ago. The official attitude would not have changed. The crucifixion was a recent event. Many people saved. Their boldness starts to lead them to invade the temple to continue their worship. Just a few months ago they were frightened to return to the Jerusalem district and would have Lazarus die in peace because of their fear. Now their boldness takes them right into the cave of the bear. The lame man is healed. Peter launches into the gospel which also includes a public reminder that they (the leaders included) had murdered their only saviour.

 

This boldness was too much for the temple authorities. They were on temple grounds so they turn up with temple guards - the same group that took Jesus in the garden. The contingent of guards could not have been that big so it is probable that some of them were on duty that night a few weeks ago. Maybe the guard with the restored ear was there.

 

They are put in the temple jail overnight. The night in jail did not quell their spirits. Listen to them the next day as they give an answer to the temple council. It is a direct reproach for failing to recognize the Messiah and then for murdering him and God judged them wrong by raising up Jesus from the dead. It caused a commotion in the council but they were speechless - the man who was healed was standing there. The sent them from the room. We know what they said because it has been revealed by the Holy Spirit. They were worried at the sudden rise of the followers of the name of Jesus but now it was their turn to be wary. They were stunned at the boldness of peter and john. They decided to save face and to issue a warning to then not to spread the name of Jesus. The offenders are resummoned and the decision repeated to them. Their command was not met with much respect. Peter and john answer them back bold as lions - they would obey God - wouldn't you they said. The council sternly warns them but just as they [the council] saw Peter’s boldness the disciples saw their [the council] fear of the people and the situation. It was a resounding victory for the church. They walked away convinced that nothing could stand in their way. The might of the temple was truly defeated. The resurrection made them invincible. Surely the kingdom was being restored. They finally understood the ministry of the kingdom that they had always got mixed up before. It was all systems go. They returned to the church. They told them all about the events and what the chief priests had said and what they had answered. There was a shout of joy in the camp. The chief priests were powerless to stop the advance of the church. They prayed with thanks giving and asked for more and greater boldness.

 

Please note that this was not a meeting of worry or despair. Put yourself in their place. They had bearded the lion right in its own den and, walked away with nothing more than an empty reprimand that they had no intention of obeying. They quoted David who prophesied that people would make useless plots and the gentiles would be furious but this would not stop the work of the Lord. They rejoiced that although the might of Rome (through Herod) the might of the temple had met to conspire to bring an end to the Lord Jesus and his kingdom - all these plots had failed and nothing could stop us now!!!! Listen to their threats that they are still making - how empty they have proved to be we are free they had to let us go with nothing more than a stiff talking to. They wanted to punish us but were afraid to! How great is your kingdom. The greatest powers on earth are powerless before you. Give us more boldness. Let us take the world for you dear Lord. The healing of the lame man stopped them in their tracks - let there be more healings - let us all get into the act- let us strike while the iron is hot.

 

When they had finished praying the place was shaken. And the simple fact is that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Now this does not mean that they were empty of the Holy Spirit because the word says that peter and john spoke to the council filled with the spirit. It does not mean that they were refilled. It is a statement of fact. They were filled with the spirit and they speak the word of God with great boldness. They thought they were invincible. I think that they thought that they could walk through walls, walk on water and they were un-killable, immortal in the face of natural weapons. That is why Stephen’s stoning and killing shook them so hard!

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The order of events:

They continued in the promise

They continued in the promise of the Father but not in the command of Jesus to diversify abroad. they stayed centred in Jerusalem.

 

The power of apostles is seen to increase when the judgement of God falls on Annanias and Saphia. The first deaths in the new age are in the Church because judgement must start at the house of God. The miracles and wonders increase and increase. Their feeling of invulnerability increases. Surely this will be a quick work Jesus could come back any day now. Peter’s shadow is all it takes for healing and miracles. Even Jesus had to be conscious of the healing flowing to individuals. Peter just walks down the street leaving deliverance and healing behind him!

From nowhere comes a persecution.

They were not expecting it. The High priest and the Sadducees (who did not believe in resurrection) got very jealous. We know that jealousy the green eyed monster makes people blind and irrational. Their hate and anger increased so that they sent out the temple guard to take them prisoner and place them in jail - like before. But during the night this time an angel of the Lord appears and opens the prison up wide and tells then to go back to the TEMPLE AND TO CONTINUE preaching as if nothing had interrupted them. What excitement. God intervenes and prison walls can’t hold his disciples. The next day they are summoned from the prison but behold they are in the Temple. The guard is dispatched to find them and fetch them with force if needed to appear before the council.

 

The council says "We gave you strict orders not to preach in the Name of Jesus" they replied " Like we told you before we will obey God and not mere man - you killed Jesus and the Lord has indicted you for this act by raising Jesus up from the dead and we are all witnesses to this fact." The council was furious and made with rage and wanted to put them to death regardless of any consequences. But a wise man among them argues to take care lest they be fighting God. Let God take care of this situation. If God is for them then they will prosper if not they will meet the same fate as all the recent upstarts. Let Rome deal with it. They needed Rome to kill anyone. They listened and summoned the apostles and had them whipped and charged them yet again not to preach in the name of Jesus and then set them free.

 

The apostles left feeling happy but not cowered by the fact that they had been counted worthy to suffer for His namesake. Maybe they remembered what Jesus had said when they had been arguing among themselves about who would sit on His right and left side. They weren't too perturbed for they went right back to public preaching and teaching in the name of Jesus.

This incident did not send them underground.

 

The church grows and some time latter they are supporting so many widows that help has to be appointed. The apostles are waiting on the word but not moving out into the surrounding world. If you wanted the full benefits of being in the church it was still necessary to move your family to Jerusalem. The number of believers grew and grew and many priests joined the ranks of the believers.

 

Stephen is going great guns.

The wonders and the results of his preaching is staggering and suddenly he gets opposition NOT from the Temple Council but from a group of Jews from afar - Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia and Asia. Stephen filled with the spirit defeats their arguments and they get bitter so they bribe false witnesses to say that Stephen spoke openly against Moses and God. They stirred up the Temple Council so that they had to take action. Stephen is hauled in and the false accusers make their stand as is the law and as is the Law the High Priest gives Stephen a chance to tell the other side of the story. Is this true he says. ( Now the accusation is a mixture of lies and truth out of context as always) They size on the fact of the destruction of the present Temple. Stephen starts in Abraham in the books of Moses and retells the history of the chosen people of God. He shows how the true prophets of God have been constantly rejected and ends up by saying that the ultimate Temple of the Lord according to the prophets will not be constructed with the hands of man. How stubborn deaf and rebellious you are says Stephen you are no better than your ancestors who rejected and killed the prophets of God. You resist the Holy Spirit and you murdered God's own Messiah. You received God's law handed down by angels but you have not obeyed it.

 

As the council members sweated under this direct attack on their conscience they ground their teeth in fury and rage. Suddenly Stephen brakes off and looks up. His is filled with the Holy Spirit - is under a full anointing He calls out what he sees. The son of Man whom they judged and murdered standing next to the throne of the Almighty crowned with glory and honour. This is the last straw. The blind rage of hate overfills them, They block their ears. They want to hear no more they rush on him, throw him out of the temple and the city and stone him to death. (Someone would have to explain this rash act to Rome - they were not allowed to take a life - they were too enraged to think)

Paul approves the murder of Stephen and the pent up rage of the Temple spills over on the church and takes them by surprise. This persecution scatters the church to the four winds and finally some 3.5 years after Pentecost the church is forced to obey the command to go into all the world and preach the gospel.

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SPECIAL NOTE “Why the Apostles did the praying & laying on hands in the 5 cases of initial filling of Holy Spirit

- The main theme of apostolic direction and government in the NT church is to keep one body despite the many forces to divide the church into different groups and bodies eg. The Jewish church and the gentile church.

 Samaria

Samaria is the first stage of "all the world".

The disciples first reasoning was:

They are half cast Jews. Like the woman at the well not to be included in the church. Not true sons. They could not be saved.

The Samaritans are saved:

Act 8:7 great joy

̃  Acts 8:7 KJV 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.

Were baptised in water

Acts 8:14 received the word of God

̃  Acts 8:14 KJV 14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

- note 1 Pet 1:23 - born of the word of God. They were born of the word of God. Yet the apostles were sent that "they might receive the Holy Spirit.

̃  1 Peter 1:23 KJV 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Philip goes there and preaches the gospel but the whole city gets saved including non Jews. Miracles and wonders and great joy. They even have a great sorcerer converted and born again. The have a huge water baptismal service. When Headquarters back in Jerusalem hear of the move of God and how Samaritans received the word of God they send down Apostolic representatives to check the whole matter out. They do this by laying hands on them to receive the Holy Spirit - this is the first time the laying on of hands to receive the Holy Spirit is mentioned thus linking the apostles directly to the Lord sealing these Samaritan believers in the same way as they themselves were. ie bringing them into the same church as they were. Establishing the One Church foundation that would be needed so much in later years.

 

Simon the ex-sorcerer only emphasises this unity. He has seen salvation, joy and every miracle and sign in the book before the apostles arrive. But he has never seen anyone receive the Holy Spirit. It is not that Philip could not have prayed with them or that they could have been filled. It is that this is a special case. It is the first time half cast Jews are born again and the Lord wants the apostles involved and part of this is so that they will know that the new converts (Samaritans) are one with the new believers and that there is no difference between Jew and half cast (the Jews Apostles were slow learners). The apostles were compromised and were made a partaker of this event. They could never deny what took place. When they laid hands on the new converts they demonstrated a power (in Simon's mistaken eyes) to fill people with the Holy Spirit and Simon saw the amazing effect that this had on the receivers. He wanted to buy the power to impart the gift as he saw it. He was wrong- the gift was already given to the church when Jesus was glorified. The converts had only to receive - to receive they only had to repent and be baptised in the Name of Jesus. They had already done this. The converts did not need the apostles to lay hands on them but the apostles needed to so that the unity of the church would be indelibly imprinted on their spirits. They were partakers of this now. They condoned the entrance of half cast Jews into the same CHURCH IN THE SAME WAY WITH THE SAME PROMISES AND REWARDS AS THEY HAD. Simon mistook the power and tried to buy it. He was rebuked and praise God he repented.

On the way home the Apostles did what they had never done before they freely preached in the villages of Samaria on the way!!!!! They had a report and a half for the apostles at Headquarters.

Philip

Philip meanwhile gets called to witness to a gentile who gets saved and passes on right out of influence of the apostles or headquarters until the spread of the church catches up with him and the fruit of his ministry in the following years. Philip is off preaching and seeing souls saved and in the kingdom.

Paul

The Apostle Paul was a man saved out of due time. He saw the Lord as the risen saviour. He broke with the older qualifications before the church was baptised in the Holy Spirit in that he did not know Christ when he was in the flesh (alive and walking about on the earth before his crucifixion. He had not been with the others from the beginning. (see choosing of Judas's replacement.) This did not make him lesser or greater than the others. This record of his salvation, water baptism and filling in the Spirit makes him the same as the others. This was important seeing the role that the Lord had for him.

 

It is interesting to note if man had been setting up the ministries surely Peter would have been the apostle to the Gentiles - he led the first gentile household through in an official capacity, and Paul would have been the Apostle to the Jews. When was first saved the best Jewish scholars could not refute him and he got them good and mad.

 

Saul is converted –

Saul is converted – an individual - a man who has persecuted and robbed in the name of God and murdered with ecclesiastical blessing. His awakening to the Lord is painful. He insists that he never harmed God but the Lord says that in that he had hurt the least of God's people he had hurt God personally. Paul gets a first hand lesson in the unity between the Lord and His people. He is sent a preacher (because angels cannot preach the gospel - men only can preach the gospel) who tells him to arise be baptised, wash away his sins and he will see and be filled with the Holy Spirit. To give Ananias his due he was obedient in spite of his initial feelings and calls Saul BROTHER.

 

Saul stays in Damascus and is preaching that Jesus is the son of God right in the temple within a few days. He stunned them and was so successful that the Jews conspired to kill him and to take him as he went through the gates of the city (the gates were like border areas which were guarded and had a sort of tax and customs officials). Paul gets out by basket over the wall.

He heads straight for Jerusalem but this is one conversion that they do not believe in. They fear him and he cannot reach the apostles until Barnabus befriends him and takes him to see the apostles. He is received and trusted and joins the general preaching but he is so effective in his arguments against the Jewish Leaders that eventually they want to kill him NB it was the Greek speaking Jews ie Jews from afar that conspired to kill him. A proselyte is twice the child of hell than the natural born thing. The Christians get Paul out of the city into Ceasarea and to the city of Tarsus. Acts 9:22-26

̃  Acts 9:22-26 KJV 22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. 23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: 24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. 25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. 26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

The church now has a rest from persecution.

Cornelius

Peter may have been a slow learner but is quick to obey when he sees the light. He leaves Headquarters and goes over the land preaching and ministering. He goes to Lydia and sees Aeneas healed. He goes to Joppa when they get him to come to Tabitha who is very sick. He stays in Joppa with Simon a tanner.

 

Meanwhile in Ceasarea a certain centurion whose prayers are accepted of God when he sees a vision and is told to send to Joppa for Simon Peter who will tell him what to do. He sends two servants and a soldier on the task. They travel to Joppa.

At Joppa the next day Peter is on the roof deck of his hosts house awaiting his call to luncheon. There is a heavenly interruption. He sees a sheet full of all unclean animals - animals that the law of Moses forbids him to eat. The voice of the Spirit commands him to rise kill and eat. - to brake a clear law of Moses for the first time in his life. He refused to obey. The procedure is repeated (don’t call unclean & unfit to eat what God has cleansed - this was repeated 3 times)). Peter is in shock and wonders about the meaning of these things. The word says that he doubted within himself. There is a knock at the door and behold the messengers from Cornelius stand without. To Peter’s credit the word says that he goes with them nothing doubting.

We are about to read of the first fully official case of Gentiles being saved and fully accepted into the church. The apostle is there for the future of the churches benefit. So that the future unity of the church would not be able to be destroyed by splitting into factions (Jews & gentile Christians etc – sort of sad now we see Messianic Jews!). Peter was being shown by vision and experience the fullness of preaching in the uttermost part of the world. The fullness of "whom ever the Lord shall call". The fullness of “whosever will may come”.

You should note that Peter has enough sense not to go alone but takes elders from the church at Joppa with him to the Gentile house.

We know that he preached Jesus and while he preached they were all saved and filled with the Holy Spirit and clearly they all spoke with tongues. Peter seeing this promptly baptises them showing that he agrees that they belong in the church.

He returns to report to Jerusalem and Headquarters. His argument rests in the fact that they were filled with the Spirit in the same way as the original apostles were therefore he says I had to baptise them. If you do not believe me ask them for they were there with me.

So we see that the apostles had to be on hand to see that there is neither Jew nor Gentile in the Kingdom but the Lord has only one body.

 The 12 at Ephesus

Paul goes to Ephesus and finds the one remaining group of believers that have not been mentioned as being equally in the body of Christ. These are disciples of the teachings of John the Baptist. Jesus honoured John and his teachings and in no way belittled his followers. He sends the most open minded of the apostles to oversee their proper inclusion in the church as one body of believers. "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?"- We did not know that the Holy Spirit had come yet - what are you talking about they reply. "Well then" says Paul" Whose baptism have you had. (This should tell how universal the practice of water baptism was). Anyone who believes is automatically attributed to have been baptised.

They tell him John so he preaches the gospel of Jesus and the resurrection and water baptism. They agree get baptised. He prays for them and they receive the Spirit and talk in tongues.

I note that the newly converted disciples of John Baptist jump to the command to be witnesses much quicker, than their Jewish counter parts. Within the space of 2 years these 12 odd disciples have taken the gospel to Asia minor. There some cities in there the size of Newcastle. They got a move on!

The conclusion of this part of our study:

There is a clear record of each section of believers being saved, baptised in water and receiving the Holy Spirit.

There is an apostolic presence at each time. This presence is to confirm to government of the church that:

the whole world is to be given the gospel and all may be saved.

The whole church was to be one body with no divisions in at all.

(This became a major problem in the years to come. Apostle Paul was given the ministry of keeping the single foundation from splitting.)

It is reasonable to conclude that of the five cases in Acts that detail the receiving of the Holy Spirit every one received the same spirit and the one common denominator of these events was that the sign given to all was that they all spoke with tongues as the spirit gave them utterance.

The next point is that there were always apostles involved but that does not mean that apostles have to administer the gift of the Holy Spirit as is the case in the Anglican church when the Bishops do the praying at confirmation for the receiving of the Holy Ghost - even they acknowledge that the receiving of the Holy Spirit at confirmation is a subsequent event to salvation - water baptism i.e. infant baptism by sprinkling.

 

Notice also that EVERYONE RECEIVED. There is no case of only a few receiving. Where tongues are specifically mentioned then the fact that all present received is emphasised. At least the C of E realise that the church is made up of those who have been saved, water baptised and then received the Holy Spirit in order to be in the church and to be able to receive the Lord's Table.  RATHER INTERESTING THAT!

 

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STEPS TO RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE ASPECT THAT THE IN FILLING IS A GIFT.

This is simple. The gift is held out to you so take it with thanks.

 The most difficulty that people experience has been when false teaching and concepts form a mental block in their minds. This quenches their ability to simply receive. Each time they attempt to "get the Holy Spirit" and apparently fail they become more and more disappointed and disillusioned. The only safe and permanent way to lead these people through to full and lasting liberty is to start to renew their mind and to increase their faith by slowly and clearly leading them through the scriptures in a way that they can read the word with you for themselves. This is not always possible in a church alter call situation where so often if no result is achieved we all just sit down in our seats and carry on pretending that it is not God's time or some other reason.

STEP 1 - THE SPIRIT HAS ALREADY BEEN GIVEN TO THE CHURCH

     Show that God has already been given. The gift was given to the church on the day of Pentecost. The Father kept His promise to His Son. He sealed the work of His Son and glorified Him and gave the Holy Spirit to the church. The Holy Spirit has been here since then and God hasn't given Him to anyone since EXCEPT that they have received Him.

 

Example - 19 odd years after the day of Pentecost ( Acts 19)Paul asks some believers "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?". He did not ask "Has God given you the gift of the Holy Spirit?" They did not know of any Holy Spirit so Paul preaches Jesus to them and then Lays hands on them and the Holy Spirit came on them - they began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. It is the same 8 years after Pentecost - Peter and John pray for them that they might RECEIVE the Holy Spirit. Not that God would give them the Holy Spirit. It is this concept that we do NOT have to get God to do anymore giving but we only have to receive that makes the whole infilling so easy and simple that young children find no difficulty in receiving the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues.

STEP 2 - SALVATION IS THE ONLY PREREQUISITE

        Help to show by the word that once people were saved they all received the Holy Spirit and were filled to overflowing. There is NO record of anyone not receiving in the NT. Yet we find cases of people NOT RECEIVING such things like salvation, healed and other answers to prayer. BUT everyone receives the Holy Spirit and everyone gets baptised in water after they have been saved. When people tried to add other things like circumcision it causes a great commotion. But everyone receives the Holy Spirit - it was part of the salvation process. (I do not infer that you will be unable to be saved if you do not receive the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues BUT the NT record is clear that the early church has no record that says some did not receive the Holy Spirit OR that some received the Holy Spirit and DID NOT speak in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. There is not record that the apostles recognised any other sign as a common denominator to their own experience but used the argument when judging the extend and scope of the kingdom Of God among them races and nations of mankind that they had received the Holy Spirit with same sine that they had ERGO the experience and the effect MUST be the same ERGO the body MUST be one.

There is nothing to do to qualify to entrance into the Body of Christ except that all must enter the same way. That is through the name and the blood of Jesus Christ the Lord. While there are those who say that you cannot be saved unless you do speak in tongues, they miss the point of the New Testament examples. The way of salvation is clear and there is plenty of scriptural witness to converts being fully saved before they spoke in tongues. It is a fact that looking into the experiences of the New Testament we find that everyone could and indeed did speak in tongues in their private prayer life.

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HOW TO RECEIVE.

An important observation is that new converts and children who have never been exposed to contrary teaching All receive the Holy Spirit and flow in tongues!!! Regardless of race or nominal religion or mother tongue.

 

If you are saved and born again then you have the Holy Spirit in you. You have the full portion because God is not divided.

 

Ask and want to receive.

MAT 5:6 

̃  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

LUK 6:21 

̃  Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

LUK 11:9 

̃  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.

LUK 11:10 

̃  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Clear all confusion from the mind by explaining the following word: 

ACT 2:38 

̃  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptised 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. 

This preparation is essential.

All confusion must be removed through the understanding of the word. Show how 17 different languages were heard spoken by people who had NEVER learnt them and that 3000 received the Lord that day. You must clear the doubts and difficulties from the seekers mind.

The spirit is breath and can be breathed.

JOH 7:37 - 39 

̃  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

̃  JOH 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

̃  JOH7:39  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

JOB 27:3 

̃  All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

JOB 33:4 

̃  The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

JOB 34:14 

̃  If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;

ISA 42:5 

̃  Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

JOH 3:8 

̃  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is all around us. You can breathe Him in by taking a breath of air in faith. As you breath out just start to speak. You will do the actual talking BUT the Holy Spirit will give the words.

 

Get the seeker to look you in the eyes and then calmly speak in tongues while looking straight at them. This will help boost confidence and help remove confusion.

Ask them the following:

Can you say HELLO with out moving your lips or while holding your breath. The Holy Spirit does not speak. The Word plainly teaches that we do the speaking but the Spirit supernaturally DIRECTS it.

[KJV]  [Acts 2:4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 It not supernatural to speak -  it is an act of the will BUT what is said is supernatural.

1 Cor 14:

̃   I WILL pray with spirit 

The truth is that YOU do the speaking and the Spirit gives the language or the words.

It is our mind that gets in the way because of all the thoughts that pop in.

Having received then you join that band of tongue talkers that refuse to let a single day go by without fulfilling the command to speak in tongues and be filled with the spirit. This is for those of us to whom a relationship with God is not confined to service and form BUT who life and breath the presence of God in dynamic way daily praise and always rejoicing.

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NOTES ON RAIN & FORMER / LATTER RAIN

The Rainmaker

The Holy Spirit is the “Rainmaker”. He makes things happen.

Joel 2:23

23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.  

 moderately - enough

Latter Rain

Many feel that the “latter” rain implies a further & fuller baptism in additional to the day of Pentecost’s foretold. In other words there has been a reserve of the  Holy Spirit held back for use in the last days of time before the return of the Lord. BUT this is flawed - The holy Ghost is GOD - you either have all of Him or none of Him. He is not portioned like a cake or a supply of water.

A note about Joel

There has been confusion because of the term. "POUR OUT OF MY SPIRIT" - “OUT OF” (opposed to “OUT”) as though in a way not all of the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost and sometime in these last days of time the portion (supposedly the biggest part) of the Holy Spirit that was not poured out (i.e. totally unavailable to the church held in reserve in heaven) will be especially poured out on the church in the last days.

[KJV]   ACT 2:1 - 4
[Acts 2:1] And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

[Acts 2:2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

[Acts 2:3] And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

[Acts 2:4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

[KJV]  [Acts 2:11] Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

 

[KJV]   ACT 2:14 - 17
[Acts 2:14] 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:

[Acts 2:15] For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

[Acts 2:16] But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

[Acts 2:17] 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:

 

Acts 2:14-17 AMPNT

̃  14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: You Jews and all you residents of Jerusalem, let this be [explained] to you so that you will know and understand; listen closely to what I have to say.

̃  15 For these men are not drunk, as you imagine, for it is [only] the third hour (about 9:00 a.m.) of the day;

̃  16 But [instead] this is [the beginning of] what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

̃  17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy telling forth the divine counsels] and your young men shall see visions (divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream divinely suggested] dreams.

I would not trust modern versions if my life depended on it!

IT is “out my Spirit” NOT “out OF my Spirit”

The difficulty with this means that we at the present are limited

Jesus who received the spirit without measure must now give the spirit by measure?

This does not mean that the Lord doesn’t move by His spirit – it means that the Holy Spirit has been poured out - the baptism of the spirit has been poured out & the promise has been fulfilled.

(John 3:34 (KJV)

̃  "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him." ) gives the spirit by measure. There is no support for this idea in the actual book of acts or in the teaching of the apostles. The Holy Spirit is God and when he poured out to a place he is poured out equally present everywhere for all time.

Prov 1:23 (KJV)

̃  "Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you."

Zec 12:10 (KJV)

̃  "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."

The coming of the Spirit always reveals Jesus - his person and work.

Deu 11:14 (KJV)

̃  "That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil."

Prov 16:15 (KJV)

̃  "In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain."

Hosea 6:3 (KJV)

̃  "Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."

Joel 2:23 (KJV)

̃  "Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month."

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JOB 29:23 – The Rain

And they waited for me as for the rain—

And they opened their mouth wide — Expressive of earnest desire

As for the latter rain — The early and the latter rains are frequently spoken of in the Scriptures, and in Palestine and the adjacent regions are both necessary to the harvest. The early, or autumnal rains, commence in the latter half of October, or the beginning of November, not suddenly, but by degrees, so as to give the husbandman an opportunity to sow his wheat and barley.

If those rains fail, the harvest materially suffers, and hence, the expressions in the Scriptures, that “the husbandman waits for that rain;” compare James 5:7; Prov. 16:15. The expression, “the early and the latter rain”

The meaning here is, that they who were assembled in counsel, earnestly desired Job to speak, as the farmer desires the rain that will bring forward his crop.

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JOEL 2:23

Be glad then and rejoice in the Lord your God — All things had been restored for their sakes; they were to rejoice, not chiefly in these things, but in God; nor only in God, but in the Lord their God. “For He hath given you the former rain moderately.” The word rendered “moderately” should be rendered “unto righteousness;” the word often as it occurs never having any sense but that of “righteousness;” whether of God or man. The other word   , rendered “the former rain,” confessedly has that meaning in the latter part of the verse, although “yoreh”    is the distinctive term for “latter rain” Deut. 11:14; Jer. 5:24. “Moreh” mostly signifies “a teacher” (2 Kings 17:28; Job 36:22; Prov. 5:13; Isa. 9:15; 30:20, (twice); Hab. 2:18), which is connected with the other ordinary meanings of the root, “torah, law, etc.” The older translators then agreed in rendering, “of righteousness,” or, “unto righteousness” o, in which case the question as to “moreh,” is only, whether it is to be taken literally of “a teacher,” or figuratively of spiritual blessings, as we say, “the dew of His grace.” Even a Jew paraphrases o, “But ye, O children of Zion, above all other nations, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God. For in Him ye shall have perfect joy, in the time of your captivity. “For He will give you an instructor to righteousness;” and He is the king Messias, which shall teach them the way in which they shall walk, and the doings which they shall do.” The grounds for so rendering the word are:

(1) Such is almost its uniform meaning.

(2) The righteousness spoken of is most naturally understood of righteousness in man; it is a condition which is the result and object of God’s gifts, not the Righteousness of God. But “He hath given you the early rain unto righteousness,” i. e., that ye may be righteous, is an unaccustomed expression.

(3) There is a great emphasis on the word o, which is not used in the later part of the verse, where rain, (whether actual, or symbolic of spiritual blessings) is spoken of.

(4) The following words, “and He maketh the rain to descend for you,” according to the established Hebrew idiom o relates to a separate action, later, in order of time or of thought, than the former. But if the former word “moreh” signified “early rain,” both would mean one and the same thing. We should not say, “He giveth you the former rain to righteousness, and then He maketh the rain, the former rain and the latter rain to descend;” nor doth the Hebrew.

It seems then most probable, that the prophet prefixes to all the other promises, that first all-containing promise of the Coming of Christ. Such is the custom of the prophets, to go on from past judgments and deliverances, to Him who is the center of all this cycle of God’s dispensations, the Son manifest in the Flesh. He had been promised as a Teacher when that intermediate dispensation of Israel began, the prophet like unto Moses. His Coming old Jacob looked to, “I have longed for Thy salvation, O Lord.” Him, well known and longed for by the righteous of old, Joel speaks of as the subject of rejoicing, as Zechariah did afterward, “Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion; behold thy King cometh unto thee.” So Joel here, “Exult and joy in the Lord thy God, for He giveth,” or “will give thee, the Teacher unto righteousness,” i. e., the result and object of whose Coming is righteousness; or, as Daniel says, “to bring in everlasting righteousness;” and Isaiah, “By His knowledge,” i. e., by the knowledge of Him, “shall My righteous Servant justify many,” i. e., make many righteous. How His coming should issue in righteousness, is not here said. It is presupposed. But Joel speaks of His Coming, as a gift, “He shall give you;” as Isaiah says, “unto us a Son is given;” and that, as the Teacher, as Isaiah says, “I have given Him a witness to the peoples, a Prince and a Commander unto the people” Isa. 55:4; and that, “for righteousness.”

“It is the custom of the holy prophets,” says Cyril, “on occasion of good things promised to a part or a few, to introduce what is more general or universal. And these are the things of Christ. To this then the discourse again proceeds. For when was ground given to the earth to rejoice? When did the Lord do mighty things, but when the Word, being God, became Man, that, flooding all below with the goods from above, He might be found to those who believe in Him, as a river of peace, a torrent of pleasure, as the former and latter rain, and the giver of all spiritual fruitfulness?”

The early rain and the latter rain — “He multiplies words, expressive of the richness of the fruits of the earth, that so we may understand how wondrous is the plenteousness of spiritual goods.” Being about to speak of the large gift of God the Holy Spirit as an “out-pouring,” he says here that o “the largeness of the spiritual gifts thereafter should be as abundant as the riches temporal blessings” hitherto, when God disposed all things to bring about the fruitfulness which He had promised. “The early and latter rain,” coming respectively at the seed-time and the harvest, represent the beginning and the completion; and so, by the analogy of earthly and spiritual sowing, growth and ripeness, they represent o preventing and perfecting grace; the inspiration of good purposes and the gift of final perseverance, which brings the just to glory consummated; “the principles of the doctrine of Christ” and “the going on unto perfection Heb. 6:1.

In the first month — This would belong only to the latter rain, which falls about the first month, Nisan, or our April, “the former rain” falling about 6 months earlier, at their seed time o. Or, since this meaning is uncertain o, it may be, “at the first” o, i. e., as soon as ever it is needed, or in contrast to the more extensive gifts afterward; or, “as at first” o i. e., all shall, upon their penitence, be restored as at first. These lesser variations leave the sense of the whole the same, and all are supported by good authorities. It is still a reversal of the former sentence, that, whereas afore the rivers of water were dried up, now the rains should come, each in its season. “In the first month,” and “at the beginning,” express the same thought, the one with, the other without a figure.

For no one then needed to be told that the latter rain, if it fell, should fall “in the first month,” which was its appointed season for falling. If then the words had this meaning, there must have been this emphasis in it, that God would give them good gifts punctually, instantly, at man’s first and earliest needs, at the first moment when it would be good for him to have them. ‘As at the beginning,’ would express the same which he goes on to say, that God would bestow the same largeness of gifts as He did, before they forfeited His blessings by forsaking Him. So He says, “I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning” o; and, “She shall sing there as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she come up out of the land of Egypt” Hos. 2:15; and, “then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old and as in the former years” Mal. 3:4.

Likeness does not necessarily imply equality as in the words, “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet like unto me” Deut. 18:15; and, “that they may be one, even as We are One” John 17:22. The good things of the Old Testament had a likeness to those of the New, else “the law” would not have been even the shadow of good things to come Heb. 10:1; they had not equality, else they would have been the very things themselves. Christ is the whole delight of the soul, from When and through whom there cometh to those who love Him, all fullness of good and supply of heavenly gifts, represented in “the early and latter rain,” and “the full floor of wheat,” and “the fats overflowing with wine and oil.” It is true also as to the fullness of the mysteries. For the living water of Holy Baptism is given us as in rain; and as in grain, the Bread of Life, and as in wine the Blood.” Before, “the barns were broken down,” since there was nothing to store therein.

As other parts of the natural and spiritual husbandry correspond, and our Lord Himself compares His gracious trials of those who bear fruit, with the pruning of the vine John 15:2; it may be that the “vat” wherein the grape or the olive, through pressure, yield their rich juice, is a symbol of the “tribulations,” through which we “must enter the kingdom of God” Acts 14:22. o“The holy mind, placed as if in a winefat, is pressed, refined, drawn out pure. It is pressed by calamity; refined from iniquity, purified from vanity. Hence are elicited the groans of pure confession; hence, stream the tears of anxious compunction; hence flow the sighs of pleasurable devotion; hence melt the longings of sweetest love; hence are drawn the drops of purest contemplation. Wheat is the perfecting of righteousness; wine, the clearness of spiritual understanding; oil, the sweetness of a most pure conscience.”

JOEL 2:23

̃  [KJV]  JOE 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

The notes above are a bit of a mouthful but the term moderately is used as

righteousness 125 times

justice   15 times

right  9 times

righteous  3 times

righteousnesses  3 times

moderately  1 time

righteously  1 time

that’s 157 times in KJB - the only way is to look up the references. Anyway these 2 rains were always enough for the harvest. NOT like the land of Egypt were they were slaves where they used irrigation & flood way systems with man power to lift the water to irrigate. This was a land FLOWING with milk & honey! if THEY LIVED RIGHT BEFORE GOD THE RAIN FELL & THE HARVESTS CAME ON TIME AND IN PLENTY.

THE TEACHER RAIN

“For He will give you an instructor to righteousness”

Be glad then and rejoice in the Lord your God — All things had been restored for their sakes; they were to rejoice, not chiefly in these things, but in God; nor only in God, but in the Lord their God. “For He hath given you the former rain moderately.” The word rendered “moderately” should be rendered “unto righteousness;” the word often as it occurs never having any sense but that of “righteousness;” whether of God or man. The other word   , rendered “the former rain,” confessedly has that meaning in the latter part of the verse, although “yoreh”    is the distinctive term for “latter rain” Deut. 11:14; Jer. 5:24. “Moreh” mostly signifies “a teacher” (2 Kings 17:28; Job 36:22; Prov. 5:13; Isa. 9:15; 30:20, (twice); Hab. 2:18), which is connected with the other ordinary meanings of the root, “torah, law, etc.” The older translators then agreed in rendering, “of righteousness,” or, “unto righteousness” o, in which case the question as to “moreh,” is only, whether it is to be taken literally of “a teacher,” or figuratively of spiritual blessings, as we say, “the dew of His grace.” Even a Jew paraphrases o, “But ye, O children of Zion, above all other nations, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God. For in Him ye shall have perfect joy, in the time of your captivity. “For He will give you an instructor to righteousness;” and He is the king Messias, which shall teach them the way in which they shall walk, and the doings which they shall do.” The grounds for so rendering the word are:

(1) Such is almost its uniform meaning.

(2) The righteousness spoken of is most naturally understood of righteousness in man; it is a condition which is the result and object of God’s gifts, not the Righteousness of God. But “He hath given you the early rain unto righteousness,” i. e., that ye may be righteous, is an unaccustomed expression.

(3) There is a great emphasis on the word , which is not used in the later part of the verse, where rain, (whether actual, or symbolic of spiritual blessings) is spoken of.

(4) The following words, “and He maketh the rain to descend for you,” according to the established Hebrew idiom o relates to a separate action, later, in order of time or of thought, than the former. But if the former word “moreh” signified “early rain,” both would mean one and the same thing. We should not say, “He giveth you the former rain to righteousness, and then He maketh the rain, the former rain and the latter rain to descend;” nor doth the Hebrew.

It seems then most probable, that the prophet prefixes to all the other promises, that first all-containing promise of the Coming of Christ. Such is the custom of the prophets, to go on from past judgments and deliverances, to Him who is the centre of all this cycle of God’s dispensations, the Son manifest in the Flesh. He had been promised as a Teacher when that intermediate dispensation of Israel began, the prophet like unto Moses. His Coming old Jacob looked to, “I have longed for Thy salvation, O Lord.” Him, well known and longed for by the righteous of old, Joel speaks of as the subject of rejoicing, as Zechariah did afterward, “Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion; behold thy King cometh unto thee.” So Joel here, “Exult and joy in the Lord thy God, for He giveth,” or “will give thee, the Teacher unto righteousness,” i. e., the result and object of whose Coming is righteousness; or, as Daniel says, “to bring in everlasting righteousness;” and Isaiah, “By His knowledge,” i. e., by the knowledge of Him, “shall My righteous Servant justify many,” i. e., make many righteous. How His coming should issue in righteousness, is not here said. It is presupposed. But Joel speaks of His Coming, as a gift, “He shall give you;” as Isaiah says, “unto us a Son is given;” and that, as the Teacher, as Isaiah says, “I have given Him a witness to the peoples, a Prince and a Commander unto the people” Isa. 55:4; and that, “for righteousness.”

“It is the custom of the holy prophets,” says Cyril, “on occasion of good things promised to a part or a few, to introduce what is more general or universal. And these are the things of Christ. To this then the discourse again proceeds. For when was ground given to the earth to rejoice? When did the Lord do mighty things, but when the Word, being God, became Man, that, flooding all below with the goods from above, He might be found to those who believe in Him, as a river of peace, a torrent of pleasure, as the former and latter rain, and the giver of all spiritual fruitfulness?”

The early rain and the latter rain—“He multiplies words, expressive of the richness of the fruits of the earth, that so we may understand how wondrous is the plenteousness of spiritual goods.” Being about to speak of the large gift of God the Holy Spirit as an “out-pouring,” he says here that o “the largeness of the spiritual gifts thereafter should be as abundant as the riches temporal blessings” hitherto, when God disposed all things to bring about the fruitfulness which He had promised. “The early and latter rain,” coming respectively at the seed-time and the harvest, represent the beginning and the completion; and so, by the analogy of earthly and spiritual sowing, growth and ripeness, they represent o preventing and perfecting grace; the inspiration of good purposes and the gift of final perseverance, which brings the just to glory consummated; “the principles of the doctrine of Christ” and “the going on unto perfection Heb. 6:1.

In the first month—This would belong only to the latter rain, which falls about the first month, Nisan, or our April, “the former rain” falling about 6 months earlier, at their seed time o. Or, since this meaning is uncertain o, it may be, “at the first” o, i. e., as soon as ever it is needed, or in contrast to the more extensive gifts afterward; or, “as at first” o i. e., all shall, upon their penitence, be restored as at first. These lesser variations leave the sense of the whole the same, and all are supported by good authorities. It is still a reversal of the former sentence, that, whereas afore the rivers of water were dried up, now the rains should come, each in its season. “In the first month,” and “at the beginning,” express the same thought, the one with, the other without a figure.

For no one then needed to be told that the latter rain, if it fell, should fall “in the first month,” which was its appointed season for falling. If then the words had this meaning, there must have been this emphasis in it, that God would give them good gifts punctually, instantly, at man’s first and earliest needs, at the first moment when it would be good for him to have them. ‘As at the beginning,’ would express the same which he goes on to say, that God would bestow the same largeness of gifts as He did, before they forfeited His blessings by forsaking Him. So He says, “I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning” and, “She shall sing there as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she come up out of the land of Egypt” Hos. 2:15; and, “then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old and as in the former years” Mal. 3:4.

Likeness does not necessarily imply equality o as in the words, “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet like unto me” Deut. 18:15; and, “that they may be one, even as We are One” John 17:22. The good things of the Old Testament had a likeness to those of the New, else “the law” would not have been even the shadow of good things to come Heb. 10:1; they had not equality, else they would have been the very things themselves. “Christ is the whole delight of the soul, from When and through whom there cometh to those who love Him, all fullness of good and supply of heavenly gifts, represented in “the early and latter rain,” and “the full floor of wheat,” and “the fats overflowing with wine and oil.” It is true also as to the fullness of the mysteries. For the living water of Holy Baptism is given us as in rain; and as in grain, the Bread of Life, and as in wine the Blood.” Before, “the barns were broken down,” since there was nothing to store therein.

As other parts of the natural and spiritual husbandry correspond, and our Lord Himself compares His gracious trials of those who bear fruit, with the pruning of the vine John 15:2; it may be that the “vat” wherein the grape or the olive, through pressure, yield their rich juice, is a symbol of the “tribulations,” through which we “must enter the kingdom of God” Acts 14:22. “The holy mind, placed as if in a winefat, is pressed, refined, drawn out pure. It is pressed by calamity; refined from iniquity, purified from vanity. Hence are elicited the groans of pure confession; hence, stream the tears of anxious compunction; hence flow the sighs of pleasurable devotion; hence melt the longings of sweetest love; hence are drawn the drops of purest contemplation. Wheat is the perfecting of righteousness; wine, the clearness of spiritual understanding; oil, the sweetness of a most pure conscience.”

ZECHARIAH 10:1

Ask ye of the Lord rain — “Ask and ye shall receive” our Lord says. Zechariah had promised in God’s name blessings temporal and spiritual: all was ready on God’s part; only, he adds, ask them of the Lord, the Unchangeable, the Self-same not of Teraphim or of diviner, as Israel had done aforetime Isa. 2:5-22; Jer. 44:15-28. He had promised, “If ye shall hearken diligently unto My commandments, to love the Lord your God, I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, and I will send grass in thy field for thy cattle” Deut. 11:13-15. God bids them ask Him to fulfil His promise. The “latter rain” o alone is mentioned, as completing what God had begun by the former rain, filling the ears before the harvest. Both o had been used as symbols of God’s spiritual gifts, and so the words fit in with the close of the last chapter, both as to things temporal and eternal. Osorius: “He exhorts all frequently to ask for the dew of the divine grace, that what had sprung up in the heart from the seed of the word of God, might attain to full ripeness.”

The Lord maketh bright clouds—(Rather) “lightnings, into rain,” as Jeremiah says, “He causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He maketh lightnings into rain” Jer. 10:13; 51:16; and the Psalmist, “He maketh lightnings into rain” Ps 135:7, disappearing as it were into the rain which follows on them. “And giveth them.” While man is asking, God is answering. “Showers of rain” o, “rain in torrents,” as we should say, or “in floods,” or, inverted, “floods of rain.” “To every one grass,” rather, “the green herb, in the field,” as the Psalmist says, “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and green herb for the service of men” (Ps 104:14, see also Gen. 1:30; 3:18). This He did with individual care, as each had need, or as should be best for each, as contrariwise He says in Amos, “I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city; one piece was rained upon, and the piece, whereon it rained not, withered” (Amos 4:7; see note).

The Rabbis observed these exceptions to God’s general law, whereby He “sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” Matt. 5:49, though expressing it in their way hyperbolically; o, “In the time when Israel doeth the will of God, He doeth their will; so that if one man alone, and not the others, wants rain, He will give rain to that one man; and if a man wants one herb alone in his field or garden, and not another, He will give rain to that one herb; as one of the saints used to say, This plot of ground wants rain, and that plot of ground wants not rain” (Cyril). Spiritually the rain is divine doctrine bedewing the mind and making it fruitful, as the rain doth the earth. So Moses saith, “My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb and as the showers upon the grass” Deut. 32:2. Cyril: “The law of Moses and the prophets were the former rain.”

ZECHARIAH 14:17

“Whoso will not go up” - he threatens the same punishment as persecutors would endure. For enemies, and they who will not love, shall have the same lot. This is, I think, what Christ Himself said, ‘Whoso is not with Me is against Me, and whoso gathereth not with Me scattereth’ Luke 11:23.”

Upon them there shall be no rain — Rain was the most essential of God’s temporal gifts for the temporal well-being of His people. Moses marked out this, as his people were entering on the promised land, with recent memory of Egypt’s independence of rain in Egypt itself, and that this gift depended on obedience. “The land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, whence, ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs” Deut. 11:10-11: but a “land of hills and valleys, it drinketh water of the rain of heaven; a land which the Lord thy God careth for; the eyes of the Lord are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year. And it shall be, if ye shall hearken diligently unto My commandments—I will give you the rain of your land in its season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn and thy wine and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.”

But the threat on disobedience corresponded therewith. “Take heed to yourselves,” Moses continues, “that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside and serve other Gods — and the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and He shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit, and ye perish quickly from off the good land, which the Lord giveth you” Deut. 16-17; and, “Thy heaven, that is over thee, shall be brass, and the earth, that is under thee, shall be iron; the Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust” Deut. 28:23-24. Amos speaks of the withdrawal of rain as one of God’s chastisements (Amos 4:7): the distress in the time of Ahab is pictured in the history of the woman of Sarepta 1 Kings 17:9-16, and Ahab’s directions to Obadiah 1 Kings 18:5. But it is also the symbol of spiritual blessings; both are united by Hosea Hos. 6:3 and Joel Joel 2:23. as Joel and Amos also speak of spiritual blessings exclusively under the figure of temporal abundance Joel 3:18; Amos 9:13. In Isaiah it is simply a symbol, “Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together” (Isa. 45:8. See also Isa. 5:6, both together Isa. 30:23)

 

You see Egypt did not rely on rainfall on the fields – the rain occurred way up the Nile & the fields were flooded. They also built irrigation channels & directed the water by hand (foot peddles). The idea is that the hills & valleys would need rain – rain was dependant on the Lord. They were not into damn building.

[KJV]  JAM 5:7

̃   Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

JAMES 5:7

Be patient therefore, brethren— bear your wrongs without murmuring and without resistance.

The margin here is, “be long patient,” or “suffer with long patience.” The sense of the Greek is, “be long-suffering, or let not your patience be exhausted. Your courage, vigor, and forbearance is not to be short-lived, but is to be enduring. Let it continue as long as there is need of it, even to the coming of the Lord. Then you will be released from sufferings.”

Unto the coming of the Lord — The coming of the Lord Jesus — either to remove you by death, or to judge the world and receive his people to himself. The “coming of the Lord” in any way was an event which Christians were taught to expect deliverance from troubles.

As the time of his appearing was not revealed, it might possibly be near; and as the removal of Christians by death — that is, his coming to each one of us.

The expectations among the early Christians of the second advent of the Saviour - 1 Cor. 15:51; 2 Thes 2:2-3.

“Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth” — The farmer waits patiently for the grain to grow. It requires time to mature the crop, and he does not become impatient. The idea seems to be, that we should wait for things to develop themselves in their proper season, and should not be impatient before that season arrives. In due time we may expect the harvest to be ripened. We cannot hasten it. We cannot control the rain, the sun, the season; and the farmer therefore patiently waits until in the regular course of events he has a harvest. So we cannot control and hasten the events which are in God’s own keeping; and we should patiently wait for the developments of his will, and the arrangements of his providence, by which we may obtain what we desire.

“And hath long patience for it” — That is, his patience is not exhausted. It extends through the whole time in which, by the divine arrangements, he may expect a harvest.

“Until he receive the early and latter rain” —

 

To quote:

In the climate of Palestine there are two rainy seasons, on which the harvest essentially depends — the autumnal and the spring rains — called here and elsewhere in the Scriptures the early and the latter rains. See Deut. 11:14; Job 29:23; Jer. 5:24. The autumnal or early rains of Scripture, usually commence in the latter half of October or the beginning of November; not suddenly, but by degrees, which gives opportunity for the husbandman to sow his fields of wheat and barley. The rains come mostly from the west or south-west, continuing for two or three days at a time, and falling especially during the nights. The wind then chops round to the north or east, and several days of fine weather succeed. During the months of November and December the rains continue to fail heavily; afterwards they return only at longer intervals, and are less heavy; but at no period during the winter do they entirely cease to occur.

Snow often falls in Jerusalem, in January and February, to the depth of a foot or more, but it does not last long. Rain continues to fall more or less through the month of March, but it is rare after that period. At the present time there are not any particular periods of rain, or successions of showers, which might be regarded as distinct rainy seasons. The whole period from October to March now constitutes only one continued rainy season, without any regularly intervening time of prolonged fair weather. Unless, therefore, there has been some change in the climate since the times of the New Testament, the early and the latter rains for which the husbandman waited with longing, seem rather to have implied the first showers of autumn, which revived the parched and thirsty earth, and prepared it for the seed; and the latter showers of spring, which continued to refresh and forward the ripening crops and the vernal products of the fields. In ordinary seasons, from the cessation of the showers in spring until their commencement in October or November, rain never falls, and the sky is usually serene. — Robinson’s Biblical Researches, vol. ii., pp. 96-100.

OK - I’m still working on this BUT I do not think that this passage pints the way to a further - yet to come - outpouring of the Holy Spirit for the end times!

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The tangle of 1 Cor 12, 13, 14. the difference between a "GIFT" and a "MANIFESTATION"

The proper context of 1 Cor 12 starts in 1 Cor 11 around the Lord's Table - "How is brethren when you all come together" and implication of this.

A detailed use of "TONGUES" in these passages.

We need a proper understanding of Paul's letter to the Corithinians. We will need to keep in mind a couple of points.

One is that the bible was not written in chapters and verses.

Two is that we have to fix the general context of the passages in 1 Corinthians 12,13 & 14.

The place for us to start is about half way through chapter 11. Most of us know what chapter eleven is about. It is the most famous teaching about the Lord's Table and the breaking of bread. This comes after teaching about woman covering their hair. The passage starts of with the statement about "when the church comes together" when the church is gathered in one place. This is the prevailing condition of his teachings for a lot of the instructions that follow. He often repeats the situation - when you are gathered in one place - when the whole church is gathered. This letter is a letter of correction to a church that came behind in the operation of none of the  spiritual "gifts" but who had lost the real purpose of coming together.

 

This teaching covers the aspects of “church order” that they in their zeal had overlooked. When you abandon church order you start to loose the ability to demonstrate the real meaning of love in your worship of the Lord. You fail to consider anyone else. The gathering becomes not a united body but a collection of saints powering on in a world that only includes themselves & God. There is no thought of building the work of the body just the individual. Of course it is important that each individual be as strong in the Lord as possible BUT this strength is achieved in the “strong & mature” in our private devotions & prayer & tongues talking everyday life – when we come together we come to lift up the Lord & edify the body. YES

 

This whole passage is really saying that as individuals they powered on BUT as a corporate body gathered in Jesus name they lacked understanding of the purpose of assembling together.

 

The purpose of the church is to love Christ and to love and help each other.  The whole setting of chapters 12 and 14 fall under this general idea. Even the thrust of chapter 13 deals with the lack of love shown when operating in the spiritual realm when the church was gathered together.

 

Lets look at this more closely:

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The “Gifts” of the Spirit

 

Understanding The Spiritual “Gifts” Given (Lent) to God’s people!

Let’s read 1 Cor 12:1-11

When we read 1 Cor 12:1-11 the first point that jumps out is that we are not to be IGNORANT -- (THAT IS LACKING IN KNOWLEDGE OR EXPERIENCE)

 Why is the word “GIFTS” in brackets? Well, we should understand that God gave these GIFTS to the church militant as a whole and then He manifests these "GIFTS" through various individuals. Each individual is more or less “lent” these manifestations as needed time by time. Get this concept right and you are well on the way.

 

There are 3 chapters plus parts of two other chapters of the New Testament devoted to this subject. There are about 100 references to the subject of spiritual gifts (these do not include miracles of Jesus in the Gospels)

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Cease?

There is not the slightest reference that these “gifts” would cease before we come “face to face” with Jesus.

 1 Cor 13:10 KJV

̃  “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”

1 Cor 13:11 KJV

̃  “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

1 Cor 13:12 KJV

̃    “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

The promise of the gifts of the Spirit and the fulfilment of that gift are covered in another study.

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A brief background on the “gifts”

In order for the church to do the job she has been left with you would expect some special empowerment or abilities to be given.

Luke 24:47 KJV

̃    And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Luke 24:48 KJV

̃ 
  And ye are witnesses of these things.

Luke 24:49 KJV

̃ 
  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.

What we need is :    These signs:

Mark 16:17 KJV

̃   And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Yes  we need al the help we can get to get the job done.  The salvation of people is the top priority.  We need the Holy Spirit.  It is He who will enable and lead us.

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The Promise has been fulfilled -

Acts 2:2 KJV

̃    And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Acts 2:3-4 KJV

̃  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.

We are called to deliver people from the bondage of Satan. Bring the need for sorrow for wasted lives and active living faith in Lord Jesus.  It is not enough to be talented or gregarious

 

gregarious

gregariously,adverb –gregariousness,noun

/gruh'gairreeuhs/

adjective

        1.      living in flocks or herds, as animals.

        2.     Botany growing in open clusters; not matted together.

        3.     fond of company; sociable.

        4.     relating to a flock or crowd.

[L gregarius]

 

It is not enough to be talented or gregarious we need real power to be able to do the job. 

The church’s mission needs the  reality of the  ’Holy Spirit's power we need to be lifted to a level of effectiveness that only the Holy Spirit can give. 

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Meaning of Words used in describing Spiritual gifts

The nature of spiritual gifts seen by the words used in the bible to describe them in ( 1 Cor Chapter 12) deal with these gifts as a separate class and describe them in different ways.  The gifts of the spirit are called;

Spiritual(1 Cor 12:1 KJV)

̃    Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

“Spiritual gifts”   

The word gifts is referred to as “manifestations” later  so we are left with a description called “Spirituals” meaning loosely things of the spirit.  It is the same description which is used in 1 Cor 14:1 and is very similar to the words used in 1 Cor 14:28 referring to “Spiritual persons” I might note this word is used only in the masculine gender.  To use the terms gifts on its own is far too strong the word gift may be applied to receiving the Holy Spirit as experience with speaking in tongues when we are first filled.  That experience is definitely a gift - the gift belongs to us given to us by God the father and is very much ours to control I.E. You can speak in tongues at will.  There are a few conditions concerning the tongues talking but it is your gift and your responsibility and accountability for its use  this is a definite gift and it is covered in another study.  In this case the term gift is far too strong.  It is not true to say that a member of the body can possess one of these gifts in the same way as they possess the gift of the Holy Spirit.  So verse one Paul said concerning spirituals or spiritual matters.

Spiritual gifts  -

1 Cor 12:4 KJV

̃    Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

Diversity of gifts in this word gift comes from a basic word that means grace or rather enabling or indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  The idea is more of a manifestation then a dead-set gift.  The principle being that for each and every time the “gifts” are manifest there needs to be the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  You do not own this gift as a Christian individual you can’t merit them or earn them either.  They are operated through spirit filled people but they are for the good of the church

1 Cor 12:11 KJV

̃    But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

1 Cor 12:12 - 27 KJV

̃ 
  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

̃    For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

̃    For the body is not one member, but many.

̃    If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

̃ 
  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

̃ 
  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

̃ 
  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

̃ 
  And if they were all one member, where were the body?

̃ 
  But now are they many members, yet but one body.

̃ 
  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

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  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

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  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

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  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:

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  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

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  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

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  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Administration - 

1 Cor 12:5 KJV

̃    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

The word administration means something like ministries because when you exercise the spiritual gifts you minister to the body.  There are many  types of kinds of ministries and there are many types of spiritual manifestations and spiritual offices.  Their  value is to be able to minister to the body spiritual profit and edification .

To minister – to serve

This is the root meaning of an administration. The manifestation of these gifts serve God’s purpose for the church.

Operations  -

1 Cor 12:6 KJV

̃    And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

Operations in the sense that they are manifestations and ministries that are operated by the Holy Spirit.  The word means open “ active principle” or “open affect”  it means that these manifestations are energised by the Holy Spirit and bring about spiritual effects in the body.

Manifestations  -

1 Cor 12:7 KJV

̃    But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

Every moving of these spiritual “gifts” is a manifestation of the spirit.  Manifestation is defined as “an outward evidence”. The moving of the spirit in these ways brings about an outward evidence of the body.  The operation  of these spirituals brings believers to the awareness of the presence of God producing the effects of praising and worshipping or change.  Every spirit filled believer has the capacity for the manifestation of the spirit in this way.

1 Cor 12:7 KJV 

̃  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

Everyone profits from the manifestation of the Holy Spirit - this is not a privately owned matter.

Diversity  -

1 Cor 12:4 KJV

̃    Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1 Cor 12:5 KJV

̃    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

1 Cor 12:6 KJV

̃    And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

The idea behind the word diversity is that of distribution.  God does not intend only a few gifts flowing through a few people.  There are many gifts and every believer can have some sort of  manifestation of them.  The purpose of this study we are looking at the nine “spirituals” manifestations mentioned in this study.

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THE PURPOSE OF SPIRITUAL MANIFESTATIONS

Simply the main purpose of these spiritual manifestations is to edify the church.  If the exercise of these manifestations does not edify the church they are without value

1 Cor 14:12 KJV

̃    Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

1 Cor 14:26 KJV

̃    How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

The words edify and profit are used some 8 times in 1st Cor when talking about the operation of spiritual manifestations these manifestations come for the purpose of bringing spiritual profit and edification for the whole body.  This is why the bible emphasis that the motive to manifest one of these operations is love.

In a sense these 9 gifts are all a form of prophecy that is a God revealing God expounding something from his Spirit to someone and that being manifested to the whole body in this sense “prophecy” is said to have 3 main effects all of these 3 effectively build up and profit the body of Christ.

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Helps  - a special word

1 Cor 12:28-30

̃  1 Cor 12:28 (KJV)

̃  "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues."

̃  1 Cor 12:29 (KJV)

̃  "Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?"

̃  1 Cor 12:30 (KJV)

̃  "Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?"

This word only used once in NT. The verb of this noun is used 3 times

Acts 20:35

̃  Acts 20:35 (KJV)

̃  "I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Act 20:28

̃  Acts 20:28 (KJV)

̃  "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."

Act 20:29-30

̃  Acts 20:29 (KJV)

̃  "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock."

̃  Acts 20:30 (KJV)

̃  "Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."

Governments  

In another form refers to shipmasters - “to steer” to have the “con”

Act 27:11 ; Rev 18:17

̃  Acts 27:11 (KJV)

̃  "Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul."

̃  Rev 18:17 (KJV)

̃  "For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,"

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Overview “GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT”

There are 9 “gifts” - 6 for operation in everyday life and the life of the church and 3 mainly for the church and the Christians. These 3 are “to be spoken” or “uttered” and therefore come under the heading of “prophecy” as above.

THREE CATEGORIES OF GIFTS

The simplest way to describe these nine gifts is that three of them say (inspiration) something, three of them do (power) something, and three of them reveal (revelation) something.

 

The three gifts that say something are the gifts of utterance. They are: prophecy, divers kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues.

 

The three gifts that do something are the gifts of power.They are: the gift of faith, the working of miracles, and the gifts of healings. In the King James translation) every time this third power gift is mentioned both “gifts”and “healings” are in the plural. There is no such thing as the gift of healing.]

 

The three gifts that reveal something are the gifts of revelation. They are: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, and discerning of spirits.

 

These gifts are listed in the order of their importance. Of the three gifts of revelation, the word of wisdom is the best gift. Of the three gifts of power, the gift of faith is the best gift. Of the three gifts of utterance, the gift of prophecy is the best gift. The Bible tells us to seek earnestly the best gifts.

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All prophecy is to be “judged”

The Word is the judge of all manifestations. When someone judges a manifestation, the judgement is founded in the word. Is it scriptural? Is it in church order? Are the facts true? Etc.

 

Lets read slowly 1 Cor 12:1-11 again.

̃  1 Cor 12:1 (KJV)

̃  “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

̃  1 Cor 12:2 (KJV)

̃  “Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.”

̃  1 Cor 12:3 (KJV)

̃  “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.”

̃  1 Cor 12:4 (KJV)

̃  “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”

̃  1 Cor 12:5 (KJV)

̃  “And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.”

̃  1 Cor 12:6 (KJV)
“And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.”

̃  1 Cor 12:7 (KJV)

̃  “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”

̃  1 Cor 12:8 (KJV)

̃  “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;”

̃  1 Cor 12:9 (KJV)

̃  “To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;”

̃  1 Cor 12:10 (KJV)

̃  “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:”

̃  1 Cor 12:11 (KJV)

̃  “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

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General teachings on Use and Operation found in 1 Cor 14

1 Cor 14 has the teachings about the spiritual use of spiritual operations of these manifestations and these teachings need to be followed and held to so that we can receive the effects of edification, exhortation and comfort that God wants us to have. These teachings should be given so that order and blessing can reach the people of God.

The gifts of the Spirit lead people to Christ

These often play a large part in bringing people to Christ. We should NOT assume in a rally or open house meeting that the Holy Spirit will not manifest himself by the “gifts” of the Spirit.

[KJV]   JOH 16:7 - 11

̃  JOH 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

̃  JOH 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

̃  JOH 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

̃  JOH 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

̃  JOH 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

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These Gifts Spelt out in 1 Cor 12.

There are 9 main ones described and at the end of the chapter there is a mixed list of gifts and manifestations collected up together. We will concentrate on the 9 as they are called.

    3 groups of 3;

    group A of 6; group B of 3

Group  A

For operation in everyday life for all saints as well major church events etc

Group B

For operation by Christians in an assembly

Needed because “proof” of inspiration is not so readily seen

Often more abstract and needs the “other to judge” as it were.

These 9 gifts (manifestations) can be divided into another 2 groups:

7 can be found in OT & 2 only in NT. “tongues & interpretations of tongues” are only found in NT. Actually “tongues” were foretold as coming :

[KJV]   ISA 28:11 - 12

̃  ISA 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

̃  ISA 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

 

3 Gifts Of Revelation

Word Of Wisdom

Word Of Knowledge

Discernment Of Sprits

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3 Gifts Of Power

Gift Of Faith

Working Of Miracles

Gifts Of Healing

 

3 Gifts of Inspiration

Gift Of Prophecy

Gift Of Tongues

Gift Of Interpretation Of Tongues

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3 Gifts Of Revelation

These 3 are called the “revelation gifts” – I think it keen to note that prophecy is not included in the set.

OK questions – I’ll get to this later.

 

Word of wisdom

You could define the “word of wisdom” as supernatural revelation of the mind & purpose of God communicated by the Holy Spirit. It is God’s wisdom imparted to mankind. It is the gift of the word of God’s wisdom. It is when the Lord specifically reveals his purpose to an individual.

 

Yes the Lord is willing to guide believers in our daily affairs. He is willing to give us wisdom for a particular circumstance.

What we are talking about is a “word” of wisdom” it is very specific. God imparts his “mind & purpose” through a “word” given to someone.

 

In a sense “prediction would be included in this.

The word of wisdom reveals God's purposes of the world at large.  God rules in the kingdom men.  When the Lord gives a revelation of his purposes the one who receives the revelation can be said to receive the word of wisdom.  The "word of wisdom" reveals things to come respecting the world, nations, cities, churches or individuals..  It is the supernatural revelation of the mind and purpose of God communicated by the Holy Spirit to a person about specific events all situations that could not be known otherwise.  When we say that the word of wisdom is the revelation of the mind and the purpose of God it can be an explanation for the past and understanding of the present or a prediction of the future.  The word of wisdom operates when God reveals his purposes, his plans, his will and his course of action to an individual by direct revelation of the Holy Spirit.

 

(it is not used so much as for personal guidance when the vessel is directing another person. The gift reveals what will happen not the moral responsibility to make in the light of that knowledge.

 

OT examples of the gift of “word of wisdom” in operation:

Moses gets the whole law

Moses that the burning bush

Jonah and the word of wisdom that he received concerning Nineveh

Daniel and the remarkable visions concerning the Babylonian Empire

The revelation is concerning the people in Jerusalem in the prediction Zedekiah's captivity

Agabus in the new Testament sees the coming famine and the fact that Paul would be taken into prison

What is the difference between the word of wisdom and prophecy

[KJV]  1CO 14:3

̃  But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Here is the scriptural definition of prophecy.  Notice that there is no reference to revelation.  When a person prophesies in the ordinary simple form of prophecy he does not give a revelation as such.  The three gifts of revelation may be inside the prophecy.  Prophecy in its simplest form is divine utterance given by the Holy Spirit to an individual to bring edification, exhortation and comfort.  King David prophesied when he uttered about My Lord & seeing corruption King David also predicted in some of his times in Psalms. We find the gift of prophecy (speaking by direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit that bypasses the natural mind) and predictions of the future (manifestations of the word of wisdom)

 

(The word of wisdom) is a much-needed gift because by the word of wisdom the purpose and the plan of God is clearly revealed for a given situation.

 

So someone could manifest the word of wisdom inside a simple prophecy or tongues and interpretation this is the Holy Spirit manifest in the word of wisdom.

 

The word of wisdom can also come by:

1.  An angel -- Gideon received his commission when an angel suddenly appears to him by the winepress.

2.  In a vision -- Daniel receive most of his revelations in a vision.

3.  In dreams -- Joseph received the word of wisdom in dreams

4.  By an audible voice -- Moses receive the word of wisdom when he went into the tabernacle and heard the voice of one speaking to him from the mercy seat.

 

The gift of the word of wisdom is at the base of theocratic government; it is the basis of all heavenly “leadings”, the foundation of divine commission.  Through the word of wisdom Adam knew the extent of his privileges and the consequences of disobedience, Noah learned of the coming world judgements, Abraham of the promised land, Joseph of the coming devastation and famine to Egypt, Moses heard of Israel, Joshua was directed respecting the conquest of Canaan and Jeremiah lamented over the 70 years of Israel is captivity and Babylon.  All these things were understood and revealed through the word of wisdom.

 

There is nothing greater than the revelation of the mind and the purpose of God.  The word of wisdom takes us into the very council chamber of the Almighty and we become part of, no matter how small a way, in the government of the universe.

The word of wisdom gives new meaning to the scripture

[KJV]  AMO 3:7

̃  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

The smallest revelation of its purpose and will is more important than the greatest debate or deliberations that can be made in the councils of man and when we get this enlightenment and revelation it becomes for us the greatest wisdom that we can possibly achieve.

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What God Knows versus What God Wills

It is fundamentally important to understand that God does not deal with us openly about what he knows – he deals with us about what He “wills” or “wants”. We are not told to diligently seek out about what God knows – that would leave us free to just make all our own informed choices. NO. he wants us to diligently seek out what he wills or wants so that we may in faith submit ourselves to him and his ways.

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The divine purpose is revealed so that we can follow it.

This is what makes the word of wisdom so important & helpful.

 

It is important to see that there is natural wisdom, wisdom (scriptural) that comes from following the word through teaching or from life’s experiences - wisdom that comes from faith and this the word of wisdom.

 

The word of wisdom is a supernatural revelation by the Holy Spirit concerning the divine purpose in the mind of God.

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Word of knowledge

The “word of knowledge” is the supernatural revelation of the existence, or nature, of a person or a thing, or knowledge of some event given to us by the Holy Spirit for some specific purpose. It is a revelation about a past or present or in some cases future situation that could not or was not known by any other means. God makes known matters to us by this word of knowledge. It does not give direction of guidance as such. When the Spirit told Paul that bonds awaited him there was no direction or wisdom given as such - just the statement of what was going to happen. (Some insist that the word of knowledge only concerns the present or the past & has no bearing on the future. Jesus in John 4 told the woman at the well what her situation was. This is the word of knowledge.

Acts 9:10-12 Paul is told who will come to him. Acts 10:9-20 Peter was told that 3 men were looking for him. These are matters that could not have been know except by supernatural revelation.

So the word of knowledge is a revelation of facts from God & revealed supernaturally revealed to us, which otherwise we could not possibly know.

It is used as sign & a help.

[KJV]  JOH 1:48

̃  Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.

[KJV]  ACT 9:11

̃  And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

The “word of knowledge” comes in visions & by inward revelation. Jesus knew what the woman at the well in John 4 was thinking.

Often this word comes through prophecy or tongues & interpretation or by an angle – we just separate the “gifts” to help define them but like so much it does not really help to define these too sharply.

Old Testament examples

Put a prophet right

1 kings 19:4, 14, 18

̃  [KJV]  1KI 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

̃  [KJV]  1KI 19:14

̃  And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

̃  [KJV]  1KI 19:18

̃  Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

Expose a hypocrite & liar

2 Kings 5:25-26 KJV

̃  2KI 5:25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.

̃  2KI 5:26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?

A king warned of enemy plans

[KJV]   2KI 6:9 - 12

̃  2KI 6:9 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.

̃  2KI 6:10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.

̃  2KI 6:11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?

̃  2KI 6:12 And one of his servants said, None, my Lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

Recover lost property

[KJV]   1 SA 9:3 – 4, 6

̃  1 SA 9:3 And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.

̃  1 SA 9:4 And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not.

̃  [KJV]   1 SA 9:6

̃  1 SA 9:6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

[KJV]   1 SA 9:19 - 20

̃  1 SA 9:19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.

̃  1 SA 9:20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?

Find a man in hiding

[KJV]   1 SA 10:21 - 23

̃  1 SA 10:21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.

̃  1 SA 10:22 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold he hath hid himself among the stuff.

̃  1 SA 10:23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

God has all knowledge. He knows everything. He never reveals to anybody everything that he knows. He just gives them a word of what he knows.

The word of knowledge is the supernatural revelation by the Holy Spirit of certain facts in the mind of God.

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Discerning of spirits

The gift of the discerning of spirits opens an insight into the Spirit realm. It is not confined to revealing evil spirits. This gift reveals the Spirit of God & the spirit of man as well. It is the discerning all spirits good or bad. This gift is unaided by the natural mind. It includes visions. It discerns the Spirit & motivations of certain actions & so is able to make righteous judgement. Of course this often leads to disagreements but

[KJV]  1 CO 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

 

It is often the discerning of spirits that can make so absolute.

 

This is not a natural faculty.

No doubt we develop a discernment that is based on a holy perception. Perception is based of learnt history & altered by lateral thinking. No this is supernatural – a revelation that brings a certainty of knowing. The trick is to know what to do with the manifestation of this discernment of spirits. We are not the “thought police”.

 

Once again all spiritual “gifts” are subject to the word – for instance if I discerned what I thought was a evil spirit processing a Christian I have a problem. I am wrong or the person is not saved. If they flow in the Spirit they are saved. Hence I have a problem. I must be wrong. A born again person CANNOT be possessed by a demon spirit.

The Spirit realm - seeing the similitude of God

[KJV]  ISA 6:1

̃  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

John on Patmos

Discerning of spirits reveals the source of supernatural manifestations

[KJV]   ACT 16:16 - 18

̃  ACT 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

̃  ACT 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

̃  ACT 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

Once again we have natural discernment that people in world have & we have spiritual discernment that comes from the word & experience & then we have the discerning of spirits. The Spirit realm covers good & bad. The challenge has been what to do with the discernment.

The discerning of spirits gives insight into the Spirit realm (spirit world) – this is not the Spirit world that is really a lie – near death experiences – expanded drug induced states, astral projections etc. these are connected to lying spirits.

 

The 9 fall into 3 groups of 3. The oral group, the power group and the inner witness - revelation group

These “gifts” are the seal of God on  His written Word : The Bible is a MIRACLE BOOK.

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The greatest of all Gifts - HIS GOODNESS TO LEAD TO SALVATION:

Rom 2:4 (KJV)

̃  “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”

Rom 2:5 - 13 (KJV)

̃ 
“But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;”

̃  Rom 2:6 (KJV)“Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”

̃  Rom 2:7 (KJV)“To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:”

̃  Rom 2:8 (KJV)”But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,”

̃  Rom 2:9 (KJV)
“Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;”

̃  Rom 2:10 (KJV)
“But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:”

̃  Rom 2:11 (KJV)
“For there is no respect of persons with God.”

̃  Rom 2:12 (KJV)
“For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;”

̃  Rom 2:13 (KJV) “(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”

1 Cor 14:2  & 1 Cor 14:27-28 – Lets All read- it is self explanatory

̃  (1 Cor 14:2 KJV)
  “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

̃  (1 Cor 14:27 KJV)
  “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.”

̃  (1 Cor 14:28 KJV)
  “But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.”

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The Revelation or Insight Group

Word of Wisdom - the “GIFT” & THEN the Gift of Wisdom

This is not having wisdom but having a word of wisdom. It is not always spoken out. It is the idea of concept, idea, saying. It is to do with the HS revealing a “course of action to take”. What to do. The word of God is called the  “the written word”. The word of wisdom is called the “the revealed word” the out breathed word. But always remember that the revealed word is subject to the written word & you wont go wrong.

 

Wisdom is what is needed to solve problems. God’s wisdom is given to show the actions needed to get things done. Wisdom really shows the way the apply knowledge. It is getting a revelation about the way to go about doing something, the plan for action. The church faces corporate difficulties then the Lord gives wisdom as to how to fix them or the action to take. It is gaining a course to take that could or was not arrived at by natural reasoning.

CAN YOU THINK OF ANY TIMES IN BIBLE WHEN THIS MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED?

Reread 1 Cor 12:1 IGNORANT - lack of knowledge about spiritual supernatural gifts.

The gift of the WORD of wisdom is NOT the gift of wisdom

The gift of Wisdom - wise speech wise action : Spiritual Insight

Wisdom - Natural is not “THE GIFT of the word of wisdom” 

THE Gift of wisdom (not the gift of the word of wisdom)
is given to us and it is ours to have and to Hold.
 
By Learning
By Good Judgement
By knowledge
By Wise Teaching
By Life’s experiences

The gift of Wisdom is WISE SPEECH & WISE ACTIONS!

Jesus spoke ‘of THE  word of wisdom’ many times

The child Jesus

(Luke 2:40 KJV)

̃  “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.”

̃  (Luke 2:41 - 52KJV)
  “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.”

̃  (Luke 2:42 KJV)
  “And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.”

̃  (Luke 2:43 KJV)
  “And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.”

̃  (Luke 2:44 KJV)
  “But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.”

̃  (Luke 2:45 KJV)
  “And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.”

̃  (Luke 2:46 KJV)
  “And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.”

̃  (Luke 2:47 KJV)
  “And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.”

̃  (Luke 2:48 KJV)
  “And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.”

̃  (Luke 2:49 KJV)
  “And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”

̃  (Luke 2:50 KJV)
  “And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.”

̃  (Luke 2:51 KJV)
  “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.”

̃  (Luke 2:52 KJV)
  “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”

To devil

(Mat 4:4,7,10 KJV)

̃    “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

̃  (Mat  4:7 KJV)
  “Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

̃  (Mat 4:10 KJV)
  “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

Tax to Caesar

(Mark 12:14 KJV)

̃    “And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?”

̃  (Mark 12:15 KJV)
  “Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.”

̃  (Mark 12:16 KJV)
  “And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s.”

̃  (Mark 12:17 KJV)
  “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.”

̃  [KJV]  MAR 12:14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? 

Solomon

(1 Ki 4:29 - 30 KJV)

̃   “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.”

̃  (1 Ki 4:30 KJV)
  “And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.”

Who?

(Mat 12:42 KJV)

̃  “The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.”

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THE “GIFT” OF THE WORD OF WISDOM ON THE OTHER HAND IS:

the gift of the word of wisdom ‘as inspired by the power of Holy Spirit’ not learned by natural experiences.

note - God gave this “gift” of the word of wisdom to certain in OT  to carry out tasks

(Exo 35:29 KJV)

̃    “The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the LORD had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.”

̃  (Exo 35:30 KJV)
  “And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;”

̃  (Exo 35:31 KJV)
  “And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;”

̃  (Exo 35:32 KJV)
  “And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,”

̃  (Exo 35:33 KJV)
  “And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.”

̃  (Exo 35:34 KJV)
  “And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.”

̃  (Exo 35:35 KJV)
  “Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.”

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Wisdom in general is available for all

Jesus is made unto us wisdom

(1 Cor 1:30 KJV)

̃    “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

Wisdom - RIGHTEOUSNESS - SANCTIFICATION - redemption

This is the Basis for spiritual wisdom for saints:

Solomon speaks a lot about this wisdom

(Prov 1:7 KJV)

̃    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

̃  (Prov 1:8 - 23 KJV)
  “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:”

̃  (Prov 1:9 KJV)
  “For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”

̃  (Prov1:10 KJV)
  “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”

̃  (Prov 1:11 KJV)
  “If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:”

̃  (Prov 1:12 KJV)
  “Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:”

̃  (Prov1:13 KJV)
  “We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:”

̃  (Prov1:14 KJV)
  “Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:”

̃  (Prov 1:15 KJV)
  “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:”

̃  (Prov1:16 KJV)
  “For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.”

̃  (Prov1:17 KJV)
  “Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.”

̃  (Prov 1:18 KJV)
  “And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.”

̃  (Prov 1:19 KJV)
  “So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.”

̃  (Prov 1:20 KJV)
  “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:”

̃  (Prov 1:21 KJV)
  “She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,”

̃  (Prov 1:22 KJV)
  “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?”

̃  (Prov 1:23 KJV)
  “Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.”

(Prov 2:1 - 6 KJV)

̃  “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;”

̃  (Prov 2:2 KJV)
  “So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;”

̃  (Prov 2:3 KJV)
  “Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;”

̃  (Prov 2:4 KJV)
  “If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;”

̃  (Prov 2:5 KJV)
  “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”

̃  (Prov 2:6 KJV)
  “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”

Paul prays that this wisdom will be available to all

(Eph 1:17 - 18 KJV)

̃    “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:”

̃  (Eph 1:18 KJV)
  “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

James invites us to ask for this wisdom (not “gift of the word of wisdom - but gift of wisdom  itself)
(James 1:5 KJV)

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

In some of Jesus’ parables natural conventional wisdom is not enough to understand his illustrations

faithful - unfaithful

(Luke 16:1 - 11 KJV)

̃  “And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.”

̃  (Luke 16:2 KJV)
  “And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.”

̃  (Luke 16:3 KJV)
  “Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my Lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.”

̃  (Luke 16:4 KJV)
  “I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.”

̃  (Luke 16:5 KJV)
  “So he called every one of his Lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my Lord?”

̃  (Luke 16:6 KJV)
  “And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.”

̃  (Luke 16:7 KJV)
  “Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.”

̃  (Luke 16:8 KJV)
  “And the Lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”

̃  (Luke 16:9 KJV)
  “And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.”

̃  (Luke16:10 KJV)
  “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

̃  (Luke16:11 KJV)
  “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”

In our age the true son

(Mat 21:28 - 31 KJV)

̃    “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.”

̃  (Mat 21:29 KJV)
  “He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.”

̃  (Mat 21:30 KJV)
  “And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.”

̃  (Mat 21:31 KJV)
  “Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.”

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Wisdom - indeed all miraculous powers ARE defeated by Jealousy

(Mat 13:54 - 58 KJV)

̃    “And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?”

̃  (Mat13:55 KJV)
  “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?”

̃  (Mat13:56 KJV)
  “And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?”

̃  (Mat13:57 KJV)
  “And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.”

̃  (Mat13:58 KJV)
  “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

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Wisdom - Qualifications to Supervise & Serve on Tables

Full of wisdom and Holy Spirit

(Acts 6:1 – 3  KJV)

̃    "And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration."

̃  (Acts 6:2 KJV)
  "Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables."

̃  (Acts 6:3 KJV)
  "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business."

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The gift of the word of wisdom  will  be manifested to every saint in these circumstances

(Mat 10:18 - 20 KJV)

̃  "And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles."

̃  (Mat10:19 KJV)
  "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak."

̃  (Mat10:20 KJV)
  "For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."

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wisdom revealed by the Holy Spirit puts us outside all natural thinking - logical or lateral

(1 Cor 2:13 - 16 KJV)

̃    "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

̃  (1 Cor 2:14 KJV)
  "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

̃  (1 Cor 2:15 KJV)
  "But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man."

̃  (1 Cor 2:16 KJV)
  "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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Word of Knowledge

A “word of wisdom” gives insight to the church for practical action then a “word of knowledge” gives light and understanding of the doctrines and reasons for that action.. It is getting facts or understanding or data that could not be known from natural reasoning. This will bring facts to light or truths revealed. It is always for the churches benefit.

The Word of Knowledge is God the Holy Spirit Revealing Actual Physical Situations Not Previously Known

Go collect a colt (never been ridden)

(Mark 11:1 - 7 KJV)

̃    "And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,"

̃  (Mark 11:2 KJV)
  "And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him."

̃  (Mark 11:3 KJV)
  "And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither."

̃  (Mark 11:4 KJV)
  "And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him."

̃  (Mark 11:5 KJV)
  "And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?"

̃  (Mark 11:6 KJV)
  "And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go."

̃  (Mark 11:7 KJV)
  "And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him."

Man carry picture of water

(Mark 14:13 - 16 KJV)

̃    "And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him."

̃  (Mark14:14 KJV)
  "And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?"

̃  (Mark 14:15 KJV)
  "And he will show you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us."

̃  (Mark 14:16 KJV)
  "And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover."

Professional fishermen failed

(Luke 5:1 - 6 KJV)

̃    "And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,"

̃  (Luke 5:2 KJV)
  "And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets."

̃  (Luke 5:3 KJV)
  "And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship."

̃  (Luke 5:4 KJV)
  "Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught."

̃  (Luke 5:5 KJV)
  "And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net."

̃  (Luke 5:6 KJV)
  "And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake."

Temple tax held in a fishes mouth (recovered by a fisherman)(Mat 17:24 KJV)

̃    "And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?"

NATHANAEL under fig tree

(John 1:45 KJV)

̃    "Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

(John 1:46 - 49 KJV)

̃    "And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see."

̃  (John 1:47 KJV)
  "Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!"

̃  (John 1:48 KJV)
  "Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee."

̃  (John 1:49 KJV)
  "Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel."

Woman at the well

(John 4:15 - 19 KJV)

̃    "The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw."

̃  (John 4:18 KJV)
  "For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly."

̃  (John 4:19 KJV)
  "The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet."

What Do People Mean When they say “I have a Word for YOU”

Well It’s NOT usually the Holy Spirit speaking

It may be encouraging - BUT is not direct instruction

The So Called Word of Knowledge To Reveal Sickness in People has NO Basis in Scripture!!!!!!

NOT FOR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

The combination of wisdom and knowledge form the basis of supernatural guidance for the church. They are not for personal use. There is no example of them being used as such. Silas who was a prophet did not give Paul guidance - he simply reveals what would happen in the future. When Paul was pursuing a decided course of action at Troas, the Lord redirected him by a vision:

(Acts 16:9 KJV)

̃  “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.”

It is never recorded that he gave help to Paul in making his decisions. The gifts are given to comfort, edify and exhort the assembled church. They are never to contradict the word of God. The inspired word of God is  called a “more sure word of prophecy”

̃  (2 Pet 1:19 KJV)
  “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”

Knowledge is understanding the distinct contents of things. By it we are ready to meet all challenges - to be forewarned is to be forearmed - to be not taken by surprise

The King of Syria was certain he had a spy in his camp BUT it was really the spirit revealing to Elisha the situation.

̃  . (2 Ki 6:12 KJV)
  “And one of his servants said, None, my Lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.”

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Discerning of Spirits

3 type of spirit:

Holy Spirit
Human spirit
Demon spirit

This manifestation of the spirit shows the source of the spirit and also the type spirit under lying the outward experience.

Discernment - Natural and Spiritual

Discern - to distinguish - separate - INVESTIGATE - examine - scrutinise - question - judge

Natural (Unsaved) Man - Can’t understand spiritual things 1 Cor 2:14

1 Cor 2:14 (KJV)

̃  "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

Unsaved can discern natural things  Luk 12:54-56

Luke 12:54 (KJV)

̃  "And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is."

̃  Luke 12:55 (KJV)

̃  "And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass."

̃  Luke 12:56 (KJV)

̃  "Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?"

Jesus Before Pilate - Discerned by natural means 

Luk 23:13-16

̃  Luke 23:13 (KJV)"And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,"

̃  Luke 23:14 (KJV)Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:"

̃  Luke 23:15 (KJV)"No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him."

̃  Luke 23:16 (KJV)"I will therefore chastise him, and release him."

 Solomon’s Request shows that Position or Authority does NOT bring automatic discernment 

1 Kings 3:5-10

̃  1 Ki 3:5 (KJV)"In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee."

̃  1 Ki 3:6 (KJV)"And Solomon said, Thou hast showed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day."

̃  1 Ki 3:7 (KJV)"And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in."

̃  1 Ki 3:8 (KJV)"And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude."

̃  1 Ki 3:9 (KJV)"Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?"

̃  1 Ki 3:10 (KJV)"And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing."

Full grown men and women CAN Discern Human & Divine law 

Heb 5:7-14

̃  Heb 5:7 (KJV)"Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;"

̃  Heb 5:8 (KJV)"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;"

̃  Heb 5:9 (KJV)"And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;"

̃  Heb 5:10 (KJV)"Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec."

̃  Heb 5:11 (KJV)"Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing."

̃  Heb 5:12 (KJV)"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat."

̃  Heb 5:13 (KJV)"For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe."

̃  Heb 5:14 (KJV)"But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

To Ministries - All Ministries should be prepared to follow Paul’s Revelation

1 Cor 4:3-4

̃  1 Cor 4:3 (KJV)"But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self."

̃  1 Cor 4:4 (KJV)

̃  "For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord."

To General congregations - many Christians die before their appointed time 1 Cor 11:26-31

̃  1 Cor 11:26 (KJV)"For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come."

̃  1 Cor 11:27 (KJV)"Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord."

̃  1 Cor 11:28 (KJV)"But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup."

̃  1 Cor 11:29 (KJV)"For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body."

̃  1 Cor 11:30 (KJV)"For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep."

̃  1 Cor 11:31 (KJV)"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged."

God’s word is a DISCERNER of the thoughts

Heb 4:12-13

̃  Heb 4:12 (KJV)"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

̃  Heb 4:13 (KJV)"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do."

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The Gift of Discerning Spirits - Revealed by Holy Spirit

Mat 9:4-6

̃  Mat 9:4 (KJV)"And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?"

̃  Mat 9:5 (KJV)"For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?"

̃  Mat 9:6 (KJV)"But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house."

Mat 12:22,24-25

̃  Mat 12:22 (KJV)"Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw."

̃  Mat 12:24 (KJV)"But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils."

̃  Mat 12:25 (KJV)"And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:"

Luk 6:5,8-11

̃  Luke 6:5 (KJV)"And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath."

̃  Luke 6:8 (KJV)"But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth."

̃  Luke 6:9 (KJV)

̃  "Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?"

̃  Luke6:10 (KJV)

̃  "And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other."

̃  Luke 6:11 (KJV)

̃  "And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus."

Luk 9:46-48

̃  Luke 9:46 (KJV)

̃  "Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest."

̃  Luke 9:47 (KJV)

̃  "And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,"

̃  Luke 9:48 (KJV)

̃  "And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great."

Truth Spoken by Evil Spirit in Girl 

Act 16:16-18

̃  Acts16:16 (KJV)

̃  "And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:"

̃  Acts16:17 (KJV)

̃  "The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation."

̃  Acts16:18 (KJV)

̃  "And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour."

Ananias Just Put Money down

Act 5:1-5

̃  Acts 5:1 (KJV)

̃  "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,"

̃  Acts 5:2 (KJV)

̃  "And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it, at the apostles' feet."

̃  Acts 5:3 (KJV)

̃  "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?"

̃  Acts 5:4 (KJV)

̃  "Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God."

̃  Acts 5:5 (KJV)

̃  "And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things."

Many Christians are deceitful like Ananias. They try to make a person believe what is not true. SOMETIMES: They try it on the pastor. They believe that they are not exposed and that they have got away with it. NO NO Often the pastor has discernment but is hoping for change.

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The 3 power gifts

 

Gift of Faith (manifestation)

This is NOT the Gift of Faith that is the gift of the faith which we live by. This is not the faith that grows like the fruit of the Spirit.

Rom 12:3

̃  Rom 12:3 (KJV)

̃  "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."

Christian Faith  

Heb 11:6

̃  Heb 11:6 (KJV)

̃  "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

God has dealt to every man the measure of faith

When people say - I’ll make a move of faith --- this is not the gift of faith – this faith stirred in the heart by the believer.

 

The gift of faith is a supernatural operation of the Holy Spirit in the experience of the saint, which enables him or her to sustain an unwavering trust in God for personal protection.

 

The gift of faith is passive in that it receives the miraculous, the gift of working miracles is active in that it works or accomplishes miracles.

There is big difference between what is the “fruit of faith” & the “gift (manifestation) of faith”.. the element of great danger brings on the element of the gift of faith.

 

The “gift” of faith gives protection when faced with physical danger – the gift of healing gives physical deliverance & health.

 

Everyday faith is exercised to obtain promises & meet needs. The gift of faith is an instantaneous surge. While we seek the gifts in general we do not actually seek them as in a specific event for the Spirit moves severally as he wills.

Example of Gift of Faith 

Act 3:1-9

̃  Acts 3:1 (KJV)

̃  "Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour."

̃  Acts 3:2 (KJV)

̃  "And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;"

̃  Acts 3:3 (KJV)

̃  "Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms."

̃  Acts 3:4 (KJV)

̃  "And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us."

̃  Acts 3:5 (KJV)

̃  "And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them."

̃  Acts 3:6 (KJV)

̃  "Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."

̃  Acts 3:7 (KJV)

̃  "And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength."

̃  Acts 3:8 (KJV)

̃  "And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God."

̃  Acts 3:9 (KJV)

̃  "And all the people saw him walking and praising God:"

Peter on the Water 

Mat 14:28-31

̃  Mat 14:28 (KJV)

̃  "And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water."

̃  Mat 14:29 (KJV)

̃  "And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus."

̃  Mat 14:30 (KJV)

̃  "But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me."

̃  Mat 14:31 (KJV)

̃  "And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"

This Faith is Inspired Only By the Holy Spirit

Mat 21:18,20-22

̃  Mat 21:18 (KJV)

̃  "Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered."

̃  Mat 21:20 (KJV)

̃  "And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!"

̃  Mat 21:21 (KJV)

̃  "Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done."

̃  Mat 21:22 (KJV)

̃  "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."

A sum up – the word of wisdom is the manifestation that gives us supernatural guidance. The word of knowledge is the manifestation that gives us supernatural enlightenment. The operation of faith is the manifestation that gives us supernatural protection.

 

The 3 power gifts are – gift of faith, the gift of healings & the gift of working of miracles.

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The gift of working miracles

This is described as the supernatural demonstration of the power of God by which the laws of nature are altered, suspended or controlled. (this is excepting disease in the body)

 

The simple difference between the gift of faith & the gift of working miracles. The gift of faith calls into operation the supernatural power of God on one’s or someone’s behalf. The gift of working miracles is the power of God working through the individual.

 

The gifts of healing

This is the manifestation of the supernatural power of God in the sphere of healing disease.

 

These gifts of healing are manifested in several ways:

Laying on off hands – mark 6:5

Spoken word  Mat 8:8

Fabric  Acts 19:11-12

Shadow Acts 5:16

Touch

Sometimes the sick person take part

Bathing 2 Kings 5:14

Clay paste on blind eyes John 9:6

Plaster of figs Isaiah 38:21

Laying on hands Mark 6:5

Anointing oil James 5:14

 

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man is not a gift of healing as such as is the prayer of the elders.

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3 Gifts of Inspiration

 

Gift Of Prophecy

This brings

1 Cor 14:3

̃  [KJV]  1 CO 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 

Exhortation

Edification

Comfort

(There is no mention of revelation or prediction)

[it pays to understand this – what is called “personal prophecy” has no examples in the New Testament. You should not allow it. Don’t let someone prophecy over you with directions or “leadings” of the spirit. The only case is with Paul when the prophet tells him by the spirit what will happen to him. The saints all took this as direction from God but it was not direction. See

1 Cor 14:3 KJV

̃    But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

1. Edification - The word edification means the act of building up the structure of a building.

2. Exhortation - This word means to exalt or encourage.  The Holy Spirit himself is called the encourager.  Sometimes translated consultation and often translated as a verb “I beseech you”

3. Comfort  - The word comfort means to soothe comfort and console it was predicted that the church would suffer persecution and indeed we suffer trials.  The body needs consolation in times of trial.

Exhortation

exhortation

noun

        1.      the act or process of exhorting.

        2.     an utterance, discourse, or address conveying urgent advice or recommendations.

exhort

adjective –exhorter,noun

verb (t)

        1.      to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.

verb (i)

        2.     to make exhortation; give admonition.

urge, encourage]

Edification

edify

–edifier, noun –edification

 noun –edifyingly, adverb

verb (t) ,edified, edifying.

to build up or increase the faith, morality, etc., of; instruct or benefit, especially morally.

So that the church can receive the maximum edification God wants the operations of the spirit to be performed in a mature way

1 Cor 14:20 KJV

̃    Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

Comfort

comfort

comfortingly,adverb –comfortless,adjective –comfortlessly,adverb –comfortlessness,noun

verb (t)

        1.      to soothe when in grief; console; cheer.

noun

        2.     relief in affliction; consolation; solace.

        3.     the feeling of relief or consolation.

        4.     a person or thing that affords consolation.

        5.     a state of ease, with freedom from pain and anxiety, and satisfaction of bodily wants.

console  v. (-ling) comfort, esp. in grief or disappointment. [Latin: related to *solace]

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Gift Of Tongues

The manifestation of the gift of tongues in a meeting is not private prayer. It is a message that is intended to be interpreted by the gift of the Spirit in interpretation.

Tongues are a sign to them that believe not

1 Cor 14:22

̃  [KJV]  1 CO 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. 

1 Cor 14:6

̃  [KJV]  1CO 14:6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

tongues with interpretation bring

revelation

knowledge

prophesying

doctrine

tongues without interpretation gives thanks well BUT no one else is edified & if everyone does this then confusion is introduced.

1 Cor 14:5

̃  [KJV]  1CO 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 

1Cor 14:16-17

̃  [KJV]  1CO 14:16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? 

1Cor14:23

̃  [KJV]  1CO 14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? 

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Gift Of Interpretation Of Tongues

Every utterance of the gift of tongues in a public meeting should be followed by “interpretation.

This is not necessarily a literal word for word interpretation of the actual tongues message. It is really a response to the voice of the Spirit in the tongues message.

There is a limit of 2 or 3 in a meeting.

1Cor 14:27

̃  [KJV]  1CO 14:27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. 

If there is no interpretation present the tongues must be spoken internally between yourself & God

1 Cor 14:28

̃  [KJV]  1CO 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 

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How to be used in these “gifts”

Well you must desire to be used & you must be stirred in faith to be used.

 

We are told to desire to prophesy or edify the church & we have the thought from Moses – I would that all the people of God prophesied.

̃  [KJV]  NUM 11:29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

̃  Numbers 11:29 NCV

̃  29 But Moses answered, “Are you jealous for me? I wish all the Lord’s people could prophesy. I wish the Lord would give his Spirit to all of them!”

̃ [KJV]  1CO 14:31

̃  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

 

Thoughts  on Tongues/Interpretation/Prophecy:

1) Focus and meditate on the words of the choruses being sung and allow the Holy Spirit to quicken them to your heart

2) Expect and Desire intensely for God to use you

3) "Listen" to the Message in Tongues with your spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to quicken the Theme and Message of the Tongue

If you are seeking to be used in these manifestations then as you wait trying to discern if you are going to be used - there will be the operation of the gift as you wait. this is an indication that your leading is confirmed and that the next time you should move out in faith. When you flow in the manifestations of these gifts your natural mind is bypassed so if you are pre-thinking what to say you are not flowing in the gift.  

These are the main points that will help release you to start flowing in these 3 oral gifts.

 

1Cor14:30-32

̃ [KJV]  1CO 14:30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 

̃ [KJV]  1CO 14:31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 

̃ [KJV]  1CO 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 

̃  [KJV]  1CO 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 

You can wait to allow others to operate.

There is normally more than vessel that can be used OR God is wanting to use. If you are well versed in the moving of the gifts you can wait to allow the less experienced to develop the boldness to step out.

If you are uncertain

& you wait & there is a manifestation of the gifts it is sure sign that you could have been used. Be bolder next time – there will be a next time.

Very often you will not have anything more than the opening words

We operate by faith and we can only move in our faith.

I’m often anointed with the go-ahead as I fully enter into the flow of the meeting.

One way that you know that the Lord is stirring you to be used is if you become aware that you should speak out – you hold your peace & there is a move through someone else in the meeting. This is fine when there are regular saints who are moved. If you are on your own in a meeting when the gifts do not flow then you need extra courage but remember that is a move of “faith”.

[KJV]  ROM 12:6

̃  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

in this case prophecy covers the “oral gifts”

 [KJV]  1CO 14:32

̃  And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

One observation that I have had is that saints who have had long term difficulty with moving with these “gifts” often actually pray out the move using the 3rd person instead of the 1st person “I the Lord”. They have the content but they pray it out as a prayer.

 

It is a mighty blessing to be used in the Spirit. It takes courage & boldness. It is a risk of being judged but it is well worth it. We are told to desire the “best” gifts.

[KJV]  1CO 12:31

̃  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

[KJV]  1CO 14:12

̃  Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

Excel — what mighty word. To excel — this what the best do J

 

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A WARM UP TEST

We will read the following passages together.

Question will be “Was this 1. Insight 2. Power 3. Utterance (i.e. which of the 3 groups was this manifestation?)


Question 1

(((((word of knowledge)))))

 (John 4:4- 18 KJV)

̃ 
 “Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.”

̃  (John 4:5 KJV)
“Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.” 

̃  (John 4:6 KJV)
“There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.” 

̃  (John 4:7 KJV)
“(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
”  (John 4:8 KJV)
“Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.” 

̃  (John 4:9 KJV)
“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” (John 4:10 KJV)
“The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?” 

̃  (John4:11 KJV)
“Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?”

̃   (John 4:12 KJV)
“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:” 

̃  (John 4:13 KJV)
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

̃   (John 4:14 KJV)
“The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.”  (John 4:15 KJV)
“Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.” 

̃  (John4:16 KJV)
“The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:”

̃   (John 4:17 KJV)
“For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”

̃   (John 4:18 KJV)
“The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.” 

question 2

2. (((((((((gift of faith)))))))))))))

Josh 10:12 - 14 KJV

̃   (Josh 10:12 - 14 KJV)
“And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.”

̃  (Josh10:13 KJV)
“And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.”

̃  [KJV]  JOS 10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. 

(question 3

̃  3. (((((((((((((((discerning of spirits))))))))))))))))))


(John 1:32-33 KJV)

̃ 
 “And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.” 

̃  (John1:33 KJV)
 “And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.”

Question 4

4. ((((((((gifts of healing)))))))))

 

Luke 5:17 KJV

̃  (Luke5:17 KJV)
 “And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” 

Question 5

5. (((((word of wisdom)))))

(Acts 15:13 - - 29KJV)

̃   “And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:”

̃  (Acts15:14 KJV)
 “Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.”

̃  (Acts15:15 KJV)
 “And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,”

̃  (Acts15:16 KJV)
 “After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:”

̃  (Acts15:17 KJV)
 “That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.” 

̃  (Acts15:18 KJV)
 “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.”

̃    (Acts 15:19 KJV)
 “Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:”

̃  (Acts15:20 KJV)
 “But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

̃    (Acts 15:21 KJV)
 “For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.”

̃    (Acts 15:22 KJV)
 “Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:”

̃  (Acts15:23 KJV)
 “And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:” 

̃    (Acts 15:24 KJV)
 “Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:”

̃  (Acts15:25 KJV)
 “It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,”

̃    (Acts 15:26 KJV)
 “Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

̃  (Acts15:27 KJV)
 “We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.”

̃    (Acts 15:28 KJV)
 “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;”

̃  (Acts15:29 KJV)
 “That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.”

Question 6

((((((word of prophecy))))

 

(1 Cor 14:1 - 3KJV)

̃  (1 Cor 14:1 - 3KJV)“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.”

̃  (1 Cor 14:2 KJV)
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” 

̃  (1 Cor 14:3 KJV)
“But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.” 

Question 7

7. (((((((working of  miracles ))))))

(Acts 19:11 KJV)

̃    (Acts 19:11 KJV) “And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:”

̃  (Acts19:12 KJV) “So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”

̃   (Acts 19:13 KJV)   “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.”

̃  (Acts19:14 KJV)
  “And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.”

̃  (Acts19:15 KJV)
  “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”

̃  (Acts19:16 KJV)
  “And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”

̃  (Acts19:17 KJV)
  “And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.”

̃  (Acts19:18 KJV)
  “And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.”

̃  (Acts19:19 KJV)
  “Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.”

̃  (Acts19:20 KJV)
  “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”

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Imitators pay dearly for misusing the Name of Jesus

Note v 18 at salvation - a full confession is necessary.

 

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