19 Nov Gifts pt. 2
We are discussing these spiritual gifts that come up in chapter 12. Paul shares with this young Corinthian church a desire for them to understand the gifts. Paul is making a statement about using the mind to understand the concept. He has given them a filter to work with. “Does it point to Jesus?”
As we discussed this in our teaching team meeting a couple of important questions came up:
- What is unique about the culture Paul was speaking to.
Gnosticism and Mystical cults…wherein the emphasis was on the “special abilities of people.” Paul is combatting that egocentric approach. If we remember our filter, we see why he is teaching this. “Does it point to Jesus?”
What does it look like to use these incorrectly?
How are these released in the market place? Would we communicate differently to the unsaved than we have learned to in the church?
What is the responsibility in gifting?
Esau concept – Oldest gets more to be trusted to distribute it.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, I will write about the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of us, for I must correct your misunderstandings about them. You know that when you were still pagans you were worshipping speechless idols. So I want yo to know how to discern what is truly from God: No one speaking by the Spirit of God can curse Jesus, and no one is able to say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are all serving. There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge. The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy.
He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
2. To another he gives the gift of special knowledge.
What is special knowledge and how does it work?
special knowledge – Two words, logos & gnosis.
logos – something communicated or spoken
gnosis – a knowing, to know
These two words together combine to reveal the idea of a person who, in a moment, possesses a supernatural knowledge about an issue they would not be able to know through education or experience.
They are, “communicating a knowing.” The common term for this is a, “word of knowledge.” It is a specific knowledge that has kingdom effect on the listener. (Chris Bryant story)
This is a gift that looks like a supernatural knowledge, wherein the knowledge came from Heaven.
The person possesses knowledge that is not derived through experience. This is the opposite idea of word of wisdom, wherein the person had history with the topic or idea they were speaking on.
How to hear? How to release it?
This is a grace that reveals the heart of the Father for a person that needs to be met in a moment.
This often happens in conversation or prayer. I will get an impression or just have knowledge impressed on my heart that I would not know. I release it, trusting that He provided it.
What if it’s wrong? That is going to happen. We are not perfect filters. I believe there is a safeguard for us: Time with Him.
I believe, Word of Knowledge, seems to flow most in people that spend time in His presence consistently. Why?
The more time I spend with Him, the easier it is to discern His heart and mind in a moment.
3. The Spirit gives special faith to another,
special faith – the root word is, ‘pistis’ and the meaning is, “to be persuaded or to persuade.”
In simplest definition, it is the unique ability to be convinced that God is able to overcome in any situation.
How do these people do this? Is it just supernatural? Is it a gut belief that is stronger than most?
If so, we must conclude there are some who just believe bigger than others. But, I am not convinced.
The root word means, “to be persuaded.” Consider a thought with me. In the natural, how do I get persuaded of something?
Kris Vallaton has a quote that I love, “A man with experience trumps a man with an argument.”
What if the experiences I have gone through, the moments where I needed God to meet me, the seeminglyimpossible moments that He provided for me, the tragedies and difficulties I have gone through…what if these are the very arena in which the Holy Spirit uses to release this gift of being persuaded?
In this way, I can view coming out the other side of these tough seasons with the promise, “I will have a greater faith.”
Remember where James says to, “Count it all joy…?” He brings a simple idea to life in this verse…our trials have a purpose. They are the very place the Holy Spirit wants to release and give the supernatural gift of faith.
I am able to say, “hey…I went through ______ and HE met me. I know he will meet you.”
This is what I believe this gift is. I believe it is the perspective of heaven given to us to cause us to be persuaded of His favor and hand in our lives in our history. That persuasion causes me to believe and trust for more in the future. We all know what it is, I am just not sure we have ever realized WHERE he teaches and gives it.
This gift looks like supernatural trust in Jesus to overcome. It is fed by our history and experience. It is this reason why we must have a place to vet our situations to him.