07 Jan 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
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.
- and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick.
Healing is God’s idea.
Words – a gift or gifts given to cure ailment
Questions to consider:
Is healing for today?
There is a strong movement in the church, that uses the lack of healings in recent and past history to prove and validate a, “removal of healing from the earth.” It is their belief this gift was limited to the, “age of the apostles.”
Is this a biblically supported view?
-Mark 16 – Jesus’ words
-James 5 – Well after Jesus, a word to all the church
-Acts 4 – the cry of the CHURCH for a release of healing in their day
There is no Biblical precedent to conclude or even suggest a removal of miraculous power on earth.
So why do we not see healing?
We do. We have in this very room. All over the world it is happening daily. To conclude that healing is not happening because we don’t see healing every time we pray is arrogant and self-centered.
- 2 Aspects in this word healing (cure of ailment)
It would be correct to consider this word, “healing,” to apply to the treatment of ailment, such as the medicine and health focused fields.
There is a reality that one of the out-workings of this gift is the desire to see health. In this way, every work, physical, emotional, and spiritual that is aimed at bringing health and a cure of ailment is an extension of God’s desire for health on the earth.
The greek word here is “iáomai.” It is a word that simply means, “cure.”
Those sons and daughters working in these fields are right and correct to cry out for supernatural healing to be released on their skills. This would include a wide variety of professions and causes.
Paul’s teaching here, in it’s simplest root, is that God is able to release healing and cure.
But, to understand this accurately, we must ask, “how would the original reader have heard this? What would they have thought he was talking about?”
One of the unique hallmarks of Jesus was the supernatural healing he walked in. It is consistent throughout his life.
It is such a unique hallmark of his life that when He sends out the 72 to extend the Kingdom as an extension of Him, He commands them to:
9 Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’”
So there is a clear pattern in His time…it is the relieving of ailment through supernatural means…Divine healing.
Divine healing by prayer and the laying on of hands.
Paul is speaking about the supernatural gift of healing, released by prayer and the laying on of hands.
This is how Jesus has taught us to function:
“these signs will follow them that believe…they will lay hands on the sick and see them recover.” (Mark 16)
Go back to the 72, (Luke 10) who were the first examples of how we would walk in our daily lives. They were sent out, expected and called, to be healers. There is no other way to see it. They had a direct mandate to, “heal the sick.”
We are taught that the Holy Spirit releases gifts to people to heal.
I wonder if there is a more appropriate question?
When do those gifts get released?
Because as I read this, while the Holy Spirit releases gifts, Jesus gave a mandate to each of us:
“you will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”
Is it possible that the Holy Spirit works in alignment with what Jesus has said, and will not release the gifts of healing until we move into alignment with the declaration of Jesus?
Can I suggest there are common fears that get in the way?
A. What if nothing happens?
B. If they don’t get healed, it will hurt their trust in God.
C. What if they think I am crazy?
The simple truth is, none of these fears can be overcome by us. There are not ours to control.
The only thing we control in healing is the obedience to pray and lay hands on people.
In almost every instance, healing is connected to prayer.
The early church approach (Acts 4v28-31)
They came together to ask the Lord to release His healing power in their city and region.
They prayed with focus.
They aligned with Heaven.
The main point is that HE heals. Whether it is through the laying on of hands and prayer or the touch of professional, we have both the right and are expected to believe HE WILL heal.
We each are to move in healing by releasing healing prayers through the laying on of hands.
He desires the world to know He supersedes illness and ailment.