Gifts of the Spirit 8
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
We see in the life of the early disciples there was a reliance and dependance on the ministry of the Holy Spirit
The verse above indicates that they were “continually being filled” with the power of the Holy Spirit
And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
It was not signs to convince the skeptics but in response to the faith of the believers!
And they were preaching the gospel there. And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.
The connection of faith i a powerful thing! It produces results!
In Romans and Galatians, Paul clearly made a distinction and contrast between the new life in the Spirit and the old life of the flesh and sin.
In Corn. and Ephesians he emphasizes the work of the Spirit both in the hearts of the believers and in the church
Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians expresses a deep concern over the new converts. There had been a mighty move of the Spirit that had birthed the church. Paul was concerned that persecution might dampen the mode!
For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit,
His word to them was:
Do not quench the Spirit.
Don’t put out the Spirit’s fire!
The Spirit was trying to move among them but they were resistant
Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.
despise - don’t have an attitude of contempt and arrogance
Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.
The answer is not to reject all prophecies but rather all prophecies should be judged
God’s purpose for believers has always been salvation, our full inheritance in Christ. Two thing are necessary though for us to continue on the way to fulfillment of this salvation
They are sanctifying work - dedication and consecration to God and His work and will of the Spirit and through belief in in the truth of the Word!
But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
Both are made effective in our lives by the Holy Spirit…both require our full response! Faith!
In Hebrews Paul warned that
For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
While in Thes
For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
Paul in his letter to the Galatians unloads on them for becoming self reliant on their own works
Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
It reminds us that participation in Gods kingdom requires faith!
Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Now the blessings of Abraham comes to all nations through Christ. Then both Jew and gentile who have faith may receive the Spirit!
Christ’s death not only saved us from the fires of hell but made it possible for us to receive all the blessings that go with being a member of God’s household!
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
The term “crying out” here indicates an intense fervency, and urgency from the depths of the heart for His work
The work of the Spirit in us should produce a burning desire to fulfill what God has give for us to accomplish!
Are you burning today for things of God? Are you pursuing Him and all He has for with everything in your life?
I challenge you today to seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him!