1 Corinthians 14; The Controversial Gifts

November 23, 2013

1 Corinthians 14; The Controversial Gifts

This is a personal observation of my study and listening to the sermons I preached and edited the podcast.

Concerning Spiritual Gifts.
I know the Holy Spirit has not stopped working nor has He stopped performing miracles in their various manifestations.

I have begun this study as a Continuationist.
As I prepared the sermons, I noted great differences defined in the New Testament and the lack of any real & genuine manifestations of the exact same nature current day.

There is a clear difference of what is exhibited in the New Testament writings and what we are observing today.

This leads to a crisis point for Continuationist. In order to remain in that position you are forced to redefine Spiritual Gifts spelled out in the Bible to “make them fit” into present day phenomena.

Redefining Scripture is Eisegesis. BAD.

In this sermon you will hear me struggle to make Gifts of the Spirit fit from what is written to present day experiences.

I have no problem sharing my Spiritual journey with you, because the goal of studying our Bible is to allow the Scriptures to change US. We do not change the Scriptures.

[Rom 12:2 ESV] Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Who: Paul
• When: Writes "1 Corinthians" [Corinthians B] (c. AD 54-55)
From Where? : Ephesus 1 Cor. 16:8
AUTHOR: PAUL, the apostle (1Cr 1:1; 1Cr 16:21)
TIME OF WRITING: Probably in the spring of 57 A.D., shortly before the Jewish feast of Pentecost (1Cr 16:8), during his third missionary journey (Act 19).
You can learn about how the Corinth church was established in Act 18

The Big Picture.
Chapter 12: Holy Spirit, Body of Christ, Unity
Chapter 13: LOVE
Chapter 14: Get Organized

[1Cr 12:1 ESV] Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.
Unity & Diversity in the gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Holy Spirit
1 body of Christ

The purpose is to tell people about Jesus.
The Great Commission:
[Mat 28:18 ESV] And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
[Mat 28:19 ESV] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
[Mat 28:20 ESV] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Define the Following:
Spiritual Gifts in general
Spiritual Gifts specifically.
Did they stop?
1. Not if we define them correctly; Time and Place.

Defining the Miraculous.

1. Miraculous signs; to designate authority of the messenger that what they said is true.
The point of the miraculous is that is it NOT NORMAL. Not all the time. Not Natural
Super Natural is not natural. Contrary to nature. Something out of nothing.

[Jhn 10:27 ESV] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
[Jhn 10:28 ESV] I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
[Jhn 10:29 ESV] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
[Jhn 10:30 ESV] I and the Father are one."
[Jhn 10:31 ESV] The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.
[Jhn 10:32 ESV] Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?"
[Jhn 10:33 ESV] The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God."
[Jhn 10:34 ESV] Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, you are gods'?
[Jhn 10:35 ESV] If he called them gods to whom the word of God came--and Scripture cannot be broken--
[Jhn 10:36 ESV] do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?
[Jhn 10:37 ESV] If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;
[Jhn 10:38 ESV] but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."

Healings, freeing people from spirits, feeding people.
Jesus healed on the Sabbath, just to make the religious leaders mad.

[Jhn 3:1 ESV] Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
[Jhn 3:2 ESV] This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him."

2. GCC’s The clear hand of God directing from above when we see no way.
The Book of Esther. It’s supernatural intervention using the natural to get it done.

Are we defining the gifts properly?
Defining Spiritual Gifts:
Not given once for all time, but infrequently for a certain circumstance and limited time.

Apostles. Done.
Their exhibit of Spiritual Gifts are done also.
However the Body of Believers, the church seems to be continuing.
A. The Bible
B. It’s what we are exhibiting today.

) Word of Wisdom
) Word of Knowledge
) Faith
) Gifts of Healing
) Working of Miracles strength power, ability
A. inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
B. power for performing miracles

) Discerning of Spirits
) Divers (or different) kinds of Tongues
) Interpretation of (different) Tongues

) Prophecy Foretelling and Forth-Telling.

Forth telling (usually in a Biblical context) means telling forth - as in spreading the Word,
Whereas foretelling means declaring future events.

In either case if it is for the Glory of God.

When O.T. Prophets, Jesus or the Apostles Prophesied.
We wrote it down because it was The WORD OF GOD.
We recognized it as Divine in origin, inspired, perfect and complete.

There were O.T. and N.T. prophecies we did not write down. 1 Samuel 10:9-13.
O.T. Saul prophesied and we did not write it down.
N.T. Philips daughters prophesied and we did not write it down.

[Act 21:9 ESV] He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.
[Act 21:10 ESV] While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
[Act 21:11 ESV] And coming to us, he took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, "Thus says the Holy Spirit, 'This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'"

Now what is this? A pastor emailed me on Linked In, just this week.
Subject: Welcome to your month of comfort

God shall comfort you in the new month. He will cause you to recover all that you have lost this year.
The last two months of this year shall be bring turn around breakthroughs that will cause you to bubble in joy, abundance and fulfillment
I appreciate our connection always and hope for a more fruitful and symbiotic relationship
Have a very comforting month
Best regards,

Declaring the Bible Forth-telling, convicts hearts.
[1Cr 14:24 ESV] But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,
[1Cr 14:25 ESV] the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

Gifts to obey the Great Commandment and Great Commission.

[Rom 12:6 ESV] Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:
if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
[Rom 12:7 ESV] if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
[Rom 12:8 ESV] the one who exhorts, in his exhortation;
the one who contributes, in generosity;
the one who leads, with zeal;
the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Observational & Historical evidence continues.
The most conservative Christian preachers have witnessed the miraculous infrequently.
Even the most conservative preachers have witnessed healings.
Unusual events of communication when ministering in foreign countries.

The Greater the Presence of the Holy Spirit, The Greater the Self-Control
[Gal 5:22 ESV] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
[Gal 5:23 ESV] gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

The presence of the Holy Spirit brings greater self-control to the people, not lack of control.
Empowerment to share truth is not losing control, but boosting you with Power, in something you lack.
“Self-Control” Fruit of the Spirit. A “gift” of Holy Spirit would not negate the Fruit of the Spirit.
The power of the Holy Spirit allows us to look at our own sin.
To share Jesus with others, despite our fears.
To be reconciled to our Christian family.

1 Cor. Chapter 14 Part 2

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