1 Corinthians 12 1- 3
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS GIFTING (1 COR. 12:1-3)
Intro. Tonight going to introduce subj. of sp gifts - gifts of the spirit
Paul he himself planted -describes as “nt lacking any gift/waiting!” 1:7
Yet this wasn’t enough to make it “sp” ch - carnal - div/immor/worldly
1. IGNORANCE ROBS US OF GOD’S POWER! (1) Act 19:1-6
“unaware” corr balance/purpose/limits gifts-many today avail/funct gifts!
Prov. 19:2 It’s nt good be w/o know!
Ignor keep us being able min eff illus. Last Rites! - mult words/wo know!
2. GOD’S SPIRIT CAN SPEAK TO YOU! (2)
before Chr. Worshipped “dumb” gods! -no capacity communicate
1 Kings 18:24, 29
Before saved God wasn’t spking to you - new area to develop-no exp!
1 Cor. 2:11-16 - God equipped you w/sp receiver! - got rt equp!
3. GOD’S SPIRIT CAN SPEAK THRU YOU! (3)
-IT IS POSSIBLE FOR GOD TO SPEAK THRU YOU!
spking gifts: word know/wisd/prophecy - spks to mt spk thru you!
Here many get confused: “Nvr heard voice!/confused expectations:
“I’ll recognize God’s voice hear it - know sounds like-saw 10 Comm!
Little Samuel - didn’t recog it at first/took time/resp!
“Spk Lord your servant is list!” - Gd spks those ask/list/surr Lordship
Elijah - 1 Kings 19:8, 11-13 * Why Sainai? - start already spkn!
God didn’t spk thru impers phenomena/pers - nt shake/bake-bark!
“wrapped face” *why? Reverence-Moses/Seraphim - I don’t des be here!
-“went stood ent cave” - tuned in the source - Gd brk in “Test Sp BC sys”
God’s spk gently/internal nudges-
2 Pet 1:21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God - “moved” - carry along - ship/wind-sails!
- GOD’S SPIRIT NEVER SPKS CONTRARY TO GOD’S WORD!
1st test if something spoken is of the Sp - in anyway deny-pre rev truth?
-GOD’S SPIRIT SPEAKS GOD’S HEART THROUGH US!
-brings God glory! * what every tongue confess one day? To the Gl/Gd F!
-enables Sp dir praise! “He will glorify me!” O Lord our Lord how maj!
-enables Sp comfort/counsel - world seems out contro- Jesus is Lord!
-enables Sp proclamation Acts 2:36“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ”