We always seem to be thankful for something. We are thankful when we receive a gift or when our best friend goes out of the way to help you. We can be thankful for many things but just as quickly we can be hateful or angry when things don’t go our way.So why do we have a day to give thanks and for some that means a day off, football, lots of food, and for some get ready for Black Friday. The bible says we are to honor the sabbath, but we only have one day for recognition of thanks.
Thanksgiving is just 10 days away and I thought that we touch on the topic of Thanks. So, this is part one of titled Thanks and the second part will be the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Today’s message comes from 1 Corinthians 12:
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Before we get too deep into this however, lets take a step back. None of this means anything to you if you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior. Let me repeat that, none of this matter to you if you have not received Jesus as your Savior.
1 Corinthians 12 is the twelfth chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle and Sosthenes in Ephesus. In this chapter, Paul writes about spiritual gifts and the unity of the members of Christ in one body.
So, when you accept Jesus as your savior, He forgives your past transgressions, offers you eternal life and instills in you a spiritual gift as pointed out in vs. 1-4. Every believer receives this but not necessarily the same gift.
Vs. 8 “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom” Wisdom is defined as “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.”
In Christian theology, “wisdom” (Hebrew: chokhmah, Greek: Sophia, Latin: Sapientia) describes an aspect of God, or the theological concept regarding the wisdom of God. … According to King Solomon, wisdom is gained from God. Proverbs 2:6
Also vs. 8 “to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;” Knowledge can best be described as “facts, information and skills acquired by a person through experience or education” or “the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject” or “awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation”
The function that this gift is given varies. Some Christians see in this gift a prophetic-like function. Others see in the word of wisdom a teaching function. This gift is closely related with the gift of the word of knowledge. John 14:26
We move on to the first part of vs.9, “To another faith by the same Spirit”. Webster defines faith as “strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof” or “Complete trust or confidence in someone or something”. Hebrews 11:1
Faith is the connecting power into the spiritual realm, which links us with God and makes Him become a tangible reality to the sense perceptions of a person. Faith is the basic ingredient to begin a relationship with God
The latter part of vs. 9 says “to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;” Healing can be defined as “tending to heal; therapeutic”.
As an extraordinary charism, gifts of healing are supernatural enablements given to a believer to minister various kinds of healing and restoration to individuals through the power of the Holy Spirit. In the Greek of the New Testament, both the words gift and healing are plural. 1 Corinthians 12:28
We have all believed in miracles at one point in time or other, Vs. 10 tell us about the gift of miracles. “To another the working of miracles;” Miracles could be defined as “a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency”. We witnessed many of these in the bible.
The bible looks at miracle as a supernatural act. A miracle is a phenomenon not explained by known laws of nature. Criteria for classifying an event as a miracle vary. Often a religious text, such as the Bible or Quran, states that a miracle occurred, and believers may accept this as a fact. Mark 16:18
The next part of verse 10, “to another prophecy;” Prophesy is defined as to say that (a specified thing) will happen in the future. Examples of prophecy might be “He, later freed his siblings and seized the throne himself, fulfilling the prophesy.”
One letter separates prophecy from prophesy, and the close relationship is derived from a shared word history. A prophecy is a prediction or an utterance from a prophet inspired by his god. … To prophesy is to predict something or to utter something inspired by one’s god. 2 Peter 1:21
The gift of distinguishing between spirits is the ability to differentiate between holy, human, and demonic powers. The Greek root for discern, diakrino, means “to judge through, to see through to the truth, to truly evaluate
something.” So, discerning spirits is simply to evaluate the spirit–whether it is God or a spirit other than the Holy Spirit.
We continue with verse 10 saying “to another discerning of spirits;” Matthew 16:17 tells us “Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in Heaven”.
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