FRIDAY July 6, 2018
Spiritual Gifts Used for Edification
How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
1 Corinthians 14:26
Notice what Paul was teaching the Corinthians; spiritual gifts given to them by God were to be primarily used for the building up of the Church. Paul taught believers that they were edified through the Scriptures:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Imagine, God nearly chose 40 authors to write 66 books of the Bible. He spoke to them through the Holy Spirit, as they wrote down these letters in different periods of history, yet the authors’ letters fit together perfectly. The Bible tells us:
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:19-21).
Yet many people will still challenge the authenticity of the Bible; they say the Bible was merely written by men. Liberals have always tried to discredit what is written in the Bible. They question what is of Paul and what is not. Understand, if you mess with one little word in the Bible, you have messed with the whole Word of God (Revelation 22:18-19). They need to keep their hands off the Bible and let the Book speak for itself!
The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.
~Augustine of Hippo~
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