SUNDAY June 17, 2018
Active Spiritual Gifts
When Paul communicated with the Corinthians that love never fails, he was dealing with the view of their life being transformed in the face of trials. It speaks of their endurance. Jesus never fails us.
However, 1 Corinthians 13:8 has been the cause of strife in the body of Christ concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Dispensationalists defend their position that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not for today by using this verse. They believe all the 21 gifts stopped here; everything ended early, with the Apostles––fully and completely.
Think of how many believers have been hurt by the dispensationalist teaching. They are not allowing the Holy Spirit to really operate in the body of Christ, which grieves the Holy Spirit of God. Even though they are great teachers, for them, it is all about knowledge, reading, studying and teaching from books––but knowledge puffs up.
I have noticed they do not have the same power as someone filled with the Holy Spirit. They cannot communicate in a spiritual way, but they can communicate intellectually. So who are the people who gather around them to listen? Intellectual people. Yet why do people seek knowledge instead of seeking what Paul taught about––love?
When we develop a love relationship with God, He enables us to relate to other people through the Word of God. A person filled with the Holy Spirit has listened when God has spoken to their hearts. Seriously, most people are simple-hearted and want to learn God’s Word, simply. They will find a church where the Holy Spirit of God is working and speaking.
Simply Teach the Word of God Simply.
~ Chuck Smith~
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