The Gifts Part 1
It is a natural progression of sorts that from the advent of the Holy Spirit we would continue on to the individual gifts of the Holy Spirit. If the Lord wills it, and I feel led to continue this journey, after we discuss the individual gifts of the Holy Spirit it is possible that we will backtrack and do an exegetical study on the twelfth and fourteenth chapter of Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians, but that particular crossroad is a ways off, and for the next few weeks at least we will be busy with our discussion of the gifts.
Having spent countless hours amassing all the scriptures concerning the Holy Spirit, the work of the Holy Spirit, the power of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, having been able to track the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout the Word from mankind’s creation onward, one thought that continually pops into my head, is why would God allow so much to be written on the person of the Holy Spirit, having possessed the foreknowledge that at some point it would all be included into what we have now come to know as the Bible, if His presence was to be a brief interlude in the symphony of human history?
We know that God is not the author of confusion, and we likewise know that He does not desire for His children to be ignorant of all that they have access to in Him. If we were no longer given to have the Holy Spirit, or the gifts of the Holy Spirit, why would so many scripture passages be dedicated to these two topics, and why would the Bible encourage us to desire spiritual gifts?
Seeing as Paul outlined the gifts in his first epistle to the Corinthians, tomorrow we will begin the journey of discovering these gifts of the Holy Spirit, discussing them in the order they are presented in the Word.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11, “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
Since the word of wisdom is first on the list of the gifts Paul lists, it is with the gift of the word of wisdom that we will begin.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.