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Lesson 9

Chart 1

The Gifts of the Spirit

                                                                                               

1 Cor 12:1-10

1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

 

2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

 

3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

 

4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

 

5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

 

6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

 

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

 

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

 

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

 

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

 

 

The Gifts of the Spirit

The outpouring of God's Spirit molded together a spiritual body (group of believers) Scripturally defined as the "church," (Ephesians 1:22-23).

Eph 1:22-23

22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

 

23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

 

Supernatural manifestations of the Spirit occurred, commonly referred to as the "Gifts of the Spirit." By "supernatural," it is meant that which cannot be explained or understood by human reasoning and is not restricted to "natural laws." No one should ever limit the power of God to work only through those things that the natural man understands, for He hath declared: ". . .My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

 

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9). The Apostle Paul, before teaching the Corinthians about the use of spiritual gifts, reminded them in I Corinthians 2:11 that: ". . .The things (ways and thoughts) of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." This is not to say that man cannot learn the things of God, but rather that they are not perceived by worldly wisdom. Human reasoning is unable to digest spiritual truth.

 

 

1. The Gifts Are to Profit the Church - The spiritual gifts are given by God to His church to profit the church and its members. "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal" (I Corinthians 12:7). There are those today who contend that the gifts are no longer property of the church to be experienced. But there appears nothing in the Scriptures nor in the course of history to show when any of the gifts were withdrawn.

The body of man has many members (hands, fingers, eyes, ears, etc.) So also is the body of Christ. There are many members of one body and all are important. Some may be more evident than others, but all are needed.

 

a.) The Difference Between the Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit - The gifts of the Spirit are not to be confused with the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is spiritual grace in the character of the believer. All aspects of the fruit are to be possessed by every believer for use all the time. On the other hand, the gifts of the Spirit are divine enablements used in directing and blessing the church.

 

b.) Great Care in Their Operation - There must be great care taken in the operation of the spiritual gifts. The Corinthian church had 'gone to seed" on some of the more "spectacular" gifts. Paul was writing the Corinthians to give them instructions on the regulations of the spiritual gifts in the church.                            (See I Corinthians 14.)

1 Cor 14:1-40

1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

 

2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

 

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

 

4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

 

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

 

6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

 

7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

 

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

 

9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

 

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

 

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

 

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

 

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

 

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

 

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

 

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

 

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

 

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

  

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

 

20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

 

21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

 

22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

 

23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

 

24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

 

25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

 

26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, everyone of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

 

27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

 

28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

 

29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

 

30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

 

31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

 

32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

 

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

 

34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

 

35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

 

36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

 

37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

 

38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

 

39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

 

40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

 

2. The Nine Gifts of the Spirit - "Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant" (I Corinthians 12:1). The gifts are placed in three distinct categories as follows:

 

(A.) The Gifts that Give Power to "Know" Supernaturally

-The "Word of Wisdom" - Natural wisdom according to the dictionary is the ability to apply possessed knowledge and experience. The "Word of Wisdom" and the "Word of Knowledge" are supernatural manifestations of the Spirit and exist on a plane infinitely above their natural and human counterparts. The "Word of Wisdom" has no more relationship to natural wisdom than the "Word of Knowledge" has to natural knowledge. The "Word of Wisdom" is supernatural and is not associated with the wisdom of this world. There could be times that the answer we need will not come by man's wisdom, but we will need a specific "Word of Wisdom" given by the Spirit a particular time for a particular situation.

It is the gift of the "Word of Wisdom," and implies a spoken utterance through a direct operation of the Holy Spirit at a given moment, rather than an abiding deposit of supernatural wisdom. The normal life of the church provides a constant need for wise leadership. Problems will occur, and delicate situations arise among the most spiritual believers.

EXAMPLES:

- The way the apostles dealt with the problem of the daily ministration to widows in Acts 6:1-7.

Acts 6:1-7

1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

 

2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

 

3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

 

4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

 

5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

 

6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

 

7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

 

- Jesus dealing with the question of the baptism of John.

 Matthew 21:23-27.

Matt 21:23-27

23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?

 

24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

 

25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?

 

26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

 

27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

  

- The question about paying tribute to Caesar. Matthew 22:15-22.

Matt 22:15-22

 

15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

 

16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.

 

17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

 

18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

 

19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

 

20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

 

21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

 

22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

 

The "Word of Wisdom" is therefore the supernatural revelation, by the Spirit, of Divine purpose: the supernatural declaration of the mind and will of God, the supernatural unfolding of His plans and purposes concerning things, places people, individuals, communities and even nations.

 

The "Word of Knowledge" - Every Christian must endeavor to grow in "grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord." II Peter 3:18 The Bible does not state "gift of knowledge," but rather it states "Word of Knowledge." All knowledge is ultimately with the Lord," in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). It is therefore a reasonable thing to believe that the Holy Spirit can impart a manifestation of any part of the divine "all-knowledge" at any time, as He will an unction of the Spirit can impart to someone the "Word of Knowledge" which would be facts from God about people, places, things and even events which a person could not possibly know unless God revealed them to him. EXAMPLE: - Peter and Ananias and Sapphira. Acts 5:1-10

Acts 5:1-10

1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

 

2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

 

3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

 

4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

 

5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

 

6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

 

7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.

 

8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

 

9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

 

10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

 

"Discerning of Spirits" - The Bible does not state that there is a "gift of discernment," but rather it states "discerning of Spirits." I John 4:1 admonishes us to ". . . .believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God...." This gift is placed in the church so that there will be means to detect what is true and what is false. The gift of "discerning of spirits" is not only defensive; it can also be offensive in the sense that once an evil spirit is detected as operating through some human channel, that channel can then be delivered through the power of the name of Jesus Christ.

 

EXAMPLE:

- Peters denunciation of Simon the sorcerer was based upon discernment of the spirit of his heart. Acts 8:23

Acts 8:23

23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

 

- Paul rebuked a spirit posssessing a girl at Philippi. Acts 16:16-18

Acts 16:16-18

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

 

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

 

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

 

 

B.) The Gifts That Give Power to "Act" Supernaturally

-Faith: The spiritual gift of Faith is to be distinguished from that ordinary faith without which it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6). Saving faith is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8) but this is not the spiritual gift of Faith referred to in I Corinthians 12:9.

 

 

1 Cor 12:9

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

 

There is a faith that comes by the hearing of the Word of God (Romans 10:17) but the gift of Faith comes by the Spirit

(I Corinthians 12:7,9, 11). The gift of "Faith" is a measure of faith above that faith which all of us have as children of God. It is a special Faith quickened to us by the Spirit, as are the other Gifts of the Spirit. The Gift of Faith surpasses all reason, looks impossibilities in the face and turns them into miracles. Acts 3:4, 16.

Acts 3:4, 16

4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

 

Acts 3:16

16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

 

There could be a time in life that one could believe God for just about anything. Act upon that faith and rejoice in what God does through that faith.

- Working of Miracles. The New Testament records that miracles took place such as:

- Dorcas raised to life. Acts 9:40.

  

Acts 9:40

40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

 

-Eutychus raised to life. Acts 20:10.

Acts 20:10

10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

 

-At Ephesus, God wrought special miracles. Acts 19:11, 12.

Acts 19:11-12

11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

 

12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

 

The working of miracles is a Gift of the Spirit in which supernatural power is released by God through a person's life to effect an immediate supernatural healing or happening.

 

- Gifts of healing - These special "gifts of healing" though given only to certain individuals, do not preclude all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ from laying hands upon the sick for their recovering (Mark 16:18),

Mark 16:18

18.They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

or all elders in the church from anointing with oil for healing. (James 5:14).

 

James 5:14

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

 

Such ministries are not dependent upon possessing any spiritual gift of healing. When the "Gifts of Healing" are in operation and hands are laid upon the sick, God can remove the cause of disease or affliction and healing ensue.

 

C. The Gifts that Give Power to "Speak" Supernaturally

- Prophecy: Prophecy can be divided into two parts: Forthtelling and Foretelling. We must remember that prophecy will always be in harmony with God's Word. Prophecy will never replace the Bible or diminish its worth. The prophecy must always agree with the Bible. A prophet can prophecy but because a person uses the gift of prophecy does not make that person a prophet.

(Ephesian 4:11-13).

Eph 4:11-13

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

 

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

 

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

 

The Gift of Prophecy is to bring edification, exhortation and comfort to the church. I Corinthians 14:3, 5

1 Cor 14:3,5

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

 

1 Cor 14:5

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

 

"Prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe."

I Corinthians 14:22.

 

- Tongues: There are different ways in which speaking with tongues is used in the scripture.

- Initial evidence when receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:6.

Acts 2:4

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

Acts 10:44-46

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

  

45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

 

Acts 19:6

6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

 

- Speaking to God in prayer. I Corinthians 14:2, 14, 15;

1 Cor 14:2, 14,15

2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

 

1 Cor 14:14-15

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

 

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

 

I Corinthians 14:4 "he that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself." The believer can speak in tongues in private devotion and there is no need for an interpretation.

 

 

- Addressing the church, coupled with interpretation I Corinthians 14:13-27.

1 Cor 14:13-27

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

 

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

 

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

 

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

 

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

 

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

 

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

 

20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

 

21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

 

22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

 

23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

 

24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

 

25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

 

26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, everyone of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

 

27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

 

- Interpretation of tongues—Notice that the Bible says "interpretation" and not translation of tongues.

 

When a person is used in bringing a message to the church through the "gift of tongues" there should be the gift of the "Interpretation of tongues" present in order to edify.

 

I Corinthians 14:13 "Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret." A person must seek to excel to the edifying of the church. I Corinthians 14:12.

1 Cor 14:12

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

 

If there is no interpreter present, the one speaking in the unknown tongue should keep silence in the church. I Corinthians 14:28.

1 Cor 14:28

28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

 

All the gifts of the Spirit should be under the control of the pastor. What a blessing the gifts, under proper direction, can be in the local church. The pastor should always have the oversight in the final judging of the operation of the gifts. See I Corinthians 14:29, 33

1 Cor 14:29,33

29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

 

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

 

It is important (Verse 29) that there be some present who are capable of judging the operation of the Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 9

Chart 2

From the Old Man to the New Man

                                                                                                   

 

From the Old Man to the New Man

It is exciting to witness these miraculous manifestations of God's power as is often done in the church. But the greatest miracle that could ever happen would be to experience the life-changing transformation brought about by the "new birth" (John 3:5).

John 3:5

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

  

Jesus had performed powerful miracles during His ministry, including the raising of the dead.

He had given the disciples power to perform many of these same miracles but He cautioned them not to rejoice because they had power over spirits but rather "rejoice" He said, "because your names are written in heaven" (Luke 10:20).

The Lord was obviously more concerned with the miracle of salvation and eternal life than any other miracle when could be performed. Salvation is always God's highest priority for man.

 

1. The Greatest Work - Concerning the miraculous, Jesus said, "Greater works than these shall he do because I go to the Father" (John 14:12). How could anyone perform greater works of miracles than those which Jesus had done? These works were to be in the future, after the Lord's journey to Calvary. The greatest work that could ever be done was to tell of the delivering power of the blood of Jesus and the "new life" that would be given through His Spirit (Acts 2:4, 38 and 39).

Acts 2:4, 38, 39

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

  

 

Since Jesus gave His life on Calvary, was resurrected and ascended into heaven, He has been pouring this beautiful miracle of "new life" into all who come to Him (John 10:10).

John 10:10

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

a. Jesus Brings Change - Everything Jesus taught and all the love and compassion He demonstrated was designed to draw the people's attention to the power of God. This power was able to change troubled, empty lives into joyous, abundant lives. His mission was to bring the joys of heaven and the life of God into the heart and soul of mankind.

 

b. Jesus Brings Victory - He offers victory over satanic forces, human weaknesses and struggles of life (John 16:33; I John 5:4-5; I Corinthians 15:57).

John 16:33

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

1 John 5:4-5

4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

 

5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

 

1 Cor 15:57

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The victory in removing the curse of sin from its victims was paid for by giving His own life, thereby conquering sin and opening the door for man to receive this "new life." He laid down His life for mankind, that man could experience a superior way of life—NEW LIFE. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (II Corinthians 5:17).

 

c. The Three Enemies of Man - The receiving of the baptism of the Holy Ghost is actually receiving the very presence and life of God dwelling within. Jesus had conquered the

(1) devil (Hebrews 2:14)

Heb 2:14

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

(2) world with its ungodly lusts (I John 2:16 and John 16:33)

1 John 2:16

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

  

 

John 16:33

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

(3) the flesh (Hebrews 4:15)

Heb 4:15

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

He continues to defeat these three same enemies as He lives in the heart of the believer. Two of these enemies are outside the body, (the devil and the world). But it seems that the greatest enemy is within man. ". . .out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man" (Mark 7:21-23).

 

2. The Works of the Flesh—The Old Man - All of these things come from a carnal and sinful nature. A picture of this nature is painted in Galatians 5:19, "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like." When left to itself, the heart of a man is capable of unbelievable evils. As long as a life is lived in response to the dictates and the desires of this sinful nature, it can never please God. The Scriptures declare that it is impossible to please God with the carnal mind, and that it is hostile towards Him.

The carnal mind does not submit to God's laws (Romans 8:6).

Rom 8:6

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

 

This is why God gives a new nature (Romans 7:6; I Corinthians 6:17),

Rom 7:6

6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

 

1 Cor 6:17

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

 

 a new mind (I Corinthians 2:16)

1 Cor 2:16

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

 

and a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Romans 5:5)

Ezek 36:26-27

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

 

27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 

Rom 5:5

5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

thus making a new man (Ephesians 4:24)

Eph 4:24

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

full of new life (Romans 6:4; II Corinthians 5:17)

Rom 6:4

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

2 Cor 5:17

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

for the old man, as he is called, (Ephesians 4:22) cannot please God.  

Eph 4:22

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

 

He cannot understand God (I Corinthians 2:14) neither can he live holy before God (Romans 8:5-8).

 

 

1 Cor 2:14

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

Rom 8:5-8

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

 

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

 

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

 

8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

Can sweet water come from a bitter spring (James 3:11)?

James 3:11

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

 

Of course not! Neither can he who lives in the lower nature of the old man produce the fruits of this newly created man.

 

3. The Works of the Spirit—The New Man - To this new man God has given many promises. The old man was associated with the curses. Since actions flow directly from the heart (Luke 6:45; I Corinthians 13:11), it was necessary that God create in man a new heart, with new characteristics.

Luke 6:45

45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

 

1 Cor 13:11

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

 

The feelings of the heart cannot be trusted, for the heart of the natural man is ". . .deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9-10).

Would it be safe to find the most wicked, deceitful man you know and entrust everything to his care? A wise man knows he cannot do this. The Bible says that a man cannot trust his own heart. David, that great psalm-writer and king, never dreamed that he had murder in his heart. He found out too late. He learned to ask God to search his heart and try him, know his thoughts and see if there was any wicked way in him and lead him in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).

Ps 139:23-24

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

 

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

 

 

This honest and sincere appeal to God is the only hope man has of influencing his eternal destiny. Remember, all the reasoning of the heart, and human logic of this world cannot know or discover the things of God without the illumination of His Spirit into hearts

(I Corinthians 2:11; II Corinthians 4:6).

1 Cor 2:11

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

 

2 Cor 4:6

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

4. The Fruit of the Spirit - When the Spirit of God is resident in the heart, it will produce a harvest of love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, longsuffering, faith, meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23).

Gal 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

 

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

His Spirit within will conquer the things that were formerly destroying. Unbelief is conquered by faith; hatred is conquered by love; wrath and strife by longsuffering and temperance; fear, by love and patience; bondage, by deliverance, and on and on.

 

What a tremendous experience to see God completely change the old man into a brand new man, who flowers into the true image of God (Ephesians 4:24).

Eph 4:24

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

a. Formula for Abundant Life - Paul gave the formula for abundant life—"Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21). Listen to what Jesus said in Luke 6:43-45. "For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good. An evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." So, to bring forth good things, it is necessary to have a new heart for it is the fountain of all the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).

Prov 4:23

23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

 

Is it any wonder that Christians speak praises and adoration in other tongues, since these praises flow from the heart where Jesus now lives? (See Romans 8:26.)

Rom 8:26

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

This language of the Spirit is a truly undeniable sign that one has received a new heart. "For a man's mouth speaks what his heart is full of" (Luke 6:45.)

Luke 6:45

45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

 

b. The Aim of God for His People - It is the ultimate aim of God to bring forth the "fruit of His Spirit" cultivated in the hearts of His people (John 15:8).

John 15:8

8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

 

He knows that a life abounding with the fruit of His Spirit is a meaningful and complete life. There will, however, be opposition to His work in each heart by the old man (sinful nature);

(II Corinthians 10:3-5)

2 Cor 10:3-5

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

 

4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

 

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 

for now there is a dual nature—the nature of God and the sinful nature of the flesh (Galatians 4:29).

Gal 4:29

29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

 

Paul said this sinful nature must be overcome. Sometimes a struggle within man ends in failure but if he keeps trusting in God, he will have victory. Children fall many times before they are finally able to walk. Even so, God is not angry when His children make mistakes and fall, but He has promised forgiveness and strength to rise and walk again (Hebrews 12:3-4; I John 1:9; Hebrews 4:15-16).

Heb 12:3-4

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

 

4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

 

1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Heb 4:15-16

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

c. Paul's Advice - Paul admonished the Roman Christians that during these struggles they suddenly let the old man get the upperhand. "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God" (Romans 6:12-13).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 9

Chart 3

The Beauty of Holiness

                                                                                                     

The Beauty of Holiness

If man could visualize his journey through life, he would see two roads which seemed to fade away in the far distance of time. These two roads represent the (1) road (way) of life (Acts 2:28)

Acts 2:28

28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

 

and (2) the road (way) of death (Proverbs 14:12).

Prov 14:12

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

One is a road of blessing and the other is a road of cursing. "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live"(Deuteronomy 30:19).

 

1. The Journey of Life - As on any journey, there are many places of enjoyment along the way. It would be a monotonous trip if one didn't enjoy any of the pleasure which dot the map of his travel. As one goes, he usually plans to enjoy all that he can and take advantage of that which his traveling time will allow him to do. Even so. God has made reservations for one's travel through life to be filled with many adventures. As he travels down these highways, each adventure becomes a part of him.

 

a.) Which Way Will We Go? - The important thing to consider in choosing the course of travel is: (1) What will be the results of these adventures? And, (2) where will the choice of roads lead? Moses was a man who chose the highway of holiness rather than enjoy the adventures and pleasures of sin for a season (Hebrews 11:25).

Heb 11:25

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

 

This holy way of life is a separated way and is set apart from the way of the crowds.

 

b.) Becoming More Like Him - As the new Christian journeys through life on the highway of holiness. God changes him into His image from glory (adventure) to glory (adventure).

 

As He continues to conquer the old man (who is always trying to influence to travel down the old road of death), He builds within the heart of the new man the character and the beauty of Jesus Christ who is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15;

II Corinthians 4:4).

Col 1:15

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

 

2 Cor 4:4

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

The true image of God (I Peter 1:15; Ephesians 4:24)

1 Peter 1:15

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

 

Eph 4:24

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

can only be reflected by the Spirit of God working in His people to cleanse this temple of those things that mar the holy reflection of Jesus Christ. The further man goes with Him on this journey, the more he becomes like Him. The more he becomes like Him, the more others are attracted to Him. The only way God will ever be seen by this searching generation is through His people. The scripture says that without following ". . .holiness. . .no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14).

When Judgment Day comes, God will search among the flocks for those who have on the same garment of righteousness as He wore. They will shine as bright lights in a darkened day.

 

c.) Holiness a Beautiful Way of Life

Holiness is such a beautiful way of life. When the Scriptures tell us that Jesus came to save from sins, it was actually saying that He came to protect, preserve, and keep from those things which cause man to fall short of abundant life. To sin is to miss the mark, or the purpose, for which man has been designed. To perish is to miss the true aim of life—literally to ruin your life. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish (miss fulfilling the true aim in life), but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). So then holiness is a beautiful way of life which guarantees God's protection and blessings from three major enemies which war against the soul. Holiness is not a list of codes. It is a superior way of life that will lead those that follow its course into the beauty and treasure of God's Kingdom. "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness"

(Psalms 29:2).

 

2. Perfecting Holiness - How tragic that many have misunderstood the beauty of holiness. When God fills man with His Holy Spirit, man becomes holy (I Corinthians 6:17).

1 Cor 6:17

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

 

He doesn't have to exert all kinds of strenuous physical and mental exercises to be holy. For it is not from the will of man that holiness is derived, but from the heart filled with God's Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16 and John 1:13).

Rom 8:16

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

 

John 1:13

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

Remember, it is the fruit of the Spirit. The heart will have a great yearning to be like Jesus and will, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, be changed into the holy image of Jesus. He must yield himself to this influence and power of God (Romans 6:19).

Rom 6:19

19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

 

This flow of God's Holy Spirit will reach into every aspect of his life (I Peter 1:15).

1 Peter 1:15

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

 

It will cause him to abstain from the appearance of evil (Psalms 101:3)

Ps 101:3

3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

 

and will cause him to walk in new places (walk as He walked), dress different, act different, talk different and even think different (Philippians 4:8).

Phil 4:8

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

He will be a new man and "behold, old things are passed away and all things are become new" (II Corinthians 5:17). "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (conduct)" (I Peter 1:15).

 

a.) Growing in the Lord - As the new man grows in the knowledge of the will of God, he will also grow in his ability to recognize activities and attitudes that would endanger his new life in Christ. Sometimes, he may feel a check of the Spirit but not see any danger in a particular activity. But, thank God for pastors whom God works through to help preserve him from the subtlety of sin. They will help guide him away from the dangerous road of sin and death. Life is not governed totally by the inferior question of whether or not something is sin, but by whether or not it will damage the image of Christ in a Christian's life. This is why he senses these impulses from the Spirit—to warn of potential danger. A pastor will be a tremendous help in keeping from pitfalls which could affect this image.

   

b.) The Concerned Christ - Jesus is reaching to every family now. He knows the needs and He sees the sincerity. He doesn't want any family to perish. He will not force His love upon any, but He wants the change to show what a great God He can be. He has a new heart made especially for every individual and the angels anxiously await to record the names in heaven. A treasure chest of promises await those who will seek Him. Anyone can receive Him in their life at any moment. The greatest miracle that could ever happen in any life is the new birth. It is the will of God that all be saved but the decision rests with the individual. 

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