Part two, Graham continued his preach on some the the gifts of the Spirit as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12.
Our church is Pentecostal by type. The Pentecostals are the largest section of the global Christian church, and the fastest growing, numbering over 600 million.
Some would claim that Pentecostalism started at the beginning of the 20th century but most now would say it is a strand of Christianity that has always existed from the beginning of the Christ’s church but came to the fore in the 20th C.
A feature of Pentecostal belief is an understanding and experience of the Holy Spirit, his gifts and the baptism in that same spirit. It is time I spoke about these things again so over the next three weeks I will speak on:
- An introduction to the Spirit Gifts
- Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Holy Spirit Baptism
1 Cor 12:7-11
The Holy Gifts of the Spirit as listed in v7-11
Part Two, Continued from last week.
Covet to prophesy!
1 Cor 14:39
Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
What is it? Receiving from God, by word, dream, vision, picture, etc. 1 Corinthians 14:3
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.
See 2 Sam 23:1,2
These are the last words of David: The oracle of David son of Jesse, the oracle of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, Israel’s singer of songs: The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.
In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.
2 While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
NOTE: Prophecy will never contradict the Truth
At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, Do not do it! I am a fellow- servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
Some people may be used in prophecy regularly.
In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers:
1 Cor 12:27-28
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.
Mention of “second”, “third”, “then“, need not be understood as a list in order of priority.
Some people may be used in prophecy and some may be used in prophecy from time to time. 1 Cor 12:29-30
29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
1 Cor 12:11
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
1 Cor 11:5
And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head. This mention of a local cultural practice of that time concerning head covering indicates that it was expected that women would play a full role, alongside the men, publicly praying and speaking.
The limit of prophecy
1 Thess 5:20,21
do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. See 1 Cor 14:26-33 for guidance on the judging of prophecies.
1 Cor 14:31
For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
TONGUES & INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES
Not an ability to speak in earthly languages or else the partner gift would be translation and not interpretation. In that case it might not be a gift of the holy Spirit but may result from education. This gift of interpretation does not seem to be the same as the first outpouring of the Spirit when existing languages were used.
It is the power (or gift) to utter, by the Holy Spirit, words in a language that are not known or learnt, but that are capable of interpretation by that same Holy Spirit.
i) At the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Acts 19:1-6
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptised into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptised with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ.
ii) In private worship. 1 Cor 14:2-4
For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
Singing 1 Cor 14:15
So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.
Private worship is what is taking place when a whole congregation lifts their voices and speaks or sings in tongues – though they are all in one place they are all involved in their own private worship.
iii) As a sign to unbelievers 1 Cor 14:22
Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
iv) In the church gathering (with interpretation) for the good of all 1 Cor 14:12,13
Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.
What will the interpretation sound like?
See 1 Cor 14:1-5
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.