Spiritual gifts part 1: Situation normal - all fouled up!
Spiritual gifts part 1: Situation normal –all fouled up!
From a Jewish centered world to a Gentile centered world.
Each one of us has a “sphere of influence” in our Christian life.
The phrase “body of Christ” is used to designate all Church-age believers in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Head and every member of the Church composes His body, Rom 12:4-5; 1Co 12:12-27.
One purpose God has in mind for your life after salvation is for you to discover this position in the Body and then make the most of it.
There is this two-part reality to the life of a Christian after salvation:
The positional refers to what God did for us at the moment of salvation. This will stand for all of eternity, and God sees you as this right now. This does not change.
The experiential refers to the course of our spiritual life in time. This changes according to the extent to which we live in the things God has provided for us.
The mood is part of the “dog tag” of the Greek verb.
The way in which the action is conceived with reference to reality can either be actual or possible.
The indicative mood is the mood of absolute certainty or fact with regard to reality.
The Greek verbs for “keep seeking” and “set your mind” in Col 3:1-2 are in the imperative mood. They are dealing with experiential possibilities.
The Lord Jesus Christ expanded Paul’s horizon before He commissioned him to be His messenger with the good news of God, the Gospel.
Then when we have learned enough doctrine to actually believe and see that we are where He has put us (visibility), then we are promoted in experience to live in that calling and walk in those good works.
At the moment of salvation, God the Holy Spirit, in one of His seven ministries to the new believer at salvation, bestowed on you a spiritual gift.
Your spiritual gift is not for private gain or enjoyment, but for the good of the team: the local assembly, the church.
Sumphero when used as a verb means to bear together, to contribute.
“A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature”: sumphero means
as a substantive, to sumpheron means profit or advantage.
NT - Paul:
This is exactly what the situation is here in South Florida!
The first letter of Paul to the Corinthians can be seen as an appeal to unity in the face of some shocking examples of disunity.
WHENEVER God’s people start doing something new to His glory, the kingdom of darkness will do whatever it can to try to stop it, or at least cause havoc and confusion to mess things up.
The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts
Point 1: Setting the scene for Paul’s teaching on the Spiritual Gifts.