Thursday, 6 June 2019
The Bible says that the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. (Hebrews 4:12)
In the book of Acts, we were told that the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true (verse 11).
In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote:
There are different kinds of gifts but the SAME Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the SAME Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the SAME God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the SAME Spirit, to another faith by the SAME Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that ONE Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of ONE and the SAME Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
Just like Jesus’ first disciples, the Corinthians were ‘fighting’ with one another… and Paul had to realign their thoughts and desires by reminding them that the different spiritual gifts that they have received (for service) are given by the SAME Spirit.
When Paul told the Corinthians to desire the ‘greater’ gifts, I believe he was referring to the greater gift at each moment of service. For example, when a disciple of Jesus Christ is praying for a sick person, the greater gift would be the gift of healing as compared to the other gifts.
All spiritual gifts are given for ONE purpose i.e. to glorify God. God is LOVE. Paul said, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-2)
Let us pray [without ceasing] that our LOVE may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best and pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.
Let us give thanks [in all circumstances] and ask God to give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know Him better.
Let us pray [fervently] that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which He has called us, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
Let us pray [daily] that we may be filled with the fullness of Christ who fills everything in every way.
Indeed, every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Lam Yee Ling