Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Spiritual Gifts for the Believer in the LORD Jesus Christ.
Salvation and living the spiritual life is said to be a gift; Eph 2:8-10.
Gift of Justification; ROM 3:24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
Gift of Perfect Righteousness: ROM 5:17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Gift of Eternal Life: ROM 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Spiritual Gifts: ROM 12:6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
Gift Celibacy: 1CO 7:7 Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that.
Indescribable gift: 2CO 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Finances called gifts: PHI 4:16-17; for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.
One of the many things that impressed me in Joh 15, are all the different doctrines that are found between Joh 13-17.
Some of these doctrines were brand new doctrines that were never heard or taught before the Gospel of John; Rom 16:25-27.
One of those lessons dealt with God the Holy Spirit who did at least seven things for each Church-age believer at the moment of their salvation.
What was the preaching of Jonah that caused the Ninevites to repent or to change their mind concerning Jehovah or our Lord?
Our Lord used the three days and the three nights that He was in the belly of the whale or the belly of one of the largest fishes of his day, to teach the doctrinal principle.
He revealed concerning salvation, He evangelized the wickedness of the Ninevites, and also revealed that something greater than Jonah’s experience is here.
“something greater than Solomon is here” -- does not refer to “someone greater than Solomon is here,” although our Lord was greater than Solomon.
“something greater” than what Solomon taught is here and that “something greater” refers to the new teachings that our Lord brought to His people.
JOH 1:17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
We have something far greater and more challenging than the blasphemy professed by the “tongues crowd” or the “emotional revolt of the soul crowd;” = have and hold doctrine in our soul; Psa 56:4-11.
This was either written “by David” or written “for David” when David was outnumbered by the Philistines who seized him in Gath.
David “faking madness” or pretending that “he was crazy” because to hurt or to harm a person who was mentally disturbed was considered an action that brought curses upon the family of the ones who did.
On one occasion, while he was being hunted by King Saul, who was extremely jealous of David who Saul was trying to kill or have him killed, David stooped so low that he faked madness.
In the ancient world, it was considered to be a curse or bad luck if anyone took advantage of those who were mentally challenged by mistreating them or hurting them in some way.
King Achish, the king of Gath, would not touch David or hurt him in any way.
Upon discovering who he was, the Philistines suggested to Achish that David was a security risk, and David became afraid and ran away for his life.
David disguised his sanity by acting insane.
Thinking David was crazy, King Achish of the Philistines let him go with his life, as he was considered a harmless idiot.
This is a reference to the fact that David had to be on the alert at all times because his enemies would not leave him alone.
This means, not only should we praise God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, but we should also “Praise the Word;” Psa 56:4; 56:10.
Now, concerning the ministries that God the Holy Spirit is said to graciously give to us and provide for us although we are given some fantastic blessings at the moment of salvation.
They are used in the way our Lord created them to be used and that is for either the “legitimate emotion of sorrow or hurt” or the “legitimate emotion of laughter and rejoicing.”
- Efficacious grace -- enables the believer to have an effective faith in Christ; Heb 9:14.
- Baptism of the Spirit; -- Union with Christ; 1Co 12:13; Gal 3:26-28; Eph 4:5.
- Sealing of the Holy Spirit; Eph 1:13-14, 4:30.
- The Sovereign Distribution of Spiritual Gifts to each Believer by the believer.
- Efficacious grace = the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit which enables the believer to have an effective faith in Christ as Savior.
- The second ministry of the Holy Spirit at salvation is called regeneration. It is taught in Tit 3:5; 1Pe 1:23.
- The third ministry of God the Holy Spirit is the baptism of the Spirit, which was prophesied in Acts 1:5. Also it is mentioned in principle and mechanics in 1CO 12:13; Gal 3:26-28; Eph 4:5.
1CO 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
EPH 4:4-5, There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
At the moment we believed in Christ, God the Holy Spirit took each one of us and entered us into union with the person of Jesus Christ.
We share His eternal life (1Jo 5:11-12), giving us a double portion of eternal life.
We also share His righteousness, giving us a double portion; Rom 5:17-21.
We share Christ’s destiny under predestination; Eph 1:3-4.
We share Christ’s election; Eph 1:4.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he has been given a third royal title. We share in His royalty as His royal family; 1Pe 2:5,9.
We become a new spiritual species; Gal 6:15; 2Co 5:17.
Once you are put into union with Christ (positional sanctification), you can never get out. There is no sin or human good or evil you can perform that can disqualify you from being in union with Christ.
The baptism of the Spirit is the basis for the new spiritual species and the royal family of God = a unifying factor in the body of Christ as we have equal privilege and opportunity to execute God’s plan.
The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit. At the moment you believe in Christ, God the Holy Spirit indwells your body, 1Co 3:16, 6:19-20; 2Co 6:16; -- “Your body is a temple of the Spirit who is in you.”
The purpose of the indwelling of the Spirit is to provide a temple for the indwelling of Jesus Christ as the Shekinah Glory.
In the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle and temple, our Lord Jesus Christ dwelt between the cherubs as the Shekinah Glory. His presence there was a guarantee of blessing through their unconditional covenants.
Just as Christ indwelt the Holy of Holies in the temple in Jerusalem as a guarantee of blessing to Israel, so He indwells us as a guarantee of our escrow blessings.
For Jesus Christ is the escrow officer; He is the one who makes the distribution of our escrow blessings for time and for the eternal state.
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit relates to the body of the believer, while the filling of the Holy Spirit relates to the soul of the believer.
The indwelling of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit have nothing to do with your spiritual life experientially.
It is the filling of the Holy Spirit that has to do with your spiritual life.
The filling of the Spirit is when the believer resides in the PPOG where he “walks by means of the Spirit,” where the Holy Spirit controls his soul, which is distinct from his body.At the moment of salvation we are all given the Filling of the Holy Spirit as taught in Eph 5:18; Gal 5:16.
We are filled with the Spirit at salvation when God the Holy Spirit takes us and enters us into the plan of God as our very own castle or palace, which comes from the PPOG leading to the PSD.
The believer in the PPOG is filled with the Spirit, which is the same as being under the enabling power of the Spirit, and this continues as long as he does not sin.
When we sin, we lose the filling of the Holy Spirit and enter into:
- Cosmic One = we grieve the Spirit.
- Cosmic Two = we quench the Spirit.
The Sealing Ministry of the Holy Spirit is found in Eph 1:13-14, 4:30.
Sealing ministry of the Spirit is a signature guarantee of:
- The Holy Spirit’s ministry in efficacious grace.
- Eternal life.
- Eternal security in time.
- Your portfolio of invisible assets.
This is His ministry whereby the Holy Spirit signs the guarantee of our salvation, eternal life, eternal security, and portfolio of invisible assets.
He puts His signature to our lives that we actually have our portfolio and escrow blessings.
God provided certain blessings for every individual that He created with one purpose in mind and that is to fulfill what the apostle Paul said in 1TI 2:3-4.
1TI 2:3-4, This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who (He) desires all men to be saved and to come to the epignosis knowledge or the metabolized doctrine of the truth.
We have God’s will for the unbeliever which is the fact that He desires all men to be saved; Prt 1.
God’s will for the believer and that is to metabolize gnosis into epignosis and to come to the reality of living the spiritual life and the knowledge of the truth; Prt 2.
The seventh ministry of God the Holy Spirit which is The Sovereign Distribution of Spiritual Gifts to each Believer.
God the Father was involved in the distribution of spiritual gifts as a witness to the strategic victory of Jesus Christ after His ascension. This began in the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, HEB 2:4.
HEB 2:4 God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.
- God the Son was involved in the initial distribution of spiritual gifts to the first generation of the body of Christ or royal family.
Roman Triumphal Procession = the distribution of blessings as a result of the Triumph of our Lord which ended the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union (Resurrection, Ascension, Session). Eph 4:7-8After the first generation of the royal family, God the Holy Spirit is involved in all subsequent distribution of spiritual gifts, 1Co 12:11.
I can cheat, I can lie; I love leaving my mark.
I am found in the family; I am found in the park;
I am found on the job, I am found in the dark.
I can go as far back -- as I stab in the back;
Those left in the dark – who I love to attack.
I am cruel and malicious; I gain strength through rage.
The more I am quoted, the more people age.
I flourish at times; When people think they’re on stage,
My victims are helpless, and filled with rage.
They have no idea; How I will appear
Even though they know, that I am near.
They do not know, or they do not care
that I am close and really near.
Every time it’s clear for me to be near
I’ll make sure that I cause fear.
Listen to me, and I Will Disgrace
Those who listen to lies and forget about grace.
You will never realize, When I am in place
I have no name; I have no face.
I will always be near, just in case
I love destroying the human race.
I spread lies, just in case
I need to deceive you right to your face.
To track me down is an impossible task.
The harder you try, the more questions you’ll ask
The more I hurt others, the old and the young
|I know Death and life are in the power of the tongue.|
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I'm nobody's friend, though I do appear
In every generation I control by fear.
I tarnish reputations, so that they’re never the same.
I Topple governments and marriages, until they’re insane.
I ruin careers -- no matter the price;
I cause sleepless nights, and give bad advice.
With heartaches and fears, I can be so precise.
So, you better think twice, and have a warning device
You can be enticed -- To think sacrifice
But you better be careful -- It’s a fool’s paradise.
I will cause suspicion -- and also cause grief.
I know how easy - it is to deceive.
Deceptions my goal -- so I try to make,
Everyone who listens to the gossip snake.
You should hope no one listens -- and makes the mistake
To refuse to get rid of the Gossip snake.
Even though that I may take -- Just a little break
Make no mistake – I still remain - the gossip snake.
To get rid of me -- And to escape
The lies I make -- As the Gossip Snake.
There’s only one way -- So you must be awake
And that is to forsake -- The gossip snake.
I am also called gossip -- social gossip, family gossip, gossip among friends or gossip among those who we thought were our friends, gossip among neighbors.