Living Letters from the Flames of Adversity – 2 Corinthians chp 3 vs 1 to 6

Just added, a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie, in our series on 2 Corinthians

 

2 Corinthians chp 3 vs 1 to 6 – Living Letters from the Flames of Adversity – JS Gillespie – 21032017

 

other messages preached from 2 Corinthians

 

Starting where Others Stop – J Stewart Gillespie

 

Just added, a new message preached from John chapter 3:

 

John Chp 3 – Starting where others Stop – J Stewart Gillespie – 04062016

 

Gospel 2016

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Tam Kelly – My Story – 03012016

 

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Love Lifted Me – Tom Jenkinson.mp3

 

Luke chp 22 vs 54 to 62 – The Perfect Opportunity for Failure – JS Gillespie

 

Luke chp 23 – Doing Whatever we Want with Jesus – JS Gillespie – 07032016

 

Dieing to get out of Hell – Craig Mackie – 13032016

 

Sam Gillespie Baptism – 03042016

 

Sam Gillespie Baptism – Mark Johnstone – 03042016

 

 

 

Its all About Him

 

John chp 1 vs 1 to 13 – The Man who Showed us God – JS Gillespie – 24042016

 

John chp 1 vs 14 to 18 – Grace the Unexpected Glory – J Stewart Gillespie – 01052016

 

John chp 10 vs 22 to 33 – Confident in Jesus – Craig Mackie – 08052016

 

John chp 1 vs 19 to 34 – The Unexpected Jesus – JS Gillespie – 15052016

 

John chp 2 vs 1 to 12 – The Christ of the Crises – JS Gillespie – 2205201

 

Condemned – William Clark – 29052016

 

John Chp 3 – Starting where others Stop – J Stewart Gillespie – 04062016

 

Decisions Decisions Decisions – Craig Mackie – 12062016

 

John chp 3 vs 14 – Jesus Greatest Miracle – JS Gillespie – 19062016

 

Decision Direction and Destiny – You Choose – Paul Jenkinson – 26062016

 

Gospel – Robert Gray -03072016

 

John chp 4 – A Woman, A Well and a Whole lot of Emptiness – J Stewart Gillespie – 10072016

 

I Know that my Redeemer Liveth – Craig Mackie – 17072016

 

The New Way back to God – Robert Gray – 24072016

 

The Journey of Life – Tam Kelly – 31072016

 

Finding God in the Storms of Life – John chp 6 – JS Gillespie – 07082016

 

Finding the Saviour they Did not Want – John chp 6 vs 25 – JS Gillespie – 04092016

 

Baptism – Marian McBryde – Acts chp 8 – J Stewart Gillespie – 21082016

 

The Route to Heaven – The Way of the Cross – Jim Armstrong

 

He is our Peace – Craig Mackie – 11092016

 

The Gospel – Robert Gray – 18092016

 

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He who has the Son has Life – Peter Hinshelwood

 

Psalm 139 – Meet the God who Made Us – Craig Mackie – 09102016

 

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Switching on the Light of the Word of God – Robert Gray -30102016

 

John chp 9 – When the Light Begins to Shine – JS Gillespie – 06112016

 

Think you Get to Heaven by being good – think Again – Matthew chp 1 – Craig Mackie – 13112016

 

John Chp 10 vs 1 to 11 – When you hear the Shepherd Call – JS Gillespie – 20112016

 

John chp 10 vs 1 to 11 – Being Really Sure of the Way to Heaven – JS Gillespie – 27112016


 

 

God Watching Wondering Working and Waiting – Robert Gray – 27112016

 

Finding Christ in Lifes Dead Ends – John chp 11 – JS Gillespie – 04122016

 

Christ at Christmas – Wonder Worship and Wickedness – 18122016 – JS Gillespie

 
 
 
 

‘to another faith…’

 

Just added , a new message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 12 verse by J Stewart Gillespie:

 

1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 9 – to another faith…- JS Gillespie

 

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What differentiated the Corinthians old dead religious experience from the new experience of Christ was the genuine presence of God amongst them:

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

That is the Christian gathering is not primarily a gathering:

  • To talk about God
  • To teach about God
  • To debate about God
  • To discuss about God

The distinctive feature of the Christian gathering is that here we meet with God

Where Gods presence is, that presence is knowable.

Subjectively:

  • Gods presence is knowable by:

  • Gods Peace – John 20

  • Gods Purity – John 9

  • Gods Pleasure – Psalm 16

Objectively:

  • God spoke

  • God revealed Himself

The Bible nowhere sets out arguments to prove the existence of God:

  1. Gods non existence is not an argument worth debating – Psalm 14:1
  2. The denial of God is a consequence of Gods withdrawal and abandonment – Romans chp 1
  3. The existence of God is not dependent on an argument but rather the Apostle Paul, The Corinthians are utterly convinced regarding the reality of God, because God speaks.

Of course anyone could claim that God speaks, but it is an altogether different matter to prove it.

In verses 4 to 11 the apostle will present the proof of it

9 distinct spiritual gets and yet all are:

  1. Consistent

  2. Coherent
  3. Coordinated

Between individuals and over time

Drawn together by unity of:

  1. Origin (v4)

  2. Order (v5)

  3. Outcome (v6)

We noticed that as the Spirit of God gave:

‘Wisdom’ to Bezaleel in the tabernacle it was with the purpose of presenting the work of Christ as an elaborate parable, or more Germaine to 1 Corinthians chapter 12, when Joseph is given that ‘Word of Wisdom’ it is to complete an elaborate picture of the:

‘Person of Christ’

We would like to look at the 3rd of these gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:9 :

to another faith

When God has gifted ‘faith’, He has always done so with the purpose of drawing us to the Person of Christ.

It may be tempting to think with some commentators of ‘faith’ here in the context of:

  • extraordinary faith

  • supernatural faith
  • miracle working faith

As the faith to:

  1. Walk on water – Peter

  2. Slay a giant – David

  3. Destroy the temple of Dagon – Samson

This is undoubtedly contextually relevant, however when it comes to faith there is no substantive difference between what we call:

ordinary faith

and

extraordinary faith

In truth all faith is extraordinary and supernatural

Faith is not defined as faith by the nature of its outcome

If faith was outcome focused then the object of:

  1. Peters faith would be that he could walk on water

  2. David’s faith would be that he could Slay a giant

  3. Samsons faith would be that he could destroy Dagons temple

Then we could be absolutely sure that:

  • Peter would sink

  • David would miss

  • Samson would fail

Faith is measured not by the greatness of its outcome, but the defining feature of faith lies in its object: that is in Christ.

When Peter took his eyes off of Christ, he began to sink (Matt 14:30ff)

Saving faith and supernatural faith so called are in essence thus the same; defined by their object – Christ and not defined by their outcome.

“believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thought shalt be saved”

If there is one person we think of in connection with faith it must be Abraham (Romans 4:16)

Abraham is the father of the faithful

Abrahams Faith:

  1. Personally (Genesis 15:1-6)
  2. Practically (Genesis 14)

  3. Prophetically (Genesis 22)

Abrahams Faith:

Personally

Genesis 15:1-6

Fulfilled in Christ; cf. Genesis 22; Genesis 17:4,7

Abahams personal faith brings him into a relationship with God, a relationship only possible through Christ (Genesis 15:6) – it is only by Christ that God is able to make anyone right by faith cf. Romans chapters 3, 4 and 5.

The terms of Genesis chapter 15 and 17 and 22 point clearly to Christ:

“everlasting covenant” (Gen 17:6)

“everlasting covenant” (Gen 17:13)

“stars of the heaven and the sand of the sea shore” (Gen 22:17-18)

Abrahams personal faith was a faith that:

Justifies

Brought everlasting promise

Produced offspring as the stars of heaven

blesses every nation

The apostle Paul is in no doubt as to how that is possible: Galatians 3:6; Romans 3:26

Practically

Genesis chapter 14

Abraham masters an army to go and recapture Lot from the grip of 5 victorious Kings

Practical faith would lead him to one of the greatest encounters of his life; Genesis 14:17ff

By that practical faith, Abraham encountered Melchizedek – King of Righteousness and King of Peace.

Here is a King / Priest – almost unique in the pages of scripture, until Psalm 110:4 and Hebrews 7:1ff – Christ is our Great High Priest (Hebrews 9:11)

Revelation 19:16

Prophetically

Genesis chapter 22

Thine only Isaac” (22:3)

‘only’ : yahiyd – 12 times in the Ot

The last use of this word ‘only’ (yahyid) is in Zechariah 12:10

Note also it’s use in Psalm 22:20

Consider in Genesis 22:

  • Person – Genesis 22:2 : ‘Thine only’ : ‘yahiyd’ – the Son and the Sacrifice – lamb and burnt offering
  • Place – Moriah – the temple mount

  • Picture – ‘wood’ = ‘tree’

  • Provision (v8)

  • Promise

Abrahams faith leads Prophetically to Christ

 

Knowing the Presence of God – 1 Corinthians chapter 12

Just added; a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie from 1 Corinthians chapter 12:

 

1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 1 to 11 – Knowing the Presence of God – JS Gillespie – 24112015

 

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Chapter 12 opens with one of those incidentally encouraging sections which we don’t expect to find in a letter like 1 Corinthians.

Four great sources of encouragement :

  1. God Saves

  2. God Sanctifies

  3. God speaks to us

  4. God speaks through us

 

If we could have asked the Corinthians what was it that constituted the main difference between what what the Corinthians had now in their Christian gatherings and what they had then in heathenism, this must have ranked very high in their thinking :

The presence of God (1 Corinthians 14:25, Matthew 18:20)

This had been the promise of Christ (Matthew 18:20)

The essence of the Christian gathering is the Presence of God

This was new they had not had it in heathenism

The question inevitably arises to the enquiring mind; if Christs presence is promised amongst His people, is this a presence I can know, or is it simply a presence that I must take on faith.

Christs presence when real has always been discernable both :

Subjectively

  1. Peace – The disciples in the upper room, gathered for fear of the Jews, doors locked, rumours beginning that some claim to have seen Christ after Calvary, rumours which appear to only add to the fear rather than encourage faith, but Christs presence in Johns gospel will bring PEACE
  2. Purity – Isaiah 6:5, cf. John chp 8
  3. Pleasure – “in thy presence is fullness of Joy and pleasure forevermore” (Psalm 16.11)

Objectively

God speaks – this is the subject of 1 Corinthians chp 12

  • Prophetically : 1 Corinthians 14:24-25

  • Personally : 1 Corinthians 14:24-25; Hebrews 4:12

  • Convicts: Matthew 4:12; John chapter 8

  • Convinces of His presence (1 Corinthians chp 14)

Gods presence is knowable because God speaks (1 Corinthians 12:3)

God would reveal Himself to His people

God would speak to His people, but not only TO His people, God would speak THROUGH His people.

Gods Grace bestows Gods gifts :

This becomes evident from appreciating the origin of the words

gift : charisma (1Co1:7)

grace: charis

Gods gifts are Gods grace made tangible / visible / audible

We think of Grace as a Divine attribute, Gods grace bestowed as a gift becomes our ability

For a brief window in time Gods Grace becomes visible, audible and tangible

Verse 1 – The Grace of God which bestows Gods gift is undeserved and thus it is unconditional and it is not dependent upon the possession of wisdom

The gift and the wisdom / knowledge to utilise that gift are are distinct

Timothy had a gift given by the laying on of the hands of the elders but he had to study to show himself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed rightly dividing the Word of God.

cf. “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” (1 Tim 4:14)

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15)

God gave the gift to Timothy

Timothy had to draw from the same resources in Grace which gave the gift, Timothy had to give himself to the gift (1 Tim 4:15)

Spiritual gift is not the same as spiritual exercise, spiritual preparedness, nor spiritual wisdom

The Grace which gives the gift is

The Grace which sustains the gift

So many have faltered here, having received Gods gift in grace and yet faltering to be sustained in grace in the use and exercise of that gift.

There would be few more gifted than Elijah – yet despairing and despondent in the wilderness of Horeb (1Kings19) – what a contrast with Carmel!

Samson – cut and compromised; the man who had put a city gate on his back could no longer break his own chains!

Gifts given in grace are sustained by grace

Who opened the door to the Devil?

Chp 10 – contact with the occult – corruption

Chp 11 – compromise over headship and lordship, the emphasis in this section is upon the Lords sovereignty over the exercise of the gifts, v3 “Jesus is the Lord.” v5 “same Lord”

Chp 12 – confusion

The same pattern is easily repeated

Corruption followed by compromise

 

v7 “the manifestation of the Spirit”

Has anyone ever seen God?

“no one has seen God at any time, the only begotten who is in the bosom of the father, he has declared Him.” (John 1:18)

And yet some did see the revelation of God in the person of Jesus Christ:

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1 Tim3:16)

‘manifest’: ‘phanero’ – verb

What of the Spirit of God?

Has anyone ever seen the Spirit of God?

cf. 1 Corinthians 12:7 “the manifestation of the Spirit…”

‘manifestation’ : phanerosis (noun)

This unity through diversity is the manifestation of the Spirit of God, just as Christ was the manifestation of God.

1 Corinthians Chapters 10 to 13

mp3 recordings of messages preached from 1 Corinthians chapters 10 to 13

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 – Led Fed and Dead – J Stewart Gillespie – 28062015

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 1 to 2 – Led Fed and Dead – JS Gillespie – 19052015

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1 Corinthians Chp 10 – Led Fed and Dead – J Stewart Gillespie – 08032015

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 3 to 5 – 1141 Reasons not to Talk to a Rock – JS Gillespie – 26052015

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1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 7 to 10 – In the Shadow of Sinai – JS Gillespie – 02062015

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1 Corinthians chp 10 verse 13 – Have You Trials and Temptations – J Stewart Gillespie – 30062015

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1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 16 – The Cup of Blessing – J Stewart Gillespie – 28072015

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 18 to 33 – Survival Skills for a Christless City – JS Gillespie – 11082015

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1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 23 – Freedom and How to Handle it – J Stewart Gillespie – 18082015.mp3

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1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 23 – Gathering Together and Building Up – J Stewart Gillespie – 25083015

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1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 31 – Making a Cheese Baguette to the Glory of God – J Stewart Gillespie – 08092015

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1 Corinthians chp 11 vs 1 to 3 – One Body under Christ Indivisible – J Stewart Gillespie – 15092015.mp3

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1 Corinthians chp 11 vs 1 to 6 – Headship and Headcoverings – J Stewart Gillespie – 21092015.mp3

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1 Corinthians chp 11 vs 7 to 16 – Glory Glory Glory – J Stewart Gillespie

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1 Corinthians chp 11 vs 17 to 34 – Take Eat this is My Body – J Stewart Gillespie – 27102015.mp3

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1 Corinthians chp 11 vs 17 to 34 – This do in Remembrance of me – JS Gillespie – 03112015

 

1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 1 to 11 – Knowing the Presence of God – JS Gillespie – 24112015

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1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 4 to 11 – How to be Sure Really Sure that God Exists – JS Gillespie – 01122015

 

1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 9 – to another faith…- JS Gillespie

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1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 9 – To Another the Gifts of Healing – JS Gillespie

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The Body of Christ – J Stewart Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 1 to 3 – When Love is Absent – J S Gillespie – 19012015

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 4 to 7 – Attributes of Love – When God Moves in the Heart of Man – JS Gillespie – 26012016

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 4 – Love – When God Possesses the Heart of Man – JS Gillespie – 02022016

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 4 – Love does not Vaunt Itself

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 4 to 7 – Two Shoulders One Heart and a Love that Bears all Things – JS Gillespie – 01032016

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 8 to 13 – Preparing for Perfection – JS Gillespie – 22032016

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 11 – When I was a Child – J Stewart Gillespie – 20032016

 
 

Impossible Lives – Unspeakable Sins :
Messages brought by J Stewart Gillespie, at the October 2015 Family Week at Faskally House Pitlochry:

 

1 Corinthians chp 5 – Unspeakable Sins – J Stewart Gillespie – 12102015.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 1 to 6 – Unbelievable Provision – J Stewart Gillespie – 13102015.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 6 to 16 – Inexcusable Failure – J Stewart Gillespie – 14102015.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 23 to 33 – Impossible Decisions – J Stewart Gillespie – 15102015.mp3

 

messages on 1 Corinthians chps 10 to 13 outwith this series:

DeVille Andrew – 1 Corinthians Chp11 Headship + Headcoverings – 16102001

 

DeVille Andrew – 1 Corinthians Chp12 Ye are body of Christ – 30102001

 

William Park – 1Corinthians chapter 13 – Love – 04122001

 

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<<1 Corinthians chapters 4 to 6

<< 1 Corinthians chapters 7 to 9

1 Corinthians chapters 14 to 16 >>

Romans Chapter 8

mp3 recordings of messages preached from Romans chapter 8 from our series on Pauls letter to the Romans:

 

Romans chp 8 vs 1 – Reaching New Heights – J Stewart Gillespie – 16022010

 

Romans Chp 8 – The Spirit Filled Life – JS Gillespie – 27032010

 

Romans chp 8 vs 1 to 17 – Suffering Sovereignity and the Spirit of God – 31012010 – J Stewart Gillespie

 

Romans Chp 8 Vs 2 – The Law of the Spirit of Life – J Stewart Gillespie – 09032010

 

Romans Chp 8 vs 4 to 8 – The Peace of the Spirit Filled Mind – J Stewart Gillespie – 16032010

 

Romans Chp 8 vs 9 to 13 – A Life Worth Living – JS Gillespie – 23032010

 

Romans Chp 8 Vs 1 to 17 – Life in the Spirit – Alan Gamble – 04082009

 

Romans Chp 8 Vs 14 – Evidence of the Spirit Led Life – J Stewart Gillespie

 

Romans Chp 8 Vs 14 – Led by the Spirit but to Where – J Stewart Gillespie – 05052010

 

Romans Chp 8 Vs 14 – Living the Spirit Led Life -J Stewart Gillespie – 04052010

 

Romans Chp 8 Vs 17 to 30 – Alan Gamble – 11082009

 

Romans Chp 8 Vs 32 – He Who Spared not His Own Son – 02052010 – J Stewart Gillespie

 

Romans Chp 8 vs 14 to 17 – The Spirit Leads Right into the Presence of God – J Stewart Gillespie 11052010

 

Romans Chp 8 vs 14 to 17 – The Relationship that Transforms Suffering – 26052010 -J Stewart Gillespie

 

Romans Chp 8 Vs 23 to 30 Why Hope Because I Can – J Stewart Gillespie – 06072010.mp3

 

Romans Chp 8 Vs 28 to 30 Gods Purpose in Suffering – J Stewart Gillespie – 13072010

 

Romans Chp 8 Vs 31 to 34 – Something Big Happened at Calvary – JS Gillespie – 20072010

 

Romans chp 8 vs 18 to 23 – From Good to Glorious – Gods Work in Suffering – J Stewart Gillespie 19052010 – JS Gillespie

 

Romans chp 8 vs 14 to 17 – Suffering and Glory – JS Gillespie – 22062010

 

Romans chp 8 Vs 17 to 25 – From Good to Glorious – J Stewart Gillespie – 29062010

 

Romans Chp 8 vs 31 to 39 – Saved Satisfied and Secure – JS Gillespie – 27072010

 

Romans Chp 8 vs 32 – He that Spared not His own Son – J Stewart Gillespie – 15112010

 

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Romans chapters 9 to 11 >>

 

Johns Gospel – chps 3 to 7

mp3 recordings of Bible Teaching given on the Gospel according to John

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John Chp 3 – Starting where others Stop – J Stewart Gillespie – 04062016

 

John chp 3 vs 14 – Jesus Greatest Miracle – JS Gillespie – 19062016

 
John Chapter 3 -You Must be Born Again – Robert Revie – 07102009

 

John Chp 3 – By Water and By Spirit – J Stewart Gillespie – 02112008

 

John chapter 3 verse 16 – The Gospel in an Oyster Shell – Robert Revie – 13102009

 

Ivan McLean – John Chapter 3 Verse 14 – 3 Things Lifted Up – 08082010

 

For God so Loved – John chp3 vs 16 – Gordon Armstrong – 13012013

 

John Chapter 3 Verse 16 – Stanley Hunter – 15042007

 

John Chapter 4 – Hunter Stanley – 19092004

 

John Chapter 4 – Woman at Jacobs Well – J Stewart Gillespie – 19102008

 

John Chapter 5 – Mercy and Misery – Robert Revie – 14102009

 

I AM the Bread of Life – JohnChp 6 – J Stewart Gillespie

 

John chapter 6 – Bread for Life – JS Gillespie – 13102009

 

John Chapter 6 – Christ All Sufficient – J Stewart Gillespie – 21112008

 

John Chapter 6 Vs 1 to 15 – Crossing the Sea to Christ – J Stewart Gillespie – 16112008

 

Finding God in the Storms of Life – John chp 6 – JS Gillespie – 07082016

 

Finding the Saviour they Did not Want – John chp 6 vs 25 – JS Gillespie – 04092016