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Just added , a new message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 12 verse by J Stewart 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:
The distinctive feature of the Christian gathering is that here we meet with God
Where Gods presence is, that presence is knowable.
Gods presence is knowable by:
Gods Peace – John 20
Gods Purity – John 9
Gods Pleasure – Psalm 16
God revealed Himself
The Bible nowhere sets out arguments to prove the existence of God:
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:
Between individuals and over time
Drawn together by unity of:
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:
miracle working faith
As the faith to:
Walk on water – Peter
Slay a giant – David
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:
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:
Peters faith would be that he could walk on water
David’s faith would be that he could Slay a giant
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
Practically (Genesis 14)
Prophetically (Genesis 22)
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:
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
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)
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:
Place – Moriah – the temple mount
Picture – ‘wood’ = ‘tree’
Abrahams faith leads Prophetically to Christ
Just added; a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie from 1 Corinthians chapter 12:
outline notes available for this message:
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 :
God speaks to 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 :
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)
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.