Paul on Paul a brief Autobiography – 2 Corinthians chp 10

Just added, a new message in our series on 2 Corinthians :

2 Corinthians chp 10 – Paul on Paul an Autobiography of Walk War and Work – 13052018 – JS Gillespie

 

The Weapons of our Warfare – 2 Corinthians chp 10

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

 

2 Corinthians chp 10 vs 1 to 5 – The Weapons of our Warfare – JS Gillespie – 24042018

 

Depression

4 recordings from a conference on Depression, held at Linwood Gospel Hall, with Dr Philip Mullen and Dr J Stewart Gillespie:

What is Depression – Philip Mullen

 

Hearing Gods Voice when Ive had Enough – Depression in the Hands of a Sovereign God – JS Gillespie – 14032018

 

What God says when Ive Had Enough Depression in the hands of an All Sufficient God – JS Gillespie – 14042018

 

How to Keep a Healthy Mind – Philip Mullen – 14042018

 

 

2 Corinthians chapters 10 to 13

Mp3 recordings of messages preached from our series on 2 Corinthians chapters 10 to 13

 

2 Corinthians chp 10 vs 1 to 5 – The Weapons of our Warfare – JS Gillespie – 24042018

 

2 Corinthians chp 10 vs 1 to 6 – The Battle for the Mind – JS Gillespie – 04022018

 

2 Corinthians chp 10 vs 1 to 5 – The Weapons of our Warfare – A Tent Peg and A Jug of Milk – JS Gillespie – 29042018

 

2 Corinthians chp 10 vs 5 – There is a Why that we Think – JS Gillepsie – 01052018

 

2 Corinthians chp 10 vs 5 to 7 – When Man lost his Mind – JS Gillespie – 08052018

 
2 Corinthians chp 10 – Paul on Paul an Autobiography of Walk War and Work – 13052018 – JS Gillespie

 

2 Corinthians Chp 12 – Gods Grace Sovereign And Sufficient – JS Gillespie – 13012018

 

2 Corinthians chp 12 – Transforming Grace – JS Gillespie – 15012018

 

What God says when Ive Had Enough Depression in the hands of an All Sufficient God – JS Gillespie – 14042018

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Jesus Loves me This I know

A new message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 14 verse 1 by J Stewart Gillespie:

 

1 Corinthians chp 14 vs 1 – Jesus Loves me This I Know – J Stewart Gillespie – 29032016

 

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We noticed last time that we considered 1 Co 13:10; ‘that which is perfect

We suggested that this was a reference to the completeness and perfection of Divine Revelation not presently in the Bible but in a future day at the return of Christ

We suggested 3 major reasons why ‘that which is perfect’ cannot be a reference to the completed canon of scripture:

  1. We noted that in verses 8 and 9 that ‘prophecies’ fell into the category of the passing (verse 8) and the partial (v9). That is that prophecy by its nature is subject to a frame of time and moves through distinct phases of revelation, expectation and then fulfillment. Until that prophecy is fulfilled exactly what it means is the subject of interpretation, and until it is fulfilled its full meaning will remain unclear. Any revelation therefore dependent upon unfulfilled prophecy cannot be the ‘perfect’ or fullness of revelation. The Bible contains unfilled prophecy, it is in fact, ‘a more sure word of prophecy,’ and thus cannot be that complete revelation.

  1. Perfect revelation requires perfect preparation of the individual to receive it (13:11); that perfect preparation is the ongoing work of God in us, transforming and conforming us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29), a work which will only be complete when we meet Christ (1 John 3:2), perfect revelation and comprehension, ‘to know even as I am known,’ must await that future day.

  2. The imagery of 1 Co 13:12, in referring to seeing through the glass darkly uses the image of the Bible – the glass, used in 2 Corinthians chp 3:18 and James 1:23, that is the position of the present, the future position is, ‘face to face.’

That perhaps leaves us with something of a problem then, if I am saying that, ‘that which is perfect,’ lies in the future, am I then left with the continuance of sign gifts till then? Do I expect miracles, tongues, prophecy and wonders to continue until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ?

No.

7 reasons for the cessation of sign gifts:

  1. Specifically of ‘tongues’ verse 8, we are told that they shall ‘cease’ – middle tense, they are given for a purpose, discussed in 1 Corinthians chp 14 and then of their own accord will stop. They only appear 3 X in the Acts of the apostles, and then here in 1 Corinthians, when they are abused / misused.

  2. The sign gifts were essentially signs of the apostles; Acts 5:12; 2:43; 2 Co 12:12; Heb 2:3-4. The apostles were those who saw the Lord in His death (11/12) and His resurrection (12/12) (Acts 1:22). If someone today claims to have the gift of miracles / prophecy / wonders then your first response can be; ‘you must be an awful lot older than you look.’

  3. Prophecy was foundational to the church (1 Co 3:10-12; Eph 2:20) – we cannot go back after 2000 years and re-lay the foundation! Well that’s not entirely true, outside my house you can see 2 or 3 great foundation stones from the Arthur memorial church, layed over 100 years ago. You can change the foundation, but to do so, they had to first demolish the church. That is precisely what happens when we re-lay the foundations!

  1. The faith which we hold and believe has been “once and for all” (Vincents Word Studies), delivered unto the saints; Jude 1:3 and is now to be passed on (2 Tim 2:1-2) rather than being freshly revealed (2 Tim 2:1-2). The passing of the baton.

  2. Revelation 22:18-19 makes it clear that we cannot add to the NT scripture – no new revelation

  3. The overall pattern of the Bible – supernatural signs and the gift of miracles were never normative; they occur during only 3 phases of history:

  1. Moses and Aaron,

  2. Elijah and Elisha

  3. Christ and the Apostles

  1. When we come to later epistles, the exhortation is not to prophesy but to expound scripture; read, study, and teach scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-2; 4:6,13-16; 2 Tim 2:15; 3:14-17. Herein leis the real problem with the charismatic movement; not so much in the gifts which they think they have and do not possess but in dwelling on the fake and fraudulent they miss what God really does have for us.

The problem with all of that was not so much what he said – babbling in tongues; the problem lies more with what he did not say; all of the blessings which God has in His Word for us, were ignored.

‘Follow after love and desire spiritual gifts but rather that ye may prophesy’        (1 Corinthians 14:1)

So we might find at Corinth, brother Jim, he has the gift of prophecy, you may ask, well why does brother Jim prophecy? From 1 Corinthians 14:1 you could rightly say that brother Jim prophecies as a consequence of love. It is because he loves Gods people at Corinth that he prophecies. But you knew brother Jim from years ago; from when he worked and lived in Corinth, you may well scratch your head at that explanation and tell me, but I knew brother Jim years ago, when he bought and sold and lived in Corinth, all he was interested in was himself, in maximising his profit and pursuing his pleasures.

If brother Jim is now acting out of self sacrificial love, well that is something new! Where did he get that love from? You know the answer to that of course. Brother Jim got saved. Brother Jim was born again, he is a new creature in Christ, filled by His Spirit and the fruit of that Spirit which is; ‘love, joy, peace, longsuffering…’

Let’s just bring all of that together then, all of that means that the exercise of brother Jim’s gift, that gift of prophecy is ultimately a product of Gods love for Jim and Gods love for His people through the ministry of Jim? Is that correct?

So if I ask the question, how do I know that God loves me? I can look back into the past and remember Calvary (John 3:16) but I can also look into the present and perceive His ongoing love and care for me in the provision of the ministry of His Word.

Sometimes you will hear Christians say some very ill thought out things and I wouldn’t like you to imbibe them! Statements such as:

  • I’m not so much interested in the Word of God, I’m more interested in the love of God

  • There really wasn’t enough love in that place, a lot of Bible teaching.

You see God continues to express His love for us, in the care that He shows for us in the teaching and ministry of His Word.

Disregard for that, prioritising other things before that is really a disregard for the love of God and that has costs and consequences.

I’ve noticed it over the years, a particular Word of ministry, Word in the Gospel, that would have been particularly helpful to some of Gods people, but they had absented themselves that evening for other things. God’s love had been extended and rejected. They were the poorer for it.

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 14 to 16

mp3 recordings of messages preached from 1 Corinthians chapters 14 to 16

 

1 Corinthians chp 14 vs 1 – Jesus Loves me This I Know – J Stewart Gillespie – 29032016

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1 Corinthians chp 14 vs 1 to 25 – When men Know there is a God – 05042016 – JS Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 3 – The Heart and the Head of the Gospel – J Stewart Gillespie – 12042016


 

1 Corinthians chp 5 vs 3 to 4 – Christ Died for our Sins – John Dunlop – 16052017

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 11 – When Great Men Sleep – J S Gillespie – 10052016

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1 Corinthians chp 15 – Chaos at Corinth – When Christians get Distracted – 09082016 – JS Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 5 – Good News worth Believing – JS Gillespie – 18092016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 10 – What Made Paul Great – J S Gillespie – 24052016

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1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 17 – Saved by A Living Saviour – J Stewart Gillespie – 14062016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 12 to 20 – Why do we need a Resurrected Saviour – JS Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 17 – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Why is it so Important – JS Gillespie – 12062016

 

Christ the Firstfruits – 1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 20 to 24 – Dr J Stewart Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 20 to 23 – Resurrection Connecting to the Mystery – J Stewart Gillespie – 05072016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 21 to 23 – Resurrection the Identity behind the Mystery – J Stewart Gillespie – 10072016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 25 – For He Must Reign – Gods Purpose in Human Politics – JS Gillespie – 16082016

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1 Corinthians Chp 15 vs 25 – He Must Reign – The Eternal Kingdom of the Son of Man – JS Gillespie – 23082016

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1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 26 – Destroying the Destroyer – J Stewart Gillespie – 28082016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 26 – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Who Stole the Doctrine – JS Gillespie – 04092016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 26 – When Death Dies – J Stewart Gillespie – 30082016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 29 – Dead Presumed Drowned – J Stewart Gillespie – 20092016

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1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 30 to 34 – Dieing Today Living for Ever – Suffering in the light of Eternity – JS Gillespie – 27092016

 

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1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 35 to 39 – Because we all Need a little Encouragement – JS Gillespie – 18102016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 45 to 48 – First and Last Adam First and Second Man because we all need a Fresh Start – JS Gillespie – 01112016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 52 – The Last Trump – JS Gillespie – 08112016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 5 – Good News worth Believing – JS Gillespie – 18092016

 

Eternal State – 1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 23 to 28 – John Dunlop – 31052016

 

1 Corinthians chp 16 vs 1 to 7 – Gods Playlist for my Life – JS Gillespie – 29112016

 

1 Corinthians chp 16 vs 9 – When Great Doors Open – JS Gillespie – 06122016

 

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1 Corinthians chp 16 – Recognising the Door of Gods Opportunity – JS Gillespie – 09112016

 

1 Corinthians Chp 16 vs 10 to 12 – When Gods Grace is Second Best – J Stewart Gillespie – 13122016

 

1 Corinthians chp 16 – Finally Lets get Focused on Forever – JS Gillespie – 13112016

 

1 Corinthians chp 16 vs 13 to 24 – And Finally Faith Love and Hope – JS Gillespie – 20122016

 
 
 
 

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1 Corinthians chapters 14 to 16 

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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