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Spiritual Gifts

"Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:3)

 

Spiritual gifts was another issue that was bringing disorder than order in the church at Corinth. This is pretty much similar to today’s church. We are spiritual in nature. This is evident when we are emotional, carried away or led  by different doctrines and philosophies. We like things that excites us and that’s where we need to have a dividing line. All things that excite our flesh needn’t necessarily come from God. When a person is moved by the Holy Spirit, manifestations are bound to take place. These manifestations necessarily should bring glory to God and deliver the people. We need to test and examine every spirit. We need to also make sure that we have a right perspective of the ministry and giftings of the Holy Spirit.

 

As St. Paul starts the discussion on the spiritual gifts, He makes it clear that the foundational test of the person operating in the Holy Spirit is the confession and profession of faith. No one who is speaking by the Spirit can say ,”Jesus be cursed” or in present terms give a second priority to the Lord Jesus. If one is led by the Holy Spirit, the supremacy of the Lord Jesus will be seen in every area of our lives. Also no one can say “Jesus is Lord”, except by the Holy Spirit. The confession when Paul says it should not be just taken as word of mouth. What the heart believes strongly comes out of the mouth. When we say “Jesus is Lord”, it means we come under His authority, rule and Lordship. This is the fundamental in understanding the gifts of the Spirit.

 

For further reading: Romans 10:7-10    1 John 4:1-3