Manifestation of the Spirit

by Vince Finnegan on April 15, 2007
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As we consider what many Christians say and do regarding the holy spirit, it is apparent that what is written is either not known or disregarded. Many churches conduct "spiritual" activities which are in direct violation to the commands written in the Scriptures. For example, it is commonplace for people to speak in tongues out loud in the church without interpretation; yet, 1 Corinthians 14 clearly states repeatedly and emphatically that this should not be done. In some church's, everyone speaks in tongues out loud in the service; yet, Paul strongly reproves such behavior. Paul wrote - "Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?" (1 Corinthians 14:23). Do we want the unbeliever to glorify God by our behavior or think we are MAD? Other unseemly "spiritual" demonstrations - such as slain in the spirit, drunk in the spirit, laughing in the spirit, dancing in the spirit, yelling in the spirit, and such like are attributed to the spirit but have no biblical underpinnings. These things have caused many to doubt and avoid spiritual matters altogether.

How do we get back to believing what the Bible clearly communicates on this subject? How can we change powerless Christianity back to powerful Christianity? I think the first step is to gain the correct biblical knowledge regarding these matters.

2 Corinthians 3:6-9 Believers today are under the new covenant, which is called the ministry of the spirit.

John 14:16-21, 25, and 26; 16:13 The spirit is central to our Christian faith.

Acts 2:38; 8:20; 10:45 Holy spirit is a gift given to the believer.

1 Corinthians 12:7-13 One spirit which is given equally to all has many manifestations. There is a difference between a gift and the manifestation of the gift. Webster - a perceptible, outward, or visible expression. "Manifest" means to make evident or certain by showing or displaying, show.

Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6 and 7; 1 Corinthians 14 They spoke in tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:5 and 13 Interpretation of tongues.

Acts 2:17 and 18; 1 Corinthians 14:3 Prophecy

Luke 11:9-13 We have not because we ask not. If we ask without fear and in faith, God will respond.

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