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Gifts Of The Spirit Pt 1

Gifts of the Spirit
Pt. 1

 

Last week, I said some things in which I misspoke. I would like to take the time to correct that now. First, I stated that Cornelius went to Peter and that was wrong. Three men went to bring Peter to Cornelius. Secondly, I stated that grieving the Holy Spirit was an unforgivable sin, I misspoke again and grieving was the incorrect term. The correct term is blasphemy the Holy Spirit. *Re-explain* Lastly, I stated that Moses took Egyptians out of Egypt, this was a plain case of words running over themselves, I meant Israelites. I did not go to seminary or bible college so I was not trained by individuals to teach a certain way so I will make mistakes. As we go through the Sabbaths, you will see me grow more and more and I will always admit my mistakes.

I explained last week that we would be starting a series talking about the gifts of the Spirit. There are 30 gifts mentioned in scripture and I will try to get to as many of them each week without taking up too much of your time. I would like for this series to be in three parts, however, if I have to extend it so we can get full understanding, I will. So let us begin our journey into the many gifts of the Spirit.

Romans 12:8
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Exhortation
Strong’s Concordance – 3870
parakaleó: to call to or for, to exhort, to encourage
Original Word: παρακαλέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: parakaleó
Phonetic Spelling: (par-ak-al-eh’-o)
Short Definition: I summon, entreat, admonish, comfort
Definition: (a) I send for, summon, invite, (b) I beseech, entreat, beg, (c) I exhort, admonish, (d) I comfort, encourage, console.

The gift of exhortation is often called the “gift of encouragement.” The primary means of exhortation is to remind the hearer of the powerful and amazing work of YeHoVaH in Messiah, particularly in regard to the saving work of Yeshua in the atonement.  We see Paul commanding Titus to use this gift in Titus 1:9 and throughout chapter 2, particularly Titus 2:11-15.  He also charges Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2.

The Spirit of YeHoVaH gives this gift to people in the body of Messiah to strengthen and encourage those who are wavering in their faith.  Those with the gift of exhortation can uplift and motivate others as well as challenge and rebuke them in order to foster spiritual growth and action.  The goal of the encourager is to see everyone in the body of Messiah continually building up the body of Messiah and glorifying YeHoVaH.

This goes back to my Fellowship message and learning to fellowship with one another. Many people find it appropriate to put others down when they fail but as believers, we should build them up to encourage them to try again. This is what we must do because it is what Messiah would do. Keep this in mind as we continue going through these gifts. I ask you to do this because we will see a lot more things with the same common goal. This goal, we will unveil at the end of this series.

Romans 12:8
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

The gift of giving has a word tied to it, so we must take a look at the context of this gift mentioned in Romans in its entirety. To do that, we must also look at simplicity to get a full understanding of the gift of giving.

Giving
Strong’s Concordance – 1325
didómi: to give (in various senses lit. or fig.)
Original Word: δίδωμι
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: didómi
Phonetic Spelling: (did’-o-mee)
Short Definition: I offer, give
Definition: I offer, give; I put, place.

Simplicity
Strong’s Concordance – 858
aphelotés: simplicity
Original Word: ἀφελότης, τητος, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: aphelotés
Phonetic Spelling: (af-el-ot’-ace)
Short Definition: simplicity, sincerity
Definition: simplicity, sincerity.

The Ruach HaKodesh imparts this gift to some in the body of Messiah to meet the various needs of the congregation and its ministries, missionaries, or of people who do not have the means to provide fully for themselves.  The goal is to encourage and provide, giving all credit to YeHoVaH’s love and provision.  Individuals with this gift will have no issues giving to those in need, out of the abundant blessings that YeHoVaH has provided them.  These people usually are very hospitable and will find any means to try and touch the life of someone by giving.  They are also excellent at allowing the light of Messiah to show through them in an attempt to spread the Good News and will make many changes in their lives to make themselves ready to help those who need it.  They tend to be appreciative when someone shares a need with them and are always delighted and full of joyful love when they can meet the need of others.  Reference Romans 12:8, 13, 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:6-15; Acts 4:32-37, Galatians 4:15, Philippians 4:10-18.

Once again, we are seeing a common outcome and theme with the gift of giving and the gift of exhortation. Can you figure it out yet?

Romans 12:8
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Once again, we see a gift that is accompanied by an adjective to show us the context in which we will see this gift manifest. So lets take a look at both.

Administration
Strong’s Concordance – 2941
kubernésis: steering, government, administration
Original Word: κυβέρνησις, εως, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: kubernésis
Phonetic Spelling: (koo-ber’-nay-sis)
Short Definition: governing, government
Definition: (lit: steering, piloting), governing, government.

Diligence
Strong’s Concordance 4710
spoudé: haste, diligence
Original Word: σπουδή, ῆς, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: spoudé
Phonetic Spelling: (spoo-day’)
Short Definition: haste, diligence
Definition: (a) speed, haste, (b) diligence, earnestness, enthusiasm.

With this gift the Ruach HaKodesh enables certain Believers to organize, direct, and implement plans to lead others in the various ministries of the body of Messiah. See also I Corinthians 12:28, Titus 1:4-5.

We are going to come off of Romans for a moment. Since we hit Administration which is making plans for a people to be led, lets go into the gift of Leadership.

Leadership
Strong’s Concordance – 2233
hégeomai: to lead, suppose
Original Word: ἡγέομαι
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: hégeomai
Phonetic Spelling: (hayg-eh’-om-ahee)
Short Definition: I lead, think
Definition: (a) I lead, (b) I think, am of opinion, suppose, consider.

The spiritual gift of leadership is found in Romans 12:8 where it states to rule with diligence and it placed right between the gifts of giving and of mercy.  I feel that it was placed there because to rule righteously, you must put the needs of others before the needs of yourself and to do it with a loving and caring heart.  The connection to caring is what I think, causes it to be related to the gift of pastor/shepherd. Since the gift of administration is to set up the means in which to lead, you can clearly see the difference.  It’s more about the people then it is about organizing the task.

Now I am not saying that those with the administration gift do not care about people. In order to take their time to allow the gift to be used, they must have some sort of care in them for the people that the leader they organize for is in touch with. But those with the spiritual gift of leadership focus on people and relationships more directly and in a more hands on manner. Please don’t let these statements discount the gift of administration because its this gift that allows the gift of leadership to be so successful.

The Ruach HaKodesh gives the spiritual gift of leadership to some in the body of Messiah to care for YeHoVaH’s people and lead them into deeper relationship with Messiah and each other.  The success of the gift of leadership, I believe, is determined by the desire to bring the sinner to Yeshua and the believer into a more intimate relationship with Yeshua.  These people have the opportunity to lead and guide with great compassion and care for the spiritual well-being of those who come into their path without prejudice. They are the physical foundations layers for Yeshua’s sheep. As we are the clay, the leader is the tool that YeHoVaH uses to help mold the clay. These leaders are less concerned with the clerical details than those with the spiritual gift of administration.  Many have an entrepreneurial mindset and willing to have faith to take risks to see the kingdom of YeHoVaH advanced through the body of believers.  They will go far and beyond to guard and protect those under their care and are spiritually quipped to lead through crisis situations.  See also Romans 12:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 3:4-5, 12; 5:17.

Romans 12:8
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Mercy
Strong’s Concordance – 1656
eleos: mercy, pity, compassion
Original Word: ἔλεος, ους, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine; Noun, Neuter
Transliteration: eleos
Phonetic Spelling: (el’-eh-os)
Short Definition: pity, mercy
Definition: pity, mercy, compassion.

Every believer is called to be merciful due to YeHoVaH’s mercy towards us (Matthew 18:33; Ephesians 2:4-6). The concern for the physical as well as spiritual need of those who are hurting is covered by the gift of mercy.  Individuals who display an intense form of this gift have a very strong feeling of sympathy for those who are suffering physically and spiritually. They will often try to help by any means necessary to be merciful. Individuals like this will extend themselves for long periods of time to help be there for someone during their times of healing until the healing is fully completed. They are the tools of YeHoVaH that our Elohim uses to tend to the afflicted in a way that humanity doesn’t know how.

The Ruach HaKodesh manifests the spiritual gift of mercy to some in the body of the Messiah to care, love and assist those who are suffering, and walk with them until YeHoVaH allows their burden to be lifted.  The gift of mercy is demonstrated through YeHoVaH’s mercy towards us as sinners. It has and always will be consistently expressed with unmeasurable compassion.  Those equipped to use this gift will find themselves weeping with those who weep (Romans 12:15) and bearing the burden of those who carry burdens (Galatians 6:2).  They are sensitive to the feelings and circumstances of others and can quickly discern when someone is not doing well.  They are typically good listeners and feel the need to simply “be there” for others.  See Romans 12:8, Matthew 5:7; Luke 10:30-37; James 3:17; Jude 22-23.

They have an intuition to feel the place where people are whether in good or bad. They tend to be good listeners and tend to desire to be there for others who need them or they feel they are needed.

1 Corinthians 12:8-10
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

Wisdom
Strong’s Concordance – 4678
sophia: skill, wisdom
Original Word: σοφία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: sophia
Phonetic Spelling: (sof-ee’-ah)
Short Definition: wisdom
Definition: wisdom, insight, skill (human or divine), intelligence.

Knowledge
Strong’s Concordance – 1108
gnósis: a knowing, knowledge
Original Word: γνῶσις, εως, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: gnósis
Phonetic Spelling: (gno’-sis)
Short Definition: knowledge, doctrine, wisdom
Definition: knowledge, doctrine, wisdom

Word of knowledge and wisdom go hand in hand. You can have one without the other but when they are manifest together, you get what I feel is called true spiritual understanding. It refers to an understanding of YeHoVaH’s Word and His commandments which allows those with these gifts to be good stewards of YeHoVaH and Messiah.  In the context of 1 Corinthians 12:8, it means to speak to the life of an individual or to a specific situation with great understanding and a righteous perspective, with the goal of guiding others toward a life of holiness and worship.

Several Scriptures reveal the true beauty and fruit of wisdom.  Psalm 111:10 says: “The fear of YeHoVaH is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”  Wisdom begins with the fear of YeHoVaH.  It begins with knowing who YeHoVaH is and who we are in comparison to Him.  That leads to understanding and then to practicing righteousness.  A life of wisdom ultimately results in the praise and worship of YeHoVaH.

James 3:17 says “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”  This is undoubtedly a work of the Ruach HaKodesh in the life of a believer.  The highest wisdom is found in the cross of Messiah, which is “foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of YeHoVaH.” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

The Ruach HaKodesh gives some the spiritual gift of wisdom to not only impart the truth and understanding to believers, but to invoke a response of holiness and worship lived out in the world and amongst YeHoVaH’s people.  Wisdom doesn’t end with knowledge, but is expressed through the creation that is created by Yeshua which is obtained by salvation as mentioned 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Those with the gift of wisdom have a deep understanding of the holiness of YeHoVaH and the lack of holiness in their own hearts in part due to that wisdom exposes the flaws of the hearts of men.

They have the ability to recognize this in others as well and can have the compassion and boldness to share that truth with them.  They are able to take from their own life experiences and share what YeHoVaH has taught them through those things and is the reason why they can make good leaders.  They can easily recognize where a decision or action may lead and can warn against those that may be harmful or unfruitful.  They can often see through the confusion of a situation and can give direction that would help an individual or group obtain a Messiah led goal.  The body of Messiah needs those with this gift of wisdom to help build and guide through times of trouble.  See also 1 Corinthians 1:17-31, 2:1-16, 12:8; Colossians 1:9-10, 2:1-3; James 3:13-18

As is with knowledge, the Scriptural emphasis in 1 Corinthians 12:8 is on the ability to speak this knowledge to others in a given situation.  In the opening passages of 1 Corinthians, Paul spoke of knowledge and recognized that the highest form of knowledge among men is the Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach (i.e. the testimony about Messiah, cf. 1 Corinthians 1:4-7).  What we can conclude then is the gift of knowledge is an understanding of the things in this world and in our lives that is founded in the Gospel and rooted in the Scriptures.  This gift is closely related to the gift of wisdom which is alluded to by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.

Now we can see how closely related wisdom and knowledge are and with both, there is an understanding that’s so spiritually intimate with YeHoVaH, that many cannot grasp the level of intimacy without experiencing it first. With knowledge and wisdom, as a believer, you can learn to live, act, portray and then guide others to be set apart, holy and righteous in every day actions.

The Ruach HaKodesh gives this spiritual gift to some believers to bring about understanding and to inform the body of Messiah or individual believers.  The person with this gift is usually well-versed in the teachings of the Scriptures and some have been able to commit much to memory.  They can retain the truth and communicate it effectively at the appropriate times.  The gift of knowledge allows a believer to relate the Scriptures, and particularly the Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach, to all aspects of life in this world.  They can see how it connects to every situation and circumstance and how the reality and truth of the Gospel is to inform every decision a believer makes.

Now I’m sure that through all of this series, there will be people who will disagree with me or even try to say that I am completely wrong. I’m not here to fancy everyone or to argue. This is what I feel the Spirit is telling me and I am trying to relay that message to the listeners.

The gifts of the Spirit are crucial to the building up of the body of Messiah. Each gift has its role and its delegation. No gift is more important than the other and all are to be used and displayed for the glory of YeHoVaH. As believers, we can utilized the gifts ordained for us to reach a multitude of sinners to bring them to salvation and everlasting life in heaven. The question for you is are you willing to be bold enough? Are you willing to be servantile? Are you willing to be humble? Are you willing to have compassion? Are you willing to put the desires of Messiah over your own? ARE YOU WILLING TO LIVE FOR YEHOVAH AND YESHUA? The answers are all up to YOU!

As we move through theses gifts, I leave you with some homework. When you hear a gift that applies to you, please write it down. Later on today, I will post a downloadable text that you can go through and study on your gifts through the scriptures. Please, as a responsible and obedient believer, get to know your gifts and learn how to utilize them and allow the Spirit to manifest glorifying YeHoVaH with your actions. It is Him you want to please and make proud.

The gifts of the Spirit are crucial to the building up of the body of Messiah. Each gift has its role and its delegation. No gift is more important than the other and all are to be used and displayed for the glory of YeHoVaH. As believers, we can utilized the gifts ordained for us to reach a multitude of sinners to bring them to salvation and everlasting life in heaven. The question for you is are you willing to be bold enough? Are you willing to be servantile? Are you willing to be humble? Are you willing to have compassion? Are you willing to put the desires of Messiah over your own? ARE YOU WILLING TO LIVE FOR YEHOVAH AND YESHUA? The answers are all up to YOU!

Secondary Study(Homosexuality)

I was requested to preach about homosexuality and transgenderism. These subjects are especially tough in this day and age. We live in a world that has made these two abominations socially acceptable. So because it was requested, I am going to touch on it each and every week for this series because a part of the gifts is having boldness to utilize them when the Spirit asks for it. So without further a due lets go from the beginning, in the old testament.

Lev. 18:22

‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (NASB)

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (ESV, NKJV)

Clearly, the Old Testament condemns homosexuality.  What else does it mean when it says “you shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female”?  The term “lie with” here refers to sexual intercourse in the phrase “lie with a male as one lies with a female.”  It is an abomination.  The word here is תֹּועֵבָה towʿebah, toʿebah.

117 occurrences; AV translates as “abomination” 113 times, “abominable thing” twice, and “abominable” twice. 1 a disgusting thing, abomination, abominable. 1a in ritual sense (of unclean food, idols, mixed marriages). 1b in ethical sense (of wickedness etc. ).1
*Mixed marriages meaning unequally yoked*

Lev. 20:13

“If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.” (NASB)

“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” (ESV)

The word “detestable” is the same Hebrew word found in Lev. 18:22, “abomination.”

This is where we are going to leave this one. I hope this has intrigued you as I will continue over the next few weeks to delve into this more. Next week, we will look at some old testament examples of YeHoVaH’s punishment towards homosexuality and transgenderism. Keep in mind, these people are confused and we are not to condemn them. We are to show them love and try to bring them out of their confusion and guide them to the waiting arms of Messiah Yeshua.

 

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