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Gifts of the Spirit Pt. 3

Gifts of the Spirit
Pt. 3

Last week, we left off going into the last part of 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. This part we left at is talking about speaking in and interpreting tongues. Now, as I have stated in the past, speaking in tongues has been done as a show and it has been done improperly. I don’t say this because I want to poke a bear or point fingers, I say this because we are given clear understanding of what speaking in tongues is. So let us dive right into what these two intertwined gifts are.

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:

Speaking
Strong’s Concordance – 2980
laleó: to talk
Original Word: λαλέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: laleó
Phonetic Spelling: (lal-eh’-o)
Short Definition: I speak, say
Definition: (I talk, chatter in classical Greek, but in NT a more dignified word) I speak, say.

Diverse
Strong’s Concordance – 4164
poikilos: many colored
Original Word: ποικίλος, η, ον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: poikilos
Phonetic Spelling: (poy-kee’-los)
Short Definition: various, of different colors
Definition: various, of different colors, diverse, various.

Tongues
Strong’s Concordance – 1100
glóssa: the tongue, a language
Original Word: γλῶσσα, ης, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: glóssa
Phonetic Spelling: (gloce-sah’)
Short Definition: the tongue, a language, nation
Definition: the tongue, a language, a nation (usually distinguished by their speech).

Interpretation
Strong’s Concordance – 2058
herméneia: interpretation
Original Word: ἑρμηνεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: herméneia
Phonetic Spelling: (her-may-ni’-ah)
Short Definition: translation, interpretation
Definition: translation, interpretation, explanation.

Now before we go into the scriptures and into complete explanation of these gifts, we need to understand the context in which we speak. First, we see that when we speak in tongues, we must speak a dignified word according to definition. Second, we learn that diverse means that it could be many different types of dignified words. Thirdly, we see that the word tongue is defined as a language. A clear interpretable language that someone from another country can speak. Lastly, we learn that interpretation of tongue means to explain or translate a language. Not this jibberish that some people say is their prayer tongue. Moving on to the real work.

The spiritual gift of tongues is more accurately called the gift of languages.  The Greek word for tongues is glossa, which literally means “tongue.” When it is used in the New Testament addressing the subject of spiritual gifts, it carries the contextual meaning of “languages.”  Speaking in tongues is the utterance of prayer or of a message glorifying YeHoVaH, typically spoken to YeHoVaH (1 Corinthians 14:2), in a language that is unknown to the one speaking it.

Now let us pull understanding for this gift into perspective and we can start in the old testament. In the garden with Adam and Eve. Before Adam and Eve fell from YeHoVaH’s grace, they lived in perfect communion with Him. They had one language and had direct communication with YeHoVaH. When our ancestors were banished from the garden, they continued to have one language up until YeHoVaH diversified the languages in the story of the Tower of Babel. This tower is what caused YeHoVaH to scramble the known language into many different languages.

After YeHoVaH confused their language and scattered them across the earth, He chose one people with one language to bring Him glory and draw mankind back to Himself.  Abram, later called Abraham, was the one through whom YeHoVaH promised to bless “all the nations.”  Eventually, through the nation of Israel, the Hebrew language would be used to communicate YeHoVaH’s Word to the nations.  However, the rest of the world did not speak or understand this language and for the most part continued to remain ignorant of YeHoVaH’s plan of redemption.

Lets skip ahead to Shavuot and to pouring out of the Ruach HaKodesh onto the people of YeHoVaH. Here we see a glimpse of YeHoVaH’s reversal of the curse of divided languages.  In Acts 2, people from all over the world hear YeHoVaH’s people proclaiming His mighty works in their own languages.  This is the beginning of the redemption of language for its intended purpose: to glorify YeHoVaH and draw all people to Himself.

In heaven an innumerable group from every nation, tribe, people and tongue will join together to praise YeHoVaH with one language.  (See Revelation 7:9-12.  This is where tongues will cease as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.)  The intention of the spiritual gift of tongues is to glorify YeHoVaH now, but also to prepare ourselves as His body to glorify Him forever in heaven.  The gift however is only partial, in that it is not given to all believers, and in the context of the congregation requires an interpreter in order for it to be edifying.

There is much more to be said about the spiritual gift of tongues, but we will summarize a few points here:

  • Not every believer receives this gift.  The gift of tongues is not a requirement or a necessary sign of salvation.  See 1 Corinthians 12:30.
  • Tongues can be human languages such as those heard in Acts 2, but often may be languages no one understands. But a distinguishable language with syntax to form linguistics. See 1 Corinthians 14:2.
  • Tongues are not “ecstatic speech” but are always orderly and are able to be controlled by the one speaking.  See 1 Corinthians 14:27-28, 33, 39-40
  • No tongues should be spoken in the church gathering without interpretation.  See 1 Corinthians 14:27-28.
  • Tongues should not be forbidden.  See 1 Corinthians 14:39.

The Ruach HaKodesh gives some believers the spiritual gift of tongues to glorify YeHoVaH and, with the help of an interpreter, to edify the body of Messiah.  This gift is dealt with extensively in the Scriptures and its use should be encouraged.  That said, it should be used properly with pure motives and intentions, of course in the power and prompting of the Ruach HaKodesh.
See also 1 Corinthians 12:10, 30, 14:4, 39, Acts 2:4, Acts 19:6.

The spiritual gift of interpretation of tongues is found alongside the gift of speaking in tongues in 1 Corinthians 12:10.  The Greek word for interpretation is hermeneia and simply means to interpret, explain, or expound some message that is not able to be understood in a natural way.  Thus, this spiritual gift is the supernatural ability to understand and explain messages uttered in an unknown language.

This is a revelatory gift, meaning that YeHoVaH “reveals” the meaning of the words or message being spoken and allows the interpreter to communicate its meaning to those who need to hear it.  When this happens in the congregation two things happen: the congregation is edified and YeHoVaH is glorified.

The spiritual gift of interpretation is given by the Ruach HaKodesh to certain individuals to reveal messages spoken in an unknown tongue to YeHoVaH for the building up of the body of Messiah.  Like the gift of prophecy, tongues that are interpreted have the effect of encouraging and blessing the congregation to love and serve YeHoVaH more deeply and effectively.
See also 1 Corinthians 12:10, 30; 14:1-28.

Ephesians 4:11-12
11 And that same Messiah gave these gifts to people: He made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to care for and teach God’s people.
12 Messiah gave these gifts to prepare YeHoVaH’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Messiah stronger.

Apostle
Strong’s Concordance – 652
apostolos: a messenger, one sent on a mission, an apostle
Original Word: ἀπόστολος, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: apostolos
Phonetic Spelling: (ap-os’-tol-os)
Short Definition: an apostle, a messenger, an envoy, a delegate
Definition: a messenger, envoy, delegate, one commissioned by another to represent him in some way, especially a man sent out by Yeshua HaMashiach Himself to preach the Gospel; an apostle.

The spiritual gift of apostleship is sometimes confused with the office of Apostle.  The office of Apostle was held by a limited number of men chosen by Yeshua including the twelve disciples (Mark 3:13-19) and Paul (Romans 1:1).  The requirements for the office of Apostle included being a faithful eyewitness of Yeshua’s ministry and His resurrection (Acts 1:21-22; 1 Corinthians 9:1) and being personally called by Yeshua (Galatians 1:1).  The Apostles were given authority by Yeshua to do many different things to establish the body of Messiah amongst believers, including writing Scripture and performing miracles (John 14:26, 2 Peter 3:15-16, 2 Corinthians 12:12)

There are no more that hold the office of Apostle today, but the gift of apostleship continues in a different sense.  Yeshua gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers at His ascension (Ephesians 4:7-12), and these represent a distinct category of apostles.  They do not have the authority to write Scripture as the original Apostles did.  They also have a different purpose in the sense of establishing the body of Messiah – the foundation has already been set.

The mission for those with the gift of apostleship today is to plant new ministries and congregations, go into places where the Gospel is not preached, reach across cultures to establish congregations in challenging environments, raise up and develop leaders, call out and lead pastors and shepherds, and much more.  They often have many different gifts that allow them to fulfill their ministry.  These are leaders of leaders and ministers of ministers.  They are influencers.  They are typically entrepreneurial and are able to take risks and perform difficult tasks.  Missionaries, congregation planters, certain Christian scholars and institutional leaders, and those leading multiple ministries or churches often have the gift of apostleship

The gift of apostle is an important gift. Look at me for example, I always thought that this move to Florida would lead me into a pastoring position to build a ministry to preach and teach the Good News to anyone that would come to hear it. Apostle Arthur Bailey helped get me to that point. He didn’t do it personally  or divinely but when I spoke to Sharon when I called his ministry in North Carolina, it was her words that helped motivate my feet. After Yeshua used Arthur and Sharon, He then moved me and through me, He started the Fellowship of Yah Ministry. Arthur taught me a lot in a little time and could teach me more but Yeshua told me it was time to learn from Him and not from a man.
See also Ephesians 4:11, I Corinthians 12:28, Acts 1:21-22, 1 Corinthians 9:1.

Ephesians 4:11-12
11 And that same Messiah gave these gifts to people: He made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to care for and teach God’s people.
12 Messiah gave these gifts to prepare YeHoVaH’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Messiah stronger.

Missionary/Evangelist
Strong’s Concordance 2099
euaggelistés: an evangelist, a bringer of good news
Original Word: εὐαγγελιστής, οῦ, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: euaggelistés
Phonetic Spelling: (yoo-ang-ghel-is-tace’)
Short Definition: an evangelist, bearer of good tidings
Definition: an evangelist, a missionary, bearer of good tidings.

Missionary and Evangelist go hand in hand like the tongues duo. There is one slight difference. Missionaries want to spread the Good News and Evangelist want to evangelize, to bring the sinners to salvation. As many as they can possibly recruit to the Messiahs family. We will start with evangelism first then move into missionary.

All believers are called to evangelize and reach out to the lost with the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20), but some are given an extra measure of faith and effectiveness in this area.  The spiritual gift of evangelism is found in Ephesians 4:11-12 where Paul says that Yeshua “gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Messiah.”  This word is only found two other places in the New Testament: Acts 21:8 and 2 Timothy 4:5.

Evangelists are given the unique ability by the Ruach HaKodesh to clearly and effectively communicate the Gospel of Yeshua to others.  They are burdened in their hearts for the lost and will go out of their way to share the truth with them.  Evangelists are able to overcome the normal fear of rejection and engage non-believers in meaningful conversations about Yeshua.  Their gift allows them to communicate with all types of people and therefore they receive a greater response to the message of salvation through Yeshua HaMashiach.

They continually seek out relationships with those who don’t know Yeshua and are open to the leading of the Ruach HaKodesh to approach different people.  They love giving free treasure away for Yeshua (2 Corinthians 4:7), and it brings them great joy knowing that the “feet that bring good news” are beautiful to those who believe (Isaiah 52:7).
See Ephesians 4:11, Acts 8:5-12, 26-40, 21:8, Matthew 28:18-20.

Now we see similar traits with missionaries but missionaries will go into distant lands and places to spread that same Good News as an evangelists. They treat their ordained gift as a Mission divinely given by YeHoVaH. They have one thing in mind and that is reaching the afflicted, the cut off ones, the third world ones, the confused ones in places where no one would like to go to reach, preach and teach the salvation to those who need it. The same could be said about evangelists. From my personal experience, the gift of missionary is only enacted when the person is in the field of soul battle. While the gift of evangelism is actively running at all times. People with the evangelism gift are always trying to reach sinners and bring them to the body of Messiah no matter the venue.

Ephesians 4:11-12
11 And that same Messiah gave these gifts to people: He made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to care for and teach God’s people.
12 Messiah gave these gifts to prepare YeHoVaH’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Messiah stronger.

Pastor/Shepherd
Strong’s Concordance 4166
poimén: a shepherd
Original Word: ποιμήν, ένος, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: poimén
Phonetic Spelling: (poy-mane’)
Short Definition: a shepherd
Definition: a shepherd; hence met: of the feeder, protector, and ruler of a flock of men.

The spiritual gift of pastor or pastor/shepherd is one that carries many different responsibilities.  This gift is closely related to the spiritual gifts of leadership and teaching.

In the Biblical context, shepherds had several different responsibilities to their sheep and ultimately, to the owner of the sheep. They kept a lookout for predators and protected the sheep from attackers.  They cared for wounded and sick sheep, nursing them back to health.  They rescued them if they became lost or trapped.  They spent enormous amounts of time with them guiding them to the places of nourishment and rest.  The result was a trust and relationship that kept the sheep following the shepherd.  The sheep were attuned to the shepherd’s voice to the point that even if they were temporarily mixed with another herd, at the call of the shepherd they would separate and follow him.

Pastors are called shepherds because their calling and gifting are much like those who care for sheep.  They are called and gifted to care for the spiritual well-being of a local body of YeHoVaH’s people.  Pastors are first and foremost servants.  They are servants of YeHoVaH and servants of His bride, the congregation.  They are given a mixture of abilities by grace that allows them to serve the needs of an entire community.

The goal of the pastor is to reveal the glory of YeHoVaH in Messiah by the power of the Ruach HaKodesh to a people who need YeHoVaH’s grace for life.  The primary way the pastor will do this is by teaching the Word of YeHoVaH to the congregation.  The gift of pastor is directly linked to the gift of teaching in Ephesians 4:11 and elsewhere.  In fact, this gift could be called the gift of pastor-teacher.  The ability to teach the Scriptures is also one of the many requirements of being an overseer (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9).  By teaching the Scriptures to the congregation, the pastor feeds the “sheep” of YeHoVaH.

The Ruach HaKodesh gives the spiritual gift of pastor to some in the body of Messiah to humbly teach them, guide them, protect them, and to lead them in the mission that YeHoVaH has for His people, namely the Great Commission.  The pastor loves the Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach and puts it at the center of his life and ministry.  Pastors do not seek fame or recognition for themselves, but they are placed in a position of authority by the Ruach HaKodesh.  The role of a pastor is one of humility and service as he is reminded daily of his overwhelming need of YeHoVaH’s grace for the task at hand.
See also Ephesians 4:11; Jeremiah 3:15; Acts 20:28; John 10:11-18.

Teaching
Strong’s Concordance 1322
didaché: doctrine, teaching
Original Word: διδαχή, ῆς, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: didaché
Phonetic Spelling: (did-akh-ay’)
Short Definition: teaching, doctrine
Definition: teaching, doctrine, what is taught.

The spiritual gift of teaching is one that carries a heavy responsibility in the body of Messiah.  In fact, James 3:1 warns, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”  Like every believer, teachers are to be stewards of every word that comes out of their mouths.  But the greater responsibility to which they are called is to be stewards of the Word of YeHoVaH to His people.  Teachers have been entrusted with the task of effectively communicating what the Bible says, what it means, and how we as followers of Yeshua are to apply it to our lives here and now.

Those with the spiritual gift of teaching love to study the Word of YeHoVaH for extended periods of time.  They consume the Scriptures as food for their hearts, souls and minds with the expressed purpose of knowing Him and then making Him known to others.  They want to know what YeHoVaH has revealed of Himself and what He requires of us as people created in His image. They take great joy and satisfaction in seeing others learn and apply the truth of YeHoVaH’s Word to their lives.  They love to see how the Gospel is woven throughout the Scriptures and how it glorifies and magnifies Yeshua in the hearts and lives of those who love Him by grace.

The Ruach HaKodesh gives certain people the spiritual gift of teaching so that they would help the body of Messiah fulfill her ministry as “a pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).  Without this gift, the the body of Messiah would quickly fall into error and sin.  Teachers are there to make sure that doesn’t happen.  They hate when Scripture is abused and used out of context or with ill intent.  They love the truth and speak the truth in love.  They will never hide or withhold it.  On the contrary, they desire to follow in the footsteps of Yeshua who taught in the synagogues and in the Temple as well as anywhere the people were gathered.  They are called to demonstrate YeHoVaH’s love while revealing His truth to the world without fear.  The effect of their ministry is the upholding of YeHoVaH’s Word and the growth and maturity of His Bride until the day of His return.
See also Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:7; James 3:1

That’s where we will leave this one for today. Next week we will move on to close in on the end of the gifts of the Spirit, Hopefully. Then we will ask, what is the common denominator of the gifts and what do they all accomplish?

                                                                          Secondary Study(Homosexuality)

Now we go into what we have been covering at the end of the services the past two weeks, transgenderism and homosexuality. We covered Leviticus 18 and 20 where these acts were called abominations. Then we covered where Yeshua stated that man and woman were created together in the beginning. We learned that it was ordained that the man/woman would leave his/her mother and father and cleave to his/her wife/husband respectively. We also learned that dressing or sex changes were considered abominations. That we were designed the way we are as a part of YeHoVaH’s divine plan and if we change that we say He made a mistake, the Perfect One made a mistake.

So lets put some more ammo in our ammo box to load our proverbial Holy Gun and take down one of the biggest arguments that homosexuality uses to validate their actions, “Consenting adults can do what they want because it doesn’t harm anyone!” Now this one doesn’t take a lot of scripture because it is strictly argued by social issues. Lets start by tackling the phrase piece by piece then we will analyze some scripture.

Consenting adults can do what they want. Yes can consenting adults do what they sure. With that said then let legalize prostitution. With that said, lets legalize sodomy, consented drunken rape, assisted suicide, heck we have already legalized killing babies. Do I need to keep going? Adults can consent to a lot of things but that doesn’t mean it needs to happen. Biblically, we are given one giant instruction book that consist of two testaments, 66 books, 929 chapters and 23,145 verses that tell us whats right, wrong, examples of how to live, experiences of the wrath, love, mercy, kindness, provision and Majesty of YeHoVaH. Not one of those verses tell us it is okay to be homosexual or to change sexes or to dress like the opposite sex.

Next part of the argument is that it doesn’t hurt anyone. Let us really look at this. How many have children? How many can say their children has seen men or women kissing passionately? So, now that our children have seen this, they see that it could be socially acceptable to love and marry the opposite sex. Now we are creating a facade that tells our children what us believers don’t want them to know about until they can understand YeHoVaH’s commands about this. Children are like sponges. So these people are teaching our children by their actions and causing confusion in the teachings of our children. We aren’t done yet.

So far as of Feb. 4, 2016 according to CNSNews. 2% of the us population are male homosexuals. Of this 2 percent, 67% percent of those are diagnosed with new HIV according to the CDC. There are about 1.2 million people in the US with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. An estimated 647,700 of those are homosexual or men who have sex with men. That’s 54%. Also Transgender individuals are also heavily affected by HIV. In 2008 a study revealed a staggering 28% tested positive for HIV. The most riskiest type of sex to contract HIV is anal sex and is the main reason why men more like have this condition contracted as a new infection.

It doesn’t hurt anybody right? Lets continue. First keep in mind that not all gay people stay that way or even stay completely gay. With that stated its safe to say, people who are gay and infected with HIV and say lets be bi or hetero now can pass that on which can then be passed on without knowledge until its too late. With the alarming rate at the amount of people a person sleeps with goes up so does the rate of infection.

It doesn’t harm anyone. Well I feel we covered that but yet we forgot one thing. How about the homosexual/transgender spirituality? Don’t you think that is being harmed? Don’t you think as a pastor or evangelist or missionary or apostle that knowing a friend, family member or co-worker is gay or transgender is spiritually pained by the decision for said person to be gay or transgendered? To be honest, it all boils down to selfishness. Biblically there is no justifiable means to be homosexual, transgender, drag queen or drag king. No matter what argument you have or what stand you take, there is no justifiable means to take your stance.

Just so you know there is yet another argument they use and you will have to wait til next week to hear it. Don’t worry its going to be good. Let me clarify something before we answer some questions. HIV is passed among heterosexuals as well as homosexuals. So its not just with gays but for the purpose of this section we did focus in on the gay community. Please don’t barrage me with a bunch of crap about me being a judgmental bigot. I don’t want to hear it and I’m using my freedom of speech. Now lets have some Q&A!

 

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