Spiritual Gifts 4-6 out of 25

1 Corinthians 12:

[4] Healing 9b and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,

This translation could be “gifts of healings.” Many miraculous examples of bodily healing are found in the Gospels and Acts and then they passed off the scene. [from 1 Corinthians commentary by Warren Wiersbe on vv.8-10]. Today’s medical advances were not available in the 1st century so God used miraculous healings both to help people and attest to the power of Jesus.

Today bodily healing is by medical specialists with many powerful procedures and medications. This does not preclude the requirement to pray in God’s will for the healing of people today. Many of us prayed for my friend’s wife in March 2018 who had a brain aneurysm and has substantially recovered. Her doctor said she had the help of a Higher Power in her healing.

“Healings” suggests that there are different kinds of illnesses. These “healings” include the means God uses to heal people not only physically but emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Some of the mental and emotional problems may require medical professional help and medication. Nothing should keep a believer from accessing this care. [note “A” for Dr. Heath Lambert quote]

However, a large percentage of emotional, mental and spiritual problems are not caused by physical problems that can be solved by medical specialists, technology and medication. I believe that today God intends His power to be attested to by changed lives of individuals who are healed from the brokenness of sin and despair by His Word. Therefore, all Disciples can have the gift of healing as we proclaim Jesus, teach His commands to Disciples and see the results in changed lives.

There is power in the Word of God to change lives.

[5] Miracles 10a and to another the effecting of miracles,

“In the early church, miracles were a part of the credentials of God’s servants [Hebrews 2:1-4]. Miracles, healings and tongues all belong to what theologians call “the sign gifts’ and belonged in a special way to the infancy of the church. The book of Acts, as well as church history indicates that these miraculous gifts passed off the scene.” [from 1 Corinthians commentary by Warren Wiersbe on vv.8-10]

 [6] Prophecy 10a and to another prophecy,

“Prophets were New Testament spokesman for God whose messages came immediately from God by the Spirit. Their message was to edify, encourage, and comfort [1 Corinthians 14:3]. These messages were tested by the listeners to determine whether they were truly from God [1 Corinthians 14:29,1 Thessalonians 5:19-21]. Ephesians 2:19-20 makes it clear that apostles and prophets worked together to lay the foundation of the church, and we may assume that they were no longer needed when the foundation was completed.” [from 1 Corinthians commentary by Warren Wiersbe on vv.8-10] However, prophecy in the form of preaching and teaching based on the truths in the Bible is on going today.

Note: A-“Biblical counselors understand that in a fallen world, the body both influences and weakens the soul. They also understand that the material sufficiency of scripture extends to counseling but not to medical treatment. Furthermore, they understand that the doctrine of God’s common grace gives to many people rich knowledge in medical science. All of this information leads us to an enthusiastic cooperation with medical science. My personal creed is: “When in doubt, check it out.”…Problems people have are never merely physical….We must honor the discipline of medical science by leaving it to the people properly trained and credentialed to practice it….” [From pp.201-204, 254 “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Heath Lambert]

Henry Luke 4/19/2018

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