Spiritual Gifts 7-10 out of 25

1 Corinthians 12:

[7] Distinguishing between spirits 10b and to another the distinguishing of spirits,

There are true prophets of God and there are false prophets; which the Old Testament Israelites experienced. Moses provided instructions about discerning true prophets [Deuteronomy 18:20-22]. In the New Testament churches, some believers were gifted with supernatural ability to distinguish between persons truly inspired by the Holy Spirit and those led astray by other spirits [1 John 4:1, 2 Peter 2:1].

We should test ever statement made by anyone by comparison with the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Another test of a prophet is whether their prophecy comes true [Deuteronomy 18:22].

[8] Tongues 10c to another various kinds of tongues,

This gift is to speak in a language not previously learned so unbelievers can hear the gospel of Jesus in their own language. This occurred at Pentecost; They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? [Acts 2:5-12] This would be like sending our missionary’s to a people with a different language and they could instantly communicate in the native language. This would be great, but today our missionary’s have to spend months in intensive language training before going on the mission field. Tongues passed off the scene during the 1st century. [See statement from Warren Wiersbe in #5 Miracles]

 [9] Interpretation of tongues 10d and to another the interpretation of tongues.

Apparently the church at Corinth had a problem with many people speaking in ecstatic languages that no one understood. Paul said about the church; 23 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]. And he followed, that in public worship this must be limited to  two or three people who spoke in such ecstatic languages, each in turn, and then only if a translation or interpretation was provided [1 Corinthians14:23,27-28]. [See statement from Warren Wiersbe in #5 Miracles]

We see examples of interpreters at the UN or when we provide our church services with interpretation in several languages. I experienced this in Curacao in 1999 when the people where speaking in Papiamento in a public meeting with several hundred people present. I had 2 interpreters one for my English to Papiamento and the other the reverse for me. It was very difficult. Interpretation of languages is indeed a skill or gift.

[10] v.28 Apostles Jesus used this term to indicate the twelve disciples He had chosen [Luke 6:13]. Paul used the word like it was already a term designating a specific group of men, including Paul, per­forming functions in the church with authority [1 Thessalonians 2:6, 1 Corinthians 4:9,9:1-2]. “We may assume apostles were no longer needed when the foundation of the church was completed in the 1st century AD.” [Warren Wiersbe, see note on #6 Prophets].

Henry Luke 4/19/2018

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