Four Spiritual Gifts from God, You must have the First One.

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

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"I Corinthians 14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order." As long as we are in this world, continue with spiritual gifts; they are from God, to take us to heaven. As we reach heaven, we inherit the perfect gift, the kingdom of God.


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The Four gifts from God to his people.

God gives us four kinds of gifts. The first one is the holy spirit. This is the most important gift; because without the holy spirit, nobody can inherit eternal life. Even if we do not have any other gift, we can still go to heaven, if we have the holy spirit. Next gift from God to the church is the group of apostle, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Next one also is similar to this; they are helpers, administrations, and operations. We do not see these two groups as gift from God, since we always appoint them. Remember, 2 Timothy 4:3 says, ... after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and that is it. The next group is the famous one that we all know. That is the group of; word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles; prophecy; discerning of spirits, speak in divers tongues, and interpretation of tongues. God gives to his people from these four groups of gifts as he wills.

 Holy Spirit teaches us the word of God

Christians think that the holy spirit and the Holy Ghost are the same, with different names. It is not so. Please refer KJV, the Holy Ghost is God, and the holy spirit as a gift from God to his people. Luke 11:13 says, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" That is, God will give the holy spirit to those who desires to become his children. If we do not have the holy spirit, we cannot even see the kingdom of God, as in John 3:3. God gives his spirit by measure, as in John 3:34. According to the measure, we will have power. The function of the holy spirit is to lead the children to the Father. Ephesians 1:13&14 say, "ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance." So, the holy spirit is sealed in us, for us to inherit the kingdom of God our Father. 2 Corinthians 1:22, & 5:5 also say the same thing. Let us see how the spirit will help us. 1 Corinthians 2 says, "11 the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. (This is about the holy spirit.) 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. That is, the holy Spirit must reveal the heavenly things that God has given to us, since no man knows the things that are in heaven and are freely given to us. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." That is, the things of God are foolishness to a natural man. Natural men are those who do not have the holy spirit. Even most pastors, preachers, bishops, theologians, and such scholars do not have the holy spirit. They teach heavenly things as if they know it. They have no understanding of the mysteries of heaven. They are blind leaders of the blind; and they all shall fall into the ditch, according to Jesus Christ.

Holy Spirit leads us, if so, God shall abide in us.

The holy spirit receives the mysteries of heaven from the Holy Ghost and makes us to understand, through the word of God. The Holy Ghost will get intimate with us through the holy spirit. They will guide us to walk in the word of God. In the process we will mortify the deeds of our body, the word of God will abide in us, and we will become the sons of God. As the process is completed, the Holy ghost, God the Son, and God the Father; all of them will abide in us. It is according to John 14:15-23, and Romans 8:1-15. When we are born again and receive the holy spirit, we will begin to walk in the ways of God. We will have the power of candlelight. It will be better than darkness, still it is very weak. So, we will slip and fall many times in sins, even as born again people. But as we grow; and grow to the point that God comes and abides in us, we will have the strength of the fire of the sun. Do you know how much fire power the sun has? Do you think that the lust of the flesh, sins, and Satan can win this person in whom God abides in? "Romans 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. 1 John 3:9 says, Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." Those who do not have the holy spirit, will not understand the power of God, will not believe these verses and they will argue against them. The holy spirit will not do any spectacular manifestations, like healing the sick or doing miracles; but it will convert a person from flesh to Spirit. But most Christians have learned the bible vocabulary and speak the language. In churches, they teach that if we ask Jesus to come in our hearts, Jesus will come and live in our hearts. This is ignorantly done; may be for the benefits of children. But Christians believe that Jesus is in their hearts as truth. It is as bad as, if Christians believe the play dollars of children as real money. Play dollar is not real money. So also, the Jesus Christ in the heart of Christians in this manner, is not real. We cannot stop them think that way. But, if you are one like them, you can change yourself. The holy spirit can lead you to abide with God for real.

Spiritual Gifts are even for the Rebellious

The Holy Ghost gives spiritual gifts to those who are enthusiastic to do the ministry for God. Psalm 68:18 says, Jesus Christ has "received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them." So, even rebellious people receive the gifts. They are sinners. So, many people who work with spiritual gifts are exploiters and crooks. The purpose of God for the gifts is, that through the gifts, God wants to be with the common people, and guides them to godliness. So, despite these exploiters, God favors common people in churches, in big evangelical meetings, and so on. I have seen miracles staged for a show, advertisements, and for business. At the same time, I have seen, people were touched by God through such meetings also. For a witness, I am one of them. So, God dwells among people through manifestation of gifts. When Jesus and apostles healed the lepers, the blind, and cast out demons; they were visible, instantaneous, and were verifiable on the spot. Most present-day miracles are staged, fake, and not verifiable at the spot. They are for advertisements, and for more business.

Gifts of Administration and operations

Please listen these verses. 1 Corinthians 12:1 says, "concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant." So, we must know about spiritual gifts. "4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal." So, these gifts are also spiritual. Let us look at them. They are administration and diversities of operations. It is management and secretarial work. "Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." When there was a management or administration problem, the apostles quickly decided that they will remain serving in the word of God; and please notice this: seven men of honest report and who have the gifts of the Holy Ghost, were chosen to manage the administrative functions. At present, do churches care about the gifts of the Holy Ghost for administrative or secretarial works? No! They appoint people by professional qualifications.

The Ministerial Gifts of the Holy Ghost

In I Corinthians 12:"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: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will." We know all these gifts come in one bundle, to benefit the whole assembly. The Holy Ghost distributes the gifts to people as he wills. These are called as the gifts of the Holy Ghost, or as spiritual gifts. These gifts are spirit in nature. "Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:" and so on. God is willing to give gifts to all flesh, that is, he includes rebellious people also. These gifts are not to endorse that those who have the gifts are godly. Further, many people fake the gifts. Nobody takes responsibility for false prophesy, false healing, and a lot of errors happen. It is sad to see that despite their fake gifts, they are admired. It is because, people want excitement, and they don't care godliness and the truth.

God Gives His Servants as Gifts to Churches

Church is the body of Christ. God gives even ministers as spiritual gifts to edify the church. "1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, ..., helps, governments, ...etc. Ephesians 4:8 God gave gifts unto men. 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" The servants of God are given to churches, in order to edify and to perfect the saints. Apostles and prophets are given by God; but at the present time they are rare; they may be in some remote areas. I do not know any of them personally. But I know a few self-proclaimed or church appointed apostles and prophets, and they are fakes. Then, God gives pastors and teachers; and people to help and to govern; as gifts to churches. But now, the churches appoint them. So, we do not have them as gifts from God. However, spiritual gifts are real, and God is true. So, God may be planting a few of his servants among others. But famous preachers are exploiters, and traditional pastors are false; and so, avoid them.

Prophecies fail; Tongues cease; Knowledge vanish.

1 Corinthians 13: says, "8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away." This is the main talking point of anti-Pentecostal propaganda. "9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away." The enemies of the spiritual gifts use these verses and say that the perfect is already come and the gifts are done away. They say that the word of God is perfect, which is the Bible. So, when the first printing of the Bible is done, all spiritual gifts were done away. They figure that nobody will argue against the fact that the word of God, the Bible, is perfect; and they use verse 10 to prove that all the spiritual gifts are done away. By declaring that, they have proved themselves to be ignorant and foolish. Verses 9&10 say that the gifts of the spirit will reveal only in part of the future, but as we reach heaven, the entire future will be in front of us. So, in heaven we do not need the gifts. But our entire future is not in front of us, in the Bible. The devil fooled the theologians and scholars, who do not have the holy spirit to guide them. The gifts are for the church to use, as we are in this world. "12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." We must have faith in God, and we must hope that we will reach heaven. But, when we reach heaven, these will be fulfilled. Charity is perfect love. We will love our brethren and God while we are in this world and in heaven. So, Charity, which is the perfect love, will remain, and it is what the word of God says. But foolish ignorant preachers spew nonsense and think that they are very smart and wise. "1 Corinthians 14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order." As long as we are in this world, continue with spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are from God, to take us to heaven. We will inherit the perfect gift in the kingdom of God; with charity, which is the perfect love. We will enjoy heaven with Joy, peace, and love.

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