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(This writing is part of the book titled Which direction is the Church going to?)
It is wonderful to experience the Biblical truth that the age of apostles was not finished with the first apostles, but it has been going on since. The Holy Spirit works the same way He did at the very beginning. We can hear a lot of testimonies proving that even now and we ourselves can experience it day by day.
We cannot explain those wonders of God when, similarly to the first Pentecost, we get filled with the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit begin to work in us. We can only admire God when we start speaking in foreign languages that we have never learnt. We are amazed at the wisdom of the Lord He uses when speaking to us through prophecies. He rouses admiration when, through our praying, real healings happen. We marvel of the power, joy and peace that can be given by the Holy Spirit alone.
When we first experience the work of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives what we would like to do most is to run out into the streets and tell everybody about our experience with the Lord.
Which are these gifts? It is very important that we know and recognize them.
„Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.” Co. 12.1.
„Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God, which worked all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit. 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: But all these worked that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” Co. 12. 4-11.
Mostly at the beginning, the functioning of the gifts may suffer distortions and can cause disorder because of the deficiency in the practice and knowledge of Biblical rules. This problem characterized the lives of the first churches, too. Similar problems were present also in the life of the young Corinthian church; therefore it was necessary for the apostle Paul to explain how the gifts of the Holy Spirit work (1Co. 14.). So it is also very important for us to know these verses and in all cases we need to remain under the control of our born again minds.
We know from the Word of God that the Holy Spirit is “the spirit of power, love and soberness”. Experience shows that we are most likely to break the following verses:
„If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge” Co. 14. 27-29.
Nobody is infallible, not even if God speaks through him or her! We need to be submissive, but at the same time we should encourage our brethren to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit:
„Follow after love and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.” Co. 14.1.
Having in mind the interest of the building of the Church, the Word encourages us to prophesy. So we should encourage our brethren to prophesy, but we need to have wisdom in handling it. It is a wonderful feeling to experience the joy of the Holy Spirit; it is very good to stay in it. But it is also wonderful to have the power of the Lord manifested in our service and have wonderful healings and deliverance in our midst.
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