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Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen

The Manifestation of the Spirit

by Erik Momsen

The church in many parts of the world is in distress because we have forgotten that the church was born and lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit is the breath of God in us.  The New Testament Church was a supernatural body of people and we must follow in these ways.

The Holy Spirit is the gift
It is easy to make this about techniques and about personal abilities.  The Holy Spirit is about living and walking in a very intimate and personal way with God.  We receive the indwelling of the Spirit of God. God truly lives in us and breaks out from us.
Act 2:38 “Peter answered them, "Every one of you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins.  Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.”

He, the Holy Spirit, is a personal indwelling friend
John 14:17 “He is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor recognizes him.  But you recognize him, because he lives with you and will be in you.”

He is the Spirit of Jesus.
Acts 16:7 “They went as far as Mysia and tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them.”

1 Corinthians 12 (also 13&14)

1 "Now concerning spiritual (gifts), brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: … "
The word “gift” does not exist in the Greek text.  Paul is talking about the pneumatikos – phyoo-mat-ik-os' = non-carnal, ethereal, or (divinely) supernatural,
We might translate that line, “Now concerning the things of the Spirit OR Spiritual activity – the things the Spirit does“
This takes the focus away from us and places it on the Spirit.

3 "Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit."
The first thing the Spirit does is bring belief that Jesus is Lord.

4 "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all."
The same Spirit – Lord – God does these spiritual activities, services, works

7 "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:"
The Spirit is given to profit the whole church.  Selfishness has no part in the work of the Spirit.  It is not about us but about Jesus & the lost.

8 "For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills."

“To another, to another, to another” --- not all gifts to one person

Word of wisdom
Word of knowledge
Faith                                                   ( there are other lists of
Gifts of healings                                  workings of the Spirit )
Working of miracles
Discerning of spirits
Different kinds of tongues
Interpretation of tongues

11 "But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills."

The working of the Spirit through us is for salvation through His power.  It is available to every believer according to His plan.

Date Added: 2012-12-03

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