Journey Stop Paul
We already know God communicates with us mostly through our spirit. Sometimes we might see things or hear things when we are awake but most times, God communicates with our spirit when we are sleeping, in our dreams (see Job 33:14-17). So learning to walk in the Spirit, live in the Spirit and be led by the Spirit while we are awake, means we need to know how the Holy Spirit talks to us and works through us. We know it is the Holy Spirit that works in and through us because Jesus told us he would send us the Holy Spirit, see John 15 and 16 and Acts 1.
There is an argument that the “gifts” of the Spirit have ceased. The key argument is focused on “tongues” and “healing” and many fundamentalists will say these “gifts” are no longer applicable. The argument goes something like this.
Tongues are for a “sign“, so the whole purpose of tongues is they are a sign. And tongues are not for believers, but tongues are for unbelievers. Need proof? 1 Corinthians 14:21-22 KJV
In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
And who are “signs” for? Who requires a “sign”? You know, God give me a sign or show me a sign? Who requires a sign? Only Jews require a sign not Greeks/Gentiles. Gentiles seek wisdom.
1 Corinthians 1:22 KJV
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
So when we read in Mark 16:17 KJV
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;” was Jesus telling them to go to only Jews? If you look at the verses before this and after, we see that was not the case and there is even more evidence showing Jesus was not referring to only Jews.
Mark 16:15-18 KJV
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
[We see we are to believe and be baptized and damnation does not come from not being baptized but for not believing.]
But remember tongues are for unbelievers so now people get confused. When you look at the whole picture you see:
Peter was a Jew called to preach Jesus to Jews. Peter understood Jews require a sign. So let me ask you – are signs done in the earthly realm or the spiritual realm? Whoever is witnessing the “sign” is witnessing the sign in the earthly realm. Example: people saw others healed, raised from the dead, evil spirits cast out, and even people speaking in tongues (a dialect of a nation not jibber jabber Acts 2:8,9).
But then God takes a Jew named Saul, of the tribe of Benjamin, who is also a Pharisee (a real religious by the letter of the law kind of guy) and God calls him. God changes his name to Paul and he calls him to the Gentiles. That is what is so amazing about Paul’s conversion. So if anyone would understand the purpose of signs and ways of the Jews, it would be Paul.
Paul’s letters to the churches do not focus on “signs” and Jewish customs but on Jesus and the “spiritual ” walk. Paul does not focus on fleshly matters but explains we are spirits and there is a spiritual life and we fight our battles in the spirit realm. This was a completely different message than Peter’s. I believe Peter learned later because Paul stood up to Peter and showed him he (Peter) was wrong.
Galatians 2:11 KJV
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
Paul loved the Jewish people and he always took opportunity to preach Jesus Christ to them but God called Paul to preach to Gentiles (who seek wisdom not signs). So as Paul took opportunity to get through to his Jewish friends, his teachings focused on “spirit ” matters, the “spiritual man” the “spiritual walk” and living, walking and being led by the Spirit. One Gentile church apparently didn’t understand living in the spirit and they had all kinds of issues.
The Corinthians had issues with giving, stewards, marriage, incest, idolatry, lawsuits, tongues, gifts of the Spirit, persecution, the communion of bread and wine, and a lot of other issues.
And so, on our journey, we see a shift. God has now called a Jew, Paul, and sent him to Gentiles and Paul’s message was different.
Until next time when we see what Paul was teaching about our spirit walk.