Balancing Spiritual & Carnal Part 7
Is it coincidence the gifts used by our body, our flesh, are in Romans 12 and the gifts our spirit man has is in 1 Corinthians 12? We explained last time that God gave 7 gifts to believers to use in their body for the purpose of helping other believers. That is what Romans 12 teaches us and we explained it in Balancing Spiritual & Carnal Part 6.
We also said that not only did God give us 7 gifts for our body to use but God gave us 9 spiritual gifts for our spirit man to use. These spiritual gifts are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12. Well if Paul is the New Testament apostle to the church, and he is, then what Paul teaches on these spiritual gifts has to be for the church, right?
Paul lists the 9 spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 KJV “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 worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
There are denominations that teach these spiritual gifts have ceased. And there are denominations that have made idols of these 9 spiritual gifts. So if the spiritual gifts have ceased, please list the scriptures that say these 9 spiritual gifts have ceased. I find one scripture that says three of these gifts will cease or be done away with. No where in Paul’s letters to the church do we find these 9 spiritual gifts will stop, cease. Only 3 of them, prophecy, tongues and knowledge shall vanish.
1 Corinthians 13:8 KJV “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.”
The question is why? Why does prophecy fail? Why do tongues cease? And why does knowledge vanish away? And why only 3 of the 9 spiritual gifts cease? And why isn’t the church, believers, teaching on the other 6? Logically, the word of God was printed for all to read and have and prophecy is in the word of God. The word of God is knowledge too. And as for tongues, not only is English a worldwide language but interpreters are available for all languages, even electronically now. Tongues are languages people recognized and the gift of tongues was given for a sign, to Jews who require signs, proof.
In listening to Pentacostals, I have never heard someone speak in “tongues” where it was a recognizable language. I know a little about French, German and Spanish and their speaking in tongues is always a jibber jabber and then I would ask, who is present to understand that language. In Acts 2 the people heard them in their own language. When a Pentacostal speaks in tongues, where are the people that are from that area of the world that speak that language? They have to be present in the church or group and they would recognize that is their language, right? Then you have to ask where is the interpreter of that language? And when you hear Pentacostals “interpret” someone who has spoken in tongues, the “interpretation” is not about winning the lost – soul winning – or about Jesus.
You see, God gave spiritual gifts and these spiritual gifts are for our spirit man to use. As I said – It is about the Holy Ghost / Holy Spirit not only being our Comforter and Teacher but how the Holy Spirit works through our spirit man and gives us power in our spirit man for the Kingdom of God. To magnify Jesus and do the will of the Father. And this is key to balancing our spirit and our flesh.
These spiritual gifts are the power of the Holy Spirit working through believers for the purpose of expanding the Kingdom of God. Another words, to reach the lost. We are never told to have “healing services”. Any healing done in the New Testament was always one on one.
We know the spiritual gifts deal with our quickened spirit man and work in conjunction with the power of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual gifts are identified by God to us as:
~ Different gifts
~ The gifts are administered differently
~ The spiritual gifts operate differently
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 KJV “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 worketh all in all.
 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
That is why if you discard the gifts because your denomination does not teach the gifts or if you discard all the gifts but tongues and healing, you limit the Holy Spirit in your life. Remember, Jesus would tell people, according to your faith ye shall?
If you read and study scripture and take God’s word at face value, it means what it says as you read it, you can only conclude there are spiritual gifts for believers to use in the church age to reach the lost. It is no longer parting Red Seas or bringing pillars of fire like in the Old Testament. And when Jesus walked physically here on earth, he taught his disciples. Then after the resurrection, he sent us the Holy Spirit.
It is the Holy Spirit that quickens our spirit man and it is the Holy Spirit that gives us gifts to use in our spirit man and it is the power of God that works these spiritual gifts through believers. Let me try to explain. You can have a car with a motor with gas and it sits there until the power is turned on. You can have a cell phone that has Internet capabilities but if you do not have a service provider, you can’t access the internet. The Holy Spirit is like your service provider, the power that allows access to God’s power. Many people have cell phones. But everyone with a cell phone does not have Internet access. And everyone with Internet access does not necessarily use their Internet access. Everyone is born with a spirit man God gave them. Everyone is not quickened in their spirit man towards God, only the saved are quickened. Not all of the saved people have their power turned on because of what they believe.
We are vessels (our body) of God to be used by God to bring people to God ( our spirit man). And sometimes we need an extra energy boost when doing our work for the Lord and that is the power of the Holy Spirit (spiritual gifts).
You see, the gifts are not for man to build denominations on and then teach only on the gifts. And the gifts were not given so believers would ignore the power of the Holy Spirit because it does not fit their denominational teachings. The purpose is to win the lost, to testify of Jesus. It is all about Jesus and having a relationship with God.
So how do the spiritual gifts work with our spirit man? We will explain this next time. Until next time.