Balancing Spiritual & Carnal Part 8

Remember, Jesus had already given his  disciples the Holy Spirit on the day of his resurrection according to the Gospel of John, see John chapter 20. When we get saved we receive the Holy Spirit, see  Ephesians 1:13 and many other verses. But that is not the end of the matter relating to the Holy Spirit. Jesus told his disciples to stay in Jerusalem until “the promise of the Father” – what was the promise of the Father? Acts 1:4-5 KJV
” And, being assembled together with them , commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he , ye have heard of me.
[5] For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”

Notice the baptism is with the Holy Ghost not in. And once this baptism takes place, what will happen? God tells us. Acts 1:8 KJV  ” But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Notice God tells us when this happens the Holy Ghost will come upon them. Question: Why would the Holy Ghost come upon them when they were already given the Holy Ghost, by Jesus, back in John 20?  Jesus gives them the Holy Ghost on his resurrection day and 50 days later (Acts 2) the Holy Ghost comes upon them, why? Jesus told them in Acts 1:8, to give them power. What kind of power and what do they do with this power? Clearly the power is the power of God and Jesus said what the power of the Holy Ghost is for in John 16:8-14 KJV  ” And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
[9] Of sin, because they believe not on me;
[10] Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
[11] Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
[12] I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
[13] Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
[14] He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

Notice this power works with the spirit man, not the flesh but is manifest through the body, the flesh. So clearly the working of the Holy Spirit deals with man’s spirit man, not man’s flesh/body. But when people see this power at work they attribute it to the person.  So when Paul teaches the believers, the church, the spiritual gifts, did the believers already have the Holy Spirit? Yes, when they got saved they received the Holy Spirit. So the spiritual gifts are the power of God coming “upon believers”.

This power Acts 1:8 KJV  “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:” is manifest (made known) by how the power operates. That is what Paul was explaining in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 KJV  “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.”

We put a chart together on the different gifts, the different administrations of the gifts and the different operations of the gifts. The chart is in a previous post from 2015 or early 2016 and is in our archives. If you want us to email you the chart just send us an email at and we will email the chart. The chart is in a pdf document.

Paul then explains – as your physical body has many parts / members, so the body of Christ is made up of many members, Jews and Gentiles. And by the Holy Spirit we are all baptized in to the body of believers. The Holy Spirit puts us in to the body of believers and seals us according to 1 Corinthians 12:13 and Ephesians 1:13.

And all of the body, all believers, are given gifts if they believe it or not. Everyone does not have the same gift (as some denominations teach) these gifts are the power of God working through believers. What happened was Gentiles elevated the gifts turning the gifts into idols according to 1 Corinthians 12. And notice right after Paul teaches about the gifts, the very next thing Paul explains is the gospel of salvation.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 KJV   ” Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
[2] By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
[3] For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
[4] And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
[5] And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
[6] After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
[7] After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
[8] And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”

Once a person truly gets saved, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside the believer and seals the believer for God. As believers share the gospel with others and labour in God’s fields, the Holy Spirit comes upon them and gives them power. This power helps the believer by manifesting and the believer will appear to have great wisdom in the matters of God or they may appear to have great knowledge. Some may appear to have great faith. And some may appear to have a knack for healing or speaking foreign languages or a miracle worker or they may appear to be a good interpreter of foreign languages.

Regardless of the gift, it is always the power of the Holy Spirit working through them to open doors to witness Jesus and the gospel of salvation. Some denominations have made their ministry on the gifts and others have made their ministry on fighting the gufts. 1 Corinthians 12:3 KJV
  “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”

Some have said that Paul had the gifts and if the gifts still exist today, why did Paul leave Trophimus sick? 2 Timothy 4:20 KJV  “Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.”

There is a simple answer based on scripture and we will look at that next time and wrap this series up.  Notice the word “shall” in our photo scripture?
Until next time.



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