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1 Cor. 12:1-3, "Now about spiritual gifts,
brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. You know that when you were pagans,
somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.
Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says 'Jesus be cursed', and no one can say, 'Jesus is Lord' except by the Holy Spirit."
hWhen I have been to Conferences on Worship and the role of the gifts within worship, I have never in my experience heard anyone teach from the first three verses of 1 Corinthians 12. They have always gone to the 'good bit' from verse 4 onwards, which is what everyone normally expects. The other day I was reminded of a well known saying about ignorance being bliss! Yet sometimes we can be guilty of ignorance as far as the work of the Holy Spirit within our ministry is concerned.
Paul, before he began his teaching on the work of the Holy Spirit, firstly draws a very clear line. He had become aware that the Christians in Corinth were abusing the gifts of the Spirit. They had to realise that when they did not know Christ, they could easily be led astray by different idols, but now that they were in Christ it is not like that any more.
And then Paul says a truth that we all need to remind ourselves of occasionally, that anyone who is of the Spirit and is speaking of the Spirit cannot say, "Jesus be cursed" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Spirit.
Unfortunately, this causes us a few problems, as we all know the work of the Spirit is and can be abused in today's church, and it is up to the church leadership to make sure that doesn't happen. Paul, as we shall discover later in the series, goes into detail as to how we should respond to the move of the Spirit and gives us the guidelines with which to work.
Ignorance of the Holy Spirit can also mean that we don't know who we are in him. Paul earlier on in Corinthians actually reminds us of who we are:-
1 Corinthians 3:16 - "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?"
So, if you have a relationship with the Lord Jesus, that then qualifies you to be a temple of the Spirit of God.
Are you living in ignorance to the reality of the word of God, or is the reality of God living in you through the power of the Holy Spirit?
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