Are signs (speaking in tongues, healing, etc) for Christians today? Why or why not? What does the Bible say about the Fruit of the Spirit and gifts that we possess? We take a look at these questions and answer them from the Bible.
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FRUITS, GIFTS AND SIGNS
Gal5:16-25 Show these vrs to show the contrast between works of the flesh and the Fruit of the Spirit
Ephesians 5:7-11 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
The works of the Flesh (17) are a natural outcome of the Adamic nature
The Fruit of the Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer
The Fruit of the Spirit is singular not plural It is not produced in us by our own effort And or will power
* It is the outcome of a yielded life
If there is fruit demonstrated in a Christian life There is evidence of a death to self
Galatians 5:24-25 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
* We need to have a funeral tonight And die to self to the world
Let the Spirit of God do a work in us that here to for we have prevented
We need to die And re-die And re-die Victory new sin arises
LOVE A burden and compassion for others that goes beyond emotion
JOY A contentment regardless the circumstances
PEACE A rest of spirit Satisfaction
LONGSUFFERING Patients Putting up with aggravations
GENTLENESS Kindness Graciousness
GOODNESS Benevolence A virtue of wholesomeness honesty fairness
FAITH Trust Reliance Belief (Not faithfulness)
MEEKNESS Humility Preferring another Unassuming
TEMPERANCE Self-Control Discipline
It was previously stated that this fruit of the Spirit is produced by the Holy Spirit himself
The Evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit in a Christian’s life should be their greatest desire Everything else will be in it’s proper priority
This is contrary to contemporary Christianity
Which has taken on the philosophy of the world, to get all you can get promote self Show yourself to be in expendable to God and to the church Show how spiritual you are See how many gift I have
With that being said: we will move on to the Gifts
Gifts were given to the church so it could function.
Each member is given an opportunity to contribute to the function of the Body of Christ (the church)
The Church in Corinth put an inordinate value on some gifts and minimized others to elevate themselves in the sight of the brethren
Prefer the Fruit
The more of the Fruit of the Spirit is manifest in you the better you will be able to handle the ego of the Gifts
Don’t get me wrong Gifts are not bad.
It is the Philosophy and mind set of Christians which has placed to much emphasis on the Gifts They become the focus the aim and desire
21 Gifts listed Some are repeated
1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
1 Corinthians 12:8-10 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:
Wisdom knowledge Faith Healing miracles Prophecy Discerning of spirits tongues Interpretation of tongues
1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Apostles Prophets Evangelists Teachers Miracles Healings
Helps Governments Tongues
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Apostles Prophets Evangelists Pastors Teachers
Romans 12:6-8 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Prophecy Ministry Teaching Exhorter Giver Ruler Mercy
Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
John 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
John 6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
1 Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
Acts 7:36 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mark 16:18 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.
1 Corinthians 14:22 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.