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Who Are You? Accepting Your True Identity


In Revise Us Again, I argued at length that the Christian life is becoming who you already are.

In Ephesians, Paul says two times to “speak the truth in love” to one another. In context, Paul is exhorting God’s people to remind one another of who they are in Christ . . . to remind one another about the new self into which they have been made . . . to remind one another of their true identity. Something that’s all too easy to forget.

If you have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, here’s a list of who you really are.  Marvel at the epic greatness of your Lord and what He has done for you.

Receive it, remember it, and walk in it . . .

You are complete in Christ who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).

You have been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20).

You are dead to sin (Romans 6:2).

You have been made alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).

You are free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

You are born of God, and the evil one does not touch you (1 John 5:18).

You are holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16).

You have been given the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

You have the Greater One living in you and greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

You have received the gift of righteousness and reign in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).

You have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus (Ephesians 1:17-18).

You can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).

You show forth the praises of God who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

You are God’s child, born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23; John 1:12).

You are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).

You are a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You are alive to God (Romans 6:11).

You are an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).

You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37).

You have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).

You are beloved of God (1 John 4:10).

You are loved by the Father the same way Jesus is loved by the Father (John 17:23).

You have been redeemed from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13).

You have been justified from all things (Acts 13:39).

You are now God’s offspring (1 John 3:2).

You are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).

You have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18).

You have been accepted by God in the Beloved Son (Ephesians 1:6).

You are kept by the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:8).

You are free in Christ (John 8:36; Galatians 5:1).

You are in Christ’s hands out of which no one can pluck you out (John 10:28).

You are in the Father’s hands out of which no one can pluck you out (John 10:29).

You are an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony (Revelation 12:11).

You are a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4).

You are part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).

You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).

You are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).

You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).

You are God’s elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and longsuffering (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).

You are forgiven of all sins and washed in the blood (Ephesians 1:7).

You have been delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).

You have put off the old man and have put on the new man (Colossians 3:9-10).

You are healed by the stripes of Jesus (1 Peter 2:24).

You are raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12).

You have overcome the world (1 John 5:4).

You are greatly loved by God (Romans 1:7; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).

You are strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).

You have not been given a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

You have Christ living inside of you (Galatians 2:20).

You are a holy one (Colossians 1:2).

You are one spirit with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17).

You are holy, unreprovable, and unblameable in His sight (Colossians 1:22).

You are a member of Christ’s holy body (1 Corinthians 12:27).

You have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness (1 Peter 1:3).

You are light in the Lord (Ephesians 5:8).

You have been given all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

You have been chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).

You have been justified (just as if you had never sinned) (Romans 5:1).

You are a branch on the true Vine (John 15:1, 5).

You are born of God (1 John 5:18).

You have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16).

You are free from condemnation and you cannot be charged or indicted (Romans 8:1, 32-34).

You have been established, anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

You are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-4).

You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20).

You are at peace with God (Romans 5:1).

You have everlasting life (John 5:24).

You are kept by God’s power (1 Peter 1:5).

You are in Christ Jesus by God’s act (1 Corinthians 1:30).

You cannot be separated from God’s love in Christ (Romans 8:35-39).

You are fit to partake of His inheritance (Colossians 1:12; Ephesians 1:14).

You are part of Christ’s bride that He cherishes, bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh (Ephesians 5:29-32).

You are a king and priest unto God (Revelation 1:6).

You have been sealed with the promised Holy Spirit until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).

God will complete the good work that He started in you (Philippians 1:6).

God is for you even when others are against you (Romans 8:31).

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June 16, 2013

Honoring Our Fathers

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)


This familiar command was the fifth in God’s list of Ten Commandments, the law of God, and it has never been abrogated. It was quoted by Christ as His own command, when He said: “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. . . . Honour thy father and thy mother” (Matthew 19:17, 19). The apostle Paul also cited it as of special significance: “Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise” (Ephesians 6:2). This all indicates that God considers the honoring of parents by their children to be of great significance. Since the father has been charged with the primary spiritual responsibility for his family, it is of supreme importance that fathers lead their children properly and the children follow that lead with all due respect and diligence. God blessed Abraham as “the father of us all” (Romans 4:16) because He could say concerning Abraham: “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment” (Genesis 18:19). t is not easy being such a father, but it is vital if our children are to come also to honor their heavenly Father. “For what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? . . . Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” (Hebrews 12:7, 9). “And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). If we fathers diligently follow God’s Word in leading our children, then they will honor their fathers, not only while they are children, but all their lives. HMM




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Put your name at the start of each sentence:

is able – Philippians 4:13

is abounding in grace 2 Corinthians 9:8

is abounding in hope – Romans 15:4, 13

is Abraham’s offspring – Galatians 3:29

is abundant – John 10:10

is accepted – Ephesians 1:6

has access – Ephesians 2:18

is adequate – 2 Corinthians 3:5

is adopted – Ephesians 1:5

is alive – Ephesians 2:4-5

is an ambassador for Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:20

is anointed – 1 John 2:20

is anxious for nothing – Philippians 4:6

is the apple of His eye – Zechariah 2:8

is appointed by God – John 15:16

is the aroma of Christ – 2 Corinthians 2:15

is not ashamed – 2 Timothy 1:12

is assured of reward – 1 Corinthians 15:58

is assured of success – Proverbs 16:3

has authority over the devil – Luke 9:1

is baptized into Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:15

is beautiful – Psalm 149:4

is becoming a mature person – Ephesians 4:13

is becoming conformed to Christ – Romans 8:29

is a believer – Romans 10:9

belongs to God – John 17:9

is betrothed – Hosea 2:19-20

is blameless – 1 Corinthians 1:8

is blessed – Ephesians 1:3

is blood bought – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

is bold – Proverbs 28:1

is a bondservant – Psalm 116:16

is born of God – 1 John 5:18

is born again – 1 Peter 1:23

is bought with a price – 1 Corinthians 6:20

is a branch of the True Vine – John 15:5

is His bride – Isaiah 54:5

is His brother – Hebrews 2:11

is brought near – Ephesians 2:13

is built up – 1 Peter 2:5

is buried with Christ – Romans 6:4

is called – 1 Peter 5:10

is calm – Philippians 4:6

is cared for – 1 Peter 5:7

is carried – Exodus 19:4

is changed – 1 Samuel 10:6

is a child of God – John 1:12

is cherished – Ephesians 5:29

is chosen – 1 Peter 2:9

is circumcised spiritually – Colossians 2:11

is a citizen of heaven – Philippians 3:20

is clay in the potter’s hand – Jeremiah 18:6

is clean – Ezekiel 36:25; John 15:3

is cleansed – 1 John 1:7,9

is clothed with Christ – Galatians 3:27

is a co-heir with Christ – Romans 8:17

is given His Holy Spirit – 2 Corinthians 1:22

is glorified with Him – 2 Thessalonians 2:14

is God’s child – John 1:12

is God’s gift to Christ – John 17:24

knows God is for me – Romans 8:31

is gracious – Proverbs 22:11

is granted grace in Christ Jesus – Romans 5:17,20

is guarded by God – 2 Timothy 1:12

is guarded by God’s peace – Philippians 4:7

is guaranteed – Ephesians 1:13-14

is guided – Psalm 48:14

is guiltless – Romans 8:1

is the head – Deuteronomy 28:13

is healed – 1 Peter 2:24

is healthy – Deuteronomy 7:15

is an heir of God – Titus 3:7

is helped by Him – Isaiah 44:2

is hidden with Christ in God – Colossians 3:3

is His – Isaiah 43:1

is His handiwork – Ephesians 2:10

is holy – Ephesians 1:4

is honoured – 2 Timothy 2:21

is humble -Philippians 2:24

is the image of God – Genesis 1:27

is the image and glory of God – 1 Corinthians 11:7

is an imitator of God – Ephesians 5:1

is in Christ Jesus – 1 Corinthians 1:30

is included – Ephesians 1:13

is indestructible – John 6:51

is indwelt by Christ Jesus – John 14:20

is indwelt by His Spirit – Romans 8:11

is inscribed on His palms – Isaiah 49:16

is inseparable from His love – Romans 8:35

is an instrument of righteousness – Romans 6:13

is joyful – Philippians 4:4

is justified – Acts 13:39

is kept – Isaiah 38:17

is in a Kingdom of priests – Revelation 1:6

is a king’s kid – Psalm 44:4

knows all things work together for good – Romans 8:28

knows in Whom he believes – 2 Timothy 1:12

is known – 2 Timothy 2:19

lacks no wisdom – James 1:5

is lavished with riches of His grace – Ephesians 1:7-8

is led in Christ’s triumph – 2 Corinthians 2:14

is liberated – Romans 6:23

has life abundant – 1 John 4:9; John 10:10

has life and peace in the Spirit – Romans 8:6

has light – John 8:12

is a light in a dark place – Acts 13:47

has life flowing through me – John 7:38

is like a watered garden – Isaiah 58:11

is a living stone in a spiritual house – 1 Peter 2:5

is the Lord’s – Isaiah 44:5

is loved – John 3:16

is loved constantly, unconditionally – Isaiah 43:4

has received an unshakable Kingdom – Hebrews 12:28

is reconciled to God – Romans 5:10

is redeemed – Galatians 3:13

is refined – Isaiah 48:10

is reigning with Him – Romans 5:17

is rejoicing – Romans 5:2-3

is renewed – 2 Corinthians 4:16

is His representative – Matthew 5:16

is rescued – Colossians 1:13

has rest provided – Matthew 11:28-30

is rewarded by God – Isaiah 49:4

is rich – 2 Corinthians 8:9

is righteous – Ephesians 4:22

is rooted and built up in Him – Colossians 2:7

is royalty – Romans 5:17; 8:16-17

is a royal priesthood – 1 Peter 2:9

is safe – Psalm 4:8

is a saint of God – Psalm 34:9

is the salt of the earth – Matthew 5:13

is sanctified – 1 Corinthians 6:11

is satisfied – Jeremiah 31:14

is saved – Ephesians 2:8

is sealed by God with His Holy Spirit – Ephesians 1:13

is seated with Him – Ephesians 2:6

is secure – Deuteronomy 33:12

is sent – John 20:21

is set free – John 8:31-32,36

is sharing Christ’s inheritance – Romans 8:17

is sharing His glory – John 17:22,24

is His sheep – Psalm 23:1

is sheltered – Psalm 91:1

is shielded – Psalm 91:4

is a slave to righteousness – Romans 6:18

is His soldier – 2 Timothy 2:3-4

is a son of God – Romans 8:14

is stable – Isaiah 33:6

is standing in His grace – Romans 5:2

is standing firm in Christ – 2 Corinthians 1:21

has my steps established by the Lord – Psalm 37:23

is strengthened in Him – Ephesians 3:16

is strong in the Lord – 1 Corinthians 1:8

is amply supplied – Philippians 4:18

is sustained from birth – Psalm 71:6

is a temple – 1 Corinthians 3:16

is thought about – Psalm 139:17-18

is transferred into His Kingdom – Colossians 1:13

is transformed – 2 Corinthians 3:18

is treasured – Psalm 83:3

is triumphant – 2 Corinthians 2:14

is unafraid – Isaiah 44:2; 51:12

is understood – Ephesians 1:8

is united with Christ – Romans 6:5

is upheld – Psalm 37:17

is upright – Psalm 7:10

is unblemished – Colossians 1:22

has understanding – 2 Timothy 2:7

is useful for His glory – Isaiah 43:7

is crucified with Him – Galatians 2:20

is dead in Christ – Romans 6:4

is dead to sin – Romans 6:11

is a delight – Psalm 147:11

is delighted in – Isaiah 42:1

is delivered – Psalm 107:6

is desired – Psalm 45:11

is determined – Philippians 4:13

is a disciple – John 8:31-32

is disciplined – Hebrews 12:5-11

is drawing near with confidence – Hebrews 4:16

is empowered to obey – Philippians 2:13

is encouraged – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

is enlightened – Ephesians 1:18

is enriched in everything – 1 Corinthians 1:5

is equipped – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

is established -Deuteronomy 28:9

has eternal life – John 3:36

has every good thing – Philemon 6

is exalted at His right hand – Acts 2:34-35

is faithful – Revelation 17:14

is family – Psalm 68:5

is far from oppression – Isaiah 54:14

is favoured – Job 10:12

is a fellow citizen with the saints – Ephesians 2:19

is a fellow worker – Colossians 4:11

is filled – Acts 2:4

is filled to the fullness of God – Colossians 2:9- 10

is filled with the fruit of righteousness – Philippians 1:11

is filled with the fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23

is filled with the knowledge of His will – Colossians 1:9

is filled with joy – John 17:13

is a finished product -in progress – Philippians 1:6

is a first fruit – Romans 8:23

is forgiven – Ephesians 1:7

is formed in the womb by God – Jeremiah 1:5

was lost, but now is found – Luke 19:10

is a fragrance – 1 Corinthians 1:15-16

is free – John 8:36

is freely given all things – Romans 8:32

is gifted – Romans 12:6

is given His magnificent promises – 2 Peter 1:3-4

is loyal – Psalm 86:2

is made by Him – Psalm 100:3

is a magnifier of God – Psalm 69:30

is marked – Ephesians 1:13

is a member of His body – Ephesians 5:30

is might in God – Luke 10:19

has the mind of Christ – 1 Corinthians 2:16

is a minister – 2 Corinthians 3:6

is a minister of reconciliation – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

is a mountain mover – Mark 11:22-23

is named – Isaiah 43:1

is near to God – Ephesians 2:13

is never forsaken – Hebrews 13:5

is new – Ephesians 4:24

is new born – 1 Peter 2:2

is a new creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17

has new life – Romans 6:4

is part of a new race – 1 Peter 2:9

is not condemned – Romans 8:1

is no longer a slave to sin – Romans 6:6

has not been given a spirit of fear – 1 Timothy 1:7

is obedient – Isaiah 1:19

is an object of mercy – Romans 9:23

is obtained an inheritance – Ephesians 1:11

is of God’s household – Ephesians 2:19

is on the winning side – Colossians 2:15

is one with Him – John 17:23-24

is an overcomer – 1 John 5:4-5

is pardoned – Jeremiah 33:8

is a partaker of Christ – Hebrews 3:14

is a partaker of the Holy Spirit – Hebrews 6:4

is a partaker of grace – Philippians 1:7

is a partaker of the promise in Christ – Ephesians 3:6

has passed from death to life – John 5:24

is patient – James 5:8

has peace – Philippians 4:7

is one of the people of God – 1 Peter 2:9

is being perfected – 1 Peter 5:10

is pleasing to God – Psalm 149:4

is God’s own possession – Titus 2:14

is possessor of all things – 1 Corinthians 3:21-23

has the power of God behind me – Philippians 3:21

has power – Acts 1:8

has power over the devil – Luke 9:1

is predestined – Ephesians 1:11

is prepared beforehand for glory – Romans 9:23

is prosperous – Psalm 1:3

is protected – Psalm 91:14

is provided for – Matthew 6:33

is purchased – Revelation 5:9

is purposeful – Psalm 138:8

is qualified – Colossians 1:12

is raised up with Christ – Ephesians 2:6

is ransomed with Him – Isaiah 35:10

is rare – Proverbs 20:15

has received mercy – 1 Peter 2:10

is valuable – Luke 12:24

lives in victory – 1 Corinthians 15:57

is walking in His light – 1 John 1:7

is a warrior – 2 Corinthians 10:4

is washed – Titus 3:5

is watching for His return – Luke 12:37

is weak, then is strong – 2 Corinthians 12:10

is in a wealthy place – Psalm 66:12

is welcome – Luke 11:9

is being made whole – Mark 5:34

puts on the whole armour of God – Ephesians 6:11

is wise – Proverbs 2:6

is His witness – Acts 1:8

is His workmanship – Ephesians 2:10

is not of this world – John 17:14

is His worshipper – Psalm 95:6

is worthy – Revelation 3:4

is yielded to God – Romans 6:13

is yoked with Jesus – Matthew 11:29

is heaven bound, guaranteed. – I Peter 1: 4

Never let the enemy tell you that you are worthless or insignificant.

You have value in the eyes of God so great that it was worth dying for.

You are a blessing to the world.

When satan tempts you, tell him what God says about you. When he

reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.                                     

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Great Truths About the Church

Submitted by William MacDonaldon Tue, 02/08/2005 – 06:00


According to Ephesians 4:4 there is only one Church. In spite of all the circumstances

that seem to deny it, the fact remains that as far as God is concerned, there is only

one body of believers on the earth today. Although this Church is never visible to

man in its entirety, yet it is formed into a common body by the Holy Spirit.


By using the analogy of the human body (Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:18), Paul

teaches us that Christ as Head in heaven controls His body on earth. The head

speaks of authority, leadership, and the seat of the intellect. The head and the

body share the same life, interests and prospects. As the head is not complete

without the body, so, in a sense, Christ is not “complete” without His Church.

Thus we read in Ephesians 1:23 that the Church, as His body, “is the fulness of

Him that filleth all in all.” This is cause for deepest awe and worship in the believer.


The moment a person is saved, he is added to the Church as a member of the

body (Acts 2:47). This membership transcends the bounds of race, color,

nationality, temperament, culture, social caste, language and denomination.

In his classic passage on the members of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)

, Paul reminds us that there are many members in the body (vv. 12-14). Every

member has a function to perform (vv 15-17). However, not all members have

the same function (v. 19). The welfare of the body depends on all the members

working together (vv. 21-23). Because all the members of the body need each

other, there is no cause for envy or discontent, on the one hand (vv. 15-17); or

for pride and independence on the other (v. 21). Because all are members of

the one body, there should be mutual care, sympathy, and joy (vv. 23-26).


After He ascended into heaven, the Lord Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be His

Representative on the earth (John 14:16,26). The Spirit’s activities in the

Church may be seen in part from the fact that He leads Christians in their

worship (Ephesians 2:18); He inspires their prayers (Romans 8:26, 27);

He empowers their preaching (1 Thessalonians 1:5); He guides them in their

activities, both positively (Acts 13:2), and negatively (Acts 16:6, 7); He raises up

overseers for the church (Acts 20:28); He bestows gifts for its growth and

effectiveness (Ephesians 4:11) and He guides believers into all truth (John 16:13).


God is calling out of the nations a people for His name. He sets them apart to

Himself from the sinful world and calls upon them to respond with lives of

practical holiness (1 Corinthians 3:17). Only in this way can the Church faithfully

represent a holy God in this corrupt scene.


It is the Lord’s will that the Church should grow both spiritually and numerically

. To that end the risen Christ gives gifts to the Church (Ephesians 4:11).

These gifts are men who are given special ability to build up the Church.

As listed in Ephesians 4:11, the gifts are apostles, prophets, evangelists,

pastors and teachers. (see note 1).

We believe that the apostles and prophets were concerned primarily with

the foundation of the Church (Ephesians 2:20). The need for these apostles

and New Testament prophets passed when the foundation was laid, and we

no longer have them, in the primary sense of the terms.(see note 2)

However, we still do have evangelists, pastors, and teachers. The evangelists

go out to the world with the Gospel, bring sinners to Christ, and then lead

them into the fellowship of the local church. Pastors take a shepherd-care

of the flock, nourishing the sheep, encouraging them, and guarding them

from evil. The teachers unfold the Word of God in an understandable way,

and present the doctrines of the Scriptures in a well-balanced manner. However,

the probability is that the “pastor-teacher” gift is one gift as the care of the flock

would include teaching the Word of God.

As these gifts minister, the Church grows and the saints are built up in their most

holy faith. Gifts are God’s provision for the expansion of the Church.


A final truth which we will mention in connection with the Church is the priesthood

of all believers (1 Peter 2:5, 9). In the old Testament, only a certain group of men

were eligible for the priesthood – the tribe of Levi and the family of Aaron

(Exodus 28:1). Today there is no special caste of priests, separate from their

fellows, with distinctive garb and peculiar privileges. All children of God are priests

of God with all the privileges and responsibilities that go with such a name.


As has already been noted, the Church is now in the process of construction. Every

time a soul is saved, a living stone is added to the building. The edifice is rising silently

without sound of hammer. The Holy Spirit adds daily to the Church such as

should be saved (Acts 2:47).

One day soon, the work will be finished. The last stone will be added, and the Lord

Jesus will descend into the air. As if drawn by a divine magnet, the Church will rise

to meet the Savior, and together they both will return to the many mansions of the

Father’s house. And so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

It will be the Church’s blessed portion not only to be with Christ forever, but also to

share the glories which He won during His earthly career (John 17:22).

Throughout eternity the Church is destined to be an eternal witness to the glory of

God. “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in

His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).

In the meantime, the Church is God’s masterpiece on the earth – an object lesson

to principalities and powers in heavenly places of the manifold wisdom of God. Every

believer should therefore be vitally interested in the Church, and his Christian service

should have the expansion and edification of the Church as one of its primary aims.



In 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, another list of spiritual gifts is given: the word of wisdom,

the word of knowledge, faith, the gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy,

discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues. There is

no necessary contradiction between the two lists. In Ephesians 4, the gifts are

personswhose whole career, apparently, is given over to evangelism, teaching, or

pastoral work,

In 1 Corinthians 12, the gifts are endowments or abilities which are not necessarily


to certain individuals but which the Holy Spirit may give to any member of the Body

of Christ at any time He chooses. For instance, any Christian man may be Spirit-led

to give a “word of wisdom” or a “word of knowledge” and yet not be exactly a

teacher. Another may be able to point a soul to Christ and yet not be an evangelist.

Again in 1 Corinthians 12:28, Paul speaks of apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles,

gifts of healing, helps, governments, and diversities of tongues. The question

inevitably arises here as to whether we still have gifts of a miraculous nature today.

In Hebrews 2:4, it is stated that God used signs and wonders to authenticate the

early preaching of the Gospel. This was in days before the complete Word of

God wasavailable in written form. Many believe that with the coming of the

complete Bible, the

need for these miracles ceased. The Bible does not settle the matter decisively.

Whilewe believe that these miracle gifts are not with us today, generally

speaking, yet wecannot say that the sovereign Spirit is not at liberty to use

them still, especially on those mission fields where the Scriptures are not

extensively available. In any event, thosewho do profess to have these

miraculous gifts must be careful to use them in accordancewith the

instructionsof the Word (for example, the use of tongues is regulated in 1

Corinthians 14).


In a secondary sense, we doubtless still have apostles, if we simply mean

men sentforth by the Lord, In this lesser sense, we still have prophets also,

that is, men whocry out for God against sin and abuse But we utterly reject

the idea that there are men

today who have the same authority as was committed to the original

apostles or whocan speak by the same direct and inspired revelation as the

New Testament prophets.


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