This morning’s lesson will be over our spiritual gifts. To help us apply what we will learn and to prepare us for the week, I would like to share with you what I believe is the most important aspect of the gifts that we have Christians. That is the nature by which we come to use our gifts.
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore, I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says, “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
- 1 Corinthians 12:1-3
Paul reminds the church that before they listened to the teachings of Jesus, they were pagans following idols with no speech, or no truth. Just as all Christians today were pagans and followed the idols of this world before they came to Christ. Of the gifts Paul will speak of in this chapter, he starts off with speaking in tongues; letting the church know that those who speak against Jesus could not have the Holy Spirit speaking through them. Only those filled with the Holy Spirit could speak in a miraculous way that professed Jesus as Lord. Those speaking in the Spirit profess Jesus as Lord.
Though we do not speak in tongues today without interpreters, I believe there is still value to this statement for us today. One of the most valuable things we can do to profess Christ is through our speech. True Christians do their best to speak in ways that are from the Spirit. The way that we interact with our family, friends, and the community puts Jesus on display. Therefore, when we are to act in a way the Spirit would approve of.
So, as we learn about our other spiritual gifts today, let us observe that our gifts come from the Spirit and we all have the same spiritual gift of professing Christ through our speech and actions. The Spirit does not encourage negative words and actions, the Spirit professes Christ. Move in the Spirit this week.