The Working Spirit

 

Brothers and Sisters who are such in truth indeed, I who am a simple man struggling with understanding do not present these verses with an aura of superiority.  It is because i feel dominated by God’s majesty which has required me to present them for the edification of salvation to the brethren who live now. Do i completely understand and this time? No, but I do know that rejection of these is damning, not that I choose to damn you but the creator whom you seek is warning you. I love you brethren, if you choose  the wrong path it is indeed the wrong path. God’s court judges all intents of the heart, we must submit.  It is not a choice.  We will all submit, or perish.

 

1 Corinthians 12:1  Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.  Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.  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.

 

1 Corinthians 12:4  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

The previous passage “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” Is critical to everlasting life. Duet to this importance, the Greek is translated as shown below.

1 Corinthians 12:7  εκαστωG1538 A-DSM  δεG1161 CONJ  διδοταιG1325 V-PPI-3S  ηG3588 T-NSF  φανερωσιςG5321 N-NSF  τουG3588 T-GSN  πνευματοςG4151 N-GSN  προςG4314 PREP  τοG3588 T-ASN  συμφερονG4851 V-PAP-ASN

 

G1538 ἕκαστος hekastos hek’-as-tos

As if a superlative of ἕκας hekas (afar); each or every: – any, both, each (one), every (man, one, woman), particularly.

G1161 δέ de deh

A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.: – also, and, but, moreover, now [often unexpressed in English].

G1325 δίδωμι didōmi did’-o-mee

A prolonged form of a primary verb (which is used as an alternate in most of the tenses); to give (used in a very wide application, properly or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection): – adventure, bestow, bring forth, commit, deliver (up), give, grant, hinder, make, minister, number, offer, have power, put, receive, set, shew, smite (+ with the hand), strike (+ with the palm of the hand), suffer, take, utter, yield.

G3588 ὁ, ἡ, τό ho    hē    to ho, hay, to

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom): – the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.

 

G5321 φανερωσις phanerōsis fan-er’-o-sis

From G5319; exhibition, that is, (figuratively) expression, (by extension) a bestowment: – manifestation.

G4151 πνεῦμα pneuma pnyoo’-mah

From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit: – ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590.

G4314 πρός pros pros

A strengthened form of G4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, that is, whither or for which it is predicated): – about, according to, against, among, at, because of, before, between, ([where-]) by, for, X at thy house, in, for intent, nigh unto, of, which pertain to, that, to (the end that), + together, to ([you]) -ward, unto, with (-in). In compounds it denotes essentially the same applications, namely, motion towards, accession to, or nearness at.

G4851 συμφέρω sumpherō soom-fer’-o

From G4862 and G5342 (including its alternate); to bear together (contribute), that is, (literally) to collect, or (figuratively) to conduce; especially (neuter participle as noun) advantage: – be better for, bring together, be expedient (for), be good, (be) profit (-able for).

Below this is a rough translation, but for the sake of readability and understandability the next translation is of higher quality.

“(he each) and does give (the her) expression the Spirit to the advantage of the gathering together”

“And to everyone does give the expression of the Spirit for the advantage of gathering together”

 

The word hekastos “each” also means every or everyone in this case.  This everyone is defined at the opening address Paul gives.

 

1 Corinthians 1:2  Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

 

This everyone is specifically the church at Corinth, those sanctified in Christ, the saints, and everyone, everywhere that calls on our Messiah’s name them and us.  In my view the them and us would typically reflect the idea that there will be those that we consider part of ours who we think are the body of Christ and those we consider contaminated, included in this everyone. This makes the possibility that the spirit gifts have ceased impossible. The next verses make this a sure.

 

1 Corinthians 12:8  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:  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

 

So the Spirit Gifts are words of wisdom, words of knowledge down to the spirit differences, persuasion of the spirit differences, the favors of cures given of your spirit, and the effects of power, and prediction, decisions of spirits difference – literally in the greek, deciding(fem plural) live(plural) heteros(masculine) deciding to live a hetero life, and having multiple family tongues and also translating tongues in possession.

 

1 Corinthians 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

 

G1722 ἐν en en

A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); “in”, at, (up-) on, by, etc.:

 

This is actually the etymological equivalent of the English word “in”, the usage is identical in the Greek.  It probably does not mean “by” at all, and in the case of baptism definitely does not mean by.  The verses in John and Matthew shows the connection that the water and spirit must be together.

 

John 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 

Matthew 3:16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

 

Also the end of the verse in 1 Corinthians 12:13 in the Greek reads very differently than the English.  “And all are in spirit drinking water” This produces the imagery of sheep by still water King David spoke of in the psalms.

 

 

1 Corinthians 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body.

 

It’s obvious that all parts are not the same.  Some people are very different from others, some scowl some do not.  The fact of life is that any wish to be equal is not true.  There is no equality between people for anyone made by The Creator.

 

1 Corinthians 12:21  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:   That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

 

People are as just attached to each other in circumstances within the ecclesia, as they are outside in of the ecclesia.

 

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.   Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?  Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

 

The best gifts are what people should ask for, they’re available for us.  If we are asking.

 

 

1 Corinthians 13:1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;   Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 

G26 ἀγάπη agapē ag-ah’-pay

From G25; love, that is, affection or benevolence; specifically (plural) a love feast: – (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.

 

Charity is love, that is surpassing all things.  Charity is most stable, though without it, the word of God would lay desolate. This is importance of stability of charity be the blessing of new hope for millions.

 

1 Corinthians 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail G2673; whether there be tongues G3973, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish G2673 away.

 

1Co 13:8  η αγαπη  ουδεποτε  εκπιπτει  ειτε  δε  προφητειαι  καταργηθησονται V-FPI-3P  ειτε  γλωσσαι  παυσονται  ειτε  γνωσις  καταργηθησεται

 

Καταργηθησονται = Κατα to be under + αργηθ be idle + ησονται they will be

 

Παυσονται = Παυσ to pause or cease + they will  pronounced pausontai

 

Καταργηθησεται = Kata to be under + αργηθ be idle + ησεται it will be

 

So prophecies become idle, in other words no new ones are added.  Tongues get put on pause or cease, which happened in the cases of Hebrew, Koine Greek, and Aramaic, Egyptians hieroglyph and a variety of other old languages.  Many of them now being unpaused.  Knowledge also had a time of idleness a great example is the dark ages of Europe.  So far at least concerning the things to do with God’s message these were all temporary.

 

 

1 Corinthians 13:9 to 13  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

 

This verse has been a great thought to ponder over for the writer for a very long time.  It is very essential as a rock of our salvation.  The idea that at baptism we are to be like little children.  This is where many popular Christians stop thinking.  The bible tells us to grow up in understanding, faith, love, and any other spiritual fruits.  We cannot stagnate.  The more we live in the truth, the nearer Jesus’ is, the more we know.

 

Matthew 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

1 Corinthians 14:1 to 6  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.  For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.  But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.  He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.  I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.   Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

 

The spiritual gifts are to be yearned for, not scorned.  Scorn towards a gift of God will never end well.  The Jews were warned in Hebrews.  Not only them but us also.  This is so important, if a person was to confess at their baptism there are not any Holy Spirit gifts, that person needs to be rebaptized as soon as possible.  This is very serious.  The Holy Spirit is what sanctifies us, if we do not acknowledge this gift, we are in a state of death.

 

Hebrews 10:29 to 31  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

1 Thessalonians 4:8  He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

 

1 Peter 1:2  Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

 

James 2:26  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 

These last four verses explain a number of ideas.  In Hebrews, vengeance for despite is promised.  The word in Greek is ενυβρισας and means insult or mock.  This is pretty serious, to being the hands of God in an undesirable way.  To see loathing before God is frightful. The sanctification by the Spirit is a key part of the atonement process, if it is missing then there is no salvation.

 

 

1 Timothy 4:14  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

 

Hebrews 6:1 to 6  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.  And this will we do, if God permit.  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

2 Thessalonians 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

Now dear readers, consider this, when does the laying on of hands happen? Does it not happen at baptism? Don’t the elders of us do the baptism? Doesn’t the presbytery mean elder? Yes it does, however, this means as adults we ought to be hallowed in the spirit then.  This is the point which I make, without the laying on of hands, at baptism, there is no consecrational grafting achieved, or gifts. The two happen at the same time.

 

 

This is of course not a complete comparison of the spirit and it’s workings with mankind, i will never attempt to claim this until my knowledge becomes perfected, which is may days off and much understanding to come.  Please hear my plea.  Examine this for yourselves even if you do not agree, this can kill you quicker than any personal sin.

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