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At the last supper, Jesus spoke of the paraclete, the spirt of truth, which he would send after his departure. On the day of the ascension, Jesus spoke these last words before departing to the right hand of Yahweh.
?But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
The holy spirit would enable the followers of Jesus with power by which they could be a witness for him to the remotest part of the earth. On Pentecost this spirt was first poured out, and throughout the book of Acts are manifestations of this spiritual power.
Manifestation: an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, especially a theory or an abstract idea.
1 Corinthians 12:1 God does not want us ignorant of spiritual matters.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
There are a variety of gifts, ministries, and effects, but it is the same spirit, the same Lord Jesus, and the same God who works all things in all.
1 Corinthians 12:7
Each one is given the manifestation of the spirit for the common good.
Every person, who is in Christ Jesus, has the spirit. This is what Jesus promised, that he would send the spirit of truth to those who loved him and kept his commandments.
1 Peter 4:10-11
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies: so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 12:8-11
Here is a list of common manifestations of the spirit. This section shows the diversity in the manifestation of the spirit. But what is emphasized in these verses is what is similar. What?s the same in every person? It?s the same spirit!!!!
The Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)
1 Corinthians 12:27
It is one body, with unique individual members. But it is still just one body, and Christ is the head.
1 Corinthians 12:28-32
Earnestly desire the greater gifts. But there is a more excellent way!!! (1 Corinthians chapter 13 -- LOVE!!!!)
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 It is possible then to manifest spirit, and not love. It is possible to do these things and not obey Jesus Christ. But this is then just sounding off. You are nothing. There is no profit. Jesus warned of this behavior (Matthew 7:21-23).
1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love and earnestly desire spiritual things!
Chapter fourteen gives practical instruction on how tongues, interpretation of tongues, and prophecy should be handled when the church assembles.
1 Corinthians 14:26-33
?Let all things be done for edification.? ?God is not a God of confusion.?
1 Corinthians 14:40
?But all things must be done decently and in an orderly manner.?