9) …if with your mouth you confess jesus as lord and in your heart believe that god brought him back to life, you shall be saved. 10) for with the heart men believe and obtain righteousness, and with the mouth they make confession and obtain salvation.
this is a very common scripture in almost all churches. no matter what your ‘denomination’ or belief this is one common ground – the belief that we are saved by believing in our heart that jesus christ was raised from the dead and confessing that with our mouth. when we believe and confess that we believe, we can be certain that we have become christ’s.
i corinthians 12:9b
…and to another gifts of healing by the one spirit,
as i wrote on monday, we have all been given the personal gift of healing, or divine health. jesus walked on this earth in divine health and when he was beaten at his crucifixion, he was beaten for our healing, so that we could walk in divine health just as he did.
This week I’ve been writing about the gift of faith. On Wednesday I wrote about how God has given us each a gift or portion of faith for our own benefit. On Monday I wrote about the Gift of Faith and its ministerial benefit for the common good and the difference between that gift and our personal gift of faith.
Today I thought it only fitting to write about the father of faith, Abraham. I think you may be surprised at some things that never occurred to you before.
Transliteration: charisma Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-is-mah) Short Definition: an undeserved favor Definition: a gift of grace, an undeserved favor. The operation of grace (divine favor), i.e. a grace-endowment (natural gift ability or quality) to edify the Church.
i’ve been writing this week about the gift of the spirit the word of knowledge. as i said it very often goes hand in hand with the word of wisdom which i wrote about last week.
there are many instances in the new testament where the church exhibited the use of these two gifts, but the one i want to talk about today is found in acts 21. prior to chapter 21 we see paul’s final journey from to the churches. he was headed back to jerusalem and attempting to get back there by pentecost.
acts 20:22-23 22) “and now, behold, bound by the spirit, i am on my way to jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23) except that the holy spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.
now here paul knows that the holy spirit is testifying to him in every city what will happen to him when he gets to jerusalem yet he says he feels bound by the spirit to go to jerusalem. so let’s now look at acts 21.
transliteration: logos phonetic spelling: (log’-os) short definition: a word, speech, divine utterance, analogy definition: a word, speech, divine utterance, analogy.
transliteration: gnósis phonetic spelling: (gno’-sis) short definition: knowledge, doctrine, wisdom definition: knowledge, doctrine, wisdom. functional (“working”) knowledge gleaned from first-hand (personal) experience, connecting theory to application; “application-knowledge,” gained in (by) a direct relationship and is only as good as the relationship.
this week we are talking about word of knowledge. in i corinthians 12 it is the second in the list of the gifts of the spirit. it comes right after word of wisdom and the two are like twins in that they very often are present together.