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.
… and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;
Last week I talked about the Word of Wisdom. This was the first of the ministerial gifts of the Spirit which Paul referred to in 1 Corinthians 12. This week I am going to talk about the Word of Knowledge.
As a ministerial gift a Word of Wisdom and a Word of Knowledge often go hand in hand, coming at the same time. You may receive the Word of Knowledge about a situation and then a Word of Wisdom about what to do with that knowledge.
This week I have been writing about the Holy Spirit and his importance in our lives. Monday I talked about how he grieves for us when we veer off of the path he has for us. He doesn’t grieve because he expects perfection and control, but because he has laid out an amazing plan for us and grieves when we choose a rougher, more painful road. That is a testament to His deep love for us.
On Wednesday I wrote about how He seals our softened hearts when we genuinely and sincerely give our lives to the Lord and ask for spiritual salvation. That seal marks us as His own, boldly for the world to see. He then works to transform our hearts on the inside so that we will one day be revealed as children of God.
The analogy that I gave earlier this week was that of a car and its alignment. If a car is in perfect alignment then it will travel in a straight line without someone turning the steering wheel. If a car is not in alignment then the car can be made to go straight with the steering wheel.
Both ways the car will travel in a straight line, but as I discussed on Monday, God is not concerned about the straightness of our path, but the internal alignment of our souls.
Transliteration: eleutheria Phonetic Spelling: (el-yoo-ther-ee’-ah) Short Definition: freedom, liberty Definition: freedom, liberty, especially: a state of freedom from slavery.
From eleutheros; freedom (legitimate or licentious, chiefly moral or ceremonial) — liberty.
The scripture on Monday was:
2 Corinthians 3:12-18 17) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
The analogy that I gave was that of a car and its alignment. If a car is in perfect alignment then it will travel in a straight line without someone turning the steering wheel. If a car is not in alignment then the car can be made to go straight with the steering wheel. Both ways the car will travel in a straight line. But as I discussed on Monday, God is not concerned about the straightness of our path, but the internal alignment of our souls.