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.