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.
This week we have been talking about the ministerial gift of the Spirit – word of wisdom. For the body of Christ there has been a take it or leave it attitude. But Paul instructs the church on its necessity and need.
For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit…
For the next few weeks I want to take a closer look at the ministerial gifts of the Holy Spirit. Last week I introduced them to you with encouragement that we all need these gifts as it is our duty as Christians to minister as part of the body of Christ.