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Holy Spirit Power for Service
Sermon Transcript by Rev. Ernest O’Neill
Since the beginning of the year we’ve been talking about what a Christian really was. And you
remember, we said that a Christian is one who knows why so many of us feel alienation and loneliness
today. A Christian is one who knows really why so many of us are seeking approval, and praise, and
recognition, and acknowledgement today. A Christian is one who knows why so many of us feel life is
meaningless and purposeless today. And one thing a Christian knows is that it’s not because our pet
dog rejected us when we were a child, and it’s not because we have an overbearing mother, or because
we were brought up in slums, or because our Sunday school teacher preached hell to us.
A Christian knows that men and women feel alienated and lonely today because daily, they have been
living their lives as if there is no Maker in the world, as if there is no Creator. And where this
Creator has blessed meekness and humility, many dear ones today live in pride, trying to establish
their position and their reputation among all their friends. Where God has told us that we are to
love one another even at a cost to ourselves and our own security, many dear ones today are living
filled with love of themselves, making everyone subservient to their needs. And because we are
living in the midst of covetness and greed, because we are living in the midst of swearing and
uncleanness the Creator of the world has condemned us to die after these 70 years.
He does not want the rest of his universe polluted with us. And he has condemned us to death. And
that is why so many of us feel alienated today. And so many of us feel miserably lonely and very
much on our own, because in a way, we are on our own, because we’re under God’s condemnation,
because we have rebelled against him, and we live as if he didn’t exist.
So a Christian is one who knows that. But a Christian, you remember, is one who knows that the
Creator allowed his son to be destroyed instead of us. And so the Christian knows that there is
nothing to prevent the Father of the universe forgiving us and regarding us as his own children and
overlooking all that we’ve ever done in our past lives that have been wrong. And he’s ready to
receive us as his own children. And a Christian is one who not only believes that but who,
therefore, stops being greedy, stops being selfish, stops being unclean, stops hating people and
criticizing people and instead receives the Spirit of Jesus into himself. And the Christian is one
who therefore is born of the Spirit.
During these past weeks we have shared the truth that a Christian is one who, once the Spirit of
Jesus comes into him, begins to see that even still he lives for self aggrandizement. Even after
receiving the Spirit of Jesus in him he sees that there is something in him that lives for self
glorification, and self deification, and self gratification. And he begins to see that the Spirit
of Jesus disagrees with this center of self, and disagrees with this self desire and self
And a Christian is one who begins to see that either one goes or the other goes. Either the Spirit
of Jesus leaves of the spirit of self goes down in the dust. And a Christian also realizes that
when Jesus died, according to 2 Corinthians 5:14 he also died. And it is God’s will for him to
recognize that he was crucified when Jesus was crucified, and that he died to his future when Jesus
died to his future. And a Christian is, then, one who says, “Lord Jesus, I’m willing for you to run
my life completely–whether it destroys my reputation, whether it spoils my future, whether it lets
me down in front of my friends, or my parents, or not. I’m willing for you to take over
And then a Christian is one who is filled with the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit brings into
that Christian’s life the kind of qualities that we shared last Sunday: the fruit of victory, the
nine fruits of victory, love, and joy, and peace, and long suffering, and gentleness, and goodness,
and faith, and meekness, and temperance. And, dear ones, you see that the reason we do not really
love each other is because we still love ourselves too much.
We are willing to help the other person as long as it doesn’t inconvenience us. But, there comes a
great breakthrough when a Christian says, “Lord God, I’m willing to help the world, whatever it
costs me. I’m willing to forget myself for the world’s sake.” Then Jesus is able to fill us with
his own spirit. And this Holy Spirit brings us the whole life of Jesus.
We said that this is what the thing which is, as you know, from Islam and from Buddhism, and from
Confucianism, and from Zoroastrianism. All these great religious leaders gave some tenants to their
followers and said, “After I die you must do your best to follow me.” Jesus said, “After I die I am
going to send you another counselor who will be with you. He will take of the things that are mine
and he will impart them to you so that you can be like me.” So that Martin Luther said, “We are
little Christs,” because the Holy Spirit takes the life of Christ and imparts it into us. And so,
dear ones, that’s God’s promise to us and that’s what a Christian is.
Now what we’re sharing this morning is that a Christian is not only like Jesus inside, a Christian
is like Jesus outwardly in the miracles that Jesus was able to perform. You see, what stopped the
world in the first century was not simply the character of Jesus, but the character of Jesus allied
with the miracles of Jesus. The miracles are believable because of his character. You look at him
and you say, “Yeah, he’s the kind of person who would do miracles.” And he did the miracles. That’s
what made the world stop and stare.
Loved ones, the world will never look at a body that does not look like Jesus in every way. And,
you see, again and again you come into a situation, and you look at a dear one who has incurable
cancer, and you love them with all your heart, but there comes a time when the life of Jesus wants
to burst through and heal the cancer. Now the Christian is the one who through the baptism of the
Holy Spirit is not only filled with the fruit of the spirit, but is anointed with whatever gifts of
the spirit are needed to represent Jesus to the unbelieving world.
Now you can see this in the Christian church, you see, at the beginning. If you’d like to look
first of all at Jesus own life in Mark 1:30-34. This is one of the miracles or the sign that made
the world stop and think maybe this man is not just another teacher. Maybe he is not just another
visionary. “Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her.
And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served
them.” Now one of the marks of Jesus’ divinity was not only his resurrection and his sinless
character, but was his ability to control the powers of nature, and of sickness, and of disease.
Now you see that that same power was imparted to the early church and to the first Christians. Acts
3:6-7, “But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold.’” This man, you remember, in Verse 2, a man
lame from birth was being carried whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple. Now in Verse 6,
“But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth, walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet
and ankles were made strong.” Now you see how Peter explained this. In Acts 2:38-39 he said, “Now
this is available for all of you.” “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of
the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every
one whom the Lord our God calls to him.’”
So a lot of us say, “Oh well, that kind of miracle, it died out after the first century.” Actually
it didn’t, but a lot of us say that, “It died out after the first century.” Or, a lot of us will go
along with the endowment of the church by Constantine in the third century and say, “Well those
continued for three centuries but then they ceased. Now those were in order to establish the early
church before the world died.” But loved ones, do you see, in Verse 39, that, “The promise is to
you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him?”
The promise of these gifts is for us in this present century.
You cannot tie them to the sub apostolic times. You cannot tie them to the post apostolic times.
You cannot tie them to the first three centuries. They continued in some measure right down through
the years. And they are present in our world today. And it is Jesus’ will that we should be
baptized with the Holy Spirit not only so that we’ll be like him in our own inside lives, but so
that we shall have these gifts of the spirit for outward service.
Now dear ones, a powerless church is not the church of Jesus Christ. An impure church is not the
church of Jesus Christ. And you see if there are any dear old skeptics here this morning, they are
skeptical because we talk, and talk, and talk and do nothing. And you remember, Paul said, “The
kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” And it was power in those days. And it is
power in these days for every one of us who is ready to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. And you
know that’s what is needed.
You know, I know Rick who has now graduated is in medicine. And some of the rest of you are in
medicine. And I agree with you. We can take care of a lot of the sickness. But what about the dear
ones who are dying day-by-day of incurable disease? And you know there is a tremendous need for the
power to heal sickness in our day. There’s a tremendous need to heal all the poor dear souls who
spend times in psych wards and come out–a little better? A little better. And so there’s a
tremendous need in these days for us to begin to become a Christian Corps of power-filled people.
Loved ones, we need a new body of people going out to India, and Africa, and South America filled
with the power of Jesus’ Spirit. Not only able to establish American schools, and American
hospitals which can only heal and deal with the diseases that we can deal with here in the States,
but able to deal with the things that medicine cannot do. And you see it was Jesus’ way that we
should receive these gifts.
Now would you look with me at these gifts because I think there is great vagueness in our minds
about them, and therefore great unbelief about them? 1 Corinthians 12:4. “Now there are varieties
of gifts.” That is, there are different gifts. And we won’t all have the gifts–we won’t have all
the gifts, “But the same Spirit,” which means that you don’t own any gifts. If the Holy Spirit ever
uses you to minister a gift, you don’t own this gift. The Holy Spirit lends you the gift for that
period of time.
If anybody comes up to you and says, “Have you the gift of healing?” You say, “No, I haven’t the
gift of healing. The Holy Spirit has the gift of healing and he can lend it to me when he wants me
to have it.” Again, and again many of us come into great difficulties in healing situations,
because we go out in our own strength. We say, “Oh yes, Jesus can heal you, because it said so in
the New Testament. So I lay my hands on you, and in Jesus’ name rise up.” And we have not received
from our intuition of spirit, guidance from Jesus as to whether he wants to heal that person at that
time or not. And so we’re going out, not in the guidance of the Spirit, but in our own human
sympathy or empathy.
So there’s a real need, you see, to see that the gifts belong to the Spirit and the Holy Spirit will
tell you when the gift is to be used. So, “There are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit. And
there are varieties of service, but the same Lord.” So, some of us may use the gifts in connection
with our medical practice. Some of us may use it in connection with our psychiatric practice. Some
of us may use it as a mother in our home. Some of us may use it in the body of Christ on a Sunday.
“But there are varieties of service. And,” then, “There are varieties of working.” So alright, I
don’t know that I’m with “touching your radio set,” too much. I don’t know that I’m too
enthusiastic about it. But if one brother finds that God is able to heal people through him asking
people to touch their radio sets, okay, let him do it.
There are varieties of operation. It is not our place to say to them, “Ah, that’s not one of the
varieties.” It’s our place to say, “Alright, if a person was healed in Jesus name we go with it.”
I know another doctor in Harley Street in London, Christopher Woodard, who deals with many of the
Olympic athletes. And he deals, not in any miraculous way, it seems, at all with the surgical body.
He comes into a house where there is sickness and his spirit is able to discern the psychological
imbalance in the dear ones in that home, the tension that is causing the strain in their bodies. And
he ministers to that. And then as their spirits become whole and healthy that results in a healed
body. So there are varieties of working. It’s not our place to say, “That’s the only way to
operate that gift.” “There are varieties of working, but it’s the same God who inspires them all in
Then in Verse 7, why are the gifts given? To make people strong individually? To draw attention to
men and to women? No, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” To
build up a real body of Jesus, a real body of Christ. Loved ones, on the University campus, what
drives the skeptics crazy is so many of us talking and not being. Now it is the Holy Spirit’s
desire that Jesus will live on our campuses again, not only in purity, but in outward power. And
this can only come with the filling and anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Now would you just look for a moment at some of the gifts and in a few minutes I’ll try to mention
at least the heart of each one, and why we need them. Look at Verse 8, “To one is given through the
Spirit the utterance of wisdom.” Many of us come into a witnessing situation and the person says,
“Well you know, I’d go with all this ministry of the Holy Spirit if it wasn’t that you seem to teach
that you had to be sinlessly perfect.” Now we don’t teach that at all. But you see, he comes up to
you and says that. Or, he comes up and he says, “I would go with this ministry of the Holy Spirit
if it weren’t for the fact that there’s all this tongues business. You all roll on the floor and
speak in tongues.” And we don’t. And we don’t roll on the floor and we don’t speak in tongues in
Do you see that the gift of wisdom is required at that moment? Not to start dealing with those
apparent visible disagreements that that dear ones has. But the spirit of wisdom is needed in order
to share the right thing about Jesus that that person needs at that moment. Now, that’s the gift of
wisdom. Where you share, not some human insight that you’ve gained into all this business, but
where you share some part of the wisdom of Jesus that makes him real to those people. Now, that’s
the gift of wisdom. It’s just natural in the Holy Spirit. There seems nothing miraculous to it, at
the moment that it’s exercised, and yet it is miraculous. The Holy Spirit gives you a piece of
wisdom about Jesus that you’ve got from no book and that you’ve got from no friends. The Holy
Spirit just gives it to you at that moment, the gift of wisdom.
“To another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit.” A lot of us deal with our
roommates as psychiatrist would. They come to us with a problem and we say, “Well now, what was
your childhood like? Now, did your dog ever bite you when you were young? Or, were you ever in a
meeting in church which was highly emotional and put you off this kind of thing?” Now do you see
the Holy Spirit can give you the gift of knowledge, can enable you to know what is in that person’s
spirit and what that person needs at that moment.
The Holy Spirit can give you insight into that person’s spirit, not just into their minds, which a
psychiatrist can get, or which you can get by giving them some kind of little pictures to say what
they think they are, but he enables you to see into their spirits. And he lets you know what they
need at that moment. Now that’s a miraculous gift. You can see why so much of our witnessing is
not what God wants it to be, because so much of it is a transmission of knowledge and information.
But this, you see, is the gift of knowledge. And we need it.
“To another the working of miracles.” At times on the campus there, at lunch time or when we speak,
we need the gift of miracles. What we say is hardly getting over to the people because of the wind,
and the amplifier not being loud enough. And what we need is the gift of miracles to believe for
revelation in peoples’ hearts as they sit around that place. Carvosso [William Carvosso, 1750–1834,
preacher in Cornwall, England] was a great Christian 200 years ago. He got into a coach, and a mile
further down the road, the 12 people in the coach had received Jesus as their Savior. Now that
wasn’t because he was a quick talker, but because he had the gift of miracles, and he was able to
believe for such a clear revelation of Jesus that they met him inside their spirits.
Now that’s the gift of miracles and we need that in these days. We need it certainly to bring
people into the bookshop when we still haven’t a sign up outside. We need the gift of miracles to
draw people in and the Holy Spirit has been doing that. You think of the gift of miracles that he
has given to us even in the body so far. You think that we have never spent a penny on advertising.
You dear ones have been very determined; you’ve sought us out, and at last found where we were. But
this is the gift of miracles, you see. We have not used a natural method for propagating anything.
But we have believed that Jesus would draw to himself the people that he wanted. Now, we need the
gift of miracles.
“To another prophecy.” The ability to foretell what is coming in the future. Yes, that’s part of
it. But above all prophecy is forth telling. Forth telling the right word of God to the right
person at the right time. So often we bore people to tears. They come to us on campus and they
say, “What is this business about Christianity.” And we say, “Well, we can tell you. We’ll take
you through the four verses in Romans. First, we’ll go to Romans 3:23, ‘All men have sinned.’” And
we go through our little process. Now, do you see that we need the gift of prophecy there, to apply
to them the right word of God that they need at that moment? To know exactly what they need at that
moment. Not to bore them with all our information, but to give them the words that the Holy Spirit
wants them to have at that time. The gift of prophecy.
“To another the ability to distinguish between spirits.” We need that in these days. A lot of us
are engaged in witch hunting. We go to one group and we see, are they right on the line? No, they
seem to be swaying a wee bit over to emotionalism. Or, we listen to some person on the radio and we
say, “Is he right on the line? No, he seems to be a little ‘British Israel’. He seems to be going
over that way a little.” And we go to some other meeting and we say, “No, they seem to emphasize
walking in obedience, just a little too much.” And before you know it, all the Christians are
involved in witch hunting.
The “IC” people are witch hunting the Campus Crusade people. The Campus Crusade people are witch
hunting the Campus Church. The Campus Church is witch hunting somebody else. Loved ones, that is
not the Father’s will. The Father’s will is that we should have the gift of discernment of the
spirit, so that we just know, we sense immediately what the spirit of a person is, whether we’ve
heard them speak or whether we’ve heard them explain their position or not. And the Holy Spirit
gives us an immediate sense, through the intuition of our spirit, of where they stand, and what they
You can see how magnificently this gets through the false criticism, you know. You know the dear
ones that really are parasites that eat of the body of Christians. You know, they are like vultures
around the fringe. And they keep pecking at things that aren’t quite lively. And they make their
life doing that. Now you see that the discernment of spirits takes away that undergraduate sin of
criticism. It brings us into a beautiful place where we trust the Holy Spirit to enable us to
discern where a person is right and where they’re wrong. And then we don’t need to speak it out. We
just rest in that. We thank the Holy Spirit for it, and we trust him to keep us right. And we pray
for the other person. So the discernment of spirits, you can see, can bring great truth and harmony
to the body.
“To another various kinds of tongues.” Various kinds of tongues. Some known tongues such as they
were able to use miraculously in Jerusalem. You remember they spoke, “Every man heard in his own
tongues the wonderful works of God.” And so obviously the Holy Spirit gave the apostles different
languages. Because they needed them? No, the people could speak Greek, and most of them could
speak Aramaic. But it was a sign to the unbelievers. It was a sign that this was something
miraculous that they had to tell them. Sometimes it will be a known language like that, and
sometimes it will be an unknown tongue, a language that maybe very few people in the world know, and
certainly that nobody else knows, perhaps, in the group.
“To another the interpretation of tongues.” The Holy Spirit will give a person the interpretation
of a language that someone else is using in a meeting. I think it’s important – that’s the ninth
gift, and it’s important to see it’s only one of the gifts. But because there are five instances
when the Holy Spirit is recorded as baptizing people with himself in the New Testament, and because
after three of those instances they spoke in tongues, this gift has become a cause for dissention
Now it’s very important to see brothers and sisters, that there are two instances in the New
Testament when people were filled with the Holy Spirit and it is not recorded that they spoke in
tongues. And it is true that many of us have experienced that, too. And certainly I experienced it.
The Holy Spirit filled me and I did not speak in a tongue at that time. So it’s important to see
that you do not need to speak in tongues to be filled with the Holy Spirit. And it’s wise to get
that out of the picture. But it is good nevertheless to have some clear teachings on the use of
tongues, dear ones, inside the body.
There are three ways in which tongues are used according to the New Testament. Look at 14:2, “For
one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters
mysteries in the Spirit.” And along with that is Verse 4, “He who speaks in a tongue edifies
himself.” When a tongue is given to you in private prayer it’s only for one thing, to free your
spirit to glorify God. Some of us experience a great sense of the glory of God, and a great desire
to praise God, but we do not have the words to praise him. We do not have a great vocabulary, we
say, “Lord, you are my dear Lord. Jesus you are glorious. You are loving.” And we run out of
words. And then the Holy Spirit at times bubbles out in an unknown language that we ourselves do not
Now the only purpose of that is to give us freedom to worship God in private. What it often does is
build some dear ones up in their own spirit. And it’s a strengthening experience. Many dear ones
have little experience of tongues. Some of us know an Englishman who had a great eloquence. And it
just seemed he didn’t need tongues. And so he didn’t have the gift of tongues. He was just able to
express his glory of God in his own language. And so God will allow you to do it in that way. In
other words, that does not need to be a hang up. But when it’s used in private prayer it doesn’t
need to be interpreted to anyone. It’s just between yourself and God. It’s the Holy Spirit
bypassing your mind and glorifying God directly through your spirit.
Now the second use of tongues there, is in a believers meeting. That is in a group where there are
all Christians. And that’s 14:26-28, “What then, brethren? When you come together, each one has a
hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for
edification. If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn;
and let one interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silence in church
and speak to himself and to God.” Now do you see in Verse 26, “What then, brethren? When you come
together…” In other words, the only use of tongues in public, really, is in a meeting where there
are all Christians. And even there, there has to be an interpreter present to give the meaning of
the tongues. The Holy Spirit will tell the person who is going to use the tongues whether there is
an interpreter present or not. And so, he’ll know whether to speak or not.
But it is vital dear ones, that the tongue is only used in public in a meeting of Christians. So
brothers and sisters, this morning, I don’t know that it’s the Father’s will for us to experience
the use of tongues, you know. Because, really, after this Sunday we’ll be back on what we really
believe God is calling us to do, to explain to the non-Christians what Christianity is about. And so
I trust that there are non-Christians here this morning. And it is not the place to use tongues. It
would just put them off. It certainly put me off the first time I ever heard them. I just thought
they were kooks, and they should be put in an asylum and given basket work to do. And loved ones,
do you see that will always be the effect on dear ones coming into a meeting? And this is not
really a meeting only for Christians. And it’s bad if it ever becomes that, you see.
If there’s a meeting for Christians at all among us, it may be the evening service but really you
would think of more of our weekday fellowships as meetings for Christians, or our meetings in the
home. But even there where there are Christians present there must always be someone to interpret
Now do you see the third place where the tongue is used in Verse 21-22, “In the law it is written,”
that is in the Old Testament, “By men of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak
to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” Now you can see that all
the Jews in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost had that in their minds. And you see that the
languages were a sign to them that this was taking place. “Thus, tongues are a sign not for
believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.” Tongues
are a sign for unbelievers, and that’s the known language.
Some people have gone to a foreign country and have been given a language that was spoken by the
people in that country. I know one instance of a man who went to a hotel in New York. And he was
sitting in the lobby, and he began to speak in a language that he didn’t know to the person beside
him. And the person beside him turned around and said to him in English, “How do you come to know
perfect Arabic?” And the man didn’t know, but he had spoken it by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Now that was a sign to an unbeliever, you see. That was a sign–he could speak Arabic in the Holy
Spirit, but he had never learned it. It was a sign to the unbeliever. But that’s the only reason
and it must be a known language at that time.
Now loved ones, in spite of the time going quickly, I do think that we should be open for at least
two minutes for any questions that you want to share, because this is the last Sunday that we’ll
deal with the basic principles of the Christian faith. And next Sunday God will lead us, I believe,
into again the proclamation of what the Christianity is really about. That’s basically for the
unbeliever. We want a place where you can bring people who aren’t Christians, and where they can
see, not only the Spirit of Jesus, but they can understand what we’re talking about.
Question from audience:
How can you discern between true tongues and untrue tongues or tongues in the flesh?
Reply from Pastor O’Neil:
What brother means is that many people enter into some experience of tongues but they grieve away
the Holy Spirit and they continue on making up tongues. And it’s just meaningless. Or, Buddhists
speak in tongues. So you can obviously speak in tongues guided by other spirits than the Holy
How do you distinguish between them? Only the Holy Spirit, brother. Only the Holy Spirit can
enable you inside to know that this is a real tongue given by the Holy Spirit. You cannot tell by
the outward signs. It’s only by the Holy Spirit himself. He can give you discernment of spirit.
Question from audience:
In a meeting of Christians if one person speaks in tongues can the same person interpret?
Reply from Pastor O’Neil:
Yes. Yes, many times a person has received a message in tongues and they’ve given it first in
tongues and then spoken it. I know a well known hymn that is song today that was given to the
person first in tongues, and then he was given the interpretation of it.
Question from audience:
Is it true that the gifts of the spirit are to mature us in love?
Reply from Pastor O’Neil:
That’s right brother, the gifts of the spirit are unimportant unless they transmit the life of
Jesus. And it is many people’s experience that they have come through a time when they have
ministered in the gifts of the spirit. And then Jesus has brought them to a quieter time when they
have really ministered the life of Jesus, even without the apparent gifts, though obviously, they
were using gifts like discernment and knowledge.
But that’s right brother, I agree with you, the gifts are not important and no end in themselves.
And that’s why Father has led us in the body to try to keep them in the right place: a means of
transmitting the life of Jesus. And that is what we are here for, to transmit the life of Jesus,
not to have fun exercising gifts, or drawing people in curiosity to see gifts ministered.
Question from audience:
What do you say to someone that says the gift of tongues is for everyone and that all Christians
Reply from Pastor O’Neil:
Brother, all I can say is you point to the five instances in the New Testament, because normally,
that kind of person says you’re not baptized with the spirit unless you speak in tongues. You point
to the five instances and you say, “Now you must admit, brother there are two instances of the five
where the people are not recorded as using tongues. And you must admit that Jesus, as far as we
know, did not use tongues.” And so it’s necessary to point to that and then point to known
instances of many of us, brother, that have come into the fullness of the Holy Spirit and have not
Then it’s important to point to the fact that the Holy Spirit distributes to each the gifts that he
wants them to have. And in no case–in fact, it’s the very opposite. If you’d like to look at the
end of 1 Corinthians 12, the exact opposite of that is implied in Verse 29. “Are all apostles? Are
all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all
speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” And the answer in the Greek–you can tell by the form of
the question in the Greek that the answer expected is, “No. Of course everybody is not an apostle.
Everybody has not the gift of healing. Everybody has not the gift of tongues.”
But of course, brother, the distinction they make is that tongues is a sign of the baptism of the
Holy Spirit. But the other takes care, even of that. And it’s still he’s just saying, “Yes, yes
certainly tongues are great. I want you all to speak in tongues if you want but I want you to
prophesy.” And it is interesting, dear ones, that, while we should not quench the spirit, and we
should not teach against tongues, yet it’s interesting Paul spends so much time giving cautions
about it, isn’t it? And so we need to walk gently and carefully there.
Well dear ones, I know there are many questions but I would trust the Holy Spirit to interpret these
things to you.
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