Outpouring of the Spirit
Sermon shared by Einar Kristoffersen
Summary: The true Spirit
Audience: General adults
Do you see that it is Jesus who gives The Holy Spirit, His Spirit, to whom He wants; - you shall not seek the Spirit in a certain way, but you shall seek Jesus, where He is revealed, in the Word, then you shall receive the Spirit, and everything else that you need. But listen, - not to become anything special in your own eyes or anybody else’s eyes, but to be preserved by Him, and capable to serve others.
We have this sad tendency to seek the extraordinary; it gives us a buss, the mystical and odd. Like an old bible teacher expresses: Only a strange animal pulls people to the market place, - but how many are interested to hear about sin and grace? – About God’s salvation? – About Jesus Christ’ sacrifice and love?
When we are on the subject about his certain gift of the Spirit, we shall also mention it’s first and foremost function, exactly to edify the one who already has it. A pretty introspective gift you could say, but it is pretty useful like that, because we cannot go into this fight without getting guided and strengthened from above, so please ask God for this gift; - but as Paul says: “For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.”
Paul was busy as you can see, by what which really profited the kingdom of God, God’s case, and not what was evidently extraordinary, - on account of that he puts speaking in tongues way down, and not out there visible, as we so often see examples on. I want to recommend you to grab a bible word book and look up the word: tongues.
But Paul says about it: “I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all; however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.”
Even though he do not put this as the first and foremost gift of them all, as many of us do, he does not put aside, which some of us do, but he is rather thanking God for speaking more in tongues than any of them! Everything I have quoted now you can read about in 1 Cor. 14.
What this wonder on the Day of Pentecost has to point out for us, is that we have a Father in heaven, who has not spared anything, so that exactly you should hear the Gospel being preached! – So that you would hear about your savior in your own language! It is the Spirit’s
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