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Summary: Today, the power gifts remain available as a part of God’s plan for His church, and are increasingly being manifested within the ’Body of Christ’ around the world. They are given to the body of Christ as valuable helps to accomplish works of ministry.

Manifestation ~ Prophecy is the voice that God has lent to the silent agony, a voice to the plundered poor, to the profane riches of the world. It is a form of living, a crossing point of God and man. God is raging in the prophet’s words. A prophet is inspired by God through the Holy Spirit to deliver a message for a specific purpose. It is often associated with predicting future events, but in Biblical terms it is wider and can include those given the power to preach repentance to those who do not want to hear the message and to warn of God’s wrath for disobedience. God’s calling as a prophet is not considered to elevate an individual for their glory, but for the glory of God and to turn people to him. Another purpose of prophesying is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 14: 31 which says, ‘For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.’

7. Discerning of spirits

OT ~ more related to angelic or demonic forces. [Saul being attacked by a demonic spirit, Help delayed to Joshua and the Israelites due to the warrior angel being delayed on the way because of the evil forces]

NT ~ evidence of Godly and demonic spirits [Evil spirits driven into the swine’s which drowned in the water]

Manifestation ~ Charismatics consider it to be a spiritual gift that supernaturally enables a Christian believer to distinguish between holy and unholy spirits through the power of the Holy Spirit. This gift is thought to be especially necessary in instances when individuals may need to be delivered or healed of Demonic possession. In today’s world, people are led astray by complacency and temptation to live only for and in this world {see Gospel of Matthew 25:29}. Again, most do not realize the spiritual warfare going on all around and within them. Ephesians 6: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The truth here seems to say we fight against spiritual evil not against each other although the evil spirits love to confuse us to war against each other. In 1 John 4: 1 it tells us to test every spirit because of many false prophets.

Illustration: Spiritual warfare; sinful bondage; places or individuals under the influence of Godly or demonic spirits.

8. Speaking in Tongues [used interchangeably with languages in the Bible]

OT ~ starts at the tower of Babel in Genesis [God used it to cause confusion as man had rebelled]

NT ~ shows up again in Acts 2 [God used it to bring all races, nations, ethnicities etc together]

Manifestation ~ The Apostle Paul instructed the church in Corinth about speaking in tongues in his discussion of the gifts of the Spirit in a letter to them. His purpose was to encourage them to value the gift, but not too highly; to practice it, but not abuse it. In the letter, Paul commands church brethren, "Do not forbid to speak in tongues" (1 Corinthians 14:39), while warning them that "all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner" He further expresses his wishes that those to whom he wrote "all spoke with tongues" (1 Corinthians 14:5) and claims himself to speak with tongues more than all of the church at Corinth combined ("I thank God I speak with tongues more than you all" 1 Corinthians 14:18). At the same time he argues that not everyone can speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:29) and discourages simultaneous speaking in tongues directed at people rather than God, lest unbelievers should think that the assembled believers were "mad" (1 Corinthians 14:23, 27). Tongues, says Paul, is speaking to God, rather than men ("in the Spirit he speaks mysteries" (1 Corinthians 14:2)). Paul claims that tongues-speaking edifies the person speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:4), that it is the action of a praying tongues-speaker’s spirit (as opposed his or her understanding, see 1 Corinthians 14:14), and that praying in tongues serves both to bless God as well as to give thanks (1 Corinthians 14:16-17). However, he also expressed a preference for prophecy over tongues-speaking, unless [a tongues-speaker] interprets, so that the church may be edified (1 Corinthians 14:5). Paul also gave instructions that unless there was an interpreter of tongues present, believers should avoid directing their tongues toward other believers, and instead speak only to themselves and to God (1 Corinthians 14:27-28). In 1 Corinthians 14: 22 some assume that tongues are "a sign for unbelievers that they might believe", and so advocate it as a means of evangelism. Others point out that Paul quotes Isaiah to show that "when God speaks to people in language they cannot understand, it is quite evidently a sign of God’s judgment"; so if unbelievers are baffled by a church service they cannot understand because tongues are spoken without being interpreted, that is a "sign of God’s attitude", "a sign of judgment". Some even go to the extent of having only one tongue / language ~ which one is appropriate? Why or why not English? Obviously people making animal like sounds doesn’t line up with scripture and therefore we can be assured that practice of such articulation is ungodly or to be precise ~ demonic.

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