Summary: A look at Paul, Spiritual Gifts and the Church.

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Who was Paul? We all know the story about Saul and His transformation into The Apostil Paul, but who was He really? Act 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

Paul was a product of the Jewish diaspora and was born in the Cilician city of Tarsus in Asia Minor; unlike all the other earliest followers of Christianity, he was not a native of Palestine. As a citizen of Tarsus he was also officially a citizen of Rome. Raised in Greek culture and fluent in Greek. He was, however, also a member of the Pharisees, a zealous group of Jews that focused rigorously on Jewish Law and the strict adherence to that law. Many ministers say the gifts of the spirit were meant only for the early church and specifically for only the Jews. But as you see here, the mission of the Apostil Paul was to reach out to the gentile race. So the Idea that spiritual gifts were only meant for the Jews is a mistake. Their concept of who Paul was is partly mistaken. Paul taught the spiritual {things} gifts to the gentiles because the Jews rejected the word of God. The gentiles were then, as we are today, more receptive to change and enlightenment. We desire the things of God. The biggest problem today, is that many ministers have given up on the concept of being able to receive any gifts from God. As they believe this, therefore they teach this and many others fall into the same unbelief, which to me is a shame, that the gifts of God are unused in times of great distress and tribulations. The gifts of the spirit are free to all men, Jew or gentile, according to their faith, that these things are readily available, to all who believe. If we are to believe that spiritual gifts are no longer offered, {remember these are of the spirit} does that also mean that the Armour of God {which is Spiritual in Nature} is also unavailable? Many are teaching that we no longer can talk to God or receive a reply; gifts are being labeled as a thing of the past. If then what they are teaching is true, then how can we even pray to God, thru, Jesus, and expect our prayers to be answered. Doesn’t communication, even in the natural world, take place only where two or more people are involved? That which is flesh is flesh and that which is spirit is spirit. Read the following closely, Author 1Co 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,{who was Paul teaching?}

1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

1Co 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

1Co 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

1Co 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

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