Hebrews 4: 2.
“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.“
How much of the Word have we heard preached, that hasn’t profited us?
For many of us, the measure of Faith we received, has brought us Salvation, and not much else.
We desire to believe God’s love transforms us, supplies our needs, heals and makes us whole. That He makes us better people.
Is that what the world sees? Better People?
Are we really different? Do we show God’s love? Do they see Jesus, in our lives?
In Matthew 25, we have the parables of the Talents. When He left, the Master gave so many Talents, to each man, to make profitable transactions.
To those who made a prophet He gave more. The man who buried the one Talent, was cast into outer darkness.
We have a Master that has gone to a far country. He has left us, His Church Talents, and He expects us to make profitable transactions for Him.
Have we done that? Is He expecting financial profit? I don’t think so. He wants us to build His Church.
The Church, is not built with money, but by His Spirit. The Talents He left the Church is the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit has given us the Ministry Gifts;
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:“
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.“
These Gifts are for building His Church, and we have many Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Apostles, Exhortors, Givers, Rulers, even a few Prophets, and as a Church, we Love and at times Show Mercy.
All of these Gifts, can be done to greater or lesser extent, by our Natural Man. That is why so many Churches, do not seem to grow.
We are given the people we are able to train, and are responsible for their growth.
The Holy Spirit gives more Gifts, to Whoso-ever will, receive and invest them.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
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:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.“
The Spirit divides to everyman as He will.
Some claim, He hasn’t Given them any of these Gifts. Please reread the book of Acts, and explain to me the meaning of the Word ALL.
Do not confuse the Gift of Tongues and Intepretation with the Prayer Language given to those who came later and had not heard of the Holy spirit. We may not Speak or Interpret in Church, but the Prayer language is available to all. Just Ask.
Rightly Devide the Word of Truth. In Acts and 1 Corinthians 12-14.
Believe the Word, OVER CHURCH DOCTRINE AND TEACHINGS. There are many Unbelieving, Believers.
Study for yourself.
If I can be of assistance, Please Ask. I receive nothing from this, except to see a Church that is alive and growing. Amen