This study covers the Word of Wisdom.
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Gifts, Ministries and Operations in the Body of Christ
A short summary of what was discussed so far:
All scripture contained in the Bible is “dark sayings” to the natural mind when it comes to the hidden spiritual things behind the letter;
The natural mind has no other option but to pervert and distort the Word of God to fit into its own domain;
The natural mind cannot see how all of God’s word is lived by because of the limitations in its own perceptions of space and time;
The gifts, ministries and operations are spiritually functional in an undivided body of Christ as the Head, Jesus determines;
The body analogy is used by God to help us to understand the mystery of how different members can work in unison to save, to protect, to heal, to preserve, to do well, to be whole among others aspects. In the natural world there is nothing more appropriate to explain unity than our own physical body. As one part gives, the others receive. Those who receive will become the givers again – it exposes a beautiful and loving Godly reciprocal and correlative relationship;
To be part of this body of Christ is a non-negotiable process for all which God instituted and entry is only through the door, Jesus Christ, and that takes place when the Father decides;
Entry is by “baptism” into His way of thinking which necessitates a painful shedding or losing the natural way of thinking of first man Adam – this is where the battle in the “heavens” is raging since the first man Adam became aware of his temporal status. These all are important to see because every step is necessary in the process of creating humanity “in the image of the Elohim”:
Gen 1:27 CLV And creating is the Elohim humanity in His image. In the image of the Elohim He creates it. Male and female He creates them.
1Co 12:4-7 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 works all in all. 1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
Nine “diversities of gifts” are distinguished:
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:
The word of wisdom:
“For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom”. We already know that there is only ONE spirit, and that spirit is “the words that I [Jesus] speak”:
Joh 6:63 It is the Spirit that makes alive, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life.
If this important truth is not received, nothing else coming from that ONE spirit can be received as truth. So the “word of wisdom” relates only to this ONE spirit that “gives” it – the Word of God. In other words – this “word of wisdom” has nothing to do with anything which a natural mind can conceive or receive, and it has nothing to do with being spooky or “hocus pocus”:
1Co 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
This “wisdom” relates only to the Word written down for our learning which is able to thoroughly furnish or equip us unto all good works:
Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
There are many perversions out there in spiritual Babylon and we all encountered them in one way or another. The only thing which distinguishes the true “word of wisdom” from all the false versions out there is “not to go beyond the things which are written”:
1Co 4:6 ASV Now these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye might learn not to go beyond the things which are written; that no one of you be puffed up for the one against the other.
When Jesus was in the flesh He always spoke the words of the Father:
Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
God’s spirit is found in His Son who is God’s Word being “spoken unto us”– that includes all “the wisdom of God” we need to know in this age:
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
The “word of wisdom” is “the wisdom of God” and it is given to us by “the foolishness of preaching” (and teaching):
1Co 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
No truthful preaching or teaching is possible without the gift called the “word of wisdom”. This gift also has an effect in those who can “hear”:
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Preaching and teaching does not only have a verbal side, however, but also has to do with our daily dealings (our deeds) with people (family, friends, colleagues, etc.):
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
The root for the word “wisdom” in the Greek means to be clear, considerate, meek, discreet and thoughtful in the way we live in relation to what we preach and teach and this is the way James, among others, wrote these truths:
Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
The Word of God (preached, taught and received) affects our daily lives for others to witness – it is the ‘demonstration of the spirit and of power’ when it is backed by our lifestyle:
1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: