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Gifts, Ministries, and Operations Part 04- Word of Knowledge

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April 14th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Gifts Ministries and Operations, Larry Groenewald, Mike Vinson, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

This study covers the Word of Knowledge.

By Larry Groenewald and Mike Vinson
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Summary of the word of wisdom we discussed in part 3
The focus of the paper “Gifts, ministries and operations in the body of Christ” (http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Gifts_ministries.php) is found in 1Cor 12:

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:
This gift tops the list in 1Cor 12 because without this gift no-one will be able to understand how it is possible to live by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God:

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

We already know that there is only ONE spirit, and Jesus is clear on this:

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.

The “word of wisdom” therefore 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 (1Cor 2:14).

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.

God’s Word includes all the wisdom of God we need to know and this Word is able to thoroughly furnish or equip us unto all good (spiritual) works:

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.

No truthful preaching and teaching is possible without the word of wisdom, and this gift also has an effect on the daily interactions with people and situations God brings to those who can receive it. The root for the word “wisdom” in the Greek means to be clear, considerate, meek, discreet and thoughtful in the way we live – it is the ‘demonstration of the spirit and of power’ when what we say is backed by our lifestyle (James 3:13; 3:17; Col 3:17; 1Cor 2:4).

Part 4: The word of knowledge

2Pe 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge (G1922) of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge (G1922) of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

The Greek word in these two verses is epignōsis (Strong’s # G1922) which has a root called “ginōskō” (G1097). This refers to very intimate “knowledge” – like a husband “knowing” or sharing with his wife in this sense:

Gen 4:1 And Adam knew (H3045: yâda; G1097 ABP+) Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

The Hebrew word “yada” also carries with it the idea of teaching or giving instruction:

Psa 90:12 So teach (H3045: yâda) us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Pro 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach (H3045: yâda) a just man, and he will increase in learning.

The spiritual gift of “the word of knowledge” only has to do with the preaching (or teaching) of the Word of God and nothing outside “the things which are written” are worth taking note of (especially those who speak from their own fertile imagination):

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.

This word of knowledge is necessary to “impregnate” spiritual life on a continuous basis:

1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Knowledge of ‘the only true God and Jesus Christ’ is the spiritual ‘seed’ that impregnates His elect in this age that they may be conscious that they have ‘aionios life’. Without this ‘incorruptible seed’ no one can have spiritual life or grow spiritually:

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal (Greek: “aionios”), that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1Jn 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know [being conscious] that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

The “word of knowledge” is the “sharing of love or life” with those who are trustworthy to receive and then to teach others also:

2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men [Greek: “anthrōpos” – male or female], who shall be able to teach others also.

There is, however, knowledge that puffs up and has a selfish carnal nature. This knowledge produces no Godly intimacy or spiritual life in the person. Judas, the traitor of Christ, (and all the disciples at that stage) is a type of having knowledge without the inward spiritual conversion. No loving and caring relationship is possible when one is puffed up with (academic) knowledge without an inward conversion (intimacy):

1Co 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

Tit 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

The mind of Christ is what gives us this revelation knowledge (the capacity to understand spiritual matters) and that only comes from the Father:

Mat 16:17 Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

1Jn 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

For more information on this topic use these links:
Knowledge Part 1 Audio
Knowledge Part 2 Audio

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