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The Gift of Faith
2/10/2016

Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3 (NKJV)

It may seem simple to say, “Jesus is Lord,” but there is much to learn within the pages of Scripture about this statement.  The apostle Paul said, “…no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:3), which means that all who say this must be led by the Holy Spirit.  But it doesn’t necessarily mean they are children of God.  We can see Jesus clearly saying, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven…” (Matt. 7:21). 

Now obviously any person can say the words, “Jesus is Lord,” but not every person does it with a sincere heart, or with the understanding of what it truly means—this can only be done by the leading of the Spirit of God.   The word Lord used by the apostle Paul here in 1 Corinthians 12:3 is from the Greek word, kurios, (pronounced koo´-ree-os), and it refers to supremacy in authority.  It is the regular means within the New Testament to translate the Old Testament name for God – Yahweh.  

This is interesting when we see this statement within the context of these scriptures here in 1 Corinthians 12. Paul had just said, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant…” Paul then directly follows this by sharing the greatest spiritual gift of all—the ability to say, “Jesus is Lord,” or as the Greek word, kurios says, God.  It is only by the gift of the Holy Spirit that we can truly confess Jesus as God. 

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)

Why is this so important?  Because the same thing that was happening here in Corinth approximately 2,000 years ago, is still happening today.  Satan is attacking the absolute truth of the deity of Jesus Christ in an attempt to make Him less than who He really is.  He knows the power is in the truth of God (John 8:32), and so if he can get us to believe this great lie, we will be powerless. 

As Christian men and women, every one of us have been given spiritual gifts from God—the greatest being the gift of faith to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Every other gift will stem from our belief in this truth.  Our understanding this should have an enormous impact upon our lives, as it is paramount to our accomplishing the great commission (Matt. 28:19; cf. 1 Cor. 15:1-4), and the great commandment (Matt. 22:36-40) given to us by God. The Spirit of God will always glorify and promote Jesus.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, who gives us the ability to confess Jesus as Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you believe that Jesus is God?  Have you confessed this before man?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Choose to be faithful to share Jesus in a loving way with others.  

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for sending someone into my life to share Jesus with me.  Show me who to share Him with today, and give me the opportunity and boldness to be a good witness of His truth and love.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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