L. A. Marzulli
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit [of all]:
1 Corinthians 12: 10 to another the working of miracles…
We have been looking at the gifts of the spirit as listed in, 1 Corinthians 12. This is a controversial passage in that some in the church believe these gifts are still in operation while others insist they are not. I want to make one point very clear, I’m not trying to twist anyones arm in believing as I do. However, as I discussed a few weeks ago, one of the first gifts listed is this:
for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit,
Who amongst us is wise enough NOT to ask for wisdom? I would venture most of us have asked for wisdom in dealing with the situations life throws at us. How can we argue that a loving God would NOT give us wisdom when we ask for it? If we believe the Holy Spirit is dwelling on the earth, and in every believer, as scripture tells us He does when we are born again, then shouldn’t we expect to see the gifts we have been discussing manifest in our lives?
We often hear stories from missionaries, in far away lands who experience the gift of miracles. A friend of mine was on a mission trip in the Philippines. There were thousands of people gathered together and hundreds came to the Lord, which when we think about it is a miracle in itself, as the human heart resists yielding to the spirit of the living God. He was in the front praying with people when a woman came to him with her daughter gathered on her back. She literally dumped her daughter on the stage and my friend saw her twisted legs. The young woman had been crippled from birth. Think about it, this is a mother who has had the faith to walk who knows how many miles believing her daughter is going to be made well.
My friend put his hands on the woman’s legs and began to pray. He told me he could literally feel the bones moving beneath his hands and it startled him. The gift of miracles was in operation and my friend became part of it. The woman’s legs were made whole and she walked unassisted for the first time in her life.
For those of us who are wary of the gifts, how can we argue with this? I asked my friend if he felt anything, like the power of God move on him and he replied, he didn’t feel anything, he just prayed and the Holy Spirit moved.
We serve a loving God who sent His son to save, heal and deliver us, not only from sin and death, but sometimes from the diseases which cripple us. The other side of the coin is this. All of us have prayed for loved ones who are sick or perhaps dying of cancer at an early age. We pray and nothing happens. I have no easy answer for that. I don’t understand why God moves in one case and not in another.
In closing todays Bun: As we shall see as we move on through this chapter, the greatest of these gifts is love. The comment section is sometimes a great example of how NOT to show love to one another. We’ve had remarks from non-Christians who come here and are amazed at the conflict they see raging in the comment section. May I suggest we think before we write? There is a saying that Christians conduct their firing squads in a circle. Having been in the church for almost 33 years, I can attest to this dismal fact. Before Jesus went to the cross He admonished His disciples to love one another. Do we heed these words? I could argue the gift of miracles could be seen in operation on this Blog, if the comment section reflected the love of God. Blessings to all.