Spiritual Life and Spiritual Gifts « PDF « Downloads
|Date posted||August 13, 2010|
|Categories||PDF, G W North, English|
In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul authoritatively sets out much truth about the Spiritual Man.
The apostle’s finest treatise upon the gifts of the Spirit and their function in the Church is written here, lovingly spoken of in chapters 12, 13 and 14, and related to worship and Church order.
Reading this section with the phrase, ‘now concerning (the) spirituals brethren I would not have you ignorant’, he ends it with, ‘let all things be done decently and in order’. Challenging them to test their spirituality by their response to these commandments of the Lord (1 Corinthians 14:37) he leaves the Corinthians no alternative but to believe that they were absolutely ignorant if they did not acknowledge divine authorship and authority for the statements they were reading. This strong approach and outright challenge was necessary at that time because the church was no longer spiritual, but carnal.
First published 1976. Revised 1978. Copyright © 1989 G.W.North.