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MESSAGE FOR 11-26-2022 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER TWELVE

DIVERSITIES OF GIFTS WITHIN THE BODY OF CHRIST

The book of 1Corinthians is an epistle (letter) from the apostle Paul written to members of the Body of Christ who resided in Corinth. Paul also includes Sosthenes, a brother in Christ, with his salutation. Sosthenes was from this area of Greece, part of the Roman province of Achaia. As we read in verses two and three: Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. It is important to realize the true Church is not represented by worldly, man-made, tax-exempt organizations such as Lutheran, Anglican, Baptist, Protestant, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, Evangelical, etcetera. You will notice these names are not listed in the Holy Bible because they are from man and not ALMIGHTY GOD! The true Church is simply, the Body of Christ, those who work together in unity with the common goal to serve and lift up JESUS CHRIST, being led by The HOLY SPIRIT, to bring all glory to ALMIGHTY GOD. Those who are saved are called the saints, not the fake saints that the pagan cult of Catholicism attempts to “canonize”. This Catholic practice is witchcraft and idolatry in the eyes of ALMIGHTY GOD and has nothing to do with His Holy Word. The book of 1Corinthians is comprised of sixteen chapters and contains instruction, warnings, and encouragement for not only the Body of Christ back then, but for everyone today. This is why ALMIGHTY GOD makes His Word accessible to everyone folks, because it is the only book in this entire world that can benefit us for eternity and the only book completely inspired by The HOLY SPIRIT, our only true source of wisdom. CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING VIDEO:  THE TRUE CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST – YouTube
Paul discusses the diversities of spiritual gifts that are given by ALMIGHTY GOD to each member of The Body of Christ. He encourages each brother and sister in Christ by reminding them they were once unsaved, considered Gentiles, being led astray by the ways of the heathen. We read in verse two: Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Many people today take the word “dumb” out of context. In this example of “dumb idols”, the apostle Paul condemns the pagan practice of idolatry when the heathen worshipped (still do today) many false gods, statues and graven images made of glass, wood, stone, gold, etcetera which cannot speak, because they are just that, “false gods”.  The Body of Christ is reminded how far they have come within their spiritual walk, turning away from idolatry, and Paul encourages them to continue moving forward in this way. We read in verse three: Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 
INDEED! If a person continues to speak the name of GOD The FATHER, GOD The SON, or GOD The HOLY GHOST in vain, they are certainly not filled with the HOLY SPIRIT! Once we are saved, we are indwelt with The HOLY SPIRIT and would surely be convicted to even consider uttering such blasphemy out of our mouths, let alone actually speak it out loud! The HOLY SPIRIT is our Counselor who provides us the only true wisdom that exists, because any “wisdom” from man is considered foolishness to ALMIGHTY GOD (1Corinthians 3:19). Paul exhorts The Body of Christ by letting them know it is The HOLY SPIRIT who brought them conviction once they believed on JESUS CHRIST, repented, and turned from their sins (including the ways of the heathen) to become members of the true church (servants of JESUS CHRIST).
In the book of Matthew, we read the account of JESUS CHRIST asking His apostles, …”Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” The apostle Peter responds, …”Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”. In Matthew 16:17 GOD’S WORD STATES: And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. We also read in the book of 1John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. We are warned that many antichrist spirits are in the world today (1John 2:18), and this is one prime example of a person operating in that demonic presence, by their free will choice! Many folks proclaim themselves to be atheists, many of them mock JESUS CHRIST, or outright deny that He is indeed The SON of GOD. Of course, we know during the tribulation period that THE antichrist will walk onto the world stage, fully equipped by Satan. Everyone else who rejects JESUS CHRIST is actually walking in this antichrist spirit by directly or indirectly following their flesh and the world system, hence the prince of this world, who is Satan.
Sadly enough, there are many “Christians” who publicly pray “in his name” instead of praying “IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST” because they are more concerned about offending man instead of offending JESUS CHRIST! There are so-called “Christian” recording artists who never acknowledge JESUS CHRIST in their songs because they are more concerned about making money. I present this question: Are these people truly saved and servants of JESUS CHRIST? Why are they ashamed to speak the Name of JESUS CHRIST? In the book of Luke 9:26 JESUS CHRIST STATES: For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.  Another example of this antichrist spirit would be with the Muslim belief, who acknowledge JESUS CHRIST but claim He is nothing but a prophet, and NOT GOD MADE FLESH. Why? Because they are deceived and believe in a “false god” named allah, instead of ALMIGHTY GOD! These people need prayer, just like everyone who is unsaved and being led astray by false beliefs.
Paul instructs the church in Corinth about the diversities of gifts within The Body of Christ. He emphasizes that despite the fact each person is gifted with a different talent they are all serving ALMIGHTY GOD. We read in verse five: And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. AMEN! The LORD GOD equips each member of The Body of Christ with their individual talents, whether the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, just to name a few. All of these gifts are given by the manifestation of The HOLY SPIRIT and is nothing that the person can accomplish on their own, but through ALMIGHTY GOD, to bring Him all the glory. One example would be The LORD’S Divine Plan for authority positions within the true church, which we find in the book of Ephesians. In Ephesians 4:11-12 GOD’S WORD STATES: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
No one office or gift is to be lifted up above another for that is the beauty of The LORD’S Divine Plan, for each member of The Body of Christ to work together, operating in their individual calling through the guidance of The HOLY SPIRIT. This is what brings unity to the true Church, lifts up JESUS CHRIST, and brings all glory to The FATHER. We read in verse twelve: For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. Paul continues with verse thirteen: For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. Paul is speaking bond or free because He was under the bonds of the pagan Roman empire, kept in chains because they were offended and threatened by his preaching of JESUS CHRIST. This of course happened with many of the disciples of JESUS CHRIST. 
Once a person is saved and serving JESUS CHRIST, they are considered part of His Body. The Jews are the chosen nation of ALMIGHTY GOD because JESUS CHRIST is in that lineage, which begins with Abraham (Abram), continues with Isaac, and ends with JESUS CHRIST, the Word made flesh who dwelt among us (John 1:14). Once we are saved, we are no longer considered Gentiles and are grafted into the family of ALMIGHTY GOD. Once JESUS CHRIST shed His precious blood, died on the cross, and arose on the third day, we all have the same opportunity to freely choose JESUS CHRIST. Now, there is no spiritual difference between Jew and Gentile in the eyes of ALMIGHTY GOD once we are saved.
This means the entire Body of Christ is considered to be one Body. No individual person is lifted up or respected above another, as the apostate “church” continues to practice today. In the book of Galatians 3:16 GOD’S WORD STATES: Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. INDEED! JESUS CHRIST is our example folks. We are to follow His ways, including being baptized (fully immersed in the water) just as JESUS CHRIST was baptized, if we are to be a part of His Body. In the book of Mark 16:16 JESUS CHRIST STATES: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 
Once we are saved, what is our responsibility as a servant of JESUS CHRIST? To be obedient to ALMIGHTY GOD and trust in His HOLY SPIRIT, not man. To lift up JESUS CHRIST and not be ashamed of Him, to encourage fellow members of The Body of Christ, and to fully operate within the gifts that The HOLY SPIRIT has equipped us to carry out. We read in verse eighteen: But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. Paul continues with verses nineteen and twenty: And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. Just as in the natural, our physical bodies are created with many organs and systems working together, so spiritually, The Body of Christ should be striving together in the same manner.
We read in verses twenty-two and twenty-three: Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comelinessThis means when a brother or sister in Christ is suffering in some way through spiritual weakness, we should encourage them, as The LORD leads us, and pray for their healing and deliverance. The world system programs people to believe if a person has a mental or physical weakness, they are somehow less desirable than a physically or mentally strong and healthy person. That person tends to be isolated and looked upon as “different”. This is not how we as The Body of Christ should be treating our fellow members. When it comes to the spiritual, we should be focused on avoidance of strife and division within The Body of Christ. We read in verses twenty-five and twenty-six: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. There are countless numbers of persecuted Christians throughout the world right now who are suffering in prison, being tortured, having their finances and livelihoods taken from them because they follow JESUS CHRIST. We as fellow Christians should be praying for them. When a brother or sister in Christ is blessed by ALMIGHTY GOD, we should be rejoicing with them, not begrudging them and displaying jealousy. 
There should never be division within the true Body of Christ folks. This does nothing but pollute the true Church and pervert the Divine Plan of ALMIGHTY GOD. Why do you think The Body of Christ is mocked by celebrities and the entire world system? Because of the ongoing division within what is called the church today! So many different ideas, agendas, false doctrines, listening to other men instead of relying on The HOLY SPIRIT, focused on wealth and being idolized, instead of lifting up JESUS CHRIST. I recently read about a so-called “Christian” church in Kentucky who introduced the abomination of “drag queen story hour” into their agenda. THIS IS ONE OF MANY EXAMPLES OF SCHISM WITHIN THE BODY OF CHRIST! Does this perversion please ALMIGHTY GOD? CERTAINLY NOT!
On a personal note, my husband and I also experienced hypocrisy and prejudice within the “church” because my husband happens to be black, and I am white.  Again, this is not operating in the Divine Plan of ALMIGHTY GOD.
We read in verse twenty-seven: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. AMEN! If we stay focused on what plans The LORD GOD has for each of us, we will not be distracted by meddling with whatever The LORD has planned for our brothers and sisters in Christ. This matter should be between that person within the true church and The LORD GOD. Our responsibility is to do our part, not covet someone else’s gifts, and desire and appreciate our own gifts given to us from The HOLY SPIRIT, while encouraging one another through the will of The FATHER. In the book of John we read the account of Peter conversing with the risen CHRIST and Peter questions LORD JESUS regarding another apostle. We read in John 21:21-22 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. 
In the book of Ephesians 5:30 GOD’S WORD STATES: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. What a beautiful plan ALMIGHTY GOD has created for those who are saved and serving JESUS CHRIST! For those of you who are not saved and reading this message, it is time for you to consider your eternal future and realize without being a part of the true Body of Christ, you are condemned. 
Just as The HOLY SPIRIT equipped the apostle Paul to share this powerful message back then, so The LORD GOD is encouraging and warning everyone today. Our time on this earth is short and we all need to know that we are truly saved. I pray this message has blessed you and inspires you to call on the Name of The LORD today, if you have not done so already. NEED A BIBLE? Click on the “Bibles” tab, request one, and it would be my privilege to send you one. MAY THE LORD GOD CONTINUE TO RICHLY BLESS YOU! 

 

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