being led by the Spirit

April 2016 (30)

1 Corinthians 12:1-3

1Co 12:1 But I do not want you to miss my answers to your questions about spiritual matters.
1Co 12:2 You are aware of the fact that back when you were Gentiles, no matter which way you were led, you were being diverted towards mute idols.
1Co 12:3 This is the reason I am informing you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

being led by the Spirit

Up until this point, all the issues Paul had addressed were what he considered pragmata — issues like lawsuits and unity and wisdom, and Paul’s defense of his own ministry tactics. But now he makes a major shift in his instruction, and tackles questions that have more to do with the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the believers in Corinth. These issues are the pneumatikoi. It looks as if someone had asked Paul to clarify how one can know for sure that a message proclaimed is really from the Holy Spirit, or merely the result of human imagination.

Paul’s answer is for the Corinthians to look at where that message will lead you. He reminds the Corinthians that before they joined the Christian community, they were Gentiles, and were consistently led to idolatry. So, they know what it is like to take the wrong road. When someone claims to be speaking by means of the Holy Spirit, the only way they will know whether that is true or not is to examine the intended results of what they are saying. Will following their message glorify Christ as Lord, or curse him as a deceiver? In other words, does their message correspond to the person and message of Christ himself? The Spirit will never lead you where Christ is not Lord.

LORD, give us the capacity to stay on the right road, and not be diverted from your gospel and your glory.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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1 Response to being led by the Spirit

  1. Lionel Djito says:

    Thank you for this wonderful message!

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