1 Cor. 12:4-11 Word of Wisdom & Word of Knowledge.
A) We began by noting that Paul said that he didn’t want us to be ignorant-3 fold definition of that word IGNORANT
B) 1st Don’t ignore – Don’t say that they don’t exist Don’t say not for today-abuses (Paul’s approach w/Corinth – here is how they function)
2nd Don’t be unaware – Don’t be UNAWARE Instead need to understand – purpose function -
1) What they are & how they are to work (not free for all)
3rd Need to have a working Knowledge – Knowledge by experience –
1)Need to be active!!!!
Then we also noted in verses 4-6 that there is a Diversity within the Gifts
A)There are different gifts – they are not all the same / VARIETY VARIOUS KINDS
B)There are different ministries or operations of those gifts – not going to work the same way all the time.
1) Work differently in different situations as we will see tonight
C) And there are Different activities or expressions of those gifts because the Vessels that God uses are Different.
1) Example in teaching of Gayle Erwin & Pastor Chuck – same gift
A)The word MANIFESTATION = a shining forth, an expression.
C) SO Spiritual gifts are in reality a shining forth of the Holy Spirit.
D)They are an expression NOT of man’s ability but an expression of the person and power of the Holy Spirit.
A) The OXFORD dictionary defines manifestation as: to show plainly to the eye or mind.
B) Interesting because the Holy Spirit is always with us and we gather together in His name. He is here in our midst ( 2 or more…)
1) But He is clearly revealed to the senses through the gifts of the Spirit.
A) Given to Bless / Build up the body of Christ
C) Then we talked about how we were to Desire the Best gifts – Best gift was relative term – the one that best fits the need at hand
D) Tonight we want to begin to look at the gifts –
A) Definition Of the Gift Seen in OT / Seen in NT / Seen in the Church setting seen in individual setting – (well rounded perspective.)
B) 1st THE WORD OF WISDOM 1 Corinthians 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom.
C) Before we define what a word of wisdom is – we should note that There is a difference between KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM.
A) KNOWLEDGE has to do with FACTS while WISDOM tells you what to do with those facts. Wisdom is the Application of Knowledge.
QUOTE: Myer Pearlman (One of the early Pentecostal movement’s finest Bible expositors) - “Knowledge is insight into Divine things, and Wisdom is the skill which regulates Christian life according to its foundation principles.”
Aa) So Wisdom is the power of rightly using knowledge. Wisdom is application of knowledge.
B) That is why these gifts often work in conjunction with each other.
C) So the gift of the word of wisdom is NOT a vast reservoir of wisdom that God gives to you that you can draw upon at will.
D) It is an anointing of the Spirit that comes upon you in time of need giving to you the wisdom to rightly apply knowledge in a given situation.
1) It is supernatural wisdom given in a certain situation / something that didn’t come from you – (something you studied)
D) And as we look at the Biblical examples of the Word Of Wisdom, we see that it is a timely word that is spoken which defuses tension, resolves an issue, or settles differences.
1st The Word Of Wisdom In The Old Testament
A) CLASSIC ILLUSTRATION IN THE LIFE OF SOLOMON -
B) This man who had received wisdom from God above any other man that ever lived
1) But in 1 Kings 3 we see a situation that took place in his life / where a word of Wisdom was in operation
C) Problem: Two women came to Solomon claiming to be the mother of the same child.
1) Both had babies- one rolled over in night suffocated her baby – took the other woman’s
D) Dispute – Mine / no she stole it / - Solomon responded by saying, “Bring me a sword – cut baby in two
1) False mom said, “Great-Divide him” / But the real mom said, “No!
Let her have the baby.
E) Now this was a word of wisdom – I don’t care how smart a person is, we just don’t come up with things like this
1) What if it didn’t work? What if they both said – OK!!! I take top half
F) POINT God’s Wisdom always works!!!!!!
2nd THE WORD OF WISDOM IN THE NT (Turn to Acts 15
A) In Acts 15 a problem had arisen among the believers in Antioch because of certain men who had come from Jerusalem that were legalistic Jews.
B) They saw the liberties that the Gentile believers had in Jesus.
1) They told the believers in Antioch that they could NOT be saved unless they were circumcised.
C) These guys represented themselves as official representatives of the Church in Jerusalem.
1) So Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem to meet with all of the
elders & settle this issue once and for all.
D) Now This was a very sticky problem. It was a very DIVISIVE issue in the Church. There was some heavy discussions -
E) Paul, being the champion of Grace, said that you did NOT have to keep the Mosaic Law to be saved,/ others insisted must keep the law ….saved
F) This dispute could have caused a major split in the early Church. There is a danger that at this point the Church could have split in two.
1) Peter stood up and testified of how God had worked to save the Gentiles.
Acts 15:7-12 7 “Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.”8 “So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us,”9 “and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”
10 “Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”
Word Of wisdomàDiffused a tense situation That statement was a word of Wisdom given to Peter Don’t put yoke of bondage on them able to bear.
11 Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.
15 V13 After they were done James arose & spoke, V.13-22 Read
Now Notice The response of the elders to this Word of Wisdom. Acts 15:22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders.
A) Those Words of wisdom given defused an explosive situation.
Now, THE WORD OF WOSDOM in the CHURCH
1st IN THE LIFE OF THE PASTOR TEACHER – A VITAL GIFT
A) Without a doubt, one of the most vital ministries within the church is that of TEACHING and PREACHING the Word of God.
B) Model of the Early Church – “they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine, teaching, fellowship, & breaking bread.”
C) It is VITAL for the spiritual GROWTH of the individual believer and thus the growth of the Body Of Christ.
1) It is VITAL for the EQUIPPING of the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4 ). Apostles / prophets / evangelist / Pastor / teacher
D) And whenever the Church has given prominence to the preaching and teaching of the word of God it has been strong.
E) But whenever it has left this priority and replaced it with a preoccupation with signs and wonders
1) or with other programs (social work or political involvement), the church has declined in its effectiveness.
F) A gift that is often seen in preaching & teaching is Word of Wisdom because teaching is vital to the growth and equipping of the saints.
In the course of a message something can be communicated that is the perfect solution to a problem going on in your life.
A) That was exactly what you needed to hear – You cam in with some questions – left with answers
B) Couple of weeks ago before 2nd service – a sister said to me – Would you talk to someone else but me today – (caught me off guard)
C) I get that every week – people saying right to me – reading my mail – phone tapped
1) My favorite – We were talking about that very thing driving here &
didn’t quite understand – You talked about that.
D) It could be application of a certain passage that comes ALIVE!!!
1)Something didn’t understand – That makes perfect sense now
(Really awesome-I didn’t understand it. God imparts wisdom-
ALSO SEEN IN COUNSELING-
A) No clue – what to answer – God gives supernatural insight – amazing!
B) Another example in Church setting – Alan Osborn in leaders meeting was really leading – Now that we can’t I think He is into it
THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE / WHAT IT IS/ WHAT IT IS NOT
1st WHAT IT IS NOT:
A) We noted that the word of wisdom is NOT a vast reservoir of wisdom that you can draw upon whenever you want.
B) But it is an ANOINTING OF THE SPIRIT in time of need giving the power to rightly apply knowledge in the settling of issues
1) or in the understanding of the mysteries of God.
C) So too, the word of knowledge is NOT a vast reservoir of information that can be tapped into at anytime.
WHAT IT IS:
A) The WORD OF KNOWLEDGE is the DIVINE IMPARTING OF KNOWLEDGE concerning a person or a situation that you could NOT know unless the Lord gave you that information.
B) IT IS KNOWLEDGE GIVEN YOU THAT YOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY HAVE
C) It is a manifestation of the Spirit that often times operates without your even being aware that it is in operation.
You might say something and people will ask themselves: “Who told him?
EXAMPLE OF THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE OLD TEST.
A) In the life of Elisha/ In 2 Kings 5 We read of a captain of the Syrian army named Naaman, who was a leper. He was a brilliant military man
B) It was told him by an Israelite woman (that was enslaved by the Syrians) that there was a man in Israel who could heal him.
1) So he went – wash 7 times …. healed
C) Naaman praised God- wanted to bless Elisha with some gifts & payment / Elisha refused.
D) But Gehazi later went – my master changed his mind !!!!
2 Kings 5:25 Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, “Where did you go, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant did not go anywhere.” The he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants?
BUSTED !!!!!!!! - MOTHERS HAVE THIS GIFT !!!!!!!!!
A) Now Elisha did NOT possess some unlimited reservoir of knowledge. He only received such knowledge as the Lord would impart to him.
A) ANNANIAS & SAPHIRA
IN THE CHURCH – PASTOR TEACHER
A) Direct insight into a person’s life – Teaching: You were describing my life to a tee!
B) Friend – You been telling him about me?
C) Yet it is a person you have never met before
D) Describing a situation that you knew nothing about
A) 1st in counseling – College gal – Came to the Lord – prior to she was a real man Chaser – but no one gave her the time of day.
C) WARNING – GUYS YOU HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN ARE SUDDENLY GOING TO BE INTERESTED IN YOU.
1) SURE ENOUGH
In the Church service – here is where often accompanied by words of Wisdom
A) Problem is presented – Word of Wisdom
B) Solution to the problem is also presented à Word of Knowledge