Posts Tagged ‘Spirit’

Last week I hinted that the gifts of healing are the plural gifts that heal the soul and spirit.

Throughout scripture, God is mostly concerned with a persons soul and a persons spirit.  God wants to heal the
soul and open the spirit to a relationship with himself.  This relationship with the Holy Spirit results in salva-
tion.

People with the gifts of healing have extra compassion for a persons hurting soul.  They have extra empathy for
a persons hurting soul.  They are sensitive toward others.  They are nurturing toward others.  They are com-
forting toward others.  They are good listeners.

These gifts are important to emotional healing or the healing of the soul.

Also, these people want to pray with others, opening their spirit to a relationship with the great counselor
(Holy Spirit).  This relationship results in healing of the soul as well as salvation for the soul.

To sum up, people with the above gifts of healing are oriented to bringing a hurting soul into alignment with God,
emotionally and spiritually.

Mother Teresa seems to be a great example of a person with the gifts of healing.  She cared for people with
Leprosy in Calcutta, India.  Most of her patients were not physically healed but many were emotionally healed.
Their souls were healed.  Also, many of their spirits were opened to a relationship with the Lord, resulting in sal-
vation.

For more information about the soul and spirit, please read “soul and spirit” category to the left of this page.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

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Let’s review.  So far we have read that the twelve disciples, seventy-two others and the first believers were given a
special blessing from God to heal all disease and sickness.  This blessing helped boost the new Christian faith.

After Jesus died and ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit was released in his entirety.  The Holy Spirit gave each
believer their own spiritual gift.  Currently, it is the same way.  The Holy Spirit gives each modern believer their
own spiritual gift.

1 Corinthians 12:8-9  To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of
knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the
same Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 12:27-28  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it.  And in the church, God
has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having
gifts of healing …

1 Corinthians 12:30  Do all have gifts of of healing?  Do all speak in tongues?  Do all interpret?

As we concentrate on the gifts of healing, notice that the gifts of healing are always plural.  The gifts of
healing are more than one.

I will expand on this next week.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

Let’s answer the following questions:  Why are we here?  What is the meaning of life?

Jesus answered this question when the Pharisees (religious leaders of the day) asked him, what is the greatest
commandment?

Jesus summed up the entire bible (Old Testament and New Testament) with his answer.  The greatest command-
ment is “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul.”

This is why we are here!  This is the meaning of life!  This is why we were created!  To love the Lord
our God!

When we love the Lord and pray to the Lord and he answers with his wisdom, this is the relationship that God
wants from us (his creation) and has wanted from his people since the beginning of creation.

I think it’s important to remember that God is Spirit and is omnipresent and he is invisible to the human
eye.

Next week we will begin “Gifts of Healing.”

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

Heaven 3

Posted: May 11, 2017 in Heaven
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So far we have read that heaven is a real place and that God lives in heaven or the heavenly realm.  But does God
live outside of heaven as well?  Before we go any farther, let’s make sure we have a correct perception of God.

John 4:24  God is Spirit, and his worshippers must worship him in spirit and in truth.

This scripture tells us that God is a Spirit just like the Holy Spirit is a Spirit.  Is God also omnipresent like the
Holy Spirit?

Jeremiah 23:23  “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away?  Can anyone hide in secret
places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?”  declares the Lord.

God, a Spirit, just like the Holy Spirit is omnipresent.  They are both everywhere at all times.  Therefore, God
is present everywhere in heaven and everywhere outside of heaven.  He is everywhere.  God does not
have a right hand or left hand or a big nose or a small nose.  He is a spiritual being and not a person defined by a
throne.  The scriptures in Heaven 2, 1 Kings 22:19 and Ephesians 1:20, that states God is on a throne or Jesus is
at the right hand of God are NOT LITERAL.

Therefore, God the Father is a Spirit that lives in heaven and outside of heaven, just like the
Holy Spirit.  They live and dwell everywhere at all times.  They are omnipresent.

Next week, we will read where heaven is located.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

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In Genesis 6:1-2 we read that the “sons of God” or descendants of Seth no longer called on the name of the Lord.
They saw that the “daughters of men” or descendants of Cain were beautiful.  They married and had sex with any
of them they chose.

In the very next verse, Genesis 6:3, God said “My Spirit will not contend with man forever.”  Again, this verse tells
us that God is talking about fallen man, not fallen angels.

The very next verses express God’s disappointment in man.

Genesis 6:5  The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on earth had become, and that every inclination of the
thoughts of his heart was evil all the time.

Genesis 6:6  The Lord was grieved that he made man on earth, and his heart was filled with pain.

Genesis 6:7  So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth.

Genesis 6:8  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 6:9  through Genesis 7:24 tells us how Noah and his family were to build an ark.  God flooded the earth
and destroyed all mankind.  Only Noah and his family survived and started to repopulate the earth.

Next week, the conclusion to Genesis 6:1-2.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Welcome to the new readers.  In Specific Mate 1, Apostle Paul says it is good to stay single, but it is better to
marry if you burn with compassion.  It is good to marry, “but those who marry will face many troubles in this life,
and I want to spare you this.”

1 Corinthians 7:32  I would like you to be free from concern.  An unmarried man is concerned about the 
Lord’s affairs- how he can please the Lord.  But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world-
how he can please his wife- and his interests are divided.  An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about 
the Lord’s affairs:  Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.  But a married woman is
concerned about the affairs of this world- how she can please her husband.  I am saying this for your own good,
not to restrict you, but that you may live in undivided devotion to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:36  If anyone thinks he is acting improperly toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if she is getting
along in years and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants.  He is not sinning.  They should get mar-
ried.  But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over
his own will, and who has made up his own mind not to marry the virgin- this man also does the right thing.  So
then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better.

So far, Apostle Paul is telling us that marriage is a good thing but you will face many troubles in marriage.  Also,
your interests will be divided between how you can please your spouse and how you can please God.  Apostle Paul
is also telling us that remaining single is a good thing.  Your interests are not divided.  You will live in undivided
devotion to the Lord.  According to Apostle Paul, marriage is good but if you stay single in undivided de-
votion to the Lord you are doing even better.

Our next blog will address who you should marry if you choose to marry.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Sleep 3

Posted: April 16, 2015 in Sleep
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Welcome.  Some people believe that sleep refers to the soul being in a state of unconsciousness or nothingness
after the body dies.  I have found no scriptural evidence supporting this idea.

Sleep does NOT refer to the soul being in a state of unconsciousness or nothingness after the body
dies!  To confirm this point, let’s refer to our study titled “Point of Salvation” to the left of this page.

Galations 6:8  … from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Ephesians 4:30  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you are sealed for the day of re-
demption.

2 Thessalonians 2:13  … from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the
Spirit and through belief in the truth.

2 Corinthians 1:22  He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a de-
posit guaranteeing what is to come.

These verses tell us that salvation takes place upon the receiving of the Holy Spirit.  The seal of salva-
tion has been given to us while we are alive.  There is no reason to be held in a state of unconscious sleep
after we physically die.  We have received all that we need before our death.

Our souls go directly to heaven or hell after we physically die.

Next week, two more scriptures that confirm this point.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff