WITH THIS IN MIND
Wherever the Holy Spirit is involved our heavenly Father's name will be hallowed and Jesus will be honoured as Lord.
Also, wherever the Spirit is moving the Body of Christ is being ministered to - in a number of ways. That's why Believers are warned not to be ignorant, especially about the Spirit's spirituals.
Everyone is blessed and strengthened as Saints participate in ministering these things in the manner of His love.
Prayer: Loving Father, thank you for your wonderful grace and for the knowledge that, in Jesus' name, the Holy Spirit and His ministry are the same today.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
The Spirit in Whole Gatherings - 2
"... when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Now the Lord is the Spirit;
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
... But we all, with unveiled face,
beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image
from glory to glory,
just as by the Spirit of the Lord,"
2 Corinthians 3'16-18.
The above words are wonderful words indeed. It is as though the congregation is to know that there is a Lord over their Gathering - that Lord is the Holy Spirit.
As God's Children take time "looking unto Jesus" (Hebrews 12'2), as in a mirror, we are "being transformed into the same image from glory to glory", "by the Spirit of the Lord" and "where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty".
When Believers come out of the world, gather together with open hearts, unveiled faces and beholding "the glory of the Lord" they experience change.
While the Spirit is present to transform God's People and, as was said earlier, through His manifestation He ministers His gifts for the building up the gathered Saints.
But referring to the ministry of the gifts, Paul finds himself having to say, "Let all things be done decently and in order," 1 Corinthians 14'40.
After talking about the gifts and the members of the Body (12) and love, the essence of ministry (v13), he begins correcting them in chapter 14.
And, as he does, he provides a wonderful spiritual lesson showing how edifying and uplifting godly order can be:
"Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the Believers.
I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the Believers may receive edification" (v1-4).
This is the wonderful working of God and His People.