The Spirit in Whole Gatherings -

1 and 2

(FOR THE BUILDING UP THE BODY)

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"... the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the benefit of all,"

1 Corinthians 12'7.

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"There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit ...,"

1 Corinthians 12'4.

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"Even so you,

since you are zealous for spiritual gifts,

let it be for the edification of the Saints

that you seek to excel,"

1 Corinthians 14'12. 

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When Believers meet in Jesus' name the Holy Spirit is present. The reason He's there, and in the Body of Christ generally, is twofold:

for the building up of the Believers for the glory of God.

He's "the Spirit of Jesus" (Philippians 1'19) and where He is there's power. Power that frees and transforms.

Where He is the word of Christ is. Where He is psalms and hymns and spiritual songs are sung. And where He is Believers express Him in the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said:

"I will build my Church (His Called-Out Ones) and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it," Matthew 16'18.

And it's through the Spirit that the Lord's intention is carried out. He works in many and various ways among humanity but especially in, to and through the Body of Christ.

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At the time Jesus told His disciples about building His People they could have had no idea what He was talking about.

But He did give one major clue. He said:

“... when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth ... He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you," John 16'13-14. 

That began to be fulfilled with Peter's preaching on the Day of Pentecost "by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven" (1 Peter 1'12).

Thousands were saved then and in the days following. The partnership between God and man had begun.

Later Jesus added Paul to the disciples' number (Acts 9'1-31). As an apostle and a teacher led by the Spirit, he would the main one to explain how the Lord would achieve His purpose.

He said that the building would be from "Him ...

... who is the head - Christ - 

... the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies,

according to the effective working by which every part does its share,

causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love," Ephesians 4'16.

The apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers performed their ministries to the Body of Christ.

The building up began taking place, and is still taking place, "by what every joint supplies". These ministries are mostly referred to as "one another ministries" in the scriptures of Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22.