Made Alive in Christ
1 Corinthians 12:1
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”
Since all of the bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit, and written down by men, this passage, like every other passage of the bible, is very important, and as we go through this chapter, we must realize it is the Holy Spirit speaking, and not men–the Apostle Paul was just the vessel through whom the words of the Holy Spirit flowed, So the Holy Spirit is here saying that He does not want us to be ignorant about what the gifts are, and what is involved with their proper function, and what benefit they have to the body of Christ
1 Corinthians 12:2
“You know that you were Gentiles carried away unto these dumb idols, even as you were led.”
A dead religion sets up men as idols, men who do not understand the word properly, as they should understand it. In this passage, the word “dumb” does not mean unintelligent–in this scripture that word means “unable to speak” This applies to these idol leaders, they are unable to properly convey the Word of God because they do not understand the Word of God. This is for one of these reasons: 1–they are not saved, or 2–if they are saved, they do not understand, or outright reject the work of the Holy Spirit, and as a result, the people who listen to them are led into error, and make idols out of men; this happens every time that God the Holy Spirit is rejected.
Many of the people who follow these dumb idol leaders are unsaved themselves, because they are not being fed the Word of God by these leaders, and the Holy Spirit has no opportunity to work in their lives.
1 Corinthians 12:3
“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit.”
This is speaking of more than just words: it refers to accepting the gospel once it is heard, thereby declaring Jesus Lord, or rejecting the Gospel, and in your heart declaring Jesus “accursed.”
It is the Holy Spirit who points people to Christ, it is the Holy Spirit who convicts the sinner of their sin, and makes them aware of their true condition, and of their need for a Savior, it is the Holy Spirit that takes a sinner who was dead in their sins, spiritually dead, that is, and makes them alive spiritually.
An unsaved person has no knowledge of who God truly is, no desire for the true God, and no clue about their true condition, until the Holy Spirit shows them. It is the Holy Spirit who takes that spiritually dead sinner, and makes them alive. The word for this is “quickening”
There are several scriptures in bible where the word “quicken” or “quickening” is used in this way–with the meaning “to make alive.”
“And you has He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins:”
When we look back to Ephesians 1:15-23, it becomes clear that the “He” spoken of is Jesus Christ, because He is our Savior, and it is in Him that we are made spiritually alive, as He was crucified, and then made physically alive, after three days and nights. But it is still the Holy Spirit who quickens our dead hearts to come to Christ in first place, accepting Jesus as Savior, at which point we become alive in Christ Jesus.
“But God (God the Father), who is rich in Mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together in Christ (by Grace you are Saved:) 6 and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly Places in Christ Jesus:”
God the Father decreed the Cross, God the Son became a man and died on the Cross, and the Holy Spirit orchestrated all events, carrying out the will of both the Father and the Son. Here we also see that all the members of Godhead are all equally, 100% God and all are involved in our salvation.
I need to write it again:
God the Father decreed the Cross, God the Son went to the Cross, and God the Holy Spirit carries out the decrees of both the Father and the Son, and quickens us to faith in the Cross. God’s greatest work was the Cross. Jesus came for that purpose, and that purpose alone.
” And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has He quickened together with Him, having forgiven all your trespasses; 14 blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it our of the way, nailing it to His Cross; 15 and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it..
The place of Jesus’ victory, and in Him, our victory, was, and is, the Cross, and no where else!!
Scriptures concerning our quickening:
“As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations, before Him whom he believed, even God, who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.”
Once we were not the children of God, but by placing our faith in what Jesus accomplished, we become the children of God.
“For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them, even so the Son quickens whom He will.”
“It is the Spirit who quickens the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
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