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The Gifts Of The Ascended Lord (2 of 18)
Series: The Holy Spirit And His Gifts
We're studying about spiritual gift and about the person and work of the Holy Spirit, that general theme. Tonight I want to talk about the gifts of the ascended Lord, gifts of the ascended Lord. Ephesians chapter 4 and we're going to begin reading in verse 7.Now I know that it's impossible to write as fast as I talk. And somebody told me Sunday night that it sure was hard to write everything down. Let me just encourage you to get the tape from Sunday night and listen to the tape again and again and again and jot down the main points and jot down the scriptures. That's the best way I know and that's why we have the wonderful, wonderful, tape ministry that we have.
"But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, 'When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gift unto men. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth.'" It's just natural to know that Jesus had to descend before he could ascend. "Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill (or complete) all things.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into ...
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