The Self-Contained Man
I Corinthians 12:1-11, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 6:10-20
Paul said to Timothy "All scripture is inspired of God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."
God expects us to be faithful. God equips us to be fruitful.
Madelyn O'Hare debated a Christian. The Christian expressed the greatest joy in his life was to be used of God. O'Hair was filled with rage and indignation at the notion of any person being used by another person, even if that person called himself God. It was an idiotic notion to her that God existed in the first place and actually used people to accomplish his work in the second place.
The non-believing social scientist says that God and religion are created in the mind of man and used by man as a means of coping with the unknown. One of the oldest philosophical questions is did God create man, or did man create God?
If man created God he can use God any way he chooses; but if God created man, God cannot be used by man. It is man that is used by God.
The ultimate dignity of human life is to be used by God. Jesus said "Apart from me you can do nothing." Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ."
Everything that really counts for something is done by The Lord Jesus Christ, and we are the vessels through whom He works.
But how does He equip us?
1. HE BESTOWS US WITH SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
-1 Cor. 12:1, Paul did not want us to be caught in our unawares. Neither does God. Spiritual gifts unify the body and allow the Lord the freedom to work through us.
-12:4-6 Varieties of gifts-----
-If I am all thumbs, I would be in a mess. Did you hear about the pick pocket that had only one finger? It was the pinkie on his right hand. All he could steal was lifesavers---but he made a mint out of doing that!
-Paul uses the image of the body. The human body needs thumbs. But it only ...
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