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Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday's Message: Perfect is come

Charity cannot be separated from the life of a true Christian.  It is not just part of being Christ-like, it is the essence the spirit of the life we hold dear.

It NEVER FAILS: success is guaranteed to those who dedicate themselves to the Spirit of God, giving Him the opportunity to show charity through them. 
-          It is not possible to live that way in the power of the flesh!
-          How many of you thought about that lesson this week?  I DID!!
-          Did you endeavor to show charity?

The gift of Prophecy was used in much greater amounts than tongues, but is no longer necessary.  Some of the greatest men in the Scriptures were used to prophesy about the things of God, but that was only necessary before the Bible was completed.
-          Imagine the incredible privilege of God speaking to you to inform others of future events!
-          Many times prophets were ignored
-          Most times prophets were in Heaven before they were able to see their prophesies come to pass

The gift of tongues was a wonderful tool of evangelism, but because God has given us the complete Bible we now can look in the Book to explain to those who do not speak our language and simply have it translated.
-          The Bible is NOT an English Book… ours is, but The Word of God is universal and available to any people who will trust God to give it to them!
-          “Tongues” as it has been perverted into today is nothing more than a religious practice that brings attention to those who are doing it!!
-          It helps no one and accomplishes nothing
-          It is someone attempting to seem spiritual in the power of his flesh

The gift of Knowledge is a personal knowledge of God, having met Him in human form. 
-          Time after time in Scripture we see that the Apostles and other followers of Christ did not understand all that was going on, or did not pick up on the message that Christ was sharing with them.
-          They would never be able to remember all that He said without a “transcript”  or a record of the times
Those who had this opportunity would obviously soon die, and not be around to share their knowledge, but this is the reminder that that knowledge would no longer be possible.  Christ will return, but to claim His bride not to reveal anything.  His Word has given us all that we need.

I Corinthians 13:8-10:
1Co 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
1Co 13:9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
1Co 13:10  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

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