Holy Spirit Witness
Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 1:4-8 | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: Standalone Sermons | I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
/// 1 Corinthians 1:4-8 (NKJV)
This scripture speaks of a grace given to the people of God by Christ Jesus. A grace that enriched them in every way. It expanded their ability to speak or witness and expanded their ability to receive revelation. This was a basic description of what happened to the people of God – not a detailed description of the grace they received. That was saved for later. The grace that was given to the people of God confirmed the testimony of Christ that was theirs. In other words, it proved that Christ was living in them. This grace mentioned as expanding their ability to speak or witness and expanding their ability to receive revelation was manifest in gifts that they were given through the Holy Spirit. The testimony of Christ was evidenced in the grace released through the Holy Spirit.
Finally, this confirmation of the testimony of Christ is to continue until the end which is described as the day of Jesus Christ which all throughout scripture is referenced as His second coming. This scripture plainly describes to us that people can know Christ is living in us through the presence of the gifts of the Spirit and the presence of the fruit of the Spirit. And, this testimony will continue until Jesus returns!
The ministry of Jesus while He was on earth was controversial. Since Jesus ascended into heaven, the ministry of Jesus continues on earth through the Holy Spirit. Now, the Holy Spirit is the controversial Person of the Godhead. Many are skeptical of the work of the Holy Spirit because the power of the Spirit moving through humanity provides the opportunity for the exaltation of man rather than God.
Remember the accounts of Paul in Acts 14? The Spirit was moving so powerfully in ministry that the people of Lystra said that Paul and Barnabas must be gods! Paul’s ministry and reaction to praise is something we can learn from. The ministry flowing through Paul was powerful and an accurate representation of the ministry of Jesus. We could say that the testimony of Jesus was accurately being manifest in Paul. But, to exalt or praise a man for this is beyond foolish. When praise was directed at Paul and Barnabas, notice their reaction in Acts 14, verses 14 and 15. Nevertheless, we need the power or you could say the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Notice another instance: in Acts, chapters 3 and 4, we see the Holy Spirit heal a crippled man through Peter and John. This miracle caused many to be saved. The leaders commanded the apostles not to speak or teach in Jesus’ Name and let them go. When they came to the place where the believers were gathered, they prayed. A great miracle had been displayed causing the persecution of the believers. You can see their response in Acts 4, verses 29 through 31.
They didn’t ask that their enemies be shaken but that they might be shaken! They saw the answer to be more ministry of the Spirit and received it when they prayed! Notice these words in the book of Hebrews:
For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? /// Hebrews 2:2-4
Lord, bear witness – testify of Christ through boldness to speak, signs and wonders, various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit according to Your own will!
1 Corinthians 1:4-8 (NKJV)
Acts 14:14-15, 29-31
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