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Vs. 1 – The Holy Spirit speaking thru Paul wanted them and us to be aware of the Spiritual Gifts He provides. We have no excuse for spiritual ignorance, to not know of Spiritual Gifts; we have the Word of God, “a lamp to our feet a light to our path” (Psalm 119:105).
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable.2 Timothy 3:16
These spiritual gifts were not what they may have experienced or been influenced by when they worshiped idols. And it is likely that they were trying to worship and use the gifts, or the pretense of spiritual gifts, in their worship of the one true God.
Vs. 2 – Here we see that behind the lifeless, “mute,” idols of wood, metal, and stone there was the enemy and his spiritual forces, enticing and leading astray those of the world. We were all once sinners who followed the ways of this world, and while we may not have prayed to and worshiped idols, we were all too often enticed to worship the idol of self or to place some thing or someone ahead of God.
We must be on our guard so that we do not fall back into idol worship. For wherever there is idol worship be it a statue, a gadget, sports, work, or even a church building, you can be sure that the power of Darkness is behind it. He will use people, places, and things to entice and lead us away from worship of the one True God.
Vs. 3 – But Christians have The Holy Spirit. Now, we know we can easily say anything. I just read/said Jesus is cursed. But there has to be more behind this than just mere words; it has to be a heartfelt belief in what you are saying. There is some history of “Jesus be cursed” being said in the synagogues and Jewish gatherings of that time against Jesus.
Gentiles would have seen the term ‘Lord’ in a different way. Lord was applied to the emperor and was the source of total allegiance and loyalty. If a gentile believed in Jesus and claimed Him as lord, they were proclaiming their commitment and allegiance. Jews would have seen the term Lord as referring only to God. If a Jew believed in Jesus and claimed Him as Lord, they were saying that Jesus was God.
When Thomas saw Jesus after the resurrection he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28, emphasis added). Peter, on the Day of Pentecost, said, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (Acts 2:36, emphasis added). In Romans 10:9 Jesus’s Lordship is tied to His Resurrection, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is where what we say and what is in our hearts are tied together. There has to be both confession and belief, and both, must be born of the Spirit!
Can you say Jesus is Lord? Is He your Lord? Can you state, “Jesus is my Lord and rules my life,” and prove it by your actions?
- Is Jesus Lord of your life?
- Does His will have priority over yours? (Think: love your neighbor, Mark 12:31; not neglecting to gather together, Hebrews 10:24-25; let no unwholesome word come from your mouth, Ephesians 4:29)