“Therefore, I want you to know that no-one who speaks by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus be cursed’, and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’, except by the Holy Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 12:3
At university, this chapter, and the subject of “charisma” (spiritual gifts) was one of the most debated theological topics among the Christian students. Sadly, we never seemed to get the point. The charisma weren’t given by the Holy Spirit to the church to divide us between Charismatics and Evangelicals, but to unite us, as each member of the church uses their charisma to serve the rest of the body of Christ.
But I want to take a step even further back. If we say ‘Jesus is Lord’, that is a work of His Holy Spirit. But unless we live like Jesus is Lord and join ourselves to the body of Christ, that statement, although true, has no reality in our lives. The tongue cannot say, ‘Jesus is Lord, but I don’t like the brain so I want the hand to cut me out of the body’! That’s ridiculous: if Jesus is Lord of our lives we will be part of his church.
Only then can we start thinking about charisma. But once we do, the one with a prophetic charisma cannot curse the one with the helpful charisma, any more than someone would curse their own arm! Neither than the helpfully charismatic arm decide that they don’t need the charismatically wise eyes to see what help is needed.
The church is the united, diverse body of Christ on earth, a gifted, charismatic organism. So if you know that Jesus is Lord, find your spiritual gift to serve the church to evangelise the earth: to tell the good news of the Lord Jesus for all who repent and believe.
“Heavenly Father, I confess that Jesus is Lord of life, victorious over death. Help me find my place in his body, the church, to fulfil his great commission: to go and make him known in all the world. To the praise of your glory, amen”