Gifts Of The Holy Spirit - Part Three
Post date: 03-Dec-2012 14:47:23
so you probably have the idea of this study now
As you see the Theme of the study is "seed" or wheat
The Title of the study is "Holy Spirit Gifts"
(being that its all from the One God, but we humans like to box things up into categories)
And we are drawing from "The book of Job"
So thats 1. wheat 2. Gifts 3. Job
And so lets carry on now with the parallels between stories and people and lining it alongside
the . "parable of the talents" (gifts)
Now having seen from the extracts of Abrams life (of which we only see tiny snippets)
We turn briefly to the book of Job and examine this story very quickly
So we know Job was a good man and that he had acquired much wealth and we catch a brief glimpse
where satan goes before the Lord God (and we know this was noit the only account of this "see study)
Now suddenly as like "a thief in the night" Jobs main pillars and strengths ofhis life were taken away
Suddenly those things which were of more value than money were gone
As if in an instance "Jobs house came crashing down" (visible)
You know the story of the wise man ? he builds his house upon a Rock ?
Well its a great kids song (I like it too) but its serious
God has given me a gift "of life" and all that I have is in His hands
But what IF my house came tumbling down ? would I still stand ?
Would my faith still rest in the One thing I have left ?
My visible house (life supports) have collapsed ? so will my invisible life support , still be there ?
Thats up to me ....is'nt it ? and where will my fruit be at that time ?
I wonder what Holy Spirit giftsd and fruit Job used here in this short story ?
At this point some willbe thinking " no its God who does it- He saves me"
yes thats right He saves me "as an ongoing salvation"
but did it require Job to do anything at this time ?
did the gift of fruit just happen as per "what was left after everything else is taken away ?"
or did it require for job to kind of "use the gift" ? as in "take hold of it" (read 2 Chronicles 20:17)
Is my salvation ongoing salvation completely dependent upon God ? or did it require something of Jobsd response ?
let look at two parrelels
Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house
Matthew 7:24 a wise man who built his house on the rock
Now the first scripture clearly speaks of "The Lord God building the house"
whereas the second clearly says "a wise man builds His house upon......."
also see 2 Timothy 1:6 fan into flame ?
1 Timothy 4:14 do not neglect ?
these require an effort on my part !
And so Job hoarded up and his wealth became great and he had many friends
But we see in the story of Job that suddenly he was left with nothing
Nothing that is except God and with this we now turn to the "fruit of the Holy Spirit"
This fruit is the Holy Spirits working inside that produces a "Christ like Character"
It is called "Fruit" as a oneness coming from the giver
I'm using the story of job here to bring in the "Fruit" at this stage and we
can clearly see that as Job died to himself Galatians 2:20 that God began to speak to him
How can anyone be as Job in the natural ? without the fruit being used and taken into hand
And as we may well know the Holy Spirit gifts without Love are as a clanging cymbal
But I also want to bring into this the other "Fruit" also, as all of these are a working together as
So firstly the fruit and then we shall go further into the story of Job and then onto "Spiritual gifts"
using other old testament examples
But "Fruit" is the foundation for our house first and then we will build from that and onto the gifts
And we know that by their fruit will will know them Matthew 7:16
Remember before we saw that there were Holy Spirit gifts and gifts of Jesus and gifts of the Father ?
We see this also in 1 Corinthians 12:4-14
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service,
but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all
2 Peter 1:5-7
so lets build from
goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to
perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness,
And from Love to the Holy Spirit Gifts
see also 1 Corinthians 13
We might ask "why do such things happen to a person ?"
It is obvious that bad things happen to all and being a Christian does not exempt us
But why is the good person tested by God also ?
why when something would'nt have happened if I had'nt have walked out in Faith ?
Why was Job tested in this manner ? because he was just a good man ?
Why is the book of Job centred around Job ? what about all the other people who died ? did'nt they
All these questions... but in the end I have to conclude that God knows what He is doing !
Who am I to question God ? or even to judge Him ? is not this testing producing perseverance ?
And I see Lord that there is more fruit which is your character and is the character of Christ
Yes goodness, righteousness and truth. Ephesians 5:9
You produce in me life and peace Romans 8:6 and hope Romans 15:13 and wisdom
1 Corinthians 2:13-15
And as I yield to You I am led by You Romans 8:13-14, and as I am led by Your Spirit Lord I find
Your mercy and compassion for others
"By Jobs fruit I recognise Him" Matthew 7:20
By Jobs fruit I recognise the character of God in him
And in this God witnesses through him
And we know that people will say "Lord Lord" Matthew 7:22 did we not prophesy and perform miracles
in Your name ?"
This trial and testing brought about perseverance and a God like character so that in the end when all
was said and done "All Job had was You Lord"
And with this God spoke through the whirlwind and Job received a revealtion of God and His character
God spoke to Job and Job spoke back so that through all this it brought about an interaction between
God Himself and Job
The First Testing
We looked at "riches and wealth" by taking the example from Abram
And with this we move into the first testing of Job
GODS = He had seven sons and three daughters, 3and he owned seven thousand sheep, three
thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number
of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
Job 1:15 The servants are taken away and again in Job 1:16 also referring to livestock
and again in Job 1:17 this time camels and servants
Job 1:18 Sons and daughters taken away
So in this first wave of attacks Job did not accuse God and sin Job 1:22
But was left at the end of this attack with all the above mentioned wealth taken away but more
than this things that were far more valuable than money
Also note that these things happened by the enemy using "other people" or armies / groups
Things that in this day and age we would call "Acts of God" or "war"
Now the second wave of Attack in Job 2:1
Again the angels came to give an account before the Lord and satan came too
(Remember we are not the only ones to give an account before God and that giving an account
to God does not just mean "punishment)
satan is not allowed to take the life of Job
As in the taking of this life Gods purposes would noit be completed
So Job is afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.
with this we have the significant verse
Job 2:9 His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!"
"CURSE GOD AND DIE"
In that post we saw two examples of hoarding and storing and we saw the example of the
rich young ruler and compared it to the rich tax collector and inbetween these two scripture
examples we saw the "blind man receiving sight and the death of the seed"
so back to Job and his wife said Curse God and die!"
So Job waited for renewal in the hope of things to come and was raised up in life and given
"twice" as much as before and he could run without being weary ...walk and not faint
And as job waited patiently on the Lord Psalm 40:1
Lets look at some extended parallels
Leviticus 24:11; Job 2:9; Job 14:14; Isaiah 40:31
And another extended parallel
Genesis 20:5-6; Job 2:3; Job 2:9; Romans 6:12-15; Romans 7:25-8:2; Romans 8:10-11; 1 John 4:17-21; Leviticus 19:9-10;
So in this lione of parallels we see the gleaning of the fields and the leaving of some for others
(the poor and needy)
Now lets flick back to Job 42:10 [Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)] as Job prays for his friends
Now here Im suggesting a link here eg
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And so in the dying to self and in the repentance of Job he prayed for his friends
after which the Lord gave back double and can relate to the parable of the talents