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The Difference Between Truth and the Gifts of the Spirit 

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15 KJV) 

Walking in the Spirit showing a man waking with a briefcase

There is a subtle but crucial difference between truth and the gifts of the Spirit. Truth, as we use here, is the knowledge of the things of God revealed to us in the Word. The gifts of the Spirit(ministerial) are supernatural abilities the Spirit gives us to perform specific tasks in His House.

The difference between truth and gifts is the difference between wisdom and power. Both come from the Spirit, and both are mandatory to fulfill God’s purposes in our lives. Although they are intimately related, they have distinct roles in our lives.

I will use physical healing as an example to illustrate this difference. There are ministers amongst us with the gifts of healing which operate in different ways. This gift can be used to heal people who might not even be Christians, might know nothing about healing, and may not even have faith to be healed. It is truly a gift that God gives one of us to help the rest of us. It often requires some form of contact with the minister, such as laying on of hands, prayer, or using handkerchiefs remotely, as in the case of Paul.

Physical healing through truth acts differently. The one who is sick hears the Word of God( receives that knowledge), understands it, believes it, and acts upon it to be healed. So truth brings someone to an experience of the power of God solely based on the knowledge of God. Since truth requires more maturity and spiritual muscles, God has also given us ministers with gifts to help us in areas we are weak. 

But what is God’s desire? Why bother about the truth when God can just give us ministers with many gifts to solve our problems? The reason is simple: The new creation and the human spirit is built up to maturity by truth. Sadly, the Church, especially the charismatics, has encamped around spiritual gifts. As you have probably heard me say many times, we need miracles, but God performs these miracles to meet urgent needs in His body and call the attention of the lost to believe in Christ. The purpose of miracles is not to produce mature, established believers; truth is what God uses to establish and bring His Church to maturity.

The Church is in a unique season now. The Spirit is moving us into the fullness of Christlikeness so that the world will see the manifestation of the sons of God( mature Christ-like believers). For God’s House to be built and completed so that the glory of God will fill the House, we must heed the call of the Spirit to let truth have its place in our lives and congregations. 

Meditate

As noted above, what is the difference between Truth and Gifts of the Spirit?

Apply the Word

How deep are your roots in the soil of the truth of His Word? This is His instruction to you: “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:7 KJV). 

Pray

Ask the Spirit to help us become rooted and grounded in the truth even as we increase in the gifts of the Spirit

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