Day Two: Built up.

Eph 4:12-13 NIV
…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:3 NIV
Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

The purpose of the Spirit’s gifts is in order to equip and build up the church, and this occurs by the participation of every believer in whom the Holy Spirit dwells—therefore to supernaturally build up the church by the means of the Spirit’s gifts. Paul’s instruction normalizes the necessity of the Spirit’s gifts in order to establish worship in the church community. The Christian life is to be marked by a participatory life in the Spirit, where the experience of the Spirit’s gift and empowering begins with the utterance and acknowledgment of Christ as Lord—hence the salvation experience is intertwined with the Spirit’s empowering and gifting.

Prayer: We acknowledge afresh today that Jesus is Lord. We thank you for salvation, and the gifts of the Spirit that we’ve received. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Spirit of God” by New Life Worship (click here).