Your Gift from God the Holy Spirit Matters

Your Gift from God the Holy Spirit Matters

by Charles Elias Mahlangu

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ISBN-13: 9781482861136
Publisher: Partridge Africa
Publication date: 08/22/2016
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.38(d)

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Your Gift from God the Holy Spirit Matters


By Charles Elias Mahlangu

Partridge Africa

Copyright © 2016 Charles Elias Mahlangu
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ISBN: 978-1-4828-6113-6



CHAPTER 1

Who Are the Black Evangelicals in Africa South of the Limpopo?


They are people of the evangel good news gospel salvation according to the New Testament. They believe the evangel good news announced by the New Testament writers. They believe that according to the scriptures human beings were born sinners needing redemption through salvation as announced by the writers of the New Testament.

They believe at the time any person of any age, gender, class, ethnic racial origin believes the message of the gospel; they become children of God born by believing in the gospel (evangel) as announced.

They are uniform in their doctrine of salvation (Soteriology). They believe if any man is in Jesus Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away and all things have become new.

They all affirm as rites of passage that salvation comes as a result of confessing by mouth and believing with the heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God has raised him from the dead according to the scriptures. They believe that salvation is a divine act between the believer and God and is immediate rather than a process.

They believe that there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, according to the scriptures.

They believe in the total prohibition of ancestral veneration, worship all cultic preoccupation with spirits regarded as the old kingdom of Satan. They believe in total prohibition of soliciting and participating in demonic activities through spirits mediums and witch doctors in a repertoire of direct and indirect ways. They associate participation with demonic activities as backsliding to the kingdom of Satan: when they are supposed to have passed from darkness to light through the gospel.

They believe that since Jesus Christ came to die for human beings, salvation is not based on works but based on grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone according to the scriptures.

They uniformly believe that the cross on which Jesus Christ was nailed and died is the source of redemption from the power of Satan and sin nature. The cross is the symbol of freedom from the power of sin.

They believe that the blood of Jesus Christ bought the salvation of mankind. They believe that the blood of Jesus Christ has power to cleanse and purify from all unrighteousness.

They believe that grace leads to salvation and works does not.

They uniformly believe that God will judge the unbelievers with permanent hell in the future lake of fire.

They all embrace the doctrine ofTrinity: God is in three persons as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

They all believe that Satan, also called Lucifer and the devil, is a real created angel. They all believe that fallen angels are evil spirits who are demons that are operating in the spirit realm thwarting the purposes of God for human beings in the world.

They all embrace that according to the scriptures God created the heavens and earth as literally as recorded in the Genesis account. Evangelicals do not debate theories of the creation account. They all embrace that human beings were created after the image of God as literally as the Genesis account.

They uniformly embrace that according to the Genesis account and all of scriptures, marriage was instituted by God. Despite many African traditions, customs, and cultures of polygyny and polygamy, Evangelicals hold firmly to the teaching that the will of God for marriage and the human race is one man for one wife for life. Despite many Old Testament examples of biblical violation by multiplied wives by heroes of the Bibles like David, Solomon, Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac, Evangelicals scoff at the practice of polygamy as gross violation of the original model of one wife for one man for life of marital fidelity. Even as Africans coming from the culture of polygamy, Evangelicals uniformly affirm it is not the will of God for a man as husband to have sexual relations with more than one woman as wife.

They all embrace in different versions how Jesus Christ will return in his resurrected body and give new resurrected permanent bodies to the saints according to his own resurrected body.

They all universally embrace that salvation (that comes by faith to those who believe) must be made priority one of winning lost souls to the kingdom of God. They all embrace that evangelizing all unsaved lost souls must be carried out by each and every believer regardless of gender or age. New believers have won lost souls on the same day as their own salvation. What all believers have in common is the capacity to lead souls to become born-again believers. The most significant feature of evangelicals is their zeal to win others to the kingdom of God. The Evangelical movement depends entirely on its members to recruit new believers by introducing them to salvation experience. The only way for this Evangelical movement to thrive numerically is for any follower of Jesus Christ to introduce new believers to the Lord as a matter of life and death.

They universally embrace as Holy Scripture, the Bible, the word of God that is inspired of God and was written supernaturally by human beings and God the Holy Spirit. It is the official textbook of the Evangelical movement. They universally believe that scriptures are revelation from God to human beings.

They held fastidiously that the Bible is the only way for the follower of Jesus Christ to grow: Read your Bible and pray every day if you want to grow. They believe that God imparts through scriptures. They believe God has imparted to mankind through scriptures as Bible, as word of God: the believer must be intimately acquainted with scriptures for growth, development, and maturity. The supreme mark of evangelicalism is universal fastidious devotion to make the Bible the manual and textbook of life for life.

They believe that the one who has confessed Jesus Christ as Lord ought to stay away from sinful deeds. They believe that sin nature is not extricated from the believer at regeneration. They believe that one who is a follower of the Lord will do all he can to obey scriptures and stay away from sins. The Bible is the textbook that teaches the follower of Jesus Christ that sinful behaviour is totally unacceptable.

To be an Evangelical is not an affiliation; it is belonging to the church of Jesus Christ universally composed of all followers of Jesus Christ by conversion according to the scriptures. Anyone who converts to be regenerated according to the gospel becomes a member of the body of Jesus Christ regardless of church affiliation. There are people who are affiliated with Pentecostal Evangelical, Charismatic Evangelical, and Traditional Evangelical movements who are not genuine followers of the Lord Jesus Christ having not affirmed the Lordship of Jesus Christ. According to the scriptures, they are not members of the body of Jesus Christ.

Evangelicals uniformly believe the significant role of financial management and contribution to the church by tithes and offerings. They base their philosophy on the custom, tradition, and culture of the Hebrew worldview from Old Testament to the New Testament teaching based on the Apostles' teachings and writings. They hold firmly to the view that God has ordered followers of Jesus Christ to establish the conduct or routine of regular giving towards ministries, needs of others, and advancement of the gospel in other parts of the world.

They hold firmly to the ordinance pronounced by the Lord Jesus Christ of water baptism as a physical symbol of spiritual regeneration: baptism is a public testimony of being follower of Jesus Christ. They hold firmly to the ordinance of the Lord's Supper as pronounced by Jesus Christ. This is to be regularly observed to announce the new covenant in the blood of Jesus Christ and pronounce the hope of the return of the Lord by the physical participation in the Lord's Supper by bread and wine.

They hold firmly the custom, tradition, and culture of regular church attendance as taught in the scriptures. Church attendance is one of the disciplines of the Christian faith according to Evangelicals. Bible reading, prayer, witnessing are pivotal disciplines of Christian faith according to Evangelicals.

They are not uniform on the doctrine of God the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology): there are Pentecostal Evangelical, Charismatic Evangelical, and Traditional Evangelical views on the work of God the Holy Spirit in the believer.

CHAPTER 2

Introduction: Universal Enfranchisement


The genius of the Christian faith is granting of gifts individually to each and every newborn follower of Jesus Christ as member of the church of Jesus Christ.

The genius of Christian faith and religion is the uniqueness of individual followers of Jesus Christ being granted supernatural capacity by the Godhead Trinity Deity. According to the manual of Christian religion, the Bible, each believer is given a gift to be fulfilled in this lifetime. The Creator has given each believer a specific gift.

The genius of the Christian religion is 'universal enfranchisement' of each and every believer of any race, nationality, age, class, gender, or socio-economics by gift-giving by the Godhead Trinity Deity. Universal enfranchisement declares the divine ordained spiritual right of each and every believer to receive a supernatural gift to carry out in this life.

The genius of the Christian religion is 'universal enfranchisement' of each and every believer of any age by gift-giving by the Godhead Trinity Deity: be it 4 years of age or 120 years old. The genius of Christian faith is making gifts exclusive to the church age.

There is no granting of gifts from God the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament since gifts, ministries, and manifestations are the exclusive feature of church age. It is only in the church age that Deity, Godhead, and Trinity strategically impart supernatural capacity for the church-age believer.

Israel was under special covenant with God according to the Old Testament. God the Holy Spirit did not impart capacities to equip the Hebrews in the Old Testament since Hebrews enjoyed exclusive covenants that did not extend to an individual personal relationship with YHWH in the way the believer in the church of Jesus Christ does today. God dealt with Israel according to covenants with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There was no expressed corporate relationship with Israel regarding tasks granted to individuals as a way of life for the individual Hebrew. Gifts are a church-age phenomenon between Godhead and the individual believer in ways individual Hebrews did not and could not have in a personal relationship with God the Holy Spirit. None of the benefits of the Abrahamic covenant included a personal relationship with God the Son in the normal pattern of the believer and his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego were joined in the fiery furnace by the mysterious fourth man. There is no attempt to reveal the fourth man. There is no way of establishing beyond doubt whether the three realized the enormity of being joined by the miraculous fourth who was easily seen by all. The Hebrews did not have communion with Jesus Christ the way the church age provides for the believer to have intimate communion with Jesus Christ in the personal profound way. Even after Jesus Christ was supernaturally born, there would be no way for Jews to see him as the Messiah: He remained a carpenter until his inauguration at 30 years of age. How could religious leaders know the nature of the Messiah when the mission had been unknown for thousands of years? How could Nicodemus know the true mission of Jesus Christ when even the twelve disciples did not at that time realize the implications and enormity of the incarnation?

The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) would be history-making: Jesus Christ would be revealed. The agenda of the Messiah would be disclosed in power. God the Holy Spirit would come in power. Redemption would be initiated by the gospel proclamation by Peter. He would reveal the plan of God through the coming of Jesus Christ to fulfil prophecies made by Hebrew Prophets. The plan of God for mankind would be revealed. The church would be born. God would now indwell people made new by redemption. God the Holy Spirit would baptize those who believe the gospel. God the Holy Spirit would indwell those who believe. A new divine relationship would exist between the individual and Godhead. Furthermore Peter would assure the Jewish gathering that the promise of God the Holy Spirit would extend beyond race, creed and social standing: God the Holy Spirit would be received by all who believe (Acts 2).

The Old Testament is not the textbook on gifts from God the Holy Spirit. God operated with Israel through covenants with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Judges, Kings, and Prophets to manifest his sovereign purposes according to his desire. God worked through chosen people to reveal his sovereign purposes.

Moses did not have spiritual gifts. God set Moses apart for supernatural encounters. God set Moses apart for face-to-face meeting with YHWH. God revealed himself to Moses in ways no other people were privy to. Moses spent time alone physically with God in ways human beings would not be privy to even watch from a physical distance. God revealed himself to Moses. Moses was called in a supernatural way while shepherding livestock in the desert. God took Moses to a special mountain where Laws were given for Israel. God seemingly revealed himself to be made known by Moses in ways no mortals would remotely dream or conceive of. Moses was witness to signs, wonders, and miracles on a grandest scale. Moses saw the nation of Egypt experience miracles that would never again be repeated in the same measure. No mortal would again be privy to becoming the channel for the Red Sea to give way to Moses and Israel. The miraculous powers that became the norm for forty years for Israel would never again be repeated in this grand scale. God used Moses as appointed privileged person to be Prophet leader of millions of Israelites. Israel followed Moses without individually and personally having private encounters with YHWH.

The miracles that Israel was witness to would not necessarily transform Israel to experience a revival of divine power. The miracles performed by YHWH through Moses would not have special effect that would transform their personal lives to encounter YHWH intrinsically. While Moses performed what consisted of the greatest show of the power of God under the sun, the individual followers of God under Moses according to record did not have a personal relationship with YHWH to impact on relational accountability. For Moses alone has a recorded personal relationship with YHWH. Joshua watched from a distance. Moses communed with God in ways normal believers do not conceive. Moses was made to see what other mortals had not been privileged to experience. The sovereign God chose to have a supernatural relationship with a mortal through Moses. Whenever Moses went to the tent of meeting with God, the rest of the followers were excluded from the special bond.

Joshua would be used mightily by God to fulfil the purposes of God: he did not have a spiritual gift from God the Holy Spirit reserved for the church age and individual believer.

Gideon would be used mightily by God to accomplish the purposes of God: he did not have a spiritual gift from God the Holy Spirit. That would be reserved for the church age and the individual believer.

Samson would be used mightily by God to perform works of power that cannot be seen by any other Bible character to fulfil the purposes of God: he did not have a spiritual gift from God the Holy Spirit. That would be reserved for the church age and the individual believer. God set aside Samson for a Nazarite vow covenant. Samson would per covenant become channel of the most explosive works of God through a human being for as long as the covenant was kept by the Nazarite Samson. Few human beings on recorded history of human beings experienced the power of God the way Samson did. The personal intimacy with the Godhead would not be experienced by Old Testament followers of God the way the New Testament saints are graciously privileged to maintain personally.

David would be used mightily by God to perform powerful deeds. He did not have a spiritual gift from God the Holy Spirit. That would be reserved for the church age and the individual believer.

Elijah would be used mightily by God to perform supernatural tasks to fulfil the purposes of God: he did not have a spiritual gift reserved for the church age and the individual believer.

Elisha best known for the double portion of his master would be mightily used by God to fulfil the purposes of God: he did not have a spiritual gift from God the Holy Spirit reserved for the church age and the individual believer.

All the Hebrew Prophets like Jeremiah, Isaiah, Jonah, Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Ezekiel were empowered by God to receive from God the Holy Spirit revelations that would be preserved in the scriptures: they did not have gifts from God the Holy Spirit reserved for the church age and the individual believer.


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Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1 Who Are the Black Evangelicals in Africa South of the Limpopo?, 1,
Chapter 2 Introduction: Universal Enfranchisement, 5,
Chapter 3 The Genius of the Christian Faith, Every Believer Has a Spiritual Gift, 11,
Chapter 4 Introduction: Examination of Details on Gifts, 23,
Chapter 5 Three Distinctions, 35,
Chapter 6 'Body-Building Business', 40,
Chapter 7 Implications, 55,
Chapter 8 Manifestation Gifts of God the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:1–31, Gifts in Romans 12, and Ministries in Ephesians 4, 58,
Chapter 9 God Is Manifesting Himself: Philippians 2:19–30, 67,
Chapter 10 When You Want Someone Else's Gift, 73,
Chapter 11 If, If, If: The Great If about Your Spiritual Gifts, 80,
Chapter 12 Remember: God Is Not Contained by Evangelical Camps on Gifts, 85,
Chapter 13 Puzzling, Sobering Reality about Your Gift, Ministry, and Manifestation, 102,
Chapter 14 Spiritual Gift versus Spiritual Condition, 109,
Chapter 15 Various Beliefs on Gifts, Ministries, and Manifestations by Evangelicals, 123,
Chapter 16 My Personal Superior Convictions!, 145,
Chapter 17 Ministry in the Light of Gifts: 1 Corinthians 12:4–6 and Ephesians 4:7–16, 150,
Chapter 18 Music Ministries, 155,
Chapter 19 Hospitality, Services, and Ministries, 173,
Chapter 20 Can Someone Have More Than One Gift?, 176,
Chapter 21 Gifts: Not a Matter of Personal Choice or Desire, 185,
Chapter 22 The Gift of Being Apostle, 197,
Chapter 23 The Gift of Prophet, 208,
Chapter 24 The Gift of Shepherding, 239,
Chapter 25 The Gift as Evangelist, 259,
Chapter 26 The Gift of Teacher, 269,
Chapter 27 The Gift of Word of Wisdom: 1 Corinthians 12, 280,
Chapter 28 The Gift of Word of Knowledge: 1 Corinthians 12, 282,
Chapter 29 The Gift of Faith: 1 Corinthians 12, 320,
Chapter 30 The Gift of Working of Miraculous Powers: 1 Corinthians 12, 338,
Chapter 31 Interview, 351,
Chapter 32 The Gift of Distinguishing and Discerning of Spirits: 1 Corinthians 12, 362,
Chapter 33 The Gift of Divers Kinds of Tongues: 1 Corinthians 12, 366,
Chapter 34 Gift of Interpretation of Tongues: 1 Corinthians 12, 380,
Chapter 35 The Gift of Helps: 1 Corinthians 12:28, 385,
Chapter 36 The Gift Is Active, 399,
Chapter 37 The Microcosm of the Body: The Gift, 404,
Chapter 38 No Gift Transfer, 413,
Chapter 39 Special Warnings on All Spiritual Gifts, 417,
Chapter 40 Challenge of Template for Gifts, Ministries, and Manifestations, 424,
Chapter 41 Entrapment of Glamorous Gifts and Ministries: How Do They edify?, 450,
Chapter 42 When the Spiritual Gift Is Not Known or Used by the Believer, 457,
Chapter 43 Gift Ignorance Is Not Gift Absence, 469,
Chapter 44 Only Satan, Evil Spirits, and Demonic Forces Celebrate, 477,
Chapter 45 The Chain Reaction, 491,
Chapter 46 Do Not Neglect the Gift, 496,
Chapter 47 A Very Fitting Tribute, 502,
Chapter 48 Divine Strategy in Romans 16: Service Ministry, 509,
Chapter 49 Where Is the Effect of This Gift?, 517,
Chapter 50 Crucial Section: Church Alive, 526,
Chapter 51 Church Alive: Service Ministry, 535,
Chapter 52 Where Are They?, 540,
Chapter 53 Imagine the Gift-Wrapped Box, 573,
Appendix 1 Way of Salvation, 579,

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