“Are all apostles? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” 1 Cor. 12:29-30
Around May of 2017 I had a dream that I was in the body of Christ, in the pinky toe. And I was rejoicing because I knew that it meant I was going to be a part of crushing God’s enemy! At the same time, I was looking around and it was like other people were literally part of His body, and we were unified together, working as one to trample and destroy everything not of God. But as soon as I realized where I was in the pinky toe, I saw myself being swept into something like the circulatory system, and I was lifted up through the body to another place.
Now I can see that I was carried up into the mind of Christ, but at the time I didn’t know where I was going, all I knew was that it was up.
When people think of the body of Christ, and the gifts of the spirit, the common interpretation is that the Holy Spirit has diverse gifts to give, but the way it is given is one person receives this gift, another that one, and so on until the church is fully equipped with it’s lead pastor, ministers, worship leaders, ushers, congregation….WAIT WHAT? Where does it say those things?
That is the structure of modern-day churches, but this is what the bible SPECIFICALLY SAYS:
“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that are miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.” 1 Cor. 12:27-28
Tell me why does the every-day church not seem to have even a single apostle or prophet in its body? Could our ignorance of God’s intended structure be why we don’t see all the other things like miracles, healings and tongues? Sure there are some denominations where people speak in tongues, but it is not commonplace. And as the very least of God’s gifts, shouldn’t every member of God’s church have it? The answer is YES. But wait, if every member of God’s body is meant to have that gift, could it also mean that other gifts are given in addition? YES!!!
1 Cor. 12:7-10 is where I think people begin to get confused about that. That’s where Paul lists how the Spirit can disperse the gifts. But in verse 11, it says, “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” That’s what the NKJV says. The KJV says “dividing to every man severally as he will.” The strong’s concordance breaks down that word “severally” to the greek word “idios,” meaning “one’s own,” “distinct” or “uniquely one’s own.”
So to say that we’re only meant to have a specific gift, and that’s all, is not quite accurate. We may work in a specific gift at the moment, but who is to say that the Holy Spirit will not one day give another in addition? Or even take one away? That’s where obedience and repentance comes into play.
God told me He wants to give every member of His body EVERY SINGLE GIFT. I get into this a little more in my video, True or False: Extra-biblical Prophets and Apostles.
I had a vision around April last year where I saw Jesus knocking on the door to my heart, and I went and opened it, and greeted Him, and He was SO happy to see me. Then He pulled out from behind Him a big bag full of gifts, so I invited Him in and we sat down on some cushions on the floor to eat. After that He brought the bag forward and began handing me the things that were inside.
I didn’t think much of that vision until recently, when God told me He had already given me all the gifts. The crazy thing is, I didn’t even start speaking in tongues until last June! From mid-May to the middle of June I had been praying SO hard and asking God to give it to me, and all I kept hearing was, “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.”
Then one night I woke from a bad dream and I decided, “I’m going to learn how to speak in tongues.” So I googled it.
I came across this article that broke it down, and very tentatively, I followed the steps. It said, just open your mouth and start making the sounds that you may see or hear in your head. It compared the process to a baby learning to talk: God loves to hear us try. So as soon as I started making these short syllable-like sounds, after a moment the sounds just started pouring out of me! And I was thinking in my head, “Whoa, is this real or am I doing this?” But I just let it keep flowing, and then it was like the language would switch to another language, then to another, and another—I feel like I must have spoken at least six different languages (none of them sounded like any I’ve ever heard before).
Two hours later I finally stopped (I had gone through several phases where I was laughing, weeping, then laughing again), but when I tried to get up I was so drunk off the Holy Spirit I nearly fell over (which made me start laughing even more).
Anyway, things have obviously accelerated greatly for me since last June, so I want to encourage you with this. God wants you to also have all these things, but it will take faith. And even though God had given me the gifts beforehand, I didn’t even know! Oh by the way, when I asked to receive the interpretation of one of my in-tongue prayer sessions, at the end of it I said (in English): “Yes! I will seek first the Kingdom of God.” So, that was the interpretation, but interestingly, what I had thought was a prerequisite to receiving the gift of tongues was actually the key to all of them! And now you know.
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“But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way [one of the choicest graces and the highest of them all: unselfish love].” 1 Cor. 12:31 (AMP)