We have seen that using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit without the Fruit of the Holy Spirit is just plain NUTS! We have looked at the Gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in Romans 12:1, 3-13 and have seen that; in order to use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in a godly way, we must become “living sacrifices” to God and use our spiritual gifting cheerfully, lovingly, joyfully, with hope, patience, and faithfulness. In I Corinthians 12:4-11 and 27-31, we have learned that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given “for the common good” of the body of Christ (the Church) and that God determines which Spiritual Gifts are given to each of the members of the body of Christ. We also learned that God wants us to eagerly desire the greater gifts – faith, hope and love, and “the greatest of these is love” (I Corinthians 13:13). In Ephesians 4:7 and 11-13, we learned that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us by God to build us up, so “we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (v. 13). The final listing of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is found in I Peter 4:8-11. Peter is in total agreement with Paul and writes that love, faithfulness and a forgiving servant’s heart are the necessary Christ-like character traits (Fruit of the Holy Spirit) for using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit; giving Christ all the praise, honor and glory.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer HOSPITALITY to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to SERVE others, faithfully ADMINISTRATING God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone SPEAKS [PREACHES or TEACHES], he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone SERVES, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen” (I Peter 4:8-11).
(The Apostle Peter, the very Peter who healed a beggar “crippled from birth” [Read ACTS 3:1-10] and healed many others who were “sick and those tormented by evil spirits” [Read Acts 5:12-16], did not mention the Gift of Healing in his list of Spiritual Gifts, in his First Epistle. This same Peter was present on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to the first disciples with “a sound like the blowing of a violent wind … from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on them. All of them [including Peter no doubt] were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues [or languages] as the Spirit enabled” [Read Acts 2:1-11]. Peter experienced a miraculous earthquake when he and the other disciples were praying (Read Acts 4:31). When Peter and other disciples were thrown in jail by the Sadducees, they all experienced “an angel of the Lord [opening] the doors of the jail” and freeing them from prison [Read Acts 5:17-21]. Yet, even when experiencing all these miracles, Peter did not list the Gift of Miracles in his First Epistle or even his Second Epistle. Immediately after writing about the Gifts of the Spirit, in I Peter 4:8-11, Peter writes about “Suffering for Being a Christian.” Peter wouldn’t have made it as a TV faith-healing preacher.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the Name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that Name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the Gospel of God? And, ‘If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’ [Proverbs 11:31]. So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (I Peter 4:12-19).
(The Apostle Peter did not preach the “prosperity gospel” which teaches that all a Christian needs to do is “name it and claim it” and “health and wealth” will be their’s if only they believe. Peter preached the Gospel of Christ, the One Who died for him [and for us all]. Peter believed that Christians are to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you…And the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen” [I Peter 5:6-7. 10-11]. I do not know of any TV “faith healers” who are humble, kind, gentle and merciful. Do you? If you do, I would like to meet him/her.)
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Prophecy, Encouragement, Service, Preaching and Teaching, Giving, Leadership, Mercy, Wisdom, Knowledge, Healing, Faith, Miracles, Discernment, Speaking in Tongues (human or angelic languages), Interpretation on Tongues, Apostleship, Administration, Evangelism [See The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Part II) for definitions and (Part X) for Scripture passages by clicking onto https://lydslookonlife.wordpress.com and scroll down, if you are a “follower“].
“But the Fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS AND SELF-CONTROL. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other” (Galatians 5:22-26)
(When someone asks for prayers for healing and does not immediately experience physical healing, it is wrong to judge and say s/he does not have enough faith. The Apostle James writes in his Letter that we are not to judge our brothers and sisters, but to show mercy, for “Mercy triumphs over judgment!” [2:13b]).
This brings us back to my question, “Did Jesus only heal those who had faith in Him?” A good place to look for the answer are the Gospels. This is for next time. In the meantime, please read Colossians 1:9-14 and take note of the Fruit of the Spirit and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in this passage, and the reasons why God gives them to His people .