Testing the Gifts
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1. Why do we need to test all
1 John 4:1________________________________________________________________________
2. What will the Lord say to many who
Matthew 7:22, 23__________________________________________________________________
3. What did He say would arise in the
4. What four specific injunctions
does Paul give?
1 Thessalonians 5:19-21____________________________________________________________
5. According to what word must we
test all things?
The first and most important test of a prophet is that his
message is in harmony with the law of God and the testimony of earlier
6. How does a false prophet’s
appearance deceive people?
7. How then can we distinguish the
genuine from the false?
8. False prophets strengthen the
hands of the wicked, so that what?
The second test of a prophet is the fruit of his ministry. Does
his own life reveal God’s character? Does his work bear the marks of the high
and holy calling of God. Are people’s lives elevated through his influence?
9. What does the accuracy of a
prophet’s predictions indicate?
would inaccuracy of prediction indicate?
Deuteronomy 18:21, 22_____________________________________________________________
even if a sign should come to pass, what in a prophet’s message would prove him
to be false?
The third test of a prophet is the accuracy of his
predictions. Predicting, however, is not
the primary function of a prophet. A prophet’s work is to bear the messages
which God gives, and those messages may or may not contain information about
the future. But when God does reveal future events, we may be sure that it will
happen just as He has foretold.
Sometimes God gives conditional prophecies. Jonah’s message of
the fall of Nineveh, for example, was conditioned upon the response of the
Because Satan can also foretell certain events before they
happen, fulfilled predictions cannot be considered conclusive evidence of the
genuine gift of prophecy. But Satan cannot predict with 100% accuracy as God
does. For this reason, when a prophet’s predictions are consistently fulfilled
throughout his entire career, we must take it as evidence of his authenticity.
We should then look for the other tests to be met as well.
is one key teaching that must be checked?
1 John 4:3________________________________________________________________________
two physical effects did Daniel report from his vision?
The effects of Daniel’s vision are described in detail in
a. Daniel alone saw the
vision. The men with him did not see it, but were afraid.
b. He lost all his own
c. He lost
consciousness, then heard a voice.
d. A hand touched him,
which set him on his hands and knees.
e. He then arose to his
f. He became dumb.
g. His lips were
touched; he was able to speak.
h. There was no breath
i. He was given
the prophet Balaam heard the words of God and saw the vision of the Almighty,
how was his physical condition described?
Although never a conclusive test of divine inspiration,
supernatural phenomena accompanying a vision do lend credibility to a prophet’s
message. But because Satan can counterfeit such signs, we cannot base our confidence
in a prophet solely upon physical manifestations.
Physical signs are not always present when a prophet receives a
revelation. God has often spoken to His prophets in dreams while they were
have many members in one body; and in what respect are all members of the body
does each member have differently?
Please also read 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, especially verses
4-11, 14-19, 28-30. The Bible does not say that a true believer has to have any
one particular gift. Neither does it say that the believer may choose his gift.
The Holy Spirit gives different gifts to different people, “dividing them
severally as He will.”
the signs Jesus said would follow them that believe, they would speak with
The word “tongue” (glossa) means “language.”
the day of Pentecost, how did each foreign visitor hear the apostles speak?
A second manifestation of the gift of tongues took place at the
house of Cornelius, a Roman centurion (Acts 10:46).
did Peter explain that the gift of tongues at the house of Cornelius was no
different from what was experienced at Pentecost?
The only other recorded instance of tongues in the Bible is
Acts 19:6. And there is nothing in the passage to indicate that its
manifestation was any different.
I speak with tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as
1 Corinthians 13:1_________________________________________________________________
is the only Biblically acceptable procedure for speaking in other tongues?
1 Corinthians 14:27________________________________________________________________
if there is no one to interpret it?
1 Corinthians 14:28________________________________________________________________
all things be done unto what?
1 Corinthians 14:26________________________________________________________________
“Except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how
shall it be known what is spoken? For ye shall speak into the air.” 1
“Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be
unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian
unto me.” 1 Corinthians 14:11.
“If therefore the whole church be come together into one place,
and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or
unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?” 1 Corinthians 14:23.
confusion come from God?
1 Corinthians 14:33________________________________________________________________
is the purpose of tongues?
1 Corinthians 14:22________________________________________________________________
therefore should all things be done?
1 Corinthians 14:40________________________________________________________________
In the Light of God’s Word...
understand that the Bible has set forth specific tests for determining the
genuineness of prophets.
understand that spiritual gifts are distributed according to God’s will, not
understand that the purpose of the gift of tongues is to communicate the
gospel, and would be useless where it is not needed for that purpose.
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