a reply to: Nechash
The gift is not a present, but the present (time). It's an opportunity that is open. We have received the gift already. It's a chance to once again
walk in the Spirit of truth and not the darkness of ignorance. Taking the gift denies ignorance.
The gift is what it produces (fruit) if used, which is the essence of what is given. Taking the gift is the key to receiving the gift. Taking the
gift then produces fruit. If the tree is withered and bears no fruit, then the gift is rejected. It's as simple as that. It's always offered. Does
it require something of the person? Yes, to take it into use.
The gift is not the fruit, but the light, water and soil that produces the fruit.
When you give your girlfriend a material item, you are giving her something to wear on the outside. This gift is worn on the inside. It produces the
new robe you then receive as a reflection of the suffering of the saints. You know if you have received the gift by the fruits that are produced.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the
Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the
Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage,
selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this
will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things
there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us
keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
When did you receive the gift? After Jesus ascended.
1 Peter 3
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in
the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when
God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this
water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves
you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission
It's the opportunity we were given by proclamation, or the release of the captives. That was the sign of Jonah, or 3 days in the belly of the Earth.
Rising in the water is not sinking. Noah and the flood is baptism. You are in the ARK now. Resurrection of the dead is the beast in the water in
It's not being given the gift that counts, it's what you do to apply it. That takes suffering and work. It's a process of transformation or it is
edit on 10-10-2014 by AlephBet because: (no reason given)