“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 4:11
The message of this verse is so simple yet profound and not at all heeded by many among the church today. In layman’s terms, it’s simply saying don’t ever take it upon yourself to say or do anything in God’s name. Make absolutely sure that whatever you say, whatever you preach, whatever you teach, and whatever you advise or council, is coming assuredly and undeniably straight from Him through you via the unction of the Holy Spirit.
One of the greatest travesties of the church is people using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, without the Holy Spirit. Remember, the gifts and callings are without repentance. God can grant you an office and the Holy Spirit can grant you gifts and they will not take them back if you stray. However, it will no longer be the Holy Spirit that is directing the use of those gifts, nor God ordering the operation of them. A person in need of repentance can still speak in tongues, prophesy, preach, whatever, but the operation of it will not be from God nor led of the direction of the Holy Spirit but rather by an unholy spirit (the spirit of error), wreaking havoc in the church and the individual lives of the believers that in counter it unaware.
“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” – Romans 11:29
When our opening passage says, “unless you speak as an oracle of God don’t speak at all”, it means to not say anything of yourself, of your own wanting, logic, intention, motive, desire, or understanding, but unless God is undeniably pressing to use you as His mouth piece to say something through you, don’t say anything at all. In this manner it is assured that Christ will be glorified by all that is said in His Name, rather then bringing reproach upon it with error by way of self righteous words and actions that might seem right in your eyes, yet are anything but in God’s.
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” – Matthew 12:36-37
For a better understanding of the Holy Spirit, how it works to bring you into truth, and how it delivers the Word of God to you and through you; listen to the audio lesson below.