Knowing God Through (Instructions About) Spiritual Gifts, Part 2

One recent joy in my family has been to learn and sing songs of doctrine and Scripture with my little girls. My three-year-old loves the song “Who made God?”  “Nobody did!” she shouts. My six-year old’s favorite is a tongue-twister for me. “Who is God?  God is the only living and true God. He’s the all-glorious, almighty, all-knowing, Sovereign Creator, and Lord of the whole universe.  God is perfect and holy, infinite, eternal and unchanging…” 

In any passage of Scripture we can ask, “what do I learn about God from these verses?” because all Scripture reveals God.  So yesterday I asked what do I learn about God in 1 Corinthians 12-14?

GOD LOVES

 "Love is patient and kind.  Love does not envy or boast.  It is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way.”  Yes, these verses are stinging description of how a truly mature church relates to one another (and how the arrogant Corinthians were failing). But it’s also an exposition of the character of God.  God is love. God is patient and kind. When he tells us to love in a certain way he does not set an expectation for us that does not first flow from the perfection of his character.  Do not miss the descriptions of God’s love in 1 Corinthians 13.

GOD IS JUST

 When Paul condemns the Corinthians’ abuse of tongues he does so by showing them that they failed to understand they’re purpose.  Tongues were a sign of judgment. Paul quoted the Law, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord” (14:21).  This, too, is commentary on God’s righteous character. He is just and righteous, the one who will judge all who stiffen their necks and rebel against him.  Even Paul’s explanation of the purpose of tongues is grounded in God’s perfect character.  


You can listen to listen to the songs above plus other great children’s music by Dana Dirksen here for free.