BOOK: The Ministry Gifts
Chapter 5: Example of Gifts

I.  Paul destined to bear Jesus' name before gentiles, kings, and Israel.
    Word of Wisdom:
Acts       9:14-16
And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me,
to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

II. Paul purposed in his heart/spirit to go to Jerusalem (not lead by the Holy Spirit). (Note that the Trinity is always in agreement with its self.  That is, the Holy Spirit would not be leading Paul to Jerusalem, and at the same time warning him through others not to go to Jerusalem, and Jesus appearring to him and commanding him to leave Jerusalem, if the Trinity was leading him to Jerusalem.)
Acts      19:21
After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit,
when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to
Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.

III. Holy Spirit says to Paul, as he travels to go to Jerusalem, that bonds await him.  Paul is not moved, not yielding to the Holy Spirit.
      Word of Wisdom:
Acts      20:22-24
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not
knowing the things that shall befall me there:
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that
bonds and afflictions abide me.
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear
unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and
the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to
testify the gospel of the grace of God.

IV. Holy Spirit tells Paul not to go to Jerusalem, through others.
      Spoken gifts and Word of Wisdom:
Acts      21:4
And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said
to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

V.  Agabus arrives to forewarn Paul of bondage again.
      Prophecy and Word of Wisdom:
Acts      21:8-12
And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and
came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip
the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.
And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.
And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea
a certain prophet, named Agabus.
And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound
his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost,
So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this
girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that
place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

VI. Paul defends himself (justification of self-will).
Acts      21:13
Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart?
for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die
at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

VII. Holy Spirit ceases to speak when people harden their hearts and won't listen.
Acts      21:14
And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying,
The will of the Lord be done.

VIII. Jesus appears to Paul, in Jerusalem, commanding him to get away, before the riot and persecution.
      Discerning of Spirits and Word of Wisdom:
Acts      22:17-18
And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem,
even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;
And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly
out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.

IX. Paul justify's self-will again.
Acts      22:19-20
And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in
every synagogue them that believed on thee:
And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was
standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the
raiment of them that slew him.

X.  Jesus again orders Paul out:
      Discerning of Spirits and Word of Wisdom:
Acts      22:21
And he said unto me, depart:  for I will send thee far hence
unto the Gentiles.

XI. After the riot and persecution, when nothing else could be done, then Jesus is forced to use the situation to the best good He can.  His ultimate will was for Paul to stand before kings, but not this way.
      Discerning of Spirits and Word of Wisdom:
Acts      23:11
And the night following the Lord stood by him,
and said, Be of good cheer,
Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem,
so must thou bear witness also at Rome.