Torrey - Holy Spirit -8.1- The Work in the Aposles and Prophets

I. THE DISTINCTIVE CHARACTER OF THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN PROPHETS AND APOSTLES. 1 Corinthians 12:4, 8-11, 28-29 — "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit .... For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit: to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit: to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of Spirits: to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh out that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will .... And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?"

First Proposition: The work of the Holy Spirit in apostles and prophets differs from His work in other believers; He imparts to apostles and prophets a special gift for an special purpose.

The doctrine which is becoming so common and so popular in our day, that the work of the Holy Spirit in preachers and teachers and in ordinary believers, illuminating them and guiding them into the truth and into the understanding of the word of God, is the same in kind and differs only in degree from the work of the Holy Spirit in prophets and apostles, is thoroughly unscriptural and untrue. It overlooks the clearly stated and carefully elucidated fact that while there is "the same Spirit," "there are diversities of gifts," "diversities of ministrations," "diversities of workings" ( 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 RV), and that not all are prophets or apostles ( 1 Corinthians 12:29).

Those who desire to minimize the difference between the work of the Holy Spirit in apostles and prophets and his work in other men often refer to the fact that the Bible says that Bezaleel was to be "filled with the Spirit of God" to devise the work of the Tabernacle ( Exodus 31:1-11) as a proof that the inspiration of the prophet does not differ from the inspiration of the artist or architect; but they are ignorant of the fact, or forget, that the Tabernacle was to be built after the pattern shown to Moses on Mount Sinai ( Exodus 25:9,40), and that, therefore, it was itself a prophecy and an exposition of the truth of God.

It was the word of God done into wood, gold, silver, brass, cloth, skin, etc.

There is much reasoning about inspiration today that appears at first sight very learned, but that will not bear much rigid scrutiny or candid comparison with the word of God.