The gifts of the spirit continue to pop up throughout all of my studies of the ancient Christians (Followers of the Way). They seem to be patterned in such a way to prepare the individual …to receive instructions from the heavens. In the “pattern community” (last blog), it was obtaining the gifts of the spirit that the entire community focused their efforts on. Hmmm… Zion?
If you remember the gospel of Jesus Christ was all anyone needed to learn before being baptized. And what is that? It’s faith, repentance, and baptism. Well guess where the gifts of the spirit begin? Yup, you guessed it Faith.
- Faith to be healed
- Faith to heal others
- Discernment of Spirits
- Interpretation of the tongue of Angels
- Speaking with the tongue of Angels
Here is another pattern of seven steps, like Jacob’s ladder. Seven is symbolic for complete. It also represents ascension. I am suggesting that faith to be healed leads to faith to heal others, and so on until you’re able to speak with the tongue of Angels.
Speaking with the tongue of Angels is speaking with the Holy Ghost, or speaking “the Words of Christ.” This is not referring to scripture mastery, like we are taught in seminary. It isn’t just repeating scriptures to occupy your mind, until the temptation to sin passes. Instead, speaking with the tongue of Angels is delivering the message given to you by Christ Himself, in the flesh. That’s why it is the last of the gifts of the spirit. Once you have that gift, Nephi taught, “…then whatsoever I say unto you shall ye observe to do.” (2 Nephi 32:6).
Before entering into Christ’s presence you ought to expect to have visiting Angels to instruct you. When they come, you need the gift to interpret the tongue of Angels, to understand the message they deliver as instructions. Adam and Eve knew to seek further light and knowledge from messengers sent from God, to learn how to return into the presence of God. This is second to the last because it is intended to prepare you for entering into the presence of Christ, in the flesh. And understanding the message being delivered by such angels, requires a gift of the spirit.
Traditionally, interpreting tongues has been reduced to an understanding of languages. And speaking in tongues referred to speaking a different language. While the gift of tongues may include linguistic abilities, languages are a tiny component in comparison to the sharing of light and knowledge, …which is the objective intended for this gift.
The third from the last gift is the Discernment of Spirits. This gift allows you to recognize a messenger of God (an Angel), as opposed to a deceiving spirit. A perfect example of a deceiving spirit is when Satan appeared to Moses. Moses had the gift of interpreting the tongue of Angels and the discernment of spirits. That is how he knew that Satan (in the form of an angel of light) was not of the countenance of Christ (discernment of spirits), and that Satan’s message was undesirable (interpreting tongues of Angels).
Just looking at the last two gifts, it is easy to see that the gifts of the spirit were intended to lead all who acquired them to return into the presence of Christ, in the flesh. That was the intended result for a patternism community, working together, to receive further light and knowledge, in preparation for the coming of Christ to them.
Conclusion: The gifts of the spirit are progressive for those who are in a community that follows the patterns outlined by Christ to the ancient apostles, and delivered to the ancient saints, in preparation for the apostasy.
Anyone who will enter into the presence of Christ can only do so by laying hold of all these gifts. but it requires a people of one heart and one mind to obtain it. That is a people of Zion, a people with Charismata.