1 Corinthians 12:3 – I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.

An interesting scripture follows Paul’s expressed desire for believers not to be ignorant of spiritual gifts. The Corinthians had come from a pagan religious background of idolatry. Idolatry, by its very nature, brings people under the curses of the particular religion with which it is associated. Jesus, on the other hand, has delivered us from the curse. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). Jesus became a curse for us by bearing our sins. The good news is that He is alive from the dead, having carried our sins to hell and He now lives to bless those who put their trust in Him. He is a King who blesses, not a king that curses. The Holy Spirit has come to enable us to say, “Jesus is Lord!” In these chapters, Paul is contrasting the believer’s former life lived under curses and our new life found in blessings from our risen King.

The Holy Spirit is God’s agent in the earth to help God’s people overcome and throw down all idolatry. The Holy Spirit exalts the Lord Jesus through the people of God as they proclaim Jesus’ Lordship. They do works of power demonstrating the kingdom of God is present and the enemy’s kingdom has been defeated. There is a continual process of judgment taking place through the Lord’s people until the final Day of Judgment before God. “This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). We think in terms of days, but the Lord is thinking in terms of a day. God sees this period for the Church as the day He is raising up a people who are judging the world by the Lord Jesus through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Captives are set free by being “delivered from the kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son” (Colossians 1:13).

Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you with His gifts so that you can share the good news of the gospel of the kingdom, not only with words, but in demonstration of power by the work of the Holy Spirit. Let those gifts declare to others that Jesus is Lord!