Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:1 NKJV)
Are all the gifts of the Spirit available today?
There are those who say that the “gifts of the Spirit” ceased when the Bible (the Canon of Scriptures) was completed. Again, this is not true and amounts to bad scripture twisting at best. For they say that the passage which reads: “when that which is perfect is come” is referring to the completion of the bible. So, is our bibles we have today perfect? Unfortunately, no. For even the ones that are closely alike may still vary in some degree from each other in a few areas. (see major differences between the KJV & the NIV bible) and (Why the KJV Bible). However, the bibles that we do have are still accurate in presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For by combining the evidence we have before us, we can come up with a fairly true and accurate bible.
So, why do some say that the gifts of the Spirit have ceased? Well, I do believe that those who hold to this view are trying to come up with an excuse for their lacking in faith. It’s kind of a “lame excuse” to justify why the church is not excelling in this area. So that being said, the passage in 1 Corinthians 13:9 which reads: “For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away,” is simply referring to a future time when God restore all things. So, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2) For we know when Jesus comes, “he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:31) Then those gifts which served us here on earth will be done away with. For today’s gifts only help in serving the church and aid in the proclamation of the Gospel.
So, letʼs look at the Gifts of the Spirit
And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:28) Just a casual reading of Godʼs word will clearly show that these gifts are necessary for the church of today. Not only that, but they are also to validate what weʼre proclaiming. Jesus said: “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; “but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believed that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:37-38) Also, in John 14:11-12 He says the same thing: Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. Also, the same thing is true in Mark 16:19-20 were we read: So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:19-20)
So, we can see from what was stated above that miracles are not just to heal and deliver people from bondage, but also to validate what we are preaching. If Jesus and the early church felt it necessary to validate what they were doing with signs and miracles, how much more should we his church today. So, those who say they ceased and are no longer necessary are denying scripture itself. And why would Paul write with much detail about the gifts of the Spirit if he new the they would soon be done away with? Iʼm convinced that Paul and the rest of the disciples had no clue that their writings would someday be bound in a book called the Bible. So we must throw out the unscriptural notion thinking that the Bible (as wonderful as it may be) is “that which is perfect.” For there is no direct mention of this in the Old Testament as well as the New. This therefore must be referring to the future restoration of all things to God.
(Please note: If Paul was referring to the deletion of the gifts of the Spirit after the completion of the Bible, then we must throw out all the gifts. This would include wisdom, knowledge and discernment as well because they are mentioned along with the rest of the gifts. And let's admit it, without wisdom, knowledge and discernment, we the church of Christ would all be in trouble.)
We must be doers of God’s word and not twist it around to compensate for our lacking in faith. For these gifts of the Spirit are important ,not only for the benefit of the church, but to validate what we are preaching as well. So let's ask God to help us excel in using these gifts while we still have time (Ephesians 5:15-16). For the time will come were: "there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect" (Matthew 24:24 KJV). "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10) And how much more striking will this be if it happens in a church that’s void of the gifts of the Spirit. This can cause great deception throughout the whole world. God help us all to practice all the gifts of the Spirit in our churches today. Amen.
Below are some scriptures on this topic: