Gifts of the Spirit

Practicing the Gift of the Spirit

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.)


IN CLOSING

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:


  • 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)
  • 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. (John 14:11-12)
  • And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:30-31)
  • And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 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 16:17-20)
  • Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: (Acts 2:22)
  • And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. (Acts 2:43)
  • For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. (Acts 4:27-30)
  • And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. (Acts 5:12)
  • Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. (Acts 14:3)
  • For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. (Romans 15:18-19)
  • And 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)
  • Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. (2 Corinthians 12:12)
  • How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (Hebrews 2:3-4)
  • Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. (James 5:14-18)

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