Summary: A discussion concerning Spiritual Gifts and whether they are for today or not.
Are Spiritual Gifts For Today?
The Supernatural Gifts of the Holy Spirit
(1 Corinthians 12:4, 7-11)
Speaking in tongues? Prophecies? Healings? Discerning of spirits? These and other supernatural signs and spiritual gifts were commonplace occurrences in the early Church. On that the Bible record is clear. But should we expect such spiritual gifts in our churches today? A growing number of Christians responded Yes! to this question during the twentieth century and up to the present time.
The first half of the twentieth century saw the emergence of many of today’s large Pentecostal denominations, with the associated manifestation of various gifts of the Holy Spirit. In the second half of the twentieth century, the Assemblies of God Missionaries have led millions more (Over 60,000,000 World Wide) Christians in non-Pentecostal denominations to embrace the present-day validity of these spiritual gifts.
However, man’s experience and beliefs by themselves do not establish doctrine. That is the prerogative of the Bible. In the balance of this study, we will examine a number of Scripture verses which support the ongoing validity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit throughout the Church Age.
1 Corinthians 12:4, 7-11 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.... (7) Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
This list comprises what Bible teachers commonly call the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. In the order listed, as translated in the King James Version, they are:
1. The word of wisdom 2.Faith 3.The word of knowledge 4.Gifts of healing 5.Discerning of Spirits 6.The working of miracles 7.Various kinds of tongues 8. Prophecy 9. The
interpretation of tongues
Among those who deny tongues: Among the major Protestant denomination in America, who say tongues are of the devil and ended with the Apostles, there is a great move among the their Missionaries of being filled with the Spirit. In fact this denomination has adapted this theology, Don’t ask-don’t tell. If their Missionaries do admit to being filled they are asked to leave the denomination.
Within the ranks of the Assemblies of God worldwide There are more than 62,000,000 million believers (The largest Protestant group in the world) who have received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and have spoken with other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. That makes it pretty difficult to deny.
Biblically knowledgeable Christians readily admit that these supernatural spiritual gifts occurred in the first century Church, as recorded in the New Testament.