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In Search of the Truth


SIGN GIFTS

 

16 ¶ For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

19 ¶ We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Peter 1:16-21

 

Don’t trust visions and voices, you have something more reliable than that, the Word of God.

 

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

 18 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.

 

“cast out devils”

“take up serpents                      “MIRACLES”

“drink any deadly thing”

 

“lay hands on the sick,

and they shall recover”             “HEALINGS”                         

 

“they shall speak with

new tongues”                            “TONGUES”

 

Not every believer could do all three:

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

 9  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

 10  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 Corinthians 12:8-10

 

“And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;”

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

 

“3 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;

 4 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 2:4

 

“Wherefore tongues are for a sign…”

1 Corinthians 14:22

 

                        MIRACLES, HEALINGS, TONGUES

 

(1)        Who were these gifts to be a sign to?

 

            1 Corinthians 14:21-22 quotes Isaiah 28:11-14

 

        11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

14 ¶ Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 28:11-14

 

            “With men of other tongues … will I speak unto this people

            v.14 “this people which is in Jerusalem.”

 

21 ¶ In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

1 Corinthians 14:21-22

           

2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

3 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.

4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

Acts 14:2-4

 

These gifts were to be a sign to unbelieving Jews.  If there isn’t an unbelieving Jew present, would there be a need for any of the sign gifts?

 

 

(2)        For what purpose were these signs given?

 

confirming the word with signs

Mark 16:20

 

“3 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;

 4 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 2:4

 

“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

 

So these gifts were for the purpose of confirming and bearing witness to, and giving testimony to the preaching of the gospel of Christ.

 

 

(3)        Compare the lists of the different types of gifts that were given by the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 and 12:28, with the lists that were given in Ephesians 4:11-13; and Romans 12:4-8 for use in the Church, for perfecting the saints, the work of the ministry, and the edifying of the body of Christ.

 

 

            1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (AD 59)

            “to one is given…         wisdom

            to another…                 knowledge

            to another…                 faith

            to another…                 healing

            to another…                 miracles

            to another…                 prophecy

            to another…                 discerning of spirits

            to another…                 tongues

            to another…                 interpretation

 

            Were all expected to have the same gifts?

 

 

            1 Corinthians 12:28_(AD 59)

            “God hath set some in the church”

            first apostles

            secondarily prophets

            thirdly teachers

            after that miracles

            then… healings

            helps

            governments

            tongues

 

What is listed as being least of importance?

 

 

Now notice the gifts listed in (AD 60) for use in the church.

Romans 12:4-8

“prophecy…

ministry…

teaching…

exhortation…

giving…

ruling…

mercy (shewing)”

 

Now notice the gifts listed in (AD 64) for use in the church.

Ephesians 4:11-13

“apostles…

prophets…

evangelists…

pastors…

teachers.”

 

Notice that MIRACLES, HEALINGS, and TONGUES were not listed with the gifts that were for use in the Church for perfecting the saints, the work of the ministry, and the edifying of the body of Christ.

 

 

(4)        What happened to the sign gifts?

 

Why were MIRACLES, HEALINGS, and TONGUES disappearing from the scene, from the middle of the book of Acts until the end of the book?  Why were TONGUES never mentioned after the book of 1 Corinthians in any of the other letters to the churches?  Why were MIRACLES, HEALINGS, and TONGUES missing in the gifts listed for use in the church in Ephesians and Romans?

 

8 ¶ Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

1 Corinthians 13:8-10

 

Notice this passage in 1 Cor. 13 says that

“prophecies …shall fail

tongues …shall cease

knowledge … shall vanish away

 

When would this happen?

“when that which is perfect (or complete) is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”

 

What do we have today that is complete, so that there is no longer need for the partial?  (The Word of God).  Revelation 22:18-19, we are not to add any more to it, nor take away from it.  There is no need for continuing revelation today.

 

 

(5)        What is the “Baptism of the Holy Ghost”?

 

12 ¶ For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

 

How many believers are baptized by the Holy Spirit according to these verses?  Many, some, or all?

 

In Matthew 3:7-12 and Luke 3:16-17, John the Baptist says, “… I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh … he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire:”

 

If you compare these two passages you will find that the baptism of fire that John the Baptist spoke of was not the tongues of fire referred to at Pentecost, but is referring to judgment in the Lake of Fire.

 

There is a baptism for believers (water, a picture of the Spirit).

There is a baptism for unbelievers (fire and judgment).

 

According to 1 Corinthians 12:4-31, all did not speak with “tongues” or “languages”; but each one had a different gift.  But according to v. 13, all were baptized by the Spirit.

 

Compare 1 Corinthians 12:13 with Ephesians 1:12-14.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit takes place the moment an unbeliever repents, believes the gospel, and trusts Christ to save them.  At that point the Holy Spirit seals him, and baptizes, or places him into the body of Christ.  At the point of sealing the Holy Spirit comes to indwell the believer.  And according to Ephesians 1:13-14 and 4:30; this sealing lasts until Christ comes back for him, or takes him home to be with Him.

 

 

(6)        Compare the modern “tongues” experience with that of the Bible:

 

a.       Is it a particular gift given to certain believers, or something that all Christians are supposed to experience?  (1 Cor. 12)

b.      Is it a sign to unbelieving Jews confirming the gospel, or a sign to believers confirming their salvation or filling?  (Acts 14:1-3)

c.       Are believers baptized by the Spirit at conversion, or is this an experience they are to seek later?  (1 Cor. 12:13)

d.      Are tongues today known languages as in Acts 2:11, or are they just sounds?

e.       Do tongues-speakers receive the gift completely by an act of God today, or are they asked to do something like make sounds, loosen their tongue, or stick their finger in their cheek, etc.?

f.        Does the Bible anywhere say to seek “tongues” as assurance of your salvation?  (1 John 5:11-13; Romans 10:9-13).  The assurance verses above are based on faith and belief, not a sign, which is just the opposite of faith.

g.       Is “tongues” a sign of being “filled” by the Holy Spirit?  What about those other believers in 1 Corinthians 12 that were not given this particular gift, but were given a gift that was considered of more importance?

h.       Is “tongues’ a sign of spiritual maturity?  Then why were the Corinthian Christians the most carnal and spiritually immature believers in the early church?  If tongues were only given to mature believers, the Corinthian believers would never have received it in the first place.

i.         Does the Bible say that New Testament tongues were only for self-edification and emotional release and to draw closer to God through praise and adoration, or was it to proclaim the gospel and the mighty works of God in the many different languages of the world?

j.        Is this modern day “gift” of the Holy Spirit?  Some feel that their “experiences” provide them with an emotional high by which they are able to escape momentarily from inward problems and conflicts.  Some young people have described their “experiences” as a substitute for the high they used to get on drugs.

k.      If you don’t know what you are saying, how do you know you are glorifying God, and not cursing Him instead?

l.         Is the “tongues” experience of today the same as described in the Bible, or is it a Satanic counterfeit?  Satan is the master counterfeit, and of deception.

 

Please read the following verses:

 

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

1 John 4:1

 

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

1 Timothy 4:1

 

“13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

 

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15

 

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

1 Corinthians 14:33

 

“A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.”

Matthew 16:4

 

“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”

2 Corinthians 5:7

 

To seek a sign as a basis for faith opens the door for the creator of deception and false signs who is none other than Satan himself.  (Matthew 16:4;

2 Corinthians 5:7)

 

The real danger in this diabolical plan of Satan is that it is diminishing and destroying the evangelical fervor of Christians who at one time sought to walk by faith proclaiming to others that salvation comes by faith and faith alone in Jesus Christ.  Instead of busy offering the gospel to the unsaved, they are offering an emotional experience to the saved.

 

“Beloved …try the spirits” (1 John 4:1)