Why Miraculous Gifts. Are Not for Today. Part One. Core Propositions. Core Propositions. The debate is not about what God is able to do, but about what He has indicated that He intends to do.
Are Not for Today
21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
(1 Corinthians 13:3)
Worship Is OT Pattern
Israel Is Central
Church Does Not Exist
Worship Is NT Pattern
Church Is Central
Israel Is Set Aside
The book opens with the disciples asking about the Kingdom. They are referring to Old Testament passages about the millennium. It was reasonable for them to expect that, with the resurrection of Jesus, the millennium was about to be established. This was the hope of Israel. Jesus’ reply, however, evades a direct answer. There is a shift in the book from Israel to the church. The purpose of the book is to detail that shift.
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This is a major departure in God’s
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There is a difference between an apostle of a local church and the formal office of apostle.
11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.
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?
Please note that the signs, wonders, and gifts would be done in connection with apostolic ministry, but not necessarily by the apostles. Signs and wonders might be done by members of the apostolic entourage (Timothy, Titus), or by members of apostolic churches (Antioch, Ephesus). They would still serve as signs to authenticate apostolic ministry.
Signs and Wonders done within the larger circle would serve to authenticate the ministry of the apostles, even if not done directly by the apostles.
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After the apostles’ message and authority had been confirmed, the need for apostolic signs and wonders ceased. We should expect that the sign gifts and the performing of wonders should have ceased by the death of the last apostle at the beginning of the second century.
That explicit, specific revelation is exactly what is lacking. Without it, Christians have no authority to continue exercising miraculous gifts.