The Holy Spirit is
working, but Spiritual Gifts have served their purpose and have been
Regarding the Gifts of The Spirit, they are in operation today and
The Lord is pouring out His Spirit on all people in the last days.
The reality is that
the Spirit of God was poured out one time for all
people. This is what is called the Baptism (covering) of the Holy
Spirit prophesied by Joel.
Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, 'What does this mean?'
Some however, made fun of them and said, 'They have had too much
wine.' Then Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice and
addressed the crowd: Fellow Jews and all of you who live in
Jerusalem, Let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I
say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine the
morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel.
'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all
Since the Day of Pentecost, people have been receiving the Spirit of
God when they become Christians.
After baptism of the Holy Spirit
which is available to all who ask and believe, the Holy Spirit gives
everyone certain gifts for the building of the body of the church.
We have to consider 2
1) When does a believer receive
"You however are controlled not by the sinful
nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God live in you. And
if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to
replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of
Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
A person cannot be saved without the Spirit, and receives the Spirit
2) What about the gifts of the
The gifts of the Spirit were given to confirm the word. The written
word was not yet available.
a. The Holy Spirit decided which individuals received Spiritual
gifts. (I Corinthians 12:11)
b. Gifts of the Spirit were not necessary for salvation. Acts
8:9-24 clearly says some in the church did not have Spiritual gifts.
c. The gifts of the Spirit were controlled actions. (I Corinthians
My life has been
transformed when I received baptism in the Holy Spirit.
My gift is speaking in tongues.
The beginning of
transformation comes when a person receives the indwelling of the
Spirit at salvation. The gift of tongues was not designed for
personal transformation, it was a sign to unbelievers, not
believers. (14:22,23) None of the gifts were designed for personal
use, they were designed for building the church. At the time, there
was no written word.
We are being transformed daily.
And we, who
with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being
transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which
comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
(II Corinthians 3:18)
The gift of tongues is a special gift. When I don't know what to
pray or how to pray the Spirit prays thru me and he prays what the
Father gives him.
The gift of tongues is literally the gift of
languages...being able to speak a recognizable language that others
can understand. Unless you have someone to interpret, you do not
know what is being said, so it is of no benefit.
The gift of tongues is not the ecstatic language of God. Remember,
the gift of tongues was
a sign to unbelievers, not believers.
There is an infilling when we receive
Jesus and an outpouring when you ask for and receive by faith the
Holy Spirit. Who among us does not need the Counselor Helper?
I am aware of the infilling
(indwelling) and the one-time outpouring. (Acts 2) The Counselor
(Holy Spirit) is given to all who are saved. (I Corinthians 6:19)
What about those who do not receive the special gifts of the Spirit.
Spiritual gifts had a special purpose and are not necessary for
The gifts of the Spirit are in operation today
and will be until we are with Jesus and we are transformed into
spirit bodies forever to reign with Him.
This sounds good, but is not Biblical.
I Corinthians 13:8-12 tell us prophecies, tongues and special
knowledge would pass away. Faith, hope and love would remain.
Some say this will happen at the end of time, but when Jesus comes
there will be no more faith and hope...there will be only sight and
fulfillment of hope. The question is: When did the gifts of the
By the writing of II Timothy 3:16,17, there was no more need for the
gifts of the Holy Spirit. The scriptures were complete!
Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may
be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
(II Timothy 3:16,17)
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Spirit until the last mention.
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