01 Apostolic Gifts

The first article that I will be posting is regarding speaking in tongues.   I did a research of all the uses of tongues in the New Testament.  The primary useage of tongues was in the book of Acts and then in 1 Corinthians 14.   Speaking in tongues is usually the test used by Pentacostals as to whether you are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit.   The Pentacostal Movement began about the beginning of the 1900s.   If the Apostolic signs and miracles continue to this day, they would claim to perform them.  There have been several movements in Church history which claim to have revived the Apostolic gifts.  I will be researching and commenting on these groups.   I do wish that the Apostolic gifts existed today.   However, I have great doubts about any such thing happening today.

If they do occur, I believe that it would be on the mission field where the people are very primitive and do not have the Word of God and are not literate.   Just like in early Christianity during the Apostolic age there were miracles performed to confirm and authenticate the Truth of God, I believe this may occur on mission fields of primitive people groups.

I certainly believe in God’s ability to perform miracles even today.  But I do not believe that miracles are the norm for today.  It is probable that many of the Apostolic type miracles may be revived during Daniel’s Seventieth Week which is a special period of time that is related to Israel’s ultimate restoration Romans 11:25-27.

Romans 11:25-27 (KJV)
25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Israel’s current condition of blindness is partial and temporary.  There are many Messianic Jews even now, but the nation of Israel will turn to God and receive Jesus Christ as their true Messiah in a coming day.

All of the early Christians were Messianic Jews.   All of the Holy Scriptures were written by Jewish persons with the possible exception of Luke and Acts.

Romans 3:1-2 (KJV)
1  What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
2  Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

The Jewish people produced the written Word of God 2 Timothy 3:16,17 and the Living Word of God, Jesus the Christ John 1:1-3..

Romans chapters 9, 10,11 is Paul’s explanation regarding the Jewish people.   Romans 9 discusses that past election of Israel.  Romans 10 explains the current salvation of a Jewish person.  Romans 11 explains the future restoration of the Jewish people. 

Rev. Thomas L. Clark – Phil. 3:14

 

 

 

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