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I believe in spiritual gifts

If you believe that certain gifts were given in the infancy of the church and were subsequently withdrawn, it is often assumed that you do not believe in spiritual gifts. Such to me is complete confusion.

I am a cessationist. I believe that certain gifts were given at the beginning of the church age. I believe that such things as prophecy, speaking in tongues and gifts of healing were foundation gifts for the church. They are connected with the apostles. Paul says to the Corinthians, “I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.” (2 Cor 12:12). With the establishing of the church, and the finalizing of the Word of God, these gifts which validate the apostles in their foundational role, passed.

But spiritual gifts have not passed away. It is only certain ones that have passed away.

The church needs spiritual gifts. The church becomes a dead entity if no gifts are being given and being operated. What are these gifts? They are gifts of: serving, administering, leading, teaching, hospitality, caring and so may more. There is an endless list and those things which are given to believers are given to strengthen the Lord’s church. These are the ongoing gifts.

We must remember the words of Ephesians 4: 7-8,

“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says,

‘When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives
    and gave gifts to his people.’”

So I believe in spiritual gifts. These gifts given to the church by our risen Lord. Let us use what He has given for His glory.

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