Study of Matt 26:26-28, Acts 2:38-41, 1 Cor 13:8, 1 Cor13:1-13, 1 Col 14:25-28, II Tim 3: 16-17.
There are born again Christians who believe that the blood covenant with Christ and the power from on high died out with the apostles in the first century. And that the manifestations of the spirit have nothing to do with us right now in today’s modern time. They call themselves Cessationists. These unfounded beliefs are false doctrine dangerously far from the truth. Obviously they are not aware of the blood covenant between Jesus and God or the blood covenant between Jesus Christ and us. And certainly they are not too familiar with the rest of the bible as well. They are inadvertently calling God a liar. Saying He breaks His promises.
In Matt 26:26-28 Jesus speaks of the blood covenant he’s about to enter into with us thus fulfilling God’s plan for redemption of all mankind.“While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”
38) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39) For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Peter did not say, “for the promise is unto you for the next 50-100 years”. Or “just for me and my friends until we die off”. No, he said “unto you and your children”, meaning their entire lineage. Same expression as how Jews in Jesus’ time stated they were the children of Abraham, a man who lived nearly 2,000 years before them. They were of his lineage. Everyone at that time understood what Peter was declaring.
God does not break His promises. God does not take something away when given in a blood covenant. Therefore, according to scripture, all 9 manifestations of the gift of holy spirit must be as much available today as they were nearly 2,000 years ago when they were first given to the disciples, and made available to all mankind on that particular day of Pentecost recorded in Acts 2.
For example, the manifestation Speaking in Tongues has everything to do with us now because it is a sign to others that a Christian is born again. It says so in 1 Cor 14:22: “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not:” Speaking in tongues is external, tangible evidence in the senses realm that the internal, intangible gift of holy spirit is inside you. It is also the cornerstone of God’s power that leads to miracles and wonders in your life and helps you in your witness of Christ.
Consider the following verse that seems to contradict what I’m teaching.
This verse is the primary one used by those in error to “prove” that manifestations of the holy spirit are no longer available today:
“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
If taken out of context as a stand alone verse, could lead to thinking that prophecy, tongues and knowledge will have ceased shortly after Paul wrote it. On the contrary, for example knowledge has not ceased, it has increased over the last 2,000 years; both in biblical understanding and in secular technology. That is undeniable.
Reading this verse in context with the entire chapter we see that the subject of this chapter is love prevailing.
1) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2) If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3) If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5) It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8) Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10) but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
11) When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
12) Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Prior to verse 8 Paul is showing how strong, perfect and important love is. After verse 8 he goes on to say that love is so strong that even if all else fails, love will continue to abide. He comes to a point in verse 10: “but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.” This is referring to a future tense in our resurrected bodies. At that time, all other things might cease to be necessary. Yet love will not cease to be necessary; and love will live forever.
We must always strive to understand all scripture as they relate together; not taking any one verse out of context from the others. All scriptures on a subject must be in harmony. If they are not, then there is an error in our understanding.
25) Of this church I [Paul] was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,
26) that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,
27) to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28) We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ."
16) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17) so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
How can we be “complete in Christ” as “thoroughly equipped for every good work” if we are lacking in power from God to do His wonderful will? We can't! God gave us the gift of holy spirit to use in our lives to do Christ’s work here on earth. God gave us power, a wonderful gift; part of His essence.
God is a giver, not a taker. Once He makes a promise leading to blessings through a Blood Covenant He never takes it away. All the power God gave to mankind through the sacrificial blood covenant of Jesus Christ in the first century is still available today in our century. It’s a good deal from God. Take it, use it, be prosperous, share with others and say thank you for the gift that God made available through our Lord Jesus Christ! Peace be unto you for your gracious heart in desiring to rightly divide, understand and apply God's word in your life.
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