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The Gift and the Promise (5)

The early disciples whom the apostles chose were granted gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit through prayer and by the laying on of the apostles’ hands, until all things to be given were set and concluded in the complete unfolding of the Word of God.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.  (1 Co. 13: 8 – 10)

At the conclusion of that time, God Almighty, who initiated the plan, had seen that it had all been made manifest or visible. The Messiah had executed it all, in shedding his blood and giving his life. The Holy Spirit had finalized and confirmed it. All three persons of the Deity completed their charges and assigned duties. Would anyone suggest otherwise?

As concerns the granting of the power to work the gifts of the Holy Spirit that had accompanied the giving of the grace of God, through the Holy Spirit’s guidance, there was no agent to pass on those gifts beyond the apostle’s mentioned in the NT. And, contrary to what is taught by the Mormons, not one of the holy apostles has survived from that day to this. And, you will certainly not find anything different than this taught in the NT. So, the gifts of the Holy Spirit expressed through signs and wonders, according to the scriptures, does not now exist.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit was therefore completed way back when. There was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh which unfolded in time and was identified by signs and wonders. And the baptism of the Holy Spirit was not the signs themselves, but was accounted for in other than through the working of miracles. The miracles marked the way, to the giving of the grace of God.

Nobody today can do the works that were done then, whether our Pentecostal friends believe it or not. And no one can perform signs and wonders through the agency of the Holy Spirit. Such imaginings are contrary to the Word of God. The Word of God is complete with the work of outpouring through the Holy Spirit long ago was accomplished and is complete. We should make use of what God has wrought.