The Withdrawal of the Gifts of the Spirit

The miraculous gifts of God’s spirit will be used again by the believers in order to change this present world into God’s Kingdom, after the return of Christ. The gifts are therefore called “the powers of the world (age) to come” (Hebrews 6:4-5); and Joel 2:26-29 describes a great outpouring of the spirit gifts after the repentance of Israel.

There are clear Biblical prophecies that at some point in time between the first century, when the gifts were possessed, and the second coming, the gifts were to be withdrawn:

“Whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be (the gift of) knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away” (1 Corinthians 13:8-10).

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Author: Duncan Heaster

Keywords: Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, Holy Ghost gifts, Holy Spirit gifts, Spirit gifts, Spiritual gifts, Gifts of healing, Speaking in tongues, Tongues, Tongue speaking, Glossalia, Glossolalia, Ecstatic speech, Ecstatic, Pentecostal, Pentecostal movement, Holy rollers, Fruits of the spirit, Spirit filled, Charismatics, Unknown tongue, Foreign tongue

Bible reference(s): Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:4-12, Acts 4:31, Acts 8:18-20, Acts 19:6, 1 Cor. 13:8-10, 1 Corinthians 14, Hebrews 2:4, Heb. 6:4-5

Source: Bible Basics.

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