Often I’m asked the question of whether or not the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today. There are some who firmly and aggressively teach against the Holy Spirit using out of context scriptures and persuasive speech to dissuade anyone who would be seeking the Holy Spirit and the fullness of the walk in Christ. In their lack of humbleness before God or their rebellion, they have no problem taking folks down the path of “man’s wisdom” for their alleged walk in Christ that supposedly guarantees salvation (another topic) void of the power of the Holy Spirit. The flag-ship (and only, mind you) text they use is 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 :
1 Corinthians 13:8-10
New International Version (NIV)
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 completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
This is how Jack Kinsella explained away the gifts:
“When the essential purpose for which the Biblical miracles were
performed (faith-building) were no longer required, miracles like
healing the sick, raising the dead, speaking in tongues and Divine
inspiration was done away with, as Paul said they would be.
Scripture says that, once that which is perfect (the Bible) was come,
that which is in part (miracles, signs and wonders) would cease.
Scripture says that to subsequent generations of believes, faith would
come by hearing and studying God’s Word.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God.” ( Romans 10:17
So this belief that the Bible, or more precisely the KJV bible, is the perfection or completeness that Paul talks about is the excuse that God took back His Holy Spirit and the associated gifts. And faith building is no longer required? First off, Paul had no idea or inclination that some 400-600 years later a bunch of guys would get together and compile his letters and writings along with Peter and others. He had no idea that John would, long after Paul’s death, be given a revelation and write it down. Paul was talking well into the future, when Christ would come for His bride, the final act, and bring completion to the generation of man. According to Kinsella God took back His gift and Counselor and left man then to analyze and digest in his own faculties and intelligence. In 1 Corinthians, Paul wasn’t even addressing the ending of the gifts, he was chastising the Corinthians who were lording it over others how much more spiritual they were because they exercised the gifts more. Funny, how the anti-Holy Spirit crowd is in the same position now, trying to lord it over everyone else how wise they are.
These folks always, then, fall back to the very misused text from Revelation 22:
New International Version (NIV)
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this book.
Following the misguided approach that because he says this and the Revelation is at the end then this is a closure and there is no further prophecy or revelation from God. Well! John wrote the “book” of Revelation after Paul died and before the Bible was compiled. It is its own book and john gives clear warning about messing with its contents as many of the Gnostics of the day were prone to do. In the compilation of the Bible, it could have gone anywhere, after the gospels, after Acts. But the compilers followed the same pattern as the Old testament when they compiled the New Testament. Starting with life and genealogy, some history in the middle, and prophecy at the end. The complete Bible starts with Genesis, the beginning, and ends with the Revelation, or the end. And the Bible is far from complete, there are things that Daniel and John were told to “seal up until the end”. So that means there is more coming.
God never took away His gifts. He never took away His power for the Church. Man gave it away in exchange for man’s ways that are easier to understand and accept. So yes, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today and the gifting’s even more so as we enter into and live in these perilous end times, when the miracles of God are counterfeited with the wisdom of man.