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What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and is It and It’s Gifts for Today?Miracles.

So, are miracles for today? Apparently not, according to many. Some subscribe to the notions that we have doctors now and don’t need miracles and psychiatrists because demons are really mental problems, etc. And we wonder why Jesus says “oh you of little faith”. In the effort of removing God’s sovereignty and replacing it with man’s wisdom men have built a faithless church. More or less a huge group of feel good pacifists following Romans 13., folks that won’t lower themselves to humiliation of faith, running away from the risk of action that “might not work”. Jesus said,” if you have the faith of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain be moved and it will move.”, yet now they teach against taking that risk.

So, miracles, what does the Bible say?

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

New International Version (NIV)

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

These are gifts given, at the Holy Spirit discretion, after you are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Whether those gifts get added as faith and humbleness increase I can’t say (actually, the Corinthians weren’t exactly humble about it). So each of these is available to the Christian and only “died off” as a result of lack of use or being buried in liturgy and books (the RCC buried everything because the Holy Spirit cried out against them). In his letters to Timothy Paul warns Timothy not to “neglect the gift that was given with the laying on of hands.” God never pulled back His gifts, men just laid them aside because it was easier and more advantageous to be high falutin than be humble servants.

Now there are those like Jack Kinsella ( sorry if I pick on Jack too much but it’s his material that is readily available to me and most offensive) who teach, without exception that miracles ended with the Apostles.

Here, in his Omega Letter, he states erroneously:

“The pattern was that God revealed His word, then testified to the truth
of it by Divine miracles, signs and wonders.

In other words, miracles confirmed that the word spoken by God’s
prophets or apostles was of Divine origin.  This is why Paul could speak
of the “signs of a true apostle” in order to distinguish himself from
those who made false claims ( 2 Corinthians 12:12
<http://www.omegaletter.com/bible/bible.asp?B=47&C=12#12&gt; ).

Once the purpose of miracles in confirming the Word was completed, that
purpose was no longer necessary.  The Scripture says of itself that it
is the complete revelation of God, perfect and inerrant, concluding with
the promise that,

“. . . If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add
unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” ( Revelation 22:18
<http://www.omegaletter.com/bible/bible.asp?B=66&C=22#18&gt; )

In addressing miracles, signs and wonders, such as speaking in tongues,
prophesying, and receiving a ‘direct Word from the Lord’ the Apostle
Paul wrote,

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they
shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be
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. ” ( 1st Corinthians 13:8-10
<http://www.omegaletter.com/bible/bible.asp?B=46&C=13#8&gt; )

When the Apostles claimed to be under the inspiration of God when the
preached and taught, they had plenty of competition.  Lots and lots of
people of that day made similar claims.  What gave the Apostles
credibility over the competition was their ability to perform the
miraculous.

The power to perform miracles was their ‘badge of office’ so to speak.
Miracles were to authenticate both the Message and the messengers in the
minds of men.

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.”

You’ll see immediate errors that come out as I’d pointed out before. First and foremost is Jack’s assertion that the perfection(Bible)  has come. Even Jack Kelly, who I so often disagree with, denies that assertion as to what the perfection is. And again, the misuse of Revelation 22 where John is actually warning not to add or subtract to the book that he wrote, not the compilation of books that we call the Bible today.

Jack continues:

“The guys who claim to be able to work miracles, signs and wonders
denigrate the greatest miracle and the most wonderful sign of God
already given us.

That which is the Perfect Word of God contained in the Holy Scriptures.

Those TV preachers who claim to keep the Holy Spirit in a box that they
can open at will and heal the sick, make Divine prophecy or perform
on-stage miracles on demand violate the doctrines of Scripture that
constitute the Law of Miracles.”

Here is an indication of the arrogance that some have of denigrating and demeaning those that prefer to walk in the Holy Spirit. Hate to break it to those that followed Jack but yes, years ago when my niece had a tumor the size of an orange behind her heart and was going to be admitted to the children’s hospital in Chicago for surgery on Monday, I felt led to go down and pray for her that Sunday. I simply walked in, laid my hand on her and said, “In the name of Jesus, tumor be gone.” and my wife an I went home. The next day (Monday), I got a call that the pre-op ex-rays could no longer find the tumor, it was gone, and they sent her home. That was a miracle, my friend, but here I am being accused of violating some sort of Law of Miracles.

You know, I did a search for “the Law of Miracles” and couldn’t find anything, not in the Old Testament, not in the New testament. Even a Google search came up with one “Law of Miracles” written by some secular guy who said that EVERYONE has a miracle once a month (find that in scripture). Jack was making something up here to sound authoritative to denigrate the Benny Hinn’s, yes, but not the whole moving of the Holy Spirit. And this is what those in the anti-Holy Spirit doctrine do, because scriptures don’t back them even when they take them out of context.

On the flip side of miracles, almost without exception, some go off in a ministry and do commit stage fakes, if you will. It seems like a good ministry reaches a certain level and then men begin to manipulate it. But then, these are folks who put aside the scriptures for their own purposes. If the Holy Spirit has nothing for a particular church then they make something up. The giftings are for the administration of the local church and should stay there.

So yes, miracles are for today, and yes, many people get the gift of healing. prophecy, knowledge, etc ( whether one time or a regular occurrence as the Spirit leads).

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