Now, PAY ATTENTION, God is VERY jealous concerning His Son and His Son’s Body; so be very careful that YOU are not trying to build up something, such as YOUR denomination IN COMPETITION with God, instead of being laborers together with God in building the ONE BODY of Ephesians 4:4.
Up through now, in our series on the Biblical Sign gifts, we took about showing that the signs and miracles of Mark 16:17-18 and the “sign” gifts of 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 ceased after the close of the “transition” period of about thirty years, covered by the Book of Acts.
As would be expected, this message is getting us into plenty of trouble, for which I most heartily praise The LORD Jesus Christ. Let me explain, but first a few quick thoughts...
Today God no longer gives the GIFT of healing, and there are NO...HEALERS. But we should not think that God Himself no longer heals, because He absolutely DOES!
The gift of tongues, prophecy and knowledge during the Acts period were only "in part", they were incomplete, they did not communicate the full knowledge that the LORD Jesus Christ had to reveal. But the LORD revealed to the Apostle Paul that "that which is perfect" was coming. In English, as in Greek, this is a neuter pronoun, "that thing which is perfect." Paul was not writing about the coming of "He who is perfect" but of the coming of a "thing" which is perfect. When it came, then the gifts which were only "in part" would cease.
In our previous message, “The Timeline of the Apostle Paul's Ministry”, we put in chronological order the 13 letters written by the Holy Spirit by the hand of the Apostle Paul. And, having surveyed the 13 letters let's see what they tell us about the Biblical Sign Gifts