Did the spiritual gifts of the Spirit end with the apostles?

The scriptures in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, and 1 Peter 4:10-11 speak about the spiritual gifts of the Spirit.

Spiritual gifts for all times

These are the gifts of prophecy, wisdom, knowledge, faith, healings, grace, miraculous powers, distinguishing between spirits, speaking of tongues and interpretation of tongues. These gifts are given “so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other” (1 Corinthians 12:25). And “that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (1 peter 4:11)

Spiritual gifts were given to the early church and are given to today’s church for the common good or advantage of the church as a whole, though personal benefit is not excluded (1 Corinthians 4 14:4, 12). These gifts are bestowed to meet specific needs of the church and in special situations.

Why the Corinthian church received more gifts than today’s church?

In the wisdom and mercy of God, the church at Corinth received a generous grant of gifts (1 Corinthians 1:7) more so than churches today because these supernatural manifestations confirmed the faith of the early believers, who did not have the historical evidence of the power of Christianity that believers have today. Modern believers are blessed with an ample supply of resources and witnesses to base their faith on.

Another reason for God giving liberal gifts to the early church was because the church didn’t have trained and experienced leadership or men skilled in the Word of God. Also, Bibles, consisting of only the OT, were rare. Therefore, to supply the lack and to provide for the need, supernatural gifts were given more liberally then.

God is the same, yesterday, today and forever

The Lord want to bless His people. And He will certainly not withhold any good thing from them if He sees that they needed it (Psalm 84:11). Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” (Matthew 7:7-11).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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