- Published: 14 April 2011
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Man what bible are you reading anyway? You to really need to re-think your position.
God, the same yesterday, today and forever.
Tongues is for today. Healing is for today. Prosperity is for today. I pray in tongues everyday. I am healed and many of the people I have prayed for, including those in my family have been miraculously healed.
Furthermore God always meets my needs according to HIS riches in glory.
Man, there are gold paved streets in Heaven and we are to pray that it is to be "on earth as it is in heaven. People in heaven are blessed so then God wants you to be blessed here on earth. The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof. If a man being evil wants to give good gifts to their children how much more does God want to give good gifts to His children.
Those gifts are not limited to Spiritual gufts but then you can't receive those either since you believe all that Holy Spirit stuff was for back then.
The blessing of Abraham has come on me. Go read the OT and see what God told Abraham He would do for Him after Abraham obeyed Him in lifting up Issac for sacrifice. It is clear that Abraham's blessing is mine too. Gal 3:13: If you think the blessings of Abraham are not for you today then quit your job since you think Abraham's blessing isn't yours too. Because if you have a job then you are acting contrary to what you believe since a job will pay your bills and keep you out of lack and poverty. In continuing that train of thought we have to come to the conclusion that jobs are in disobedience to God.
I guess if you don't want to be blessed, healed and prosperous then that is OK. But I don't believe that for a minute. So, I hold fast to my profession of faith no matter what you say or believe.
But as for me and my house, "The Blessing of Abraham" is working in me, my family and my business. Everything I put my hands to prospers. I was redeemed of the curse of the law, Christ was made a curse for me. The curse of the law is sickness, poverty and eternal death. (See Deut)
God Bless your beautiful heart and thank you for writing. We are reading the KJV but are carefully checking every word against the Greek and Hebrew originals. The short answer is The Lord never changes but His administrations, dispensations or stewardships DO. There was a HUGE change at Acts 28:28. The long answer is way to large for this email but we would be blest to point you in the right direction. Look at all the Epistles written by the Apostle Paul after Acts 28 where he is bound with a chain for you Gentiles. You will notice there are NO signs, miracles or wonders reported after this period and the Apostle who could heal at a word or the presence of a handkerchief could not now even heal his own fellow laborer in his own prison cell.
Phi 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
Phi 2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
Phi 2:27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
Paul could not lay hands on him and make him whole which he did time and again BEFORE Acts 28.
Timothy who had the ministry also could not heal after Acts 28, in fact he could not even heal himself:
1Ti 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mar 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
This was true for the stewardship of God prior to Acts 28 but since Acts 28 we do not see believers doing these things as was common to EVERY believer in the time before Acts 28. The Lord Who cannot lie said "they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" this is how we were to know a believer and was true before the end of the dispensation at Acts 28. The Lord also said:
Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Mar 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
Luk 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
But THAT GENERATION did pass away, can the Lord be wrong? Can He make a mistake. The Greek works used in "this generation" mean that VERY generation not some spiritualized generation of all believers or unbelievers as many have surmised so what is the answer? The conditions where NOT met they did not BELIEVE even after:
1Co 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
And they were given many signs until Acts 28 and then we find no more in Scripture to prove men's ministries. God is of course still able but the evidence of The Spirit or the manifestation by men has ceased, once again look toward Paul after Acts 28.
But wait something even greater has been given for Israel truly had many earthly blessings poured out upon them to help them to nationally repent and believe but alas they refused and because of that The Mystery was revealed where those who choose to believe may not manifest the spirit as in Corinthians but are:
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
This is far beyond what Israel had any hope of receiving and was not known nor available until after Acts 28.
God does still heal but not as a sign gift. The difference is that during the time of the Book of Acts God was calling Israel to repentance by these signs done by the hands of men to confirm the Truth they spoke. After Acts 28 these sign gifts cease although the Father cares for the needs of his people on an individual basis and NEVER to confirm a given ministry. Ministries that produce "signs and wonders" do so without the help of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ or the testimony of Scripture is false.
Rom. 15:8 To confirm the promises made unto the fathers.
1 Cor. 1:6 The testimony of Christ was confirmed in you.
1 Cor. 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end.
2 Cor. 1:21 He which stablisheth us with you.
Col. 2:7 Stablished in the faith.
Heb. 2:3 Was confirmed unto us by them.
Heb. 13:9 The heart be established with grace.
The passages which concern us in the present inquiry are:
Mark 16:20, 1 Corinthians 1:6 and Hebrews 2:3.
The signs following of verse 20, are most evidently the signs that shall follow them that believe of verse 17. They are:
- In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands upon the sick, and they shall recover (Mark 16:17,18).
- The Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.
The church at Corinth had a super abundance of spiritual and miraculous gifts, so much so that some regulation was necessary to avoid confusion (1 Cor. 14:26-33). In the opening address to this church Paul refers to the confirming character of these gifts:
- In every thing ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was CONFIRMED in you: so that ye come behind in no gift (1 Cor. 1:5-7).
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will.
These confirmatory gifts are spoken of in Hebrews 6:5 as the powers of the age to come the ignoring of which made it impossible to renew such unto repentance. These gifts promised in Mark 16, extend to the last chapter of the Acts, where Paul is bitten by a viper, unharmed, and miraculously cures a case of dysentery (Acts 28:3-8). These miracles of Mark 16 keep pace with the hope of Israel (Acts 28:20), but when the condition foretold in Isaiah 6:9,10 is entered, Israel dismissed and the salvation of God sent unto the Gentiles, miraculous signs cease. Instead we read such passages as Philippians 2:25-28, 2 Timothy 4:20, and 1 Timothy 5:23 with understanding.
The people of sign and wonder are no longer on the scene, and it had been established on two occasions that miracles wrought before Gentiles as such, without the explanatory presence of Israel only made them more idolatrous saying the gods are come down to us in the likeness of men (Acts 14:11), or they said he was a god (Acts 28:6). These signs DID follow, but these signs DO NOT follow them that believe today. The answer is that the dispensation has changed, and with it the characteristic evidences of a past calling. As the present dispensation nears its end, and as the earlier Churchs position temporarily set aside is resumed, we may expect to see a return of genuine miraculous gifts, but this will make the anti-Christian travesty of 2 Thessalonians 2:9 the more dangerous, for the signs that will be wrought in support of the Man of Sin would deceive if it were possible, the very elect (Matt. 24:24) The only confirmation mentioned in the Prison Epistles is that of Colossians 2:7, rooted and built up in Him, and STABLISHED (bebaio) in the faith, as ye have been taught. All else so far as we are concerned is beside the mark and leads into by-paths fraught with danger.
We Hope this helps,