- Published: 14 April 2011
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slain in the spirit ,what does it mean. is it when they fall out on the floor
God Bless your beautiful heart and thank you for writing. Slain in the spirit is a non-Scriptural term used to describe a event where a believer is overtaken with the Holy Spirit and they fall to the floor. This practise can be found no where in Scripture and we believe it is NOT of the One True God. There are many innocent believers today who are being tricked by so called manifestations of the spirit but the True confirmation sign gifts are NOT in operation today.
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,