- Published: 17 April 2011
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Interesting study, but I think someone is talking about a different God than my God.
Last time I checked my God was still a miracle working God. The same Holy Spirit imparted to believers in the early church is the same Holy Spirit imparted to believers today. I don’t think God changed did he? He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I’ve studied, but just cannot see where the dispensation of the Holy Spirit (and the gifts of the Spirit as Paul describes in 1 Cor 12) stopped based on an event or some type of time period. Even Paul indicates the diversity in ministry, but the same Lord, the diversity of gifts, but the same Lord. When did the Lord change?
God Bless your beautiful heart and thank you for your question. 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.
All God's Blessings,