Tired Of Mountains
Remember, this is a quest for truth – not denominational dogmas. I clearly know what the Baptists teach and I know what the Pentecostals teach. I want to know what do the scriptures teach. What does God say about the matter.
The Baptists teach the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit have ceased. The Pentacostals teach the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit continue today. Do you see the word both focus on?
Jesus did not say to the disciples, stay in Jerusalem until the Holy Ghost comes and gives you “gifts”. In Acts 1:8 KJV “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
The word “gifts” and the word “power” are two different words that have different meanings.
If you have ever wondered why your life seems to be like a roller coaster, ups and downs and going around and around the same mountains all the time: And you are truly a real Christian, you might ask God why you don’t seem to be able to overcome things in your life.
If you are confusing “gifts” with “power” you might now have your answer. Baptists believe the Holy Spirit works today in changing hearts and getting people saved. But they say the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit have ceased and they use 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 as their proof. In part it says prophecies will fail, tongues will cease, knowledge shall vanish away. Then they say Paul left Trophimus “sick” so if the “gifts” were still in effect why didn’t Paul heal him? Paul had the gift of healing. These are all true statements (they are in scripture) but the focus of that argument is the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit. It appears that through discounting the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit, they have also discounted the “power” of the Holy Spirit because they do not teach much about the Holy Spirit.
Then there is the argument that dispensational teaching does not support the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit being in effect today. Remember, Jesus said they would receive “power” not gifts. You know, God has given all of us gifts, and those gifts are generally your purpose in life. But clearly there is a “power” of God that God gives us, through the Holy Spirit.
As to dispensational teaching, it is scriptural. It clearly lays out the entire scriptures in a way we see the hand of God work in this world. But dispensational teaching does not change the fact that “gifts” are gifts and “power” means power. But that is a teaching for another time.
The Pentacostals have taken “gifts” of God and made them into idols as Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians –
1 Corinthians 12:1-2 KJV
Now concerning spiritual gifts , brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
Just about every Pentacostal I know talk about tongues or healing. That is what they focus on and if you go listen to a service you hear jibber jabber and when you ask them what they are saying, they do not know.
I don’t say this to speak against either, my quest was and is, truth. Not a denominational dogma. Clearly scripture teaches when Jesus rose from the dead, he breathed the Holy Ghost into the disciples the same day of his resurrection. Jesus also told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until the Father’s promise of the Holy Ghost comes. And when this happens, you will receive “power”. And this is where we will pick it up next time.
The key my friend, God can do anything and trusting him and his word, no matter what you see, hear or feel will strengthen your “inward man”.
2 Corinthians 4:16 KJV
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Until next time my friend. I do try to post daily Monday through Friday. When the Lord gives me something special I may post on a Sunday. I want to thank all my followers for reading my posts, sharing them and for your comments. I am truly grateful and humbled. Thank you.