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Some Christians think that God no longer speaks to people about things to come. They say that the gift of prophecy ended. They maintain that gift is no longer given. Here is a list of the gifts of the Spirit. Let’s see if these folks are correct in their thinking.

“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:4–10).1

It is sad to me that entire passages of Scripture, like the one above, are just ripped out of the Bible because, according to many, they are of no use. They say that these gifts are no longer operative because Paul doesn’t mention them in some of his letters. Because he didn’t heal Epaphroditus, Timothy, or Trophimus. Because when the Bible came, we didn’t need them anymore.

However, in spite of these weak assumptions, the evidence for the gifts of the Spirit in Scripture is overwhelming. Regardless, here is another passage they say we can just ignore:

“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:4–8).

They claim that prophecy has clearly ended, but the gifts of serving, teaching, exhortation, contribution, leadership, and mercy continue. Does that make sense? They should not disregard this verse:

“Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:20–21).

Here’s another they maintain we should reject for today:

“And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:17–18).

Guess it isn’t the last days anymore.

They also offer “the gifts continued for a while” argument for the following New Testament prophets.

“Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius)” (Acts 11:27–28).

“Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul” (Acts 13:1).

“On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied” (Acts 21:8–9).

Finally, here is an Old Testament verse we ignore at our peril:

“For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

I am not a prophet. I will never include myself with the great prophets of Scripture. However, the Lord has given me, a few times, the gift of prophecy to speak to others. It was clear it was from Him. The doubters can doubt all they want, but when God speaks to a person, it is very obvious. The most important prophecy He has given me, however, is one that was not for one person. It is for the Church and the United States. Judgment is coming. It is at the door. So, fellow Christians, please stop teaching that some of the gifts of the Spirit are no longer being given. We have always needed them, and we really need them now.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (2016). Crossway Bibles.

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