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Cessationism Vs Continuism

Cessationists believe that the spiritual gifts such as healing, tongues, prophecy have ceased. But to be clear, Cessationists do NOT believe that the Holy Spirit no longer is active, nor that God no longer works miracles. They believe that God doesn't work miracles such as healing through gifted human agents. They believe that those gifts were for a specific purpose for a limited time and is no longer needed or active.

Continuists are associated with the Charismatic and Pentecostal churches. Also associated is the prosperity gospel churches, among others as well. They believe that the spiritual gifts of healing, tongues, and prophecy are still an active gift in the church today. They believe that Christians can still perform the miracles that occurred by Jesus and the apostles. They believe that Christians have the power and the authority to do all of those things and speak things into existence.

7 Reasons For Cessationism

1. The History Of Miracles
2. The Purpose Of Miracles
3. The Purpose Of Tongues
4. Tongues Were Real Languages
5. Not Since The Apostles
6. Revelation Is Now Complete
7. Experience

The History Of Miracles

Aside from the creation. The 1st mention of miracles in the Bible began with Moses as well as a few for Joshua. Then we had Elijah and Elisha. Then we had Jesus and his apostles. These segments in history when miracles were allowed on earth lasted approximately 60-70 years each. So for the last 6000 years approximately, mankind has been allowed to do miracles for approximately 200 years of that time. It also appears that God himself is a Cessationist as he ceases these miraculous powers and only allows them for allotted times throughout history. So the pattern of history is that signs and wonders are turned on and off throughout history for specific purposes. It starts and then it ceases. God has always performed miracles, but using human agents to perform them on earth starts and stops. Cessationism is a pattern of history.

The Purpose Of Miracles

So what is the purpose behind God allowing these signs, wonders, and miracles to occur if they are only allowed for short snippets of time throughout history? These miracles are a sign to the people that God is who he says he is and his messengers are who they say they are. It is to validate their authority. God performed many miracles to validate himself to the Israelites. Moses performed many miracles to validate himself to not only Pharoah, but also the Israelites that he is the leader of God's people. Elijah and Elisha performed many miracles to validate that they were God's prophets and that God was the one true God and not Baal. Jesus performed many miracles to validate that he was God's son. The apostles performed many miracles to validate that they were Jesus' apostles and had authority as such. Today we have the Bible as our inspired word of authority. They didn't have the whole revelation of God back then, only what is called the Old Testament today. So God had to give a sign for whose words and writings are inspired for his people of that day and his people in the future.

“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. Acts 2:22 (The miracles were a sign to the people to give credibility to Jesus and his claims.)

If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored. 1 Cor. 14:37-38 (As an apostle, Paul had greater authority than the prophets and others gifted by the Spirit. As they must be in line with Paul's teaching as it was directly from God.)

“I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. John 5:36
After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” John 6:14
Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?” John 7:31
The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. John 10:24-26
Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” John 10:37-38
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. John 14:11 (It is so very clear that miracles had a specific purpose. Once those purposes are accomplished they are no longer needed and cease.)

how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard himGod also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Heb. 2:3-4 (The miracles by Jesus and the apostles confirmed their words and future writings as inspired.)

So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesyingthey are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God. 1 Cor. 14:23-28 (This purpose of the miraculous gifts was to build up the church which was just being started with the new covenant. Much guidance was needed by the Holy Spirit to orchestrate everyone in the right direction because there was no Bible with the complete revelation of God. Also in this verse is the definition of prophesying. It was a sign to the person being prophesied to that God was present and speaking to them through the prophet to guide them. The prophet knew the secrets of their hearts that they couldn't possibly know without miraculous intervention from God giving them that information.)

The Purpose Of Tongues

Speaking in tongues served 2 purposes. First, t
ongues allowed for the word of God to be spread to all the Gentile nations as they spoke foreign languages. Without the gift of tongues God would have had a great obstacle to overcome in spreading his message to Gentiles. ALL missionaries today must learn the language of the people they go to as they do not have the ability to speak in foreign tongues untrained by the Spirit of God. Therefore tongues have ceased.

Secondly, the Jewish people spoke their own language. Anytime an unknown language came upon them it always signaled judgment or the end of an age. At the tower of Babel judgment was linked to unknown tongues and signaled the end of that age. When the Babylonians and Assyrians came upon the Israelites with their unknown tongues, it signaled judgment and exile. When unknown tongues came upon the people at Pentecost, it signaled exile, doom, and the end of that age for the Jews as was explained by Peter. The Gentiles were grafted into the Israel of God. This signal and warning is no longer needed today as Jerusalem was desolated in 70ad.

Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ Acts 2:12-21 (Peter explains that the prophet Joel prophesied doom upon the Jews once they see the sign of tongues. The sun to darkness and moon to blood is the prophesied destruction of the Jewish leadership hierarchy. This is how the sun and moon in prophecy are always depicted. Peter explains this to the Jews and why this is happening. He explains that destruction is upon them because they killed the Messiah and pleads for them to repent of their sins so that they do not see that destruction. Read through to verse 41 for Peter's full explanation. But all of this is connected back to the speaking of tongues heard on Pentecost. It was a sign to the unbelieving Jews that their foretold destruction was soon upon them.)

Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, Is. 28:11 (Tongues is foretold to be a sign to the Jews that destruction was upon them.)
In the Law it is written: “With other tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” 1 Cor. 14:21 (Unknown tongues is the sign to the Jews that judgment is soon upon them.)
Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. 1 Cor. 14:22 (Tongues are for a sign of judgment on unbelieving Jews, and are for spreading the message of salvation to the Gentiles who are also unbelievers at this time.)

I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. 1 Cor. 14:18-19 (Of course Paul spoke in tongues more than anybody, he was commissioned to be the apostle to the Gentiles who spoke in foreign tongues. So that spiritual gift was quite useful for him in his mission. Verse 19 speaks to the importance of understanding what is being said.)

Tongues Were Real Languages

The tongues you see today is simply gibberish. People speak it in a state of suggestion and of course there are physiological aspects at play as well for most people to be deceived into doing this. The tongues spoken of in the Bible were actual foreign languages spoken by someone who was not trained in how to speak that language, but did it by the power of God. The Spirit also gave the gift of interpretation from someone who has no training in interpreting that foreign tongue. 

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Acts 2:1-11 (At Pentecost, these tongues were actual languages that could be understood by the natives of that language. It wasn't gibberish.)

Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church. 1 Cor. 14:6-12 (Tongues is worthless without an interpreter. So the gibberish spoken today is just simply worthless.)

The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Acts 10:45-46 (Tongues are a real language, not gibberish. Gentiles were speaking in tongues from the Jews perspective because they were simply speaking their own foreign language.)

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified. 1 Cor. 14:1-5 (They "don't speak to people but to God" in the sense that only God understands if it is a foreign tongue, there is no interpreter, and there isn't an unbeliever there to understand that tongue. This is not saying that speaking in tongues sounds like gibberish to any and all humans. And when nobody understands, then nobody is edified and it is worthless. In which case it is better to prophecy and edify the church.)

For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified. 1 Cor. 14:13-17 (This is not stating that speaking in tongues is gibberish and some angelic language nobody can understand. If you couldn't understand what you were saying, you were to pray for an interpreter or else your mind is unfruitful. So what should be done? They should also pray and sing with understanding so that others may understand and be edified.)

Not Since The Apostles

First what qualifications did the apostles have that designated them as apostles? 1) They were eye witnesses to the life of Jesus. 2) They witnessed the resurrected Jesus. 3) They were personally commissioned by Jesus and given authority and power to perform miracles. 
The ability to perform miracles in the first century church was granted by God in ONLY two ways: baptism of the Holy Spirit or the laying on of the apostles’ hands. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is only mentioned twice as a rare occurrence. The laying on of hands by the apostles was the primary means. Laying on of hands was simply a sign of authenticating the person receiving the spiritual gift so that the people know who is authoritative in their actions and only the apostles could do this. The apostles were the only ones that possessed all the spiritual gifts. They gave others the ability to have individual spiritual gifts by the laying on of hands by an apostle. The apostles have all passed away therefore nobody has these gifts today because there are no more apostles to impart gifts to people by the laying on of hands. And even back then not everyone had all or any spiritual gifts except the apostles. So the charismatic idea that believers at large are all able to possess all these gifts is not found in scripture. 

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way. 1 Cor. 12:27-31 (The obvious answers to these hypothetical questions is no. So for charismatic believers to believe that all believers today should be able to heal, speak prophetically, speak in tongues, and work miracles is false.)

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matt. 10:1-2 (Jesus gave the authority to the apostles whom he chose.)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. Acts 2:42-43 (Only the apostles performed the miracles at Pentecost and that was the sign to the people that they were from God. And that is why their teaching and future writings were authoritative and inspired.)

The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. Acts: 5:12

I have become a fool, but you drove me to it. In fact, you should have commended me, since I am in no way inferior to those “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing. The true marks of an apostle—signs, wonders, and miracles—were performed among you with great perseverance. 2 Cor. 12:11-12 (Paul references the original 12 apostles as "super-apostles" and says that he is not inferior. Also that the signs, wonders, and miracles were the sign of their apostleship.)

Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 1 Cor. 15:7-8 (Paul was the last person that the resurrected Christ appeared to. He was the final apostle to be commissioned by Christ.)

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. Acts 19:11-12 (Wow, these are quite impressive miracles that Paul was able to perform. Let's see if Paul always had this gift.)

But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Phil. 2:25-27 (Paul no longer had the gift of healing to heal Epaphroditus, nor to heal himself who was also ill.)

Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus. 2 Tim. 4:20 (Paul would not have left his friend sick if he still had the gift of healing.)

Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. 1 Tim. 5:23 (Where is the gift of healing in the church for these illnesses? It has been withdrawn. The gift of healing ceased.)

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:14-16 (The gift of healing is already seen to be fading away as James is not instructing them to heal the sick or to find the person with the gift of healing to heal the sick. But instead to call the elders to pray for God to heal. If the gift of healing remained, then any of them could just lay their hands on the sick and they'd be healed and no need to gather the elders.)

Revelation Is Now Complete

In the 1st century when the new covenant message had come, Christians did not have a completed Bible in which to know the full revelation of God. God had to reveal himself to his people and also give them signs to know what was from him and what wasn't. 

To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 1 Cor. 12:8-10 (This verse is simply a set up for the verse listed below it. The gifts are shown to be separated into 3 different groups just as the verse below this more clearly separates these gifts into 3 separate groups that will cease and pass away. The 2 "another" words highlighted above are different words than the other "another" words not highlighted. The highlighted ones mean another of a different kind. The ones not highlighted means another of the same kind. The greek reveals what can't be deciphered in the english wording. 1) Wisdom and knowledge fall under knowledge in the verse below. 2) Faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, and distinguishing between spirits falls under prophecies in the below verse. 3) Tongues and interpretation of tongues falls under tongues in the below verse.)

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Cor. 13:8-12 (The "completeness" that came is the completed canon of scripture and the completed revelation of God. During the time of the apostles, God was still giving revelation and knowledge to his church. Paul must have believed that God would provide a new covenant document just as they already had an old covenant document which was the partial, not the completeness. Paul is telling us that love is the greatest spiritual gift and that it will never cease, but prophecy, tongues, and knowledge will cease because the completeness of God's revelation will have come through the completed canon of scripture. The analogies Paul uses also supports this context. A child is only a partial to completed manhood. A dim reflection in the mirror is only a partial and is not as clear a vision and understanding to seeing face to face. Knowing in part and then knowing fully is obviously referencing knowledge and understanding of God's revelation to mankind.)

Beloved, although I made every effort to write you about the salvation we share, I felt it necessary to write and urge you to contend earnestly for the faith entrusted once for all to the saints. Jude 1:3 (There is no more revelation. It is complete. The faith has been "once for all" delivered to the saints.)

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Eph. 2:19-20 (Once the foundation is poured and is set, there is no more. The apostles and the prophets are the foundation and there are no more of those positions. The full revelation of God is complete with the canon of scripture.)

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. Rev. 22:18-19 (The revelation of God is complete. There is no more prophesying. There are no more prophets.)

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13 (Although the Holy Spirit does teach us and guide us into all truth, today the Holy Spirit does this through our understanding of scripture. This is actually being spoken to the apostles to let them know that the Holy Spirit would guide them in formulating the inspired new testament scriptures.)

Experience

I hate to put it this way and sound cynical, but charismatic believers today simply can not duplicate the same miracles today such as raising the dead, commanding weather, walking on water, and real verified healings. And if they can't do those things, then I have an issue with their theology. It is very hard to discern especially without the revealed truth of scripture. Because without that it is easy to think that maybe they know something you don't know when they are gibber gabbering away with their false tongues. It is easy to believe a person has been healed by the hands of a believer when the believer seems so confident and the other person affirms that they have been healed and feel no more pain. So what is happening? What are we missing?

Hypnosis is a subject that few understand including myself. But what I do understand is that the practices of healers are eerily similar to that of a hypnotist. Many psychological effects are in play that can make a person feel healed in the moment.

The power of suggestion is one of those psychological effects. It is called the power of suggestion because it is actually quite powerful. People don't even know it is happening when they are being healed. "You feel that don't you?" "The pain is gone isn't it?" "This is gonna blow you away."

Learned behavior is also a factor. Modern speaking in tongues is a learned behavior. It is what they think they are supposed to be doing so they do it. People falling over when someone is touched by a faith healer in front of a large crowd is a learned behavior. They do it simply because they know that is what they are supposed to do.

Peer pressure plays a roll as well. People don't want to disappoint the people around them or the healer. It would be disappointing not only for them but also others around them to not be healed. They don't want to damage anyone's faith.

Adrenaline is huge when it comes to alleviating pain. And if you haven't noticed that most supposed healings are pain based and of course are unverifiable. The anticipation and excitement of that moment when the power of God is going to strike through your body and heal you causes a great adrenaline rush that causes the body to not recognize pain and cause the person to feel as though they have been healed. Of course that adrenaline eventually wears off and the pain returns.

Both people want it to happen so bad. It makes the healer and the person being healed feel special that the presence of God has visited them in a very person way. If you want it to happen that bad, you will convince yourself of anything that it has occurred with little to no verifiable proof. 

The person being healed is sometimes being nice and they don't want the healer to feel bad. They have just been prayed for healing and the healer is looking at them with great anticipation to see if it has occurred. So to say the pain is gone or it feels a little better is the least they can do. Sometimes they person being healed will say they've been healed after say the 4th attempt just so that the healer will stop.

Loss of stress is a natural reaction to the body when you have someone praying for you. This can have a positive impact on the body. But it doesn't mean that you were healed because a man of God had a special gift.

Belief can have a positive impact on the body as well. The placebo effect is real because belief impacts the body. Unfortunately though, this does not mean that a great man of God has healed you by their miraculous powers.

There are also some tricks that can be done that looks alot like someone doing a magic trick, but instead they use the same techniques to make it look like it was a miracle. The leg growing trick is the most common one you can find online on youtube. I find it hard to believe that someone doing this trick is not a deceiver. But here's the thing. Alot of the people doing these healings are not deceivers, but some are. It isn't our job to necessarily judge the intentions of someone's heart. It is our job to judge right and wrong. We know that these healings are false and are not the same type of healings done by Jesus and the apostles in the 1st century.

But let's never forget, that God can heal and can work miracles. God can intervene in our lives with or without the additional power of prayer. But believers today simply don't possess the same powers that Jesus and the apostles did back in the 1st century. 

Continuism Versus Explained

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents(Acts 28:3-6); and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:17-18 (This verse is notated in the Bible that it is not apart of earliest and other manuscripts. But even if these verses are to be apart of the Bible, these verses are spoken to the apostles, not for all believers in the future.)

Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matt. 21:18-22 (This is spoken to the apostles preparing them for the power that they will possess in the very near future. It is not being spoken to all believers today that they can have anything they want as long as they believe.)

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:23-24 (Spoken to and meant for the the apostles as they use the gifts of the Spirit, not for all believers today.)

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23 (Jesus is speaking back to a specific man that is doubting whether Jesus can heal his son. Obviously all things are possible when dealing directly with Jesus. This was not spoken for all believers today that they can get whatever they want if they just believe.)

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Cor. 4:20 (Paul is saying that those who have been given spiritual gifts should be using them properly. They should not become arrogant and should remain focused on their mission. It is not saying that today we should all be displaying miraculous powers from God.)

And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matt. 17:14-21 (This is spoken to the apostles. This is not directed at all believers today.)

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5 (His stripes heal us spiritually from our sins. That phrase is not referencing physical healing because the context is his death being for our "transgressions" and "iniquities." The first part in verse 4 is what is quoted in Matthew 8:17. This is foretelling Jesus' healing ministry.)

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. Matt. 8:17 (This quote of Isaiah 53:4 is confirmed by Jesus' healing ministry as it is quoted in the midst of Jesus' healing many. It is NOT saying that Jesus' death granted all healing to his believers for the future.)

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Psalm 103:2-3 (God CAN forgive and heal all. This does not mean that all are forgiven and healed. This does not mean that this is accomplished through human agents gifted with this ability for all times.)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 14:12-14 (The "greater works" his followers would do would be greater in scope, not in power. His followers spread the gospel message to the world. Jesus' works were limited to a small spectrum of time and area. Verse 12 is directed at whoever believes in Jesus. Verse 13 and 14 is directed at the apostles. Jesus is not a genie in a bottle for all believers today to have him do whatever we want. The apostles needed that power to show their authority and that their words and writings as inspired.)

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matt. 7:21-23 (Many today claim to prophesy, drive out demons, and perform miracles in his name, but theses are all false signs and wonders. This is not the gospel and this is not what salvation is about. Jesus was speaking directly to the apostles when he said this, so Judas would have fit into this category. We know that many false teachers displaying signs and wonders abounded in the 1st century before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70ad. It is much debated on who exactly Jesus is referring to here. But this is not a proof of the continuance of the miraculous gifts.)
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