From S. Lewis Johnson’s 1 Corinthians series (this message), and this related message from his earlier Systematic Theology series, a look at the different spiritual gifts as set forth in the scriptures, and why some of the gifts are temporary (not permanent) spiritual gifts.
Four passages address the spiritual gifts – the two 12s and two 4s: Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4. The temporary gifts are largely sign gifts, the miraculous gifts: apostles, prophets, miracles, healings, tongues, utterances of knowledge and wisdom (1 Corinthians 12:8), and discerning of spirits.
Four reasons, biblical support, for why these spiritual gifts were temporary:
1) Scriptural hints: Hebrews 2:3-4 indicates a progression: the word of God was spoken by our Lord, then moved in transition from our Lord to the apostles; and then, as the writer of the book of Hebrews tells us, it…
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