Essay on The Charismatic Gifts

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THE CHARISMATIC GIFTS: THEIR USE, FUNCTION,AND CONTINUITY Joseph Oliveri Bible 364 - Acts August 16, 2013 Introduction Their is much debate surrounding the use of the charismatic gifts in Acts. Many questions arise about how to use such gifts, and whether or not they can be used today in the first place. The debate regarding the continuation and the cessation of the spiritual gifts, the meaning of which we will clarify in a moment, is a relatively modern one. Although we read about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in Acts, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the early church of the New Testament, history is more or less silent on this issue. It was not until the early…show more content…
First, he grounds the use of all the gifts in the Lordship of Jesus Christ (“Therefore... no one speaking in the Spirit...”1 Cor. 1:3). Here, it is seen that the “gift and gifts of the Spirit serve as the external manifestation of the triumph and enthronement of Christ.”4 Furthermore, in 1 Cor. 1:7-11, the point is made that the “exercise of any gift of the Spirit is the ministry of the word given to God’s people,” and that “the ministry of God’s revelatory word is central to the use of all other gifts... they give expression to that word in various ways.”5 This is why, in an eclectic grouping of the various giftings (found in 1 Cor. 12:8-11, 1 Cor. 12:28, Rom. 12:6-8, Eph. 4:11, and 1 Pet. 4:11), the work of the ministry of the word of God is paramount, that is, “the revelatory word through the apostle and prophet is foundational, while all else is informed by and flows from this.”6 Second, Paul grounds the use of the gifts in love. The reflection of the manifestations of these gifts were meant to emphasize God’s grace, that is, the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost as a sign of the new covenant for believers. This, of course, was a fulfillment of the Prophecy of Joel ( Joel 2:28-32; cf. Acts 2:17-18). Peter understood the prophesying to which Joel referred to be fulfilled by that speaking of tongues produced by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Thus, Peter regarded tongues as the functional equivalent of prophecy (this is important to note, as it helps shape
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