Theo 201 Short Essay #3

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Name: Nichole Acosta Writing Style Used: MLA Course and Section Number: THEO 201 B01 Essay on Pneumatology: Spiritual Gifts With a passion for theology and the word of God, it brings me great joy when asked to explain my beliefs. While some aspects of our faith are a little simpler to explain than others, one that is continuously debated is that of spiritual gifts. Because of a presented opportunity from a curious friend, I found it fitting to dive into the topic that is currently being debated at his home church. In Acts 2:1-4, Paul recounts Pentecost as the ultimate outpouring of the Holy Spirit to all believers, indwelling and granting them with spiritual gifts. Ephesians 4:11-12 explains that these Spirit-given…show more content…
Paul urges in 1 Corinthians 14:39-40 that speaking in tongues should not be forbidden, and be done in order. Brand, Draper and England add in their commentary, “There is no compelling reason to believe that ‘ecstatic utterance’ is the same thing as the Biblical gift of tongues.” (1606). There exists no restriction for personal prayer (1 Corinthians 14:18-19), however should not be used in public places without an interpreter, as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 14:28. This would compromise the edifying design for unbelievers. Much controversy has been raised over 1 Corinthians 13 and what is said to be “valid”. Those negating the validity of speaking in tongues typically use 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 as the basis for their argument. However, the verse is comparing eternal with temporal things. This is Paul’s way of emphasizing peace in abiding things (like faith, hope and love) versus division for the sake of the tongues controversy to the church (Smith). Verse 10 also brings about the discussion of what Paul refers to as “perfect”. Even though, those belonging to the Negative School argue “that which is perfect” is to be the full canon of the Bible, there is nothing that suggests that the Holy Spirit will stop moving through this gift. When moving down to verse 12, it speaks of the time that the bride of Christ shall come “face to face” with her groom. Because Jesus is the personification of perfection, I believe this “perfect

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