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Word for the World - December 31, 2013

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Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

Rightly Dividing

Dr. Randy White

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.” (Acts 19:6)

This verse of scripture is used by many to argue that speaking in tongues and prophesying is a normative experience for all believers.  Those who use the verse this way, however, fail to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).  Paul, who was key to the experience of the Ephesians, later said that “if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease” (1 Corinthians 13:8, NASB95).  Done away literally means “set aside” and cease means “stop forever.”  The Ephesian believers were experiencing something that Paul said would be set aside (prophesying) or would cease (speaking in tongues).  How then do we argue that these two activities should be the normal Christians experience?

Be careful to rightly divide the word of truth.  With the end of the Apostolic age, the Apostolic gifts ceased.  God still works miracles, God’s Word still reveals prophecy, and God still moves in the hearts of His people.  Speaking in tongues and prophesying a new revelation, however, have been put aside or ceased altogether.

In His Grace,

Dr. Randy White
 

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