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Love Abiding, Spiritual Gifts Receding - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 31, 2021 AM | 1 Corinthians 13:8-13
Posted February 3, 2021 | Length: 00:52:06 | File size in bytes: 18759312

This morning Pastor Matt explains the reason why God took away certain spiritual gifts, as they were abused by the church. They were puffed up in the use of the gifts and misusing them in connection with their former pagan religious experience. In the most recent century of world history, think of how far out the charismatic gifts have gone in the name of the “Holy Spirit.” There is very much that is unholy and mistaken in the practice of these so-called gifts. We cannot claim that we need more gifts—because we have God’s love that allows us to exercise with excellence the gifts God does give. We cannot long for a reversion back to gifts of the childhood stage of the church. We live in a time where we have all the gifts we need, even though the variation of those gifts has been reduced by the passage of time. Some gifts have simply become “extinct.” But they were never endangered—they experienced a divinely planned extinction. We cannot claim today that we live in an era of darkness, as if looking into a dark metal mirror. We live in an era of the completed Word of God. We live in an “adult” church world, a world where God has given us His completed revelation and expects us to live with a maturity and obedience that is commensurate (proportional, corresponding in degree) to that measure of divine revelation He has given.

Our Scripture reading was found in Isaiah 20:1-21:17.

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