A Gem Found in a Haystack of Comments.
It is quite thrilling sometimes to read through the comments section of various blogs and find comments that sometimes far outshine the blog itself. I don't mean that in a derogatory way - it happens in most of my blogs if I'm the one writing! I wanted to highlight this particular extract by my friend Don. It is a fantastic and so true insight on the debate about the gifts of the Spirit. Read it!
"Cessationism forces God to work only in ways acceptable to minds trained by anti-Christian Enlightenment thinking: rationalism and skepticism. Cessationism is *really* based note on Scripture, but on a *perceived* lack of trustworthy evidence for the gifts continuing ... I submit that God's heart has not changed from ancient times. Moses wished all his people would prophesy. Paul wished all the Corinithians would prophesy. God today still wishes all Christians would prophesy. Why? To release His loving wisdom and edify the beloved Body of Christ, which so desperately needs both. It's all about releasing more of the power-filled *love* of God into this world. The death of Jesus on Calvary was the single best expression of God's love -- but He is so loving and so giving, He has many, many more expressions of His love that He wants to release, to glorify Jesus before living people today. The charismatic gifts are excellent, God-designed vehicles to release that love, particularly in combination with the properly preached and taught Word of God".
I think that quote carries much wisdom and insight and it thrills me.
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