Thesection presented by Enn on the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” hassome relevance to theoretical scholars, but the conclusion of thatsection is faulty and I disagree with it. Enn concludes that some theHoly Spirit’s gifts worked during the Apostolic period, and theyare no longer in operation today (Enn, 2014). A closer examination ofEnn’s argument shows that he intends to claim that the sign giftsare the ones that ceased soon after the apostolic times. Some of thesign gifts that Enn holds that the gifts are no longer in operationinclude the gift of healing, prophecy, and speaking in tongues. Thispaper presents some biblical facts indicating that Enn’s is wrongand that the spiritual gifts are still in use today.
Itis important to comprehend that the main question is not whether theLord can give the “Sign gifts”, but whether the Holy Spirit stilldispenses these gifts to modern Christians. The book of 1 Corinthians12: 7-10 shows that the Holy Spirit is at liberty to dispense anygift to any person. In the book of 1 Corinthians 12: 8-10 and 28-30shows that ordinary Christians also received the gifts as long asthey had received the Holy Spirit. Based on this concept, it isevident that the Holy Spirit still dispense gifts to modernChristians, although the number of people with these gifts may belesser compared to the days of the apostles.
Whensending his disciples to preach, Jesus told them in Mark 16: 15-17that those who could believe in him would get saved and be followedby numerous signs. Some of the common signs that Jesus mentionedinclude speaking in tongues and driving out demons. Jesus alsomentioned that believers would take poison and not die and have thepower to place their hands on the sick who will then receive healing.From this passage, Jesus implied that people who could receive thegospel from Apostles could inherit the same gives. This means thatthe gifts were not limited to the apostolic period, but evenbelievers who could come after the apostles (including the today’sChristians) would receive the same gifts. Therefore, the HolySpirit’s gifts are the entire age of the church or until Jesuscomes back.
CombiningMark 16:15 and Mathew 28:19, one can learn that Jesus commanded allChristians to go, preach the gospel, kick demons out of people, andhealth those who are sick until the end of the age. Executing thesecommands would otherwise be impossible without the Holy Spirit’sgifts. Therefore, making a conclusion that the gifts have ceased canbe interpreted to mean that the end of ages came in the firstcentury, which is not the case. In 1 Corinthians 1:7-8, Apostle Paulencouraged believers by telling them that they would not lack any ofthe spiritual gifts even as they waited for the Jesus to be revealed.Paul adds that God’s Spirit would give them strength in order tohelp them remain blameless to the day of the Lord. This means thattoday’s Christens are still receiving spiritual gifts since the dayof the Lord (when Jesus comes the second time) is yet to come.
Inconclusion, the conclusion made by Enn in the section “Gifts of theHoly Spirit” is incorrect. Enn makes a conclusion that thespiritual gifts were ceased, but the scriptures reviewed in thispaper confirmed that these gifts will continue being dispensed untilthe end of the church. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is still and willcontinue dispensing the gifts until Jesus comes back.
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Enn,P. (2014). TheMoody Handbook of Theology.Chicago: Moody Publishers.