The New Testament gospel of the grace of Christ, God.

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Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
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Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
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1 Corinthians 2:4-5  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, [5] so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
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Galatians 3:3  Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
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KJV:  Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
 
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It is not long that one encounters many different types of Christians who claim to believe in Jesus Christ, the Bible and yet have significantly different Gospels and one wonders why.
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The most common reason  is most of these people have not studied the New testament, Old testament directly for themselves bur they rather  expound what others have told them..  and so that is why  you should as per  Matthew 10:17 … beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;  Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
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It is undeniable that when the Gospel is preached, Jesus Christ  and the Holy Spirit are the central theme, and also miracles do occur, not just those of personal salvations, but those of  healings and deliverances as well.. The New Testament evangelists manifested healings too..
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Matthew 4
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
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Matthew 11
5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
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Matthew 24
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
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The Holy Spirit is the owner and dispenser of the spiritual gifts 
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Romans 11:29  God’s gifts and his call are IRREVOCABLE.
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Hebrews 2:4  God also testified to [our great salvation] by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
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James 1:17  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who DOES NOT CHANGE like shifting shadows.
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Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ is the SAME yesterday and TODAY and forever.
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The main places in the Bible where we learn about these Spiritual Gifts are: 

1 Corinthians 12-14

Romans 12

Ephesians 4

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From the Scripture, we also do learn the following key information about Spiritual Gifts: 

The apostles manifest(ed) all of the gifts  of the Spirit

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 1 Corinthians 12: 27    Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

28    And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29    Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30    Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31    But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
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Galatians 5
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23    Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24    And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25    If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26    Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
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The  Holy Spirit gives his gifts to all Christian people for their Christian work and service.
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God will not force his gifts upon you.. we are to seek thus..
Matthew 7
7    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8    For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9    Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10    Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11    If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
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1 Corinthians 1
7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
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Mark 16:15-18  [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. [16] Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. [17] And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; [18] they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
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Every Christian can have access to the Spiritual Gifts even the gift of love, hospitality,faith  too
( 1 Peter 4: 8    And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
9    Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
10    As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. )
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All of the gifts are from the Holy Spirit
4    Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6    And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7    But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8    For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9    To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10    To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11    But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13    For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14    For the body is not one member, but many.
15    If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16    And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17    If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18    But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19    And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20    But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21    And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22    Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23    And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24    For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25    That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26    And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27    Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.)
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 All Believers as stewards will next give a full account to Jesus Christ  for how they use their talents, resources, spiritual  gifts
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Matthew 3
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
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Matthew 7
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
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Matthew 13
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
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Matthew 21
34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
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43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
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Romans 12:
1    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3    For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4    For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5    So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6    Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7    Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8    Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9    Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10    Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11    Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12    Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13    Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14    Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15    Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16    Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17    Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18    If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19    Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20    Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21    Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
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John 15
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
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16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
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Gifts used without love do not accomplish God’s intended purposes
1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
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Again Spiritual Gifts are used for the common good to build up the Body ( 1 Corinthians 12:27 )
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 Spiritual Gifts are an evidence of godly fruit in the life of the Body

1 Corinthians 1:7-8  Therefore you do NOT LACK any SPIRITUAL GIFT as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the END, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

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Spiritual Gifts were also now  given to people by the direct laying on of hands of the original Apostles

1 Timothy 4
14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
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2 Timothy 1
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
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How Many Different Spiritual Gifts Are There?

First look at the key Bible passages on Spiritual Gifts and limit the Gifts to the ones listed there:

Romans 12 – Prophecy, Service, Teaching, Encouragement, Giving, Leadership, and Mercy

1 Corinthians 12 – Message of Wisdom, Message of Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miraculous Powers, Prophecy, Distinguishing between spirits, Speaking in Tongues, and Interpreting Tongues

Ephesians 4 – Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teache

Some people add  that the Gifts of Craftsmanship and Music because of the skills that God gave to people to help with the Old Testament Tabernacle although secular people have these gifts so these are not necessarily spiritual gifts

Some see Prayer and Intercession as Spiritual Gifts

There is also the gift of giving

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 The preaching of the Gospel always has  spiritual gifts associated with it..
 
Mark 1
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
 
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
 
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
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Mark 8
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
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Mark 10
29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,
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Mark 16
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
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Luke 4
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
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Luke 7
22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
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Luke 9
6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
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Romans 1:
1    Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
2    (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
3    Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4    And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5    By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
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2 Corinthians 4
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
 
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
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2 Corinthians 11
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
 
7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
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Galatians 1
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
 
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
 
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
 
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
 
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
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Ephesians 6
27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
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Colossians 1
5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
 
23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
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1 Thessalonians 1
5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
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2 Thessalonians 1
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
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2 Thessalonians 2
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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2 Timothy 1
10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
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1 Peter 1
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
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1 Peter 4
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
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Revelation 14
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
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1 John 4
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him
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PS

Traditionally, the organized Churches to falsely avoid the fact it has lost it’s spirituality  have   denied  the existence of the gifts of the Holy Spirit absurdily.

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“The traditional limitations fall into three categories. The first is an outright denial that certain of the gifts, particularly those which involve God speaking directly to us or intervening directly in the physical world, still function at all. It is argued that these gifts were given only in the First Century and for the sole purpose of authenticating the message of the Apostles. Since the Apostles are now gone and the Scriptures are now complete, it is said, these gifts are no longer needed. Since they are no longer needed, God no longer gives them, because (it is tacitly assumed) God never gives us by supernatural means anything more than the minimum His work presently absolutely requires.

This assumption that God is stingy with His power is absurd, but it underlies the argument that some of the gifts have “passed away.” Furthermore, to the extent that the argument is based on the observation that the miraculous gifts were manifested in the New Testament only to authenticate the words of Jesus and the Apostles, it is based on an inaccurate observation. The Word of God is self- authenticating. Isaiah 55:12; John 6:63, 7:16, 8:47 and 12:48-49. To be sure, there are a few instances on which miracles were seemingly used to prove the speaker’s authority to an unbeliever who had challenged that authority. Matthew 9:2-6 and 12:9-16; Luke 5:17-26 and 7:11-24. But much more often, miracles were used to get the attention of an individual or of a crowd. See, for instance, Luke 4:33-41; Acts 2:4 ff., 3:1 ff., 5:15-16 and 28:7-10. And there are also instances in which healings or miracles were manifested in private for the direct benefit of an individual, with no message- authenticating or attention-getting purpose evident. Matthew 8:14, 9:18-31 and 12:15-16; Luke 9:49-55; Acts 9:36-41 and 18:11.

An argument that certain gifts have passed away is also commonly derived from some obscure language in I Corinthians 13:8-12, :

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail: whether there be tongues, they shall cease: whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

The argument from this passage for the cessation of tongues and the other communicatory gifts posits first that it is “obvious” that the “perfect” thing, the completion of all knowledge referred to in verse 10, is the completed canon of the Bible. It then asserts that, since the “perfect” came when the Bible was completed, prophecy, tongues and wisdom became unnecessary at that instant and, therefore, necessarily ceased. It is also commonly argued that, because, by assumption, the gifts of healing, miracles and miraculous faith served only to authenticate the message of the Apostles, these gifts also became unnecessary after John died and at that time passed into permanent disuse.

However, “that which is perfect” in verse 10 cannot be the Bible. When the perfect comes, we will see God face to face and know as perfectly as He knows us (v. 12). Manifestly, this has not yet occurred. Rather, it appears that the “perfect” thing spoken of here is Jesus himself, and that it comes when he returns. Indeed, John uses very similar language which plainly speaks of Jesus’ return:

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
I John 3:1-3

Thus, it is certain  that, until Jesus returns, the communicatory gifts — along with the other gifts of the Holy Spirit — retain their validity and their purpose of building us up as a Body”.

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I am a Canadian, retired and I do have an Engineering degree, from Concordia University , Montreal 1968, plus I had also now worked as a Re/Max Realtor in Calgary too.
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  1. Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.

    Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.

    Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.

    Since these are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Messiah. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Since you died with Messiah to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: ‘Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!’? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

    Since, then, you have been raised with Messiah, set your hearts on things above, where Messiah is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Messiah in God. When Messiah, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 2:9-3:4).

    Clearly, in Messiah, we are no longer bound by the ceremonial Levitical Law, whose rituals and stipulations were shadows and types of the greater spiritual realities in Messiah. Things have changed. If we say they haven’t then we must refrain from lighting our ovens on sabbath and put to death anyone who works on it according to Exodus 35:1-3. The Sabbath had ceremonial aspects, and those ceremonial aspects are fulfilled and abolished in Messiah

    The Sunday Lord’s Day focuses on Messiah’s final accomplishment of redemption and on the new creation he began. The early believers began to meet on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week upon which Yeshua rose from the dead. We find this in Acts:
    “On the FIRST DAY of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight ” (Acts 20:7).
    On the first day of the week believers were meeting together, breaking bread together, and listening to the Apostolic teaching together. Rabbi Saul (Paul) instructed believers as follows:
    “Now about the collection for God’s people: do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the FIRST DAY OF EVERY WEEK each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made” (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
    Here we have the people of God taking up a collection for the work of the gospel in other places on the first day of every week.
    John, the apostle closest to Yeshua, was given the final New Covenant revelation on the “Lord’s Day”, which became the popular name for the first day of the week. He wrote:
    “On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit…” (Revelation 1:10).
    Messiah chose to give John the great revelation of things “soon to come” (Revelation 1:1-3) on the same day he rose from the dead. Coincidence? Messiah declared to John:
    “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!” (Revelation 1:18).
    On Sunday, known as the “Lord’s Day , the same day of the week he rose from the dead, Yeshua declared himself the “Living One” risen from the dead. Is this a coincidence, too?
    Clearly, based on scripture, a good case can be made for worshiping God on the day Messiah rose, the first day of the week, Sunday . Ultimate Redemption centered in the work of Messiah JESUS CHRIST who rose on a Sunday AND NOT on Saturday..

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