Are the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit for today?

I was visiting with my friend Mr. Adam and his son when the door bell rang. 
It was Miss Judy and a lady friend of hers. I had asked Miss Judy to come 
over and pray for Mr. Adam. Mr. Adam was a diabetic and had to undergo 
kidney dialysis three times a week. After visiting some she explained to Mr. 
Adam that she had left her anointing oil in the car as God had impressed on 
her that she should. She then began to tell him some things about himself. 
She asked him if she could touch him. He said yes. Once she touched him 
she said, This if different Father the Holy Spirit is flowing from him into me 
usually it's the other way around. 

After she finished praying for Mr. Adam I asked her to pray for me. She told me, you need to pray more and you need to read the Bible more. I thought yes she is sure right. She then indicated she sensed a lot of pain and sorrow in my life. That was also true. Like most parents I had been hurt by my kids and I was worried about them. I had also under- gone a divorce several years ago so there were a number of things around it that were painful. Then she and Mr. Adam laid hands on me and prayed for me. I was glad they were praying for me but I felt nothing. I really didn't expect to feel anything as I didn't think the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit were generally for today. I had asked her to pray for Mr. Adam as I felt God had given to her the ability to affect a healing in others in the name of Jesus.
She then prayed for Mr. Adam's 11 year old son. I knew he was a Christian. I had shared the gospel with him and his younger brother two or three times and they had both assured me they were trusting in Jesus as their Savior and Boss.
Later I talked to Mr. Adam's son, and asked him what happened. He said when she touched his hand he felt a cold sensation flowing into him from her hand. Then when she touched his head he felt the cold sensation flowing into his head. Always the curious one, I asked him where it went. He said it went all the way down to his toes and filled him up! I asked Miss Judy about this later and she indicated for adults the Holy Spirit is usually a warm sensation but kids may sense things differently.
Later I also talked to Mr. Adam. He had assured me many times before, that he had been baptized in the Holy Spirit. He had told me of some miracles and even a healing that God had performed through him. I believed him but assumed he had simply been blessed by God in a special way. Anyways he told me as she was talking and praying for him the Holy Spirit began to fill him. Thus, when she touched him the Holy Spirit flowed from him into her.
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As a student of the Bible for years I had understood the perfect in 1st Corinthians 13:10 referred to the completed New Testament. I knew teleios translated perfect was in the neuter tense. I also knew teleios can mean perfect, complete, whole, or mature. Nevertheless, I decided to search the internet to see if I could find someone who could shed some light on the perfect in 1st Corinthians 13:10 in light of what I had just witnessed and have heard others talk about. I also reread and restudied the passages in the New Testament on the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
I found a charismatic scholar who presented a lot of evidence the perfect Paul was referring to in 1st Corinthians 13:10 refers to the perfection or completion we will have when we are with Jesus. He lists every place teleios is used in the New Testament and pointed out that in almost all cases it refers to the completion, maturity, or perfection we will have or the completed thing we will be once we leave this world and are with Jesus. (My words not his.) He also noted the New Testament was not completed until many years after Paul's death. However, Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians 13:12 now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. Since the New Testament was not completed during Paul's lifetime, how could the saying then shall I know even as also I am known be true for Paul. However, if the perfect refers to the perfection or maturity we have once we are with Jesus then Paul certainly could say once he was with Jesus he would see face to face and he would know even as he was known. You can visit an archive of this author's site The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Part Three This charismatic scholar has many other indepth articles. I feel this one is outstanding. I personally don't believe in coaching people to pray in tongues or languages. I also don't believe all "tongues speaking" is evidence of having been baptized in the Holy Spirit. 1st Corinthians 12:30 says Have all the gifts of healing: Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? The obvious answer is no. Not everyone receives the gift of tongues or languages. The gift of tongues or languages while real and desirable is certainly not the best or most desirable gift. I also believe a lot of people mistaken think they have been given the gift of tongues or languages but in actual fact they are just babbling, that is, uttering nonmeaning sounds. I do think some individuals today have actually been given the gift of tongues, that is, languages by the Holy Spirit.
"They Speak With Other Tongues" by John L Sherrill first published in 1965 contains a very interesting, detailed, exhaustive account of the author's research on tongues. He wanted to know what it was and if it was really from God. It was a very interesting, informative, and helpful book on tongues.
Miss Judy told me she prayed for three years for God to give her all nine gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in 1st Corinthians 12:8-10. They are the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, the gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. I believe God has given her all nine.
Once I became convinced through what I had seen and heard and the further testimony of Mr. Adam and Miss Judy as well as the Scriptural confirmation of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit for today I decided to seek them. I started out by just praying. Then it was brought to my attention that we can often approach the throne of grace more effectively if we fast as well as pray. So I decided to fast and pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit detailed in 1st Corinthians 12:8-10, and God's annointed for the work He has for me to do. You can read about my fasts and the lessons I learned from them at Lessons I learned from my fasts.
Some other gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in Romans 12:4-8 are prophecy, ministering, teaching, exhorting, giving, ruling, and showing mercy. Ephesians 4:11-12 says, "And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." 1st Peter 4:10-11 reads, "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, ..." In 1st Corinthians 12:28-31 Paul wrote, "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. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way." In the next chapter Paul tells of the value of love over prophecy, tongues, knowledge, and even faith, and hope.
As of yet God has not chosen to give me any of the "miraculous" gifts of the Holy Spirit but I believe he gave me the gift of teaching years ago, and I think more recently he has given me the gift of wisdom in understanding certain Biblical questions. James 1:5-8.
Miss Judy is not infallible. We occasionally disagree on Biblical things. Sometimes we have to agree to disagree. I recognized she knew a lot more about the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit then I did so I asked her to mentor or guide me in this and she agreed.
For a time, after this, I attend a noncharismatic church. I visited a large charismatic church and found very few adults in Sunday School. But whenever I've attended evangelical noncharismatic churches I've always found the Adult Sunday Schools to be well attended. One needs to study the Word of God diligently whether or not they've been baptized in the Holy Spirit. As of now, I have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit does live in me, as He lives in all Christians. Romans 8:9.
The Holy Spirit came or fell upon the apostles and the household of Cornelius without the laying on of anyone's hands. Acts chapters 2, 10, and 11:15-17. At other times the apostles laid their hands on converts that they might receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:5-20. Acts 19:1-7. Truely, the Holy Spirit was transfered by the laying on of the apostles hands as Simon noted. This does not mean the apostles were the only ones who could transfer the Holy Spirit to a convert. Certainly, God sometimes had the Holy Spirit fall upon His people directly, without the laying on of anyone's hands. I have heard testimony of Him doing that today, in our time. I believe the apostles had a much greater anointing by the Holy Spirit and so they were able to easily transfer the Holy Spirit to believers. I think to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit we generally need to know it is available for us today. Then we need to really desire and seek the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Fasting if we are physically able to fast, along with earnest and several times daily prayer can show God we really desire the baptism in and with the Holy Spirit. We must also carefully examine our lives for sin and rid them from sin, as much as possible. I know we will sometimes occasionally yield to sin as humans but we should strive very hard not to. When we do find we have or are sinning we need to repent immediately, ask God's forgiveness, and claim forgiveness and victory over it in the name and by the blood of Jesus. Be sure to use the way of escape when you are tempted. That is, run away or stay away from places and people that tempt you to sin. 1st Corinthians 10:13. You may need to get yourself some new friends and find some different places to hang out. I suggest you get involved in a good, active, Bible believing and practicing church. I also suggest you get into God's Word. Read and study his Word daily and pray. I also think it helps to get people to pray for you. Besides praying and fasting for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit I resolved to ask certain people who had already been baptized in and with the Holy Spirit to pray for me.
I also believe God must be able to trust us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. When God shows you something about another person's life you must not misuse that information, ever. You must not broadcast personal private information that person would not want others to know. When God tells you to not pray for someone's healing you must obey God. Perhaps God is disciplining that person, perhaps it is time for that person to leave this earth, or perhaps God has another purpose in not wanting you to pray for their healing at that time. You must trust and obey God. You must not brag and become proud. God loves the noncharismatic Christian as much as he loves the charismatic Christian. It is my personal belief through observation that the noncharismatic Christian worker is often much more diligent in Bible study, preparation, planning, and sometimes even evangelistic outreach than many charismatic workers. Do not become lazy in these just because you have received the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Plan your worship services, sermons, and lessons out carefully, completely, and prayerfully. If God moves you or calls you to deviate from it that is fine. If He doesn't the people will be well fed by your well planned out and prepared worship service, sermon, or lesson. Also remember, we get our doctrine from the Bible, the written Word of God. No doctrine should come from what anyone says today. The New Testament scripture is completed and has been so for almost two thousand years. Judge everything against the standard - God's Word!
At this point I want to state that I believe every Christian, every one who is trusting in Jesus as their Savior and Boss or Lord has the Holy Spirit. We are born again or from above when we put our trust in Jesus as our savior and boss. John 1:12-13. John 3:1-8, 16, 36. In Acts 2:38 Peter said, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Notice Peter promised them they would receive the Holy Spirit. Now listen to what Paul wrote in Romans 8:9 "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." In Romans 10:13 Paul wrote, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. We can add to this 1st John 5:12-13. I believe the new disciples in Samaria had the Holy Spirit in their lives and could through Him produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit as listed in Galations 5:22-23. However, they didn't receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit until the apostles laid their hands on them and prayed for them. At that point the Holy Spirit fell upon them - they were baptized in and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:16-17. I believe it is far more important to allow God to produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit through you, than it is for you to demonstrate one of the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit. 1st Corinthians chapter 13. Of course, it would be great to do both.
When we are sick I believe God may heal us or he may allow us to continue to be sick or even die. No matter what happens, we need to trust God that he cares about us and knows what He is doing. Only God can see the big picture, we can't. We must remember the laws of nature and a person's freewill are involved in our prayer requests. If I ask God to heal me but, I continue to knowingly or unknowingly drink poison, God may let me die!
I believe God heals in many different ways. 1) God may heal one via their doctor. 2) God sometimes heals us by directing us to better nutrition. For years I suffered from allergies and frequent strep throat infections. I prayed asking God to help me get well for years. Finally, God led me to books and articles dealing with good nutrition. As I improved my diet, and supplements, my health improved. I believe God helped me get well by guiding me to books and articles that would help me improve my diet. 3) God may heal us miraculously because of the effectual fervent prayers of one or more believers. James 5:16. 4) God may heal us through the ministry of someone He has given the gifts of healings to. 1st Corinthians 12:8-10.
I do not believe it is always God's will to heal a person. But, unless God told me not to, I would pray for God to heal me if I was sick. I would plead my case before him every time I prayed. I really hate being sick. I would also seek the skilled help of trained doctors and perhaps nutritionists. I would also ask others to pray for me. If I believed someone had the gifts of healings from God, I would ask them to pray for me. I'm not afraid to die. I just greatly dislike being sick. My point is, God may heal us in one of many different ways or he may have a reason for allowing us to remain sick either for a short time or a long time. Remember Job, and the man Jesus healed who was born blind. John 9:1-3. Since we don't know the mind of God, we should pray and do what we can to try and get well.
Remember, it is far more important that the fruits of the Holy Spirit, like love and kindness, flow from our hearts, than it is that we exhibit any miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit. 1st Corinthians chapter 13 and Galatians 5:22-23.
A friend at work lent me "The Century of the Holy Spirit" by Vinson Synan. This book details the start and spread of the modern pentecostal and charismatic movement throughout the world. It helped me understand how many of the different churches came to take some of their different doctrinal positions on topics related to the Holy Spirit. It's published by Nelson,, ISBN: 0-7852-4550-2.
Recently, I've been going to then clicking on television. Then clicking on the archives on the left side. Then on the right side I click on different time periods. Then I've been watching many of the old shows. I have been so blessed watching them. I feel God is sending me to school as I watch them.
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