Unity or Division

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I often think the only way to learn the truth in God’s word, is to step into the past, and see what the old preachers said decades ago.

I Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

I looked back to a preacher from the past and I found wisdom and understanding of the scriptures in his sermons.  Albert Sidney Higgins was this preacher’s name.  He began preaching in 1906 in the Church of Christ and he preached into the 1960’s. He published a book in 1961 – “What The Bible Says.”  Albert Higgins always used the King James Version of the Bible.

People believe miracles still happen today.  This is contrary to what God’s word states. Miracles were given for a specific purpose and were limited to the apostolic age.  Miracles were performed by Jesus, the apostles and those on whom the apostles laid their hands. When the last of these persons (mentioned in the new testament) died, miracles ceased.

Jesus performed miracles to prove he was the son of God.  After the apostles received the gift of the Holy Ghost, they began to perform miracles as they spread the truth of the gospel throughout the world.  Gifts or miracles were to cease when the “perfect” thing came. (The Gospel – Bible). Jesus could perform miracles without seeing or touching anyone.  The apostles could only perform miracles through personal contact with a person.

II Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

I John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Unity or Division

  1. This is very good. I’m a member of the church of Christ and believe things just as you say it here. “Wonders and signs” were used as a way to show that Jesus and the apostles, along with whom they laid on of hands, were approved of God. Now the “perfect” has come, (1 Corinthians 13), all of these miraculous wonders have ceased as scripture has said they would. Very good post!

    Steve

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  2. I realize I won’t be lowering any long-held denominational lines here, but I must amiably disagree. I’d have to see explicit Biblical support spelled out for the idea that miracles would cease, and it’s not there that I’ve seen. It seems to be assumed, read between the lines, to compensate for the seeming scarcity of the miraculous in this age (and people’s idolatry of it).

    My friends have seen people in India and Uganda delivered from demons in Jesus’ name. Instead of diminishing His Word, the miracles glorify and lead people to Him. Both Peter and Paul healed without touching, as a side note. (Acts 5:15, 16:18)

    Just debating truth…certainly happy to do so quietly and peacefully. Have a great day!

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