The spiritual gift of healing found in 1 Corinthians is actually plural in the Greek.
Gifts of healing
All spiritual gifts are to be exercised in faith, but gifts of healings involve a special measure of it. This gift is interesting in that there is no guarantee that a person will always be able to heal anyone he or she desires. It is subject to the sovereign will of God, as all spiritual gifts are. The Disciples were given authority to heal and cast out demons, but they were not always successful. This gift is given at various times and places to reveal the God of heaven to the sick and tormented.
If healing is not granted, then we can conclude that God has greater plans or letting the person go through the illness or infirmity.
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Today there is a new interest and a rethinking of the entire field of Christian healing. There is no reason to believe that gifts of healing have passed from the ministry of the Church. Although from the Early Church to modern times records of divine healing can be found, the missing ingredient is the full ministry of the Church in the exercise of charismatic gifts with the proper balance and relationship of the gifts as set forth by Paul in 1 Corinthians See Spiritual Gifts. Bibliography J.
The Gifts of Healings (Part 1)
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What is the Gift of Healing? - LAURA J. DAVIS
By then, I had become more knowledgeable of the Scriptures and began to see some problems. One of the problems I saw pertained to this question: are the same sorts of miraculous gifts mentioned in the New Testament being practiced today? But these prophecies were not proving true. They either were untestable vague generalities restating truths already found in Scripture or flat out wrong: often failing spectacularly. Then there was the serious matter of modern-day Apostles—who you would expect to be among the most mature Christians on the face of the planet—exhibiting very fleshly sins, often falling into serious financial or sexual sin.
From the outside, it looks like a genuine hamburger, but the most important element that makes it a hamburger the beef has gone missing! In this case, it had to do with the prophecies, healings, and signs which were not working out: they were false. If the Holy Spirit were in this, why so much falsity? This spurred me back to the Scriptures to see what was wrong. Could it be the Scriptures were false? Or was it, more likely, that what the modern Pentecostal movement served up as New Testament realities were in fact something much different.
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This realization eventually led to my departure from the Pentecostal movement. What I came to see is that the Pentecostal movement fails to fully-appreciate the historic context within which the gospels and the Book of Acts were given. They insist that things are just the same today. The same signs, wonders, miracles, and office of Apostle, and Prophet are with us now as then. But, I believe a careful examination of Scripture shows this is not the case.
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Instead, the Bible describes a transitional period during which signs, wonders, and various offices were used of God to testify to new revelation and teaching which were given at that time—which form the contents of the New Testament—which has remained unchanged since the formation of the canon. This is, admittedly, a huge topic. In the Great Commission, we read the following: And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Mark Notice that those who first proclaimed the gospel were accompanied by signs and that the signs had a purpose : to confirm the word.
This was the new revelation given by Jesus to the early church—revelation which would eventually be collected and codified as the New Testament. Since it was new revelation, God saw fit to authenticate it by working unusual signs. On the Day of Pentecost, when Peter preached what could be considered the first gospel message to a large audience, we read, Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Acts Notice that the wonders and signs were done through the Apostles.
In numerous places, we are told that both Apostles and Prophets are foundational to the establishment of the Church—something newly-established on the Day of Pentecost 1Cor. How often do you build a foundation? Only once—at the beginning of a construction project. Consider also this passage where Philip preached to the Samaritans.
Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip , hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. A similar situation confronts us when Paul and Barnabas are at Iconium on the second missionary journey. Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Acts The Lord was using the signs and wonders to bear witness to the word — the message they spoke and the doctrine they were teaching.