Does Christ’s Atoning Death Provide Healing?

jm_200_NT1.pd-P16.tiffOne of the big questions that arises in discussions about miraculous healing is this: Does Christ’s atoning death on the cross provide healing?

Those who affirm that the atonement is our provision for healing will usually refer to 3 passages of Scripture: Isa 53:4-5; Matt 8:14-17; and 1 Pet 2:24.

I quote them below for reference: Continue reading

Did NT Apostles Replace OT Prophets?

Many people who have spent time studying pneumatology (theology of the Holy Spirit) and the gifts of the Spirit will probably be aware of Wayne Grudem’s works on the said topic. Especially our reformed brothers and sisters. Grudem believes the charismata gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 still exist today. He is one of  many ‘theologically-minded’ and scholarly Christians advocating these particular gifts of the Spirit. Others are Sam Storms, John Piper, Gordon Fee, Mark Driscoll, Jack Deere, etc.

The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament & TodayThough one can get a taster of his theological stance on the gifts of the Spirit in his Systematic Theology (pgs1016-1088), another of his writings, The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today, gives a much more in-depth treatment to the gift of prophecy, as you would expect from such a title.

Though the book can be viewed as an evangelical stalwart for study on the gift of prophecy, I believe his work fails on a few accounts, which includes the nature of apostles and prophets. In short, I think Grudem offers a faulty exegesis on Eph 2:20 and 3:5. You can see his discussions in chapter 2 of the book (pgs45-47), as well as in his Appendix 6 (pgs329-436). [As a side note, this is in the revised edition from 2000. I don’t believe earlier copies have Appendix 6.] Continue reading

Did Certain Gifts Cease After the First Apostles?

apostlesOne argument that seems to arise from cessationists (those who would argue either for the ceasing of particular gifts of the Spirit or that they should not be expected in normal Christian life) is that church history records that signs, wonders, miracles and healings ceased soon after the first century, especially with the formation of the New Testament canon.

They didn’t continue then, so why should we expect them to continue now?

But what does history attest to? Continue reading

Seven Reasons Why All Gifts of the Spirit Continue Today

I am one who unashamedly believes that God still speaks today. You can call me charismatic. Or you can identify me by the more politically-correct theological term known as continuationism. But I believe God still speaks-reveals-communicates today, as he always has done and will continue into the age to come.

Why would I believe such?

I list 7 reasons below: Continue reading

CharisMissional Blog

Most know that I am very much dedicated to the continuance of all gifts of the Spirit. I’ve written plenty on the topic and am currently posting some thoughts around the gift of prophecy.

Therefore, I wanted to mention the blog of a friend, David Derbyshire. The blog is entitled CharisMissional and can be found at http://charismissional.com, but the subtitle is even more telling, Empowered by the Spirit for Mission.

David is part of Church Alive in Birmingham, UK, a church that is closely connected with our church in Brussels, Cornerstone International Church.

So check it out.