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Cessation of the sign gifts Whether the sign gifts has ceased is a question that has been debated for decades There exists two groups those who believed in the cessation of the sign gifts and those who believe that they are still for today The sign gifts consisted of prophecy tongues and miracles Miracles consisted of the ability to perform special signs including physical healing through an individual The fact that God can heal and do other miracles is not being questioned here What is being questioned is whether the gift that gave human individuals the ability to wrought miraculous signs are for today Those who believe that certain gifts have ceased refer to1 Corinthians 138-10 as Biblical evidence for the cessation of gifts The verse reads Love never fails But whether there are prophecies they will fail whether there are tongues they will cease whether there is knowledge it will vanish away for we know in part and we prophecy in part But when that which is perfect has come then that which is in part will be done away The argument that many holds is that this passage is saying that when the perfect comes prophecy tongues and other sign gifts will end These people are left with the task of defining what the perfect is Some hold that the perfect is referring to the close of the cannon of the scriptures The problem with this view is that it is not supported anywhere in scripture The second view is that the perfect is referring to the return of Jesus This view may be more true because in Ephesians 411-13 we find a parallel passage to 1 Cor 138-10 which points to the perfect being the return to Christ Ephesians 411-13 says And He Himself gave some
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