I want to be a soldier who is fully prepared for the battlefield. I know that victory is won long before the battle begins. It’s won in boot camp, in training and conditioning.
Today I will address the cessationist view of the Holy Spirit–the claim that the miraculous signs of the Holy Spirit ceased with the death of the apostles and the canonization of the New Testament. First, we must understand that cessationists, like most other groups, aren’t completely unified.
Scripture makes it very clear that if you raise your children on the authority of God’s Word, they will not depart from that training in their later years. They may veer away from it for a while—even for years—but ultimately it will bring them back to truth.
Have you ever noticed that when most Christians get together, the subject of Jesus hardly, if ever, comes up? They might talk about church activities, and sometimes they might even pray over a meal, but talking about Jesus, and the teachings of the bible, is almost never mentioned?
But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you. (Luke 11:41 ESV)
This is one of those mysterious sayings of Jesus, of which there are quite many.
What are the things within that Jesus tells us to give as alms?
I am within. My thoughts are. My opinions. My attitudes.
Can these be given as alms? It would seem so. Yes.
But what does it mean to give them as alms? To submit my inner world to God? To let His will happen — as Jesus prays just a little earlier?
And then everything is clean: to the pure everything is pure, to the crooked everything is crooked, as Paul somewhere writes.
Is that what Jesus is saying?