Is Pentecost Over?

Who says so?
Why is that which was instituted as a “firstfruits” over before the Harvest is in sight?

What indication was ever given that it would end- what prophetic word of the Old Testament prophets is invoked as foretelling its end as that which foretold its beginning?

Where is the sure word of scripture that we should not expect God to speak as He did in former times? How is it that there are those who excuse their allegations that God does less in this day than He did in the past?

That we need less.
That the greater works that Jesus promised…are in just what form now…exactly?

Who says all we have is what we can read?
Who says so?
…and who are they, and what is the proof from the scriptures, of their fruits in salvation… of souls, of healings, of more glory to God, of deeper knowledge and understanding of God?

I don’t see it. I am willing to take my chances with the hope that was first manifested at Pentecost.

And despite my failings and my mistakes…I’m willing to bet it all on that initial investment.

In the light of what scripture tells us is the work of the Holy spirit and the gifts that manifest from His indwelling I would say we have a dearth of that in the Western Church right- the very geographical demographic that casts the most doubt on the idea of the supernatural reality. I am very in favor of the promotion of logic and reason in the Christian faith, but there is a limit to what logic and reason can accomplish. It is an attempt to get to Truth, not the actual Truth itself. Yet, the mind of man- even religious man, resists the idea of anything that cannot be attained through just such means. That leaves a lot of the experience of Truth outside our ability to explore.

Just as the post by Rusty so aptly presented in his explanation of Plantinga’s rejection of evidentialism.

There are a number of things we believe without proof

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That doesn’t mean that there isn’t evidence of such, but that there is no conclusive evidence within a specific methodology.

This is the same problem I find with those who insist on a tightly worded and restricted form of doctrine that rejects many of the principles within scripture because they can’t find it in line and reference in just the way they deem necessary according to their methodology.

In many places it say that “God speaks” in the Bible. It says He speaks in visions. It says that there is a time when visions and dreams … the type where God is speaking, is poured out upon the sons and daughters.. the men and women who believe. There are many places where these visions had to be sought for their interpretation- it was not immediately clear what God was saying. There have always been the master and disciple methods of transferring spiritual truths… and that master designation has broadened out. Why? Because the gift of the Holy Spirit has been given.

The very logic that is given on why we should be relegated to reading the scriptures as the main way to hear from God also is unnecessarily restrictive. Not everyone reads, not everyone has access to scriptures. There are times they need direction from God in their decisions. why do we say…”Well, in that case…”? why don’t we admit that God does not change- that the way in which He has worked with men has a consistency about it…from His side, though on ours, our ways of understanding Him changes. why do we try to overlay our changes, our different manners and modes upon Him? God used to be like that, but is like this now? Where does that make any sense at all?

It diminishes the actual imperative of relying on the scriptures, since it is on the unchangeable character of God that the surety of such things relies. That is why all the arguments of infallibility collapse: if you are not talking about God Himself you are not able to claim anything is infallible. Even scripture…or our idea of what scripture is saying. It rests upon God alone, and that is what gives it its sure and unchanging ability to transfer Truth to us.

and one thing that has not changed about God is that He speaks….
and that we need to be attuned to hearing His voice with ears trained to hear. It is one thing to be aware of the sound of speech and another thing for it to be discernible to our understanding.

Pentecost teaches us something about this – if we only have ears to hear instead of talking so much that we can no longer hear much outside our own babbling.

Think about that last statement- it has many applications.