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What does the word “helps” mean in 1 Corinthians 12:28?

In the King James Version, this verse reads And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (1 Cor 12:28 KJV) In the Common English Bible, it reads In the church, God has appointed first apostles, second prophets, […]

Is there anywhere in the Bible where speaking in tongues is not just speaking a human language?

Speaking in tongues is mentioned in several passages in the New Testament: Mark 16:17; Acts 2:1-13; 10:44-46; 19:6; 1 Cor 12-14. It is important to understand that the Greek word for “tongue” was the same word used for “language”, so “speaking in tongues” means “speaking in languages”. Most of the incidents in the New Testament […]

What is “the perfect” in 1 Cor 13:10?

…when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. ‘The perfect’ in 1Cor. 13:10 refers to the mature church community. The gifts of the Holy Spirit were given in order to help the young Christian community become established in a dangerous world. Ephesians 4 also talks about the Holy Spirit gifts, and it says they […]

What does “speaking in tongues” mean?

‘Speaking in tongues’ is a term generally used today for glossalalia, a practice in Pentecostal churches. Glossalalia is not a real language but strings of broken phonemes of languages known, or at least heard by, the speaker. In the New Testament ‘tongues’ (Greek glossai) is simply the normal Greek word for languages. In most incidents […]

Have the Holy Spirit gifts died out?

The gifts of the Spirit appear to have ceased with the death of the Apostles (including Paul) as they were the only ones who could pass on the gifts by the laying of hands. For example: “These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.” (Acts 6:6) “And when […]