GIftOfMiracles.htm 70. Sbt is The Reference ***Research Expository ***Library

This Page is for Gift Of Miracles or The magnificent Gift Of Miracles

Of The Apostles--- Compare to later time Miracles.--There is a lot of comparing to do---we start with

When Would Tongues Cease –and Who Was Eusebius

Plus The History of the Pentecostal Church is in Pentecostal Beliefs Open - 71.htm

For The Pentecostal View Open Continuationism and Pentecostal Beliefs Plus Other Commentary Below


From The Nazarene-friends


The question here is raised whether such charismatic gifts as existed in the early Church are in operation today.

Paul writes earlier in 1 Corinthians (1:22 open 46/001.htm) 1:22 that the “Jews look for signs but the Greeks seek wisdom.” If one were to “become a Jew to win a Jew,” then signs would be called for. If one were to “become a Greek to win Greeks,” then wisdom would be the order of the day.
From this it would seem “signs” are provided by God during the transition from the old wine bota to the new one – that is primary for the Jews. The further removed the Christian Church was from the Jews – some speculate by the mid-second century (c150 AD) – the less the need for “signs” and the more for “wisdom.”
Eusebius (

makes a comment on the use of satanic inspired gifts about the middle to late second century: “In his unbridled ambition to reach the top laid himself open to the adversary, was filled with spiritual excitement and suddenly fell into a kind of trance and unnatural ecstasy. He raved, and began to chatter and talk nonsense, prophesying in a way that conflicted with the practice of the Church handed down generation by generation from the beginning… Some were annoyed, regarding him as possessed, a demoniac in the grip of a spirit of error.” Eusebius continues to record a following: “… women whom he filled with the sham spirit, so that they chattered crazily.” And continuing a bit further: “But the pseudo-prophet speaks in a state of unnatural ecstasy… He begins with voluntary ignorance and ends in involuntary psychosis.” (Pages 218ff) In From Friends of the Nazarene - Are the Gifts of the Spirit Still

Compare UntitledGiftOfTongues.htm


1 Corinthians 13:8-13 – Love and Maturity Open Commentary N0.s 724 thru 737 in COMPASSIONATE AFFECTION AS THE KEY TO UNITY

-- For more open TonguesNazareneFriendsCommentary.


Other References Open and Study For Who is Eusebius

Open and Study EusebiusANDTongues.htm

Eusebius Is the same person that baptism Constantine the Great

Eusebius baptised Constantine the Great in his villa in Nicomedia, on May 22, 337A.D just before the death of the Emperor.

Eusebius of Nicomedia & Constantine1’s Relations with Arius - For Full Study Open and Study C + C1.htm

For More Open EusebiusANDTongues.htm Compare to later time Miracles.htm.

History of the Pentecostal Church is in - 71.htm


What was the Purpose for speaking in tongues + Other Gifts--Simple-Answer

To get the truth to people before the Inspired Written Word Was Completed—that didn’t

Speak Hebrew or Greek---English didn’t exist until about the 5th Century- Open and Study English-HistoryOf.htm

English A Changed and Changing Language.

Tongues -The question here is raised whether such charismatic gifts as existed in the early Church are in operation today.

Speaking in Tongues Both Views Cessationism and Continuationism

For The Detailed Answers- Open and Study the following commentaries--For did tongues cease

Open and Study Cessationism or Continue Open and Study Continuationism 1Cor13-8-13.htm

The Complete Bible.--Open and Study Rom. 15:4 for commentary

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance

and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.


We are to live by the Holy Writings it until Jesus comes to rule— Open Rev20-4-6.htm.

The Written Word prepares us for how we will be required to live under Jesus’ Rule. Nothing More /Nothing Less

Open and Study 2Tim3-16-17.htm and -Rev22-16-21.htm

God Had Already Gave Man All The Material Gifts Man Needed When He Created The Earth

---It Has Been Up To Man to share its resource Open and Study -Gen1-29-31.htm

What About what happen to Job.

Job was not an ISREALITE –But a good example—But His experience was a isolated incident.

Christians Today should not expect what happen to Job will happen to us. Open Rev20-4-6.htm.


Use Examples of How God Rewarded the Apostles. Open and Study 1Tim6-6-12.htm


(1) Most Bible Scholars will agree that the Greatest Gift given to man is What Jesus did.

(2) Most Bible Scholars will agree that the Greatest Gift given to modern man is God’s Written Word --The Complete Bible.

Open and Study Rom. 15:4 for commentary

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance

and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

We are to live by the Holy Writings it until Jesus comes to rule— Open Rev20-4-6.htm.

The Written Word prepares us for how we will be required to live under Jesus’ Rule. Nothing More /Nothing Less

Open and Study 2Tim3-16-17.htm and -Rev22-16-21.htm


Today God Gives Spiritual Gifts

Jesus and the Apostles didn’t go around giving people money and material gifts

Open and Study Imitate.htm The ImitateRule.htm

Give Free Matt10-8.htm - Matt7-7plus.htm and True Ministers give to others Free of Charge.

Most Donations Today That Many Churches receive have been misused.


Some people have always felt that they have a special gift from God that only a few get---and they get spectacled powerful Gifts

Also Today---But that raises the question is the god of this world the one behind the Gifts—Compare

13 For such men are false R408 apostles, deceitful R409 workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan R410 disguises himself as an angel R411 of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose R412 end will be according to their deeds.

Book of 2 Corinthians

Chapter 11 - Read Chapter -

2Cor 4:4

in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.



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Study Resource List

BCC -> Commentary on 7:22
GEB -> Study Notes on 7:22
GSB -> Study Notes on 7:22
JFB -> Commentary on 7:22
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 7:22
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 7:22
PNT -> Commentary on 7:22
RWP -> Study Notes on 7:22
SRN -> Study Notes on 7:22
TFG -> Commentary on 7:22
TSK -> Commentary on 7:22 TSK -> Entry for 7:22
WEN -> Notes on 7:22
NTB -> Commandments; Confession; Hypocrisy; Judgment; Minister, Christian; Miracles; Readings, Select; Religion; Self-Delusion; Self-Righteousness
TTT -> Judgment, The; Miraculous Gifts of the Holy Spirit; Prophecy; Self-delusion
WJD -> Devotional using 7:22

7:22 - [In Context|

Matthew 7:21-29 - [Verse 22 in Original Greek]

21 "Not R291 everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven {will enter.} R292 22 "Many R293 will say to Me on that R294 day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' F132 23 "And R295 then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART R296 FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.' 24 "Therefore R297 everyone R298 who hears these words of Mine and acts F133 on them, may F134 be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 "And R299 the rain fell, and the floods F135 came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and {yet} it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 "Everyone R300 who hears these words of Mine and does not act F136 on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 "The R301 rain fell, and the floods F137 came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell--and great was its fall." 28 When F138 R302 Jesus had finished these words, the R303 crowds were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as {one} having authority, and not as their scribes.



But God has Freely given His Completed Bible Words to all that wish to examine it and live by.


ISV Bible

1Ti 2:3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

1Ti 2:4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a full knowledge of the truth.

The full knowledge of the truth came with the completed Bible---

Open and Study 1Tim2-4.htm

2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

2Ti 3:17 so that the man of God may be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Now Who is to dispense it

Matt 24-45 or the Pope

Ti 2:5 There is one God. There is also one mediator between God and human beings-a human, Christ Jesus.

1Ti 2:6 He gave himself as a ransom for all, a fact that was acknowledged at the right time.

1Ti 2:7 For this reason I was appointed to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the gentiles in faith and truth. (I am telling you the truth. I am not lying.)


Christian Harmony—Is it possible today? God’s Written Word --The Complete Bible.

R26 8 Therefore, I want the men to offer prayers in every place, lifting up holy hands without

being angry or argumentative. R27 2:8 - [In Context]


Christian Harmony and unity—Is it possible today? God’s Written Word --The Complete Bible.

Christianity Subverted –The True Cause behind All the Division-

Understanding The-WheatOrWeeds.htm


What did the apostle Paul mean in saying, “When that which is complete arrives, that which is partial will be done away with”?

These words appear in a setting that highlights the surpassing way of love. We read: “Love never fails. But whether there are gifts of prophesying, they will be done away with; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will be done away with. For we have partial knowledge and we prophesy partially; but when that which is complete arrives, that which is partial will be done away with. When I was a babe, I used to speak as a babe, to think as a babe, to reason as a babe; but now that I have become a man, I have done away with the traits of a babe. For at present we see in hazy outline by means of a metal mirror, but then it will be face to face. At present I know partially, but then I shall know accurately even as I am accurately known.”—1 Cor. 13:8-12. 1Cor 13:8 NAS Bible With Strong’s Dictionary and Commentaries More Below


Thus Paul showed that the miraculous gifts of prophesying, knowledge and speaking in tongues were not permanent. They were to cease. And cease they did. Evidently these gifts were only imparted in the presence of one or more of the apostles directly chosen by Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:1, 4, 14; 8:9-20; 10:44-46; 19:6)

(Acts 2:1, 2:4 , 2:14 ; 8:9-20; Chapter 8 - Read Chapter - 10:44-46; Chapter 10 - Read Chapter - 19:6) 19:6

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.

So with the death of these apostles, impartation of miraculous gifts passed away.

SBT—Note --The Book of Acts –IS ACTS OF THE APOSTLES----Not acts of others.

In view of the temporary nature of the miraculous gifts, Paul encouraged Christians at Corinth to pursue the permanent and surpassing way of love and not to consider those miraculous gifts as a Christian’s greatest attainment.

Though Paul himself was endowed with miraculous gifts to a superior degree, he recognized that his knowledge was but partial. (1 Cor. 13:1, 2; 14:18) (1 Cor 13:2-

He would have to wait until the arrival of “that which is complete” in order to understand spiritual things fully. In his own case this was not going to happen during his lifetime on earth. Upon attaining his heavenly reward, however, he would eventually see the fulfillment of all Bible prophecy and come to a complete knowledge of Jehovah’s will and purpose revealed in the Bible. Accordingly, the words “when that which is complete arrives” must relate to the time when the prophecies of the Bible as well as God’s will and purpose are fully understood.

Cor 13:1

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

1 Cor 14:18

I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all;


The arrival of “that which is complete” is not synonymous with gaining the heavenly reward. There is no indication in Scripture that Jesus Christ reveals everything to members of his bride immediately upon their entering heaven. Jesus himself had to wait for his Father to make known certain aspects of His purpose. When on earth, Jesus said of the day and hour for the execution of divine vengeance: “Concerning that day or the hour nobody knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but the Father.” (Mark 13:32) 13:32 Similarly, those becoming immortal spirit creatures in the heavens do not attain complete knowledge until God’s due time for revealing the full scope of his purpose. This is also true of God’s devoted servants on earth.

We today are living in the time when “that which is complete” is due to arrive. The physical facts in fulfillment of Bible prophecy confirm that Jesus Christ received kingly authority over the world of mankind in 1914 C.E. (Rev. 6:1-8) Rev.+6%3A1-8

With that event the “sacred secret” or “mystery” of God was “brought

With that event the “sacred secret” or “mystery” of God was “brought to a finish,” in the sense that this event removed the ‘mysterious’ aspect about this kingdom. (Rev. 10:7; 10:7 compare Matthew 13:11; 13:11 Luke 8:10; 8:10 Ephesians 3:3-9; Ephesians+3%3A3-9

Colossians 1:26, 27; 2:2; 4:3; 1 Timothy 3:16.) 1:26

that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,

1 Tim 3:16

By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

From that time onward God’s people have been experiencing a continued increase in spiritual knowledge and in understanding prophecy. This is in harmony with Daniel 12:4: 12:4 “As for you, O Daniel, make secret the words and seal up the book, until the time of the end. Many will rove about [in the book], and the true knowledge will become abundant.” Accordingly, “that which is complete” refers to the full understanding of God’s purpose as revealed in the Bible. This being a time for such increased understanding of God’s Word and the fulfillment of its prophecies, that “which is complete” must be at hand.—WT QFR:S 1975-2/1-Page 95-6


Daniel 12:4

"But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."



An Impartial God—A Message for All

PARAGRAPH 5 Such developments are in keeping with God’s ways; favoritism is alien to him. After the apostle Peter was helped by Jehovah to adjust his view of people of the nations, he appreciatively noted: “For a certainty I perceive that God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34, 35; Psalm 145:9 145:9 ) 10:34- 10:35

When the apostle Paul, formerly a persecutor of Christians, declared that God’s “will is that all sorts of men should be saved,” he reaffirmed that God is free from bias. (1 Timothy 2:4) 2:4 The Creator’s impartiality is seen in that the Kingdom hope is open to people of any gender, race, nationality, or language.

6 This international expansion was foretold centuries earlier. According to Daniel’s prophecy, “there were given [to Jesus] rulership and dignity and kingdom, that the peoples, national groups and languages should all serve even him.” (Daniel 7:14) 7:14 The fact that this magazine is published in 151 languages and distributed worldwide, enabling you to read about Jehovah’s Kingdom, reflects the fulfillment of that Bible prophecy.

7 The Bible foretold a time when people of diverse languages would hear its life-giving message. Describing how true worship would attract many, Zechariah prophesied: “It will be in those days that ten men out of all the languages of the nations will take hold, yes, they will actually take hold of the skirt of a man who is a Jew [spirit-anointed Christian, part of “the Israel of God”], saying: ‘We will go with you people, for we have heard that God is with you people.’” (Zechariah 8:23; Galatians 6:16) 6:16 And relating what he saw in a vision, the apostle John said: “Look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9) We have seen such prophecies coming true!

Reaching People of All Sorts

8 Today, people have become increasingly mobile. Globalization has opened a new era of migration. Droves of people from war zones and economically depressed areas have moved to more stable places, seeking a materially secure way of life. In many lands, an influx of immigrants and refugees has resulted in the formation of foreign-speaking enclaves. For instance, in Finland more than 120 languages are spoken; in Australia the number is over 200. In just one city in the United StatesSan Diego—over 100 languages can be heard!

9 Do we as Christian ministers view the presence of such people who speak different languages as an impediment to our ministry? Not at all! Rather, we see this as a welcome expansion of our ministerial territory—‘fields white for harvesting.’ (John 4:35) We endeavor to care for people who are conscious of their spiritual need, regardless of their nationality or language. (Matthew 5:3) As a result, each year a growing number of people of ‘every tongue’ are becoming disciples of Christ. (Revelation 14:6) For example, as of August 2004, the preaching work in Germany was being carried out in about 40 languages. At the same time, the good news was preached in Australia in close to 30 languages, up from 18 just ten years ago. In Greece, Jehovah’s Witnesses were reaching people in almost 20 different languages. Worldwide, about 80 percent of Jehovah’s Witnesses speak a language other than English, the prevalent international language.

10 Indeed, Jesus’ command to “make disciples of people of all the nations” is being carried out! (Matthew 28:19) Eagerly embracing that commission, Jehovah’s Witnesses are active in 235 lands, distributing literature in more than 400 languages. While Jehovah’s organization provides the material needed to reach the people, the individual Kingdom publisher must take the initiative to convey the Bible’s message to “people of all sorts” in the language they can best understand. (John 1:7) This united effort enables millions of people of various language groups to benefit from the good news. (Romans 10:14, 15) Yes, each one of us plays a vital role!

Rising to the Challenge

11 Today, many Kingdom publishers would like to learn another language, but they cannot depend on or expect miraculous gifts of God’s spirit. (1 Corinthians 13:8) Learning a new language is a major undertaking. Even those who already speak a second language may have to adjust their thinking and approach in order to make the Bible’s message appealing to people who speak that language but have different backgrounds and cultures. Then, too, new immigrants are often shy and timid; to understand their way of thinking takes hard work.

12 Nonetheless, the holy spirit is still operative among Jehovah’s servants in their efforts to help people who speak other languages. (Luke 11:13) Rather than imparting miraculous linguistic abilities, the spirit can heighten our desire to communicate with people who do not speak our language. (Psalm 143:10) Preaching or teaching the Bible’s message to people in a language they are not familiar with may reach their mind. However, in order to touch the heart of our listeners, it is often better to use their mother tongue—the language that speaks to their deepest aspirations, motives, and hopes.—Luke 24:32.

13 Many Kingdom publishers have taken up the ministry in a foreign-language field when they observe the fine response to Bible truth. Others feel invigorated when their service becomes more challenging and interesting. “Many of those who come from Eastern Europe are thirsting for the truth,” states a branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses in southern Europe. How satisfying it is to help such receptive individuals!—Isaiah 55:1, 2.

14 To have a meaningful share in this work, however, we need determination and self-sacrifice. (Psalm 110:3) For instance, a number of Japanese Witness families have given up comfortable homes in large cities and have moved to remote areas to help groups of Chinese immigrants understand the Bible. On the west coast of the United States, publishers regularly drive from one to two hours to conduct Bible studies with people in the Filipino field. In Norway, a couple studies with a family from Afghanistan. The Witness couple uses the English and Norwegian editions of the brochure What Does God Require of Us? The family read the paragraphs in Persian, a language closely related to their native Dari. They converse in English and Norwegian. Such a spirit of self-sacrifice and adaptability is richly rewarded when foreigners respond to the good news.

15 Can you have a share in this multilingual activity? Why not start by noting which foreign languages are commonly spoken in your territory? Then you might carry some tracts or brochures in those languages. The booklet Good News for People of All Nations, released in 2004, has already been instrumental in spreading the Kingdom hope by its simple, positive message in numerous languages.—See the article “Good News for People of All Nations,” on page 32.

“Loving the Alien Resident”

16 Whether we learn another language or not, we can all help with the spiritual education of foreigners in our area. Jehovah instructed his people to “love the alien resident.” (Deuteronomy 10:18, 19) For example, in one large city in North America, five congregations meet in the same Kingdom Hall. As in many halls, there is a yearly rotation of meeting times that would have moved the Chinese meetings there to a later hour on Sunday. However, this would mean that many of the immigrants who work at restaurant-related jobs would not be able to attend. The elders in the other congregations graciously made adjustments so that the Chinese meetings could be held earlier on Sunday.

17 Loving overseers commend qualified and skilled brothers and sisters who want to move to assist other language groups. Such experienced Bible teachers may be missed locally, but the overseers feel as did the elders in Lystra and Iconium. Those elders did not hold Timothy back from traveling with Paul, even though Timothy was an asset to their own congregations. (Acts 16:1-4) In addition, those who take the lead in the preaching work are not deterred by the different mentality, customs, or manners of foreigners. Instead, they embrace the diversity and seek ways to cultivate good relations for the sake of the good news.—1 Corinthians 9:22, 23.

18 As prophesied, the good news is being preached in “all the languages of the nations.” Wonderful potential for increase still exists in foreign-language fields. Thousands of resourceful publishers have entered this “large door that leads to activity.” (1 Corinthians 16:9) Yet, more is needed in order to cultivate such territories, as the next article will show.

From People “out of All the Languages” Hear the Good News -----w05 12/1


WTcommentary----The New World Translation

Bible is Online But No Built in Commentary. For E-Mail Questions Plus More Open 33.htm






1Cor 13:8

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

H agaph oudepote piptei.


(5719) eite de profhteiai, katarghqhsontai; (5701) eite glwssai, pausontai; (5695) eite gnwsiv, katarghqhsetai. (5701)

BCC -> Commentary on 13:8
DSN -> Synopsis on 13:8
GEB -> Study Notes on 13:8
JFB -> Commentary on 13:8
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 13:8
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 13:8
PNT -> Commentary on 13:8
RWP -> Study Notes on 13:8
SRN -> Study Notes on 13:8
TSK -> Commentary on 13:8 TSK -> Entry for 13:8
WEN -> Notes on 13:8
NTB -> Charitableness; Graces; Love; Miracles; Readings, Select; Religion; Righteousness; Sanctification; Tongues (the gift)
TTT -> Conduct, Christian; Language; Love to Man; Miraculous Gifts of the Holy Spirit
EBD -> Charity
UTM -> Devotional using 13:8
PWP -> Devotional using 13:8

Burton Coffman
· Darby's Synopsis

· Jamieson, Fausset, Brown

· Matthew Henry Complete

· Matthew Henry Concise

· People's New Testament

· Robertson's Word Pictures

· Scofield Reference Notes

· Treasury of Scripture

· Wesley's Explanatory Notes


Most Biblical Scholars today will agree that the Greatest Gift God has given modern man is the completed Bible –and that

Is enough ---but --all Through history there have been people who thought they had or have a special relationship with God

that very few have-- Example is when Paul writes about man that claimed to apostles when not 2 Cor 11-1-15

Always keep in mind the out working of God‘s Written Word ---IE—exactly when each book of the comppleted Bible was

Penned ----When –Why – To Whom< does it apply too—and does it apply to all ages forward. Plus what has been the pattern

of the way God has dispensed information to his loyal people

What was the purpose for those who received the Gift----was is not so that they got it to spread God’s Will—God’s Word

Before it was completely penned.

ATS Bible Dictionary Tradition Plus Others Open Tradition.htm

Colossians 2:8 Titus 1:14, a doctrine, sentiment, or custom not found in the Bible, but transmitted orally from generation to generation from some presumed inspired authority. In patriarchal times, much that was valuable and obligatory was thus preserved. But tradition has long been superseded by the successive and completed revelations of God’s will which form the inspired Scriptures, Some Other Verses Quoted 2 Thessalonians 2:15 3:6, Revelation 22:19. Matthew 15:1-20 Mark 7:1-13. Isaiah 8:20

Since The Completed Bible there have been only Translators and Commentators-- Rev22-16-21.

The apostles were essentially saying no more Doctrines are needed .What is needed (Today) is

Good Bible Teachers to explain the Words God has already provided for us.

Open 2Th 2:15 - [ In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Greek | Multi-Translation | Make Poster ]

So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

ISV Bible

2Co 11:1 I wish you would put up with a little foolishness of mine. Yes, do put up with me!

2Co 11:2 I am jealous of you with God's own jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

2Co 11:3 However, I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by its tricks, so your minds may somehow be lured away from sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

2Co 11:4 For if someone comes along and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or should you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you are all too willing to listen.

2Co 11:5 I do not think I'm inferior in any way to those "super-apostles."

2Co 11:6 Even though I may be untrained as an orator, I am not so in the field of knowledge. We have made this clear to all of you in every possible way.

2Co 11:7 Did I commit a sin when I humbled myself by proclaiming to you the gospel of God free of charge, so that you could be exalted?

2Co 11:8 I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.

2Co 11:9 When I was with you and needed something, I did not bother any of you, because our brothers who came from Macedonia supplied everything I needed. I kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and I will continue to do so.

2Co 11:10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, my boasting will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia.

2Co 11:11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows that I do!

2Co 11:12 But I will go on doing what I'm doing in order to deny an opportunity to those people who want an opportunity to be recognized as our equals in the work they are boasting about.

2Co 11:13 Such people are false apostles, dishonest workers who are masquerading as apostles of Christ.

2Co 11:14 And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

2Co 11:15 So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their doom will match their deeds!


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Study Resource List

DSN -> Synopsis on 11:1
GEB -> Study Notes on 11:1
JFB -> Commentary on 11:1
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 11:1
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 11:1
PNT -> Commentary on 11:1
RWP -> Study Notes on 11:1
TSK -> Commentary on 11:1 TSK -> Entry for 11:1
WEN -> Notes on 11:1
NTB -> Corinth; Minister, Christian
PWP -> Devotional using 11:1

2 Corinthians 11:1-4 - [Verse 1 in Original Greek]

1 I wish that you would bear R376 with me in a little foolishness; R377 but indeed F81 you are bearing with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed R378 you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present R379 you {as} a pure virgin. 3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent R380 deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity {of devotion} to Christ. 4 For if one F82 comes and preaches another R381 Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different R382 spirit which you have not received, or a different R383 gospel which you have not accepted, you bear R384 {this} beautifully. R385

Chapter 11 - Read Chapter - Click for Chapter Audio

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BCC -> Commentary on 11:5
DSN -> Synopsis on 11:5
GEB -> Study Notes on 11:5
JFB -> Commentary on 11:5
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 11:5
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 11:5
PNT -> Commentary on 11:5
RWP -> Study Notes on 11:5
TSK -> Commentary on 11:5 TSK -> Entry for 11:5
WEN -> Notes on 11:5
NTB -> Minister, Christian
TTT -> Apostles, The
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2 Corinthians 11:5-15 - [Verse 5 in Original Greek]

5 For I consider myself not R386 in the least inferior to the most F83 eminent apostles. 6 But even if I am unskilled R387 in speech, yet I am not {so} in knowledge; R388 in fact, in every way we have made R389 {this} evident to you in all things. 7 Or did R390 I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel R391 of God to you without R392 charge? 8 I robbed other churches by taking R393 wages {from} {them} to serve you; 9 and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not R394 a burden to anyone; for when the R395 brethren came from Macedonia R396 they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being R397 a burden to you, and F84 will continue to do so. 10 As R398 the truth of Christ is in me, this R399 boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. R400 11 Why? Because R401 I do not love you? God R402 knows {I do!} 12 But what I am doing I will continue to do, so R403 that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded F85 just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting. 13 For such men are false R404 apostles, deceitful R405 workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan R406 disguises himself as an angel R407 of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose R408 end will be according to their deeds.

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spir·it /ˈspɪrɪt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[spir-it] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation



the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.


the incorporeal part of humans: present in spirit though absent in body.


the soul regarded as separating from the body at death.


conscious, incorporeal being, as opposed to matter: the world of spirit.


a supernatural, incorporeal being, esp. one inhabiting a place, object, etc., or having a particular character: evil spirits.


a fairy, sprite, or elf.


an angel or demon.


an attitude or principle that inspires, animates, or pervades thought, feeling, or action: the spirit of reform.


(initial capital letter) the divine influence as an agency working in the human heart.


a divine, inspiring, or animating being or influence. Num. 11:25; Is. 32:15.


(initial capital letter) the third person of the Trinity; Holy Spirit.


the soul or heart as the seat of feelings or sentiments, or as prompting to action: a man of broken spirit.


spirits, feelings or mood with regard to exaltation or depression: low spirits; good spirits.


excellent disposition or attitude in terms of vigor, courage, firmness of intent, etc.; mettle: That's the spirit!


temper or disposition: meek in spirit.


an individual as characterized by a given attitude, disposition, character, action, etc.: A few brave spirits remained to face the danger.


the dominant tendency or character of anything: the spirit of the age.


vigorous sense of membership in a group: college spirit.


the general meaning or intent of a statement, document, etc. (opposed to letter): the spirit of the law.


Chemistry. the essence or active principle of a substance as extracted in liquid form, esp. by distillation.


Often, spirits. a strong distilled alcoholic liquor.


Chiefly British. alcohol.


Pharmacology. a solution in alcohol of an essential or volatile principle; essence.


any of certain subtle fluids formerly supposed to permeate the body.


the Spirit, God.



pertaining to something that works by burning alcoholic spirits: a spirit stove.


of or pertaining to spiritualist bodies or activities.

–verb (used with object)


to animate with fresh ardor or courage; inspirit.


to encourage; urge on or stir up, as to action.


to carry off mysteriously or secretly (often fol. by away or off): His captors spirited him away.



out of spirits, in low spirits; depressed: We were feeling out of spirits after so many days of rain.



[Origin: 1200–50; ME (n.) < L spīritus orig., a breathing, equiv. to spīri-, comb. form repr. spīrāre to breathe + -tus suffix of v. action]

—Related forms

spir·it·like, adjective

—Synonyms 2. life, mind, consciousness, essence. 5. apparition, phantom, shade. See ghost. 6. goblin, hobgoblin. 7. genius. 14. enthusiasm, energy, zeal, ardor, fire, enterprise. 15. attitude, mood, humor. 17. nature, drift, tenor, gist, essence, sense, complexion. 19. intention, significance, purport.

Why No Miracles Today? WTP-gm 71-86

Sometimes the question is raised: ‘Why are there no miracles of the Bible kind today?’ The answer is that miracles served their purpose back then, but today God expects us to live by faith.—Habakkuk 2:2-4; Hebrews 10:37-39.

In the days of Moses, miracles occurred to establish Moses’ credentials. They showed that Jehovah was using him and also that the Law covenant was truly of divine origin and that the Israelites were henceforth God’s chosen people.—Exodus 4:1-9, 30, 31; Deuteronomy 4:33, 34.

In the first century, miracles helped to establish the credentials of Jesus and, after him, of the young Christian congregation. They helped to demonstrate that Jesus was the promised Messiah, that after his death fleshly Israel was replaced as God’s special people by the Christian congregation, and thus that the Law of Moses was no longer binding.—Acts 19:11-20; Hebrews 2:3, 4.

After the days of the apostles, the time for miracles was past. The apostle Paul explained: “Whether there are gifts of prophesying, they will be done away with; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will be done away with. For we have partial knowledge and we prophesy partially; but when that which is complete arrives, that which is partial will be done away with.”—1 Corinthians 13:8-10.

Today, we have the complete Bible, which includes all the revelations and counsel of God. We have the fulfillment of prophecy, and we have an advanced understanding of God’s purposes. Hence, there is no more need for miracles. Nevertheless, the same spirit of God that made the miracles possible still exists and produces results that give equally strong evidence of divine power. We shall see more of this in a future chapter.

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Many view the reliability of the laws of nature, such as the fact that the sun rises every morning, as proof that miracles cannot happen

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The creation of the earth as a home for living things was a ‘prodigious event’ that was not repeated

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How would you explain the marvels of modern science to someone living 200 years ago?



Ka3—1973----CD Rom Search Satan’s Miracles

58 Hence, those powerful works or miracles, those signs and portents and unrighteous deceptions are for a purpose that is selfish and not for the glory and exaltation of Jehovah God. These manifestations of Satan’s operation and activity were produced after the death of Christ’s apostles. Those apostles did indeed work miracles, signs and portents, because they had God’s spirit through Christ. Those apostles had the power and authority to impart to baptized believers the spirit with its various gifts of the spirit for the doing of miraculous things, such as speaking with foreign languages, prophecies, interpretations, healings, and so forth. At the death of Christ’s apostles, the imparting of the spirit accompanied by such miraculous gifts ceased. Likewise, when those who had been thus gifted through the apostles died, not later than in the second century C.E., those miraculous gifts ceased to exist, and no longer were such things an evidence to prove who are true servants of God and who make up the true Christian congregation. (Acts 8:14-18; 1 Corinthians 13:8) Hence, the seeming display of such “gifts” after that would be, not of God, but of Satan.


59 So, then, let the clergy-ridden churches of Christendom point to all the powerful works, miracles, signs and portents that they want to in behalf of their clergy down through the centuries. Let them point to the grandiose position of the clergy in this world, the high esteem and reverence that have been paid to the clergy, their grand, eye-dazzling regalia, their high-sounding titles, their magnificent church buildings and cathedrals, their impressive church rituals, their transubstantiation of bread and wine in the “Mass,” their superior education, their standing and influence with the political State and the military, yet all those things and the effects of those things upon the so-called “laity” prove that the self-exalting clergy of Christendom did not originate with God and are not his ministers. Satan, who transforms himself into an “angel of light,” moves his earthly ministers of religion to “keep transforming themselves into ministers of righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 11:14, 15) True Christian ministers of Jehovah God prove themselves to be his appointed, approved ministers, not by such external things, but by God’s written Word of truth.


62 God does not directly send an “operation of error” to these deceived ones. He lets it go to them, in order to prove what it is that they want and also because this is really what they want. This is what the apostle Paul pointed out to his fellow missionary Timothy in a final letter to him. Paul explained why he wanted Timothy to preach God’s Word urgently in all seasons in the Christian congregation. Paul said: “For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching, but, in accord with their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4) By means of the inspired Word of God a person can protect himself against an “operation of error” during the presence of the “lawless one.” But by letting Satan carry on an “operation of error” and by thus letting this operation go to the professed Christians, Jehovah God puts them to the proof as to whether they “accept the love of the truth” or love the lie


Satan and His demons do not grow old a die—only Jehovah can kill them.So whatever healing to the human body they could do for the people that lived in the Nations that surrounded Israel they can still do that healing today or whatever other magical acts they did---

There is no scripture evidence to support that Jehovah has stooped them. Even Jesus was accused of doing His miracles with power that came from Satan—Matt 12-24

Charismatic Religions fail to inform people of these historical facts.


They can talk through people—Mark 1-22-28

. 22 And they became astounded at his way of teaching, for there he was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Also, at that immediate time there was in their synagogue a man under the power of an unclean spirit, and he shouted, 24 saying: “What have we to do with you, Jesus you Naz·a·rene´? Did you come to destroy us? I know exactly who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked it, saying: “Be silent, and come on out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, after throwing him into a convulsion and yelling at the top of its voice, came on out of him. 27 Well, the people were all so astonished that they began a discussion among themselves, saying: “What is this? A new teaching! He authoritatively orders even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 So the report about him spread out immediately in all directions through all the country round about in Gal´i·lee.

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TTT -> Miracles of Christ, The; Synagogues
EBD -> Daemoniac

Mark 1:23-28 - [Verse 23 in Original Greek]

23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying, "What business F13 do we have with each other, Jesus of F14 Nazareth? R20 Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!" 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be R21 quiet, and come out of him!" 26 Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, R22 so that they debated among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him." 28 Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee.


2Co 11:4 For if someone comes along and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or should you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you are all too willing to listen.

2Co 11:5 I do not think I'm inferior in any way to those "super-apostles."

2Co 11:6 Even


Mat 7:20 So by their fruit you will know them."

Mat 7:21 "Not everyone who keeps saying to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will get into the kingdom of heaven, but only the person who keeps doing the will of my Father in heaven.

Mat 7:22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name, drove out demons in your name, and performed many miracles in your name, didn't we?'

Mat 7:23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Get away from me, you evildoers!'"

Mat 7:24 "Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.


Rev. 16:13, 14: “I saw three unclean inspired expressions that looked like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon [Satan the Devil; Rev. 12:9] and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and perform signs, and they go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.”

Compare Luke 4:5, 6; 1 John 5:19; also Acts 5:38, 39; 2 Chronicles 32:1, 16, 17.