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"Ah," says one, "but this special outpouring of the Spirit upon the early Christians at their baptism was for the purpose of empowering them to work miracles, and the age of miracles is past. When those twelve poorly instructed men in Ephesus received the Spirit after they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus, they spake with tongues and prophesied. And we read of gifts of healings, working of miracles, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues and interpretations of tongues, as being granted the Corinthian Christians. These gifts are unknown and not needed in the modern church."

Well, friend, if they are unknown, it is certainly not because they are not needed; but some of these special gifts of the Spirit bestowed upon the early Christians at their baptism are greatly needed in our churches to-day. . . . We may well believe that such useful gifts as these were designed to remain in the Christian church to the end of the age, that they are found in the church to-day, and that, if they are looked for and prayed for in faith, they may be received in baptism to-day as fully as they were granted in baptism to the early Christians.

November 7, 1903

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