Will there ever be more books added to the New Testament? If not, why not?
Why aren’t many Christians today performing miracles and speaking in tongues like the Apostles did in the Book of Acts?
These two questions, though they seem unrelated, are both brought into biblical perspective in the article entitled, “The Miraculous Sign Gifts and the Apostolic Age” (No. 461). In this newest article published by Bible Helps, Paul Shirk provides some important answers from the Bible to those questions. The article also helps to answer other questions, such as:
If someone (or some church) claims to have a new revelation from God, how do I know if what they say is true?
Are there Apostles today?
It seems that Christians sometimes have a restless longing for something fresh and new, or something spectacular and sensational, or something powerful and meaningful. Christians might have an uncomfortable sense that perhaps the “real” truth is found somewhere else. Such desires for something more can be healthy if channeled into the pursuit of a deeper knowledge of Christ through His Word. But such desires can also be destructive if they lead a Christian to “truth” that is not true, or to “power” that is not God’s power.
God’s Word warns that there will be false christs, false apostles, and false prophets. These people will bring a false message. They will have a large following of deceived people. And they will perform miracles. (See Matthew 24:5,24; 2 Corinthians 11:13; 1 Timothy 4:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Peter 2:1-2). Jesus said, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4).
So where did the Apostles go? The new article describes the special work God had for the Apostles in the first century, and how they completed that work and “once for all” delivered the gospel to us.