- Hi, how are you all doing? I overheard the disscussion on the gifts
of the Spirit and thought I might offer some help by presenting the
fundamental basis for the reformed position.
Basically, the non-cessationist position is incompadible with the
doctrine of a closed cannon of Scripture. This is because biblical
prophesy is by its very nature inspired. And tongues (or languages)
should be translated into the common language (I Corinthians 14) so
it also has to be veiwed as inspired prophesy as well. This priniple
applies to the miraculous works as well since they are designed not
as ends in themselves but to bear witness to the authority of the
apostles, prophets and ultimately Christ (II Corinthians 12: 11 & 12).
The very inquiry of a Biblical basis for cessationism proves the very
point because that question assumes that the only basis WOULD BE in
scripture and if that is true then there wouldn't be any extra-
biblical revelation. The very existance of a complete scripture is
the scriptural proof as Paul implies in first Corinthians 13, "when
the perfect is come then that which is in part shall be done away."
And that is in the context of, among other things, prophecy.
This doesn't preclude the fact that God might, at times, do things
like this for furthurance of his truth, as in the case of Knox. But
it isn't normative and shouldn't be expected since our focus now is
on scripture alone whereas in Bible times it was normative and was to
be expected since they didn't have a complete revelation yet. I hope
this is helpful for you. God bless.