Cessationism in one sentence...Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:12:11 PMHave miracles of God truly ceased? Speaking as one who has witnessed miracles of God in my own family, I say such a statement is nonsense! I'll witness to TWO of the miracles in our family, there have been more:"The purpose of miracles in general in the Bible is to reveal God's power in terms of the progress of redemptive history. Word revelation and deed revelation are intimately related. With the completion of Christ's work through the ascension there is no more need for continuing revelation, and hence no more need for the kind of revelatory miracles found in the Bible."Now, since I wrote that, it actually has to be three sentences. Christ's works in establishing the church continues through the giving of the Spirit and the inscripturation of the apostolic deposit into what we know as the NT. Christ continued to work miracles through his apostles, but now that the foundation is established (Eph 2:20-21), these types of miracles have inded (sic) ceased.
How do you KNOW what comprises the New Testament? The New Testament does not self-authenticate its canon, this was done by the Church.The discussion soon went into one of the "autopistic" nature of Scripture. I am sharing this here because it almost seems like a deliberate tactic being used by the Calvinist challenger I was (still am) facing in CDF, and we (Catholics) should be on the watch for this. Let us start by presenting definitions of the terminology. Before continuing, however, please make note of the first question in this thread, we'll get back to that, I promise.