The Ages of the Spirit

In this episode of the Essential Bible Studies Podcast, hosts Jay Mayock and Tim Young take a big picture look at the work of the Holy Spirit through the ages of time. There have been some hallmark epochs were the miracles, signs and wonders were off the charts. What does this mean in how the Holy Spirit works today?

Key Verse:

“Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)


  1. Introduction
    1. Hebrews 6:4-6 What does it mean by powers of the world to come?
    2. Why does Peter in Acts 2:16-21 quote Joel 2:28-31 on the day of Pentecost?
  2. Ages of Miracles
    1. Moses and the Exodus
    2. Elijah and Elisha
    3. Jesus and the Apostles
    4. Periods of drought (Mic. 3:5-8)
    5. What sort of period are we in now?
  3. The Cessation of First Century Gifts
    1. 1 Cor. 12-14
      1. The types of gifts (ch. 12) contrast with love (ch. 13)
      2. Defining “that which is perfect” (13:10 cp. 14:20)
    2. Ephesians 4
      1. The gifts (v. 11)
      2. Their purpose (v. 12)
    3. When they would cease (v. 13), the perfect man
  4. Conclusion – The Holy Spirit is still active but the gifts of miracles have ceased.

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