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Spiritual Gifts, vol. 1, Page 5

Spiritual Gifts

The gift of prophecy was manifested in the church during the Jewish dispensation. If it disappeared for a few centuries, on account of the corrupt state of the church towards the close of that dispensation, it re-appeared at its close to usher in the Messiah. Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist, “was filled with the holy spirit, and prophesied.” Simeon, a just and devout man who was “waiting for the consolation of Israel,” came by the spirit into the temple, and prophesied of Jesus as “a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Israel;” And Anna a prophetess “spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” And there was no greater prophet than John, who was chosen of God to introduce to Israel “the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.”

The Christian age commenced with the out-pouring of the Spirit, and a great variety of spiritual gifts was manifested among the believers; and these were so abundant that Paul could say to the Corinthian church, “the manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” To every man in the Church, not to every man in the world, as many have applied it.

Since the great apostasy these gifts have rarely been manifested; and this is probably the reason why professed

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