In an interview with Sheila Walsh, who hosts “Life Today,” Kathie Lee Gifford said that Americans are way too ‘terrified’ of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. She added that we need to see how these gifts are operating in believers around the world to fully appreciate them.
Gifford, who formerly hosted “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” suggested that while some Christians believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not for today, this is not what the Bible teaches.
“We’re all supposed to have gifts of the Spirit,” Gifford said. “They’re supposed to be different, used like different parts of the body for one good work, but we’re all supposed to use them. And people go, ‘Oh, Jesus doesn’t do that anymore, God doesn’t do that anymore.’ Really?”
She pointed to a passage in the Gospel of John, where Jesus said that everyone who believes in Him will be able to perform the same miracles as the Lord did.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14 NIV)
Gifford added, “He [Jesus] didn’t put a time frame on that. We’re the ones that box God in, that relegate Him to three dimensions, that stick Him on a shelf and say, ‘Well, that’s what God does.”
In other words, there was no footnote stating this promise of miracles only applied until 98 AD when, John, the last of the 12 Apostles, died.
Because some insist that miracles and healing, which are two of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12: 9-10), ceased with the end of the Apostolic age.
But there was no expiry date on the gifts of the Spirit, a fact that even the Apostles noted.
The Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost
When the Holy Spirit fell on the Day of Pentecost, the early believers poured out into the streets of Jerusalem speaking in tongues.
The thousands of Jews from around the Roman Empire gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost were amazed because they were hearing the Gospel, through the gift of tongues, being preached in their own language.
And when Peter stood up on the Day of Pentecost to speak to this ‘amazed’ crowd, he was clear that the gift of the Holy Spirit was intended for all the generations:
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39 NIV)
In describing the gift of the Holy Spirit, which included the gift of tongues because it was this miracle gift that gathered this group, Peter used the word ‘all’ twice.
It first included “all who are far off” or those living in other countries. This Holy Spirit outpouring was not limited to just the Jews and Jerusalem.
Secondly, it included “all whom the Lord our God will call.” And it is important to notice the tense. He is talking about the future. It includes ‘all’ who Jesus ‘will call.’
There was no time limit, stating that the gift of the Holy Spirit was only for the first generation of believers, found in the Book of Acts.
There was no footnote stating that this ‘will call’ expired on the day the Apostle John died in 98 AD, celebrated by some on December 27th.
In fact, if anything, Peter made sure that we understood the Holy Spirit, and His gifts were intended to go on indefinitely until the Lord’s return.
As he was addressing this crowd, Peter quoted from the Book of Joel, who prophesied that in the last days God would pour out His Holy Spirit on ‘all’ flesh, again note that word ‘all’ (Acts 2:17-21).
And this would result in men and women prophesying, which is another of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:10).
So, the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and the gift of prophecy will be one of the hallmarks of the ‘Last Days’, the period leading up to the Lord’s second coming.
And this is exactly the point that the Apostle Paul made in his letter to the Corinthians when he said that the Holy Spirit has given us these spiritual gifts until the revealing or second coming of Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:7-8).