Q. Which gifts in the New Testament are considered “sign gifts”? Is it just the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 14:22)?
A. Certainly tongues were one of the “sign gifts” but in 1 Corinthians 12:28, we have others mentioned. “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”
We can quickly see that the underlined gifts are “sign gifts.” They were special gifts given at the beginning of Christianity, with the descent of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. These signs were to confirm the word that the disciples were sent to preach, because the written Word of God was not complete, nor the full revelation of truth yet given the way it is now.
“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen” (Mark 16:19-20).
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