O. Palmer Robertson is Director and Principal of African Bible College, Uganda, and Professor of Theology at African Bible College, Malawi. Formerly, he had been on the faculties of Knox, Covenant, Westminster, and Reformed Seminaries. He is the author of several books, including The Christ of the Covenants, Understanding the Land of the Bible, and The Israel of God. I mention these things to inform the reader that Robertson is a staunch covenant theologian and his books reflect that very much. However, the subject of the cessation of inspiration, tongues, and prophecy is a needed subject today and Robertson adds important information to that view. Though he does not take his case from 1 Cor. 13, he does believe the canon was closed in the first century and that God’s revelation ceased then. As to tongues, he believes they were revelational in nature and therefore were concluded in the first century also. Robertson has an interesting study on the parallel of tongues speaking with the spread of the Gospel as outlined in Acts 1:8. As the gospel was spread to those four regions, tongues also appeared there as a witness. When the gospel had covered those areas, tongues ceased in the New Testament. Also interesting is his view that women both prophesied and spoke in tongues because God allowed them to participate in “forthtelling” revelation, but when revelation ceased (in the first century), so did women’s role of speaking authoritatively in the church.
The Local Church of RevelationOctober 1, 2016
All conservative scholars agree that Revelation is the last book to be added to the canon of sixty six inspired books and that the apostle John is the author. John is given his three-fold division of the book as, “the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall […]
Cross, Creation and also ProphecyFebruary 1, 2016
There are three great mountain peaks of importance in Biblical history. First and foremost is Calvary. The cross is the center of all God’s workings with this world. If the believer could say with Paul, “I determined not to know any thing among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2), he would […]
Anointing With OilMarch 28, 2015
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, […]