Can anyone help clarify why despite Apostolic succession being in place, did not the charism of inspiration bestowed by Christ on Apostles not continue down the line after the so-called close of the Apostolic era?
Secondly, it seems somewhat arbitrary to say Scripture Revelation stopped immediately after St. John died. Is there a deeper reason than just that the Church says so? I noticed the CC says no further Revelation is to be expected - a deliberately chosen word to be sure that does not absolutely rule out further Revelation on the order of Scripture.
The same charism exist toiday:
1st. Cir, 12:1-10 "Now concerning spiritual things, my brethren, I would not have you ignorant. You know that when you were heathens, you went to dumb idols, according as you were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man, speaking by the Spirit of God, saith Anathema to Jesus. And no man can say the Lord Jesus, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of graces, but the same Spirit; And there are diversities of ministries, but the same Lord;
And there are diversities of operations, but the same God, who worketh all in all. And the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man unto profit. To one indeed, by the Spirit, is given the word of wisdom: and to another, the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; To another, faith in the same spirit; to another, the grace of healing in one Spirit; To another, the working of miracles; to another, prophecy; to another, the discerning of spirits; to another, diverse kinds of tongues; to another, interpretation of speeches.
John was the Last surviving Apostle of Christ:thumbsup:
This is necessary in order that Christ be rightly CREDITED with what He taught.
READ Mt. 28:16-20 for evidence of this.
God Bless you,
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