He Gave Gifts Unto Men by Kenneth E Hagin
When he [Jesus] ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN. . . . And he [Jesus] GAVE some, APOSTLES; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. A ministry gift is resident within a person who is called by God to the full-time ministry to stand in one of these five ministry offices: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Some people say that all the ministry gifts operate in the Church today except the offices of the apostle and the prophet. But where in Scripture does it say that God ever took those offices out of the Church or that the Church no longer needs these ministry gifts? Paul wrote this epistle to the Ephesians many years after the Church had its beginnings. So if God had taken the offices of the apostle and prophet out of the Church, Paul would have said, “God gave evangelists and pastors and teachers to the Church.” But he didn’t say that. God gave all five ministry gifts to the Church, and they have never ceased functioning. They are all in operation even in our day. The Bible tells us why and for how long the ministry gifts were given to the Church.