Re: Cessation Vs. NonCessation

From: Kevin W. Woodruff (
Date: Tue Feb 16 1999 - 13:56:31 EST


First of all I would like to say I'm a cessationist. But with the phrase
'tongues shall cease" even though the verb "ceased" is in the middle voice
I don't think you can push the fact that tongues will "cease for
themselves". In BAGD, the standard Greek lexicon, PAUO in the middle can
mean "stop, cease" without any reference to who is performing the action and
how it is occuring.

>2. The verb used with tongues is in the "middle voice" while the verb used
with both prophecy and knowledge is in the "passive voice."
>What is the significance of the middle voice as opposed to the passive voice?
>1. The middle voice, used with tongues, indicates that the gift of tongues
would work against itself to bring about its own termination.
>2. The passive voice, used with prophecy and knowledge, means that the
subject receives the action of the main verb.
>My question concerning the aforementioned: Is the aforementioned exegesis
proper and correct ?

Kevin W. Woodruff, M.Div.
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