I was speaking to someone last week who believes that the so-called 'sign gifts' died out once the canon of scripture came alone. I actually really spoke to them and can vouch for their existence.
Wow. I feel so privileged. It's not all that often you get to meet a real Cessationist [someone who believes that miracels ceased with the death of the Apostles, the closing of the canon or the "maturity" of the Church].
The thing that makes me smile is when we talk about the 'age of miracles' (as I did sarcastically a few posts ago!) or the apostolic age. It's almost as if we picture miracles just flowing from the apostles because it happened to be the right time. What happened when the Canon was closed then? Was there a cooling-off period, or did the signs and wonders stop just like that? And what if I was in line to have Paul's hankie - passed on to his great nephew - wiped in my face and I see the guy in front of me have his shrivelled arm grow before my eyes and then... and then unbeknown to me the last of The Twelve drops down dead in some remote part of Asia Minor and all I get is a face full of snot?!
There was never an age of miracles - but a God of miracles. There was never an apostolic age - but an apostolic Church.
But that's all beside the point. I'm just chuffed 'cos I got to meet a creature on the verge of extinction!