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STUDY EIGHTEEN

Speaking In Tongues

A Study in Scriptural Integrity:

Praying in the Spirit

As the spirit gives you utterance.

*Note: "The spirit" as in "the Holy Spirit" is sometimes translated "alcohol" in Spanish as the translator does not always translate properly.


Sometimes Scripture uses unusual language to describe similar or identical events elsewhere mentioned, in order to expound upon the nuances and emphasize the importance.

There has been tremendous confusion regarding the outpouring of holy spirit and the use of what is called "speaking in tongues," also known as "the gift of tongues" or simply "tongues."

By comparing accounts, by keeping in mind that things are as they are written, and by looking to our Lord to clarify this in our hearts, we shall expect to be a little more informed at the end of this study than we were before.

Keep in mind this study is not "the final word" regarding this matter, not even a complete study on what I believe and teach on the subject. Beside that, there is the vast knowledge others hold. And also keep in mind this study was perhaps more than any others in Scripture Integrity derived from classes and studies by other students of Scripture.

B.J. Leonard, J. Stiles, V.P. Wierwille, Sue Pierce and John Lynn are only among the preeminent among many from whose work and teachings I derived this perspective. Of course, much of the works these did derived from earlier students and teachers of Scripture as well, literally reaching through centuries.

Hopefully others will build upon this work, taking freely from what makes sense to them.

As we have seen in a previous study, as late as 175 A.D. the Christian Church en toto was practicing the act of speaking in tongues. It is logical therefore to surmise it continued as the norm at least until the devastation of the bishopry throughout the Roman Empire around 250 A.D.

Of course, that it lasted until 250 A.D. is speculation and has no bearing on what the earlier recorded Scripture says. Remember, though, records contradicting new doctrines were being destroyed after that time.

Nevertheless, no matter how tempting non-Scriptural evidence seems to be, Scripture itself holds our only doctrine.

The Initial Outpouring

What does Scripture reveal about speaking in tongues?

We begin by looking at the first occurrence of speaking in tongues, on the day of the initial outpouring of "pneuma hagion," holy spirit.

"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place."

Acts 2:1

The "they" that were all together were the twelve apostles.

In chapter one it says they were daily in the Temple praying, and we know it was Pentecost, when thousands upon thousands thronged into the Temple to worship.

We shall see that thousands were saved from the event described here, and the only "house" in the city that was large enough to fit "men from every nation" was the Temple at Jerusalem.

That the day was fully come is not simply a statement that some random day had come.

It was a declaration, set as it is here in Scripture, that the requirements from millennia had been fulfilled, and a wonderful thing was about to occur. After waiting ever since the fall of man, the promise of the Father as told to Jesus Christ was about to be given to mankind. The promise, and the day that would see it come to pass, was fully come.

"And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

"And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them."

Acts 2:2-3

On this wonderful day, a great thing was happening.

The "house where they were sitting" was the Temple at Jerusalem, which was where they were daily in prayer and fellowship. Later in this chapter we will see a multitude gathered together in this house.

And in certain parts of the great Temple, there was no roof. These "tongues of fire" would be visible to thousands upon thousands. Many would believe that a notable event was taking place, and wonder what they should do about it.

"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

Acts 2:4

God, Holy and Spirit, had set Himself upon many Old testament believers. But this was new. This was the GIFT of "pneuma hagion," holy spirit. This was a new life that the Father was bestowing upon those who had been told to wait.

And what did they do after the "cloven tongues like as of fire?"

The twelve who received spoke in tongues.

Each did not know the language they were speaking, nor did they understand what they were saying.

But in simple obedience to the Giver of the gift, they spoke in tongues as the spirit gave them utterance.

They spoke in tongues, they did the speaking, but it was as the spirit, this new gift of holy spirit, gave them utterance.

"And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

"Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language."

Acts 2:5-6

The people at the Temple saw the tongues like as fire. They were not tongues of fire, but like as fire. They appeared very much like fire, but for one thing did not roast the twelve men they fell upon.

Those who saw this went about saying they were at the Temple when this happened, and many others, the multitude, came together to see what transpired.

Where did they come together? To the place the miracle had occurred, the Temple. They came to the House of God.

"And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

"And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

"Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

"Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

"Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God."

Acts 2:7-11

Yes, the twelve spoke in tongues. In this case, although the twelve did not understand the very words proceeding from their own mouths, many of the people in the multitude did!

And what, filled with the promise of the Father, did they speak?

They spoke the wonderful works of God.

The words they spoke glorified God, and told of His wonderful works.

All of God's works are wonderful, and a most wonderful work was being done at that very moment in time!

"And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?"

Acts 2:12

Some of the people were simply confused. "What's going on?," they said. They had no idea.

"Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine."

Acts 2:13

Then there are those who simply put a negative spin on everything. Peter boldly set the record straight.

"But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

"For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

"But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

"And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

"And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:"

Acts 2:14-20

When Jesus was last speaking to his twelve chosen apostles, they asked him about his day, about the day he would establish his kingdom on earth.

He replied that such was in the power of the Father, but another event would take place: they would receive the promise of the Father.

This is the fulfillment of this last earthly prophesy of Jesus, as well as that spoken of by Joel.

What truly makes a Father? DNA. Here God is pouring out His spirit. He is becoming their Father in a way far beyond adoption or analogy.

"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Acts 2:21

Before this day, one who continued in all the works of the Law will be saved at the judgment.  Now, all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Done deal. Incorruptible seed. Spiritual DNA.

"Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

"Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

"Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it."

Acts 2:22-24

After saying whosoever called could be saved, Peter starts preaching.

He tells them, "You slew Christ. But Christ was not worthy of death, and God raised him again. He lives."

He then expounds on the resurrection of Jesus that had so recently taken place.

"For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

"Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

"Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

"Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance."

Acts 2:25-28

David, forefather of Mary, Jesus' mother, and King of Israel, was confident that he himself would be raised, saved at the Judgment. But he also said that God would not leave his holy one in hell.

“Hell” is "hades," the Greek word for "grave." This does not refer to any place of torment. In the grave, there is no remembrance, there is no knowledge or awareness of what is happening. One in the grave is dead.

God would not leave His holy one, his chosen one, in this state. He would not leave Jesus dead and in the grave.

"Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

"Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

"He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption."

Acts 2:29-31

See, he was speaking of Jesus who was raised from the dead. “Hell,” “sheol,” refers to the "grave," not to Dante's Inferno. It refers to a pit dug in the ground or in a mountainside where bodies decompose. Jesus' body would fully decompose before he was back in it. He would be dead only three days and three nights.

"This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

"Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

"For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,"

Acts 2:32-34

Not only is Jesus raised from the dead, he is glorified, seated at the right hand of God.

When the Bible talks of a man's right hand, it is saying you have blessings and authority from him.

Jesus has blessings and authority from God.

"Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ."

Acts 2:35-36

First Peter told them of Jesus' resurrection, then of his Lordship.

Romans ten verse nine reads,

"Confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised him from the dead, and thou shalt be saved."

Jesus taught that salvation came in obeying the Law. Why did not Jesus teach that confession in him as Lord, believing that God raised him from the dead bring salvation?

Because Jesus was not yet raised, this salvation was not yet available.

But on this day of Pentecost that was fully come, salvation was this simple, this full of grace.

The cloven tongues like as of fire were but a sign of the real notable event, which was the dawn of the Christian salvation. This was the true occasion.

"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?"

Acts 2:37

The wonders, and the speaking of the wonderful works of God, and the sermon of Peter had reached these people. They no longer tried to say, "I'm really a nice guy, what do I need to do?" They were ready to say they had been in error.

They were ready to do something about their wrong. They wanted to know how to change.

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Acts 2:38

Repent, and be baptized, then ye shall receive the gift of pneuma hagion, the gift of holy spirit.

Repent means to change what you do because you have changed in your inner heart. They had done this, they were willing to change. They did not simply want to pay for their wrong, though if necessary I am sure they would have been willing.

What they wanted to know was how to make it right, what to change. That is repentance.

What then is it to be "baptized in the name of Jesus Christ?"

"Baptize" means "to wash," as with water.

But Jesus had said, "John truly baptized in water, but ye shall be baptized in pneuma hagion."

So baptism in the name of Christ is involved, but it is also called baptism in holy spirit.

The phrase "in the name of" is a great clue. "In the name of" connotes a granting of authority or of ability. Jesus said, "I come in my Father's name."

It meant God bestowed authority and ability upon Jesus, and in the matters that he did in his father's name, he had all the authority of his Father.

To be "washed in Jesus' name" therefore means to be cleansed by all the spiritual cleansing ability Christ has!

And once this has taken place, they shall receive pneuma hagion.

Just as you, the reader, will receive pneuma hagion, holy spirit, when you are immersed in the name of Jesus Christ, which is when you confess him as Lord, and you believe God raised him from the dead.

What does it mean, "to receive" the gift of holy spirit?

"Receive" in the Greek as used here is the word "lepsesthe."

In an earlier study we looked at the word “lambano,” to start doing something with what has been received.

"Lepsis" however is used in reference to a simple reception, and is subjective. One receiving the gift does not necessarily use it: it is there if one wants to interact but it is not conditional. One has it there to use. One can unwrap it, or one can leave it on the reception table, so to say.

The text reads "...and receive the gift of holy spirit."

Not, "and ye shall receive the gift that is from the Holy Spirit," as if upon repentance and baptism God would then give you something. Rather, it says "and receive the gift of holy spirit."

Simply put, it literally means not that you receive a gift from the Holy Spirit, holy spirit IS the gift you receive when you repent and are baptized.

This is what Peter was telling the ones of the multitude that were asking what to do.

"For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call."

Acts 2:39

See? Peter and the eleven received the promise, which is the gift. And when they received it they were able to speak in tongues as the spirit, that gift, gave them utterance.

Now Peter says the promise is not just for the twelve, it is "for you, and your children, and all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."

Peter did not expect this promise to disappear at his death, for by revelation he told them it was for their children also, and as many as were called of God.

"And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."

Acts 2:40-41

About three thousand were baptized that day. And what did they receive when they were baptized?

That's right, holy spirit, incorruptible seed, the gift of God.

"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

"And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

"And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

"And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

"And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

"Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

Acts 2:43-47

This was the account of the first day the believers received the gift, pneuma hagion, and spoke with tongues. As the Scripture said, it was "as the Spirit" (the "pneuma") "gave them utterance."

And they spoke "the wonderful works of God.

Glorifying God

With speaking in tongues, God's works are glorified. The first thing we will point out here regarding speaking in tongues (we'll often refer to it as "tongues" for simplicity.) Tongues is as the spirit, the pneuma, gives one utterance. We already know one speaks the wonderful works of God.

God always is glorified when one speaks in tongues. Looking again at what we just read,

"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

"And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

"Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

"And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

"And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

"Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

"Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

"Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God."

Acts 2:5-12

See?

God is glorified.

Just because the speakers did not know what they were saying did not mean they were speaking against God, because it was as the spirit gave them utterance.

As Many as Our God Shall Call

"For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call."

Acts 2:39

On the day of the first reception of the gift, holy spirit, only those of Israel received. Only Jews and their proselytes, or converts to Judaism.

Not many years later, this would change.

"There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

"A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

"He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

"And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

"And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:

"He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do."

Acts 10:1-6

Cornelius was a Gentile, a Roman soldier, in fact, an elite centurion of "the Italian band."

He had also come to know and reverence the God of Israel,  and even involved his family in his worship of our God.

"And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;

"And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.

"On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

"And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

"And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

"Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air."

Acts 10:7-12

This "vision" is what is called "a revelation." God simply showed Peter these things, sort of like SRTN: Spiritual Revelation Television Network.

"And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

"But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean."

Acts 10:13-14

One may surmise Peter was not being contradictory or rebellious on purpose. Peter knew God's written Word disallowed the Jews certain meats. Perhaps he thought he was being tested.

"And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

"This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

"Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,

"And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.

"While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.

"Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them."

Acts 10:15-20

The revelation of the meats was a preparation for the arrival of Gentiles.

Under Law, Jews had to separate themselves from unproselytized Gentiles, just as they had to abstain from many meats. The revelation showed that just as grace had done away with the commandments to abstain from meats, Gentiles were no longer to be avoided the same way.

"Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?

"And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee."

Acts 10:21-22

An unproselytized Gentile of good report by the Jews, especially a Roman centurion, was indeed rare.

Generally, the Judeans hated the Roman occupiers.

"Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

"And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends.

"And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.

"But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man."

Acts 10:23-26

Peter set straight that he was simply a man right away. Cornelius loved God and loved right, but he was raised to pagan standards, not Jewish.

And while once Daniel allowed the King of Babylon to fall to his feet and worship him, Peter is in an entirely different situation.

For in the Church, there is to be no hierarchy. That was done away with when Jesus became head of the Body. No kneeling and kissing a ring here. We bow to Jesus our King.

"And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.

"And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

"Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?"

Acts 10:27-29

God had prepared Peter's heart to go with the messengers of Cornelius, and had said to go, nothing doubting.

God did not tell Peter every detail.

God will not always tell us why He wants us to do something. He will tell us enough to know what is right to do.

"And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

"And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

"Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.

"Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God."

Acts 10:30-33

Cornelius was interested in only one thing: the message of God. He was not interested in opinion, or in guesswork, or in man's ideas.

He wanted to know those things commanded by God.

What tremendous faith.

"Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

"But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

"The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)"

Acts 10:34-36

He is Lord of all.

Peter did not say, "Let Jesus be Lord of your life."

He said, "He is Lord of all.

Whether any man believes it, Jesus is and shall be Lord of your life. He is Lord of all, and at his name every knee shall bend. Our choice is to start now when it might do us some good, or later when the race has already been run, our choices already made.

Now Peter is allowing Cornelius and his loved ones the opportunity to acknowledge the truth that Jesus is Lord.

For with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

"That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;"

Acts 10:37

Peter was "baptized in holy spirit." Yet, even then, the baptism of John was often taught by the Church Peter stood with. The doctrine had not yet been given as it would seen be revealed to Paul.

"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."

Acts 10:38

The anointing of Jesus with the Holy Spirit is likely in reference to the way God walked with the people who believed prior to Christ's ascension. It was never referred to at that time as a gift or being in subjection to the people.

The gift, however, is. As it is written, and as we shall see in our next study in this series, "the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets."

"And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

"Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;"

Acts 10:40

This is the presentation of the resurrection of Christ. One is to believe in one's heart God raised him from the dead.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.

"Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

"And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead."

"To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

"While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word."

Acts 10:41-44

Did they accept with their mouths the truth Jesus is Lord of all? Did they Believe God raised him from the dead?

Yes.

The holy spirit fell upon the Gentiles.

How did anyone know? Spirit cannot be seen.

But somehow those with Peter knew, because they were astonished.

How did they know?

"And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

"For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. "

Acts 10:45-46a

For they heard them speak in tongues.

Many times Scripture mentions people receiving without going into all the details.

But when the details are expounded, it always involves speaking in tongues. Speaking in the spirit, speaking in tongues, is our seal.

The Jews with Peter heard the Gentiles speaking in tongues, and it was so much a part of the Christian experience at that time (and at least up until 177 A.D.,) no man could deny it.

What has changed since 177A.D.? Not the Word of God. Traditions of men have changed, but the Word to the Church remains sure.

"Then answered Peter,

"Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

"And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."

Acts 10:46b-48

Thus the Gentiles where brought into the fold.

And when they were brought into the fold, what happened? They spoke in tongues.

Of course, Peter then wants to "baptize them in the name of the Lord" in water.

Why? Weren't they already "baptized in the name of the Lord in pneuma hagion?"

Of course they were. They had spoke in tongues.

What gives? Chapter eleven explains.

Peter, a Jew, had to explain himself to the elders of the Church, who were all Jews.

Remember, at that time it was assumed Gentiles were excluded, unless they became Jews.

So the elders are asking Peter why he went ministering pneuma hagion to Gentiles.

"And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:

"And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

"Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

"And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning."

Acts 11:12-15

He is recounting the account, just like it happened. And then what did Peter do when the pneuma fell on them? What had happened next in chapter ten?

Peter had ordered water baptism.

But what does he say to the elders? Does he say, "then we water baptized? No. He says,

"Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost."

Acts 11:16

See? After getting excited, after ordering water, he remembered that Jesus said "BUT ye shall be baptized with pneuma hagion."

With "the Holy Ghost."

Did Peter continue with a water baptism. I do not believe so.

Why?

Because in recounting the event, in the next verse he remembers that John baptized with water, but now people were baptized in holy spirit.

Insisting on water would have been part of "withstanding God.”

"Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

"When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life."

Acts 12:17-18

They knew because like as the Jews, the Gentiles who believed were speaking in tongues.

I'd like to point out that no one told these Gentiles when to speak. They just did it. I don’t even read of Peter telling them about tongues. It was so much of the Christian experience then, why would he have to?

They simply started speaking what God had put in them. They didn't need classes or lessons, they just needed to do it. They probably knew Christians, who up until this day would have still been among the Jews. These saved Jews would have spoken in tongues.

If the lessons in this class help you to decide to go ahead and speak in tongues, hallelujah! But you simply need to just do it. It will be there as soon as you just start doing it.

"And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

"For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."

Acts 1:4-5

People were told to wait for the promise only until that one day of Pentecost.

After that, it was freely given. Thus, when the Gentiles believed, they simply spoke in tongues.

And so Gentiles were brought into the body of Christ, for Jesus had commanded that the gospel to those he left were to preach to all nations.

Troubled Waters

From the first, the apostles were given unction to spread the gospel to all.

It took persecution for this to come to pass.

People stayed were they were, and may have become complacent.

"Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

"Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them."

Acts 8:4-5

Phillip was one who was scattered abroad in this wave of persecution, and when he went to Samaria, a city that practiced some elements of Judaism, he spoke the word.

"And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did."

Acts 8:6

Phillip not only spoke the word, but God backed up the word with miracles.

"For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

"And there was great joy in that city."

Acts 8:7-8

Whenever the Word is spoken, the response of those who believe is joy.

No matter what lives they led, they are not filled with condemnation or shame: they are given joy, the people are delivered.

"But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

"To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

"And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries."

Acts 8:9-11

Simon had been an influential religious and spiritual leader, but he was not of the true God. He held the people through enchantment, by deception.

This is the nature of false religious leaders. Rather than bringing joy as did Phillip with truth, Simon suppressed with sorceries.

"But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women."

Acts 8:12

They were baptized. How? It doesn't yet say, but we find out later that Phillip used water to baptize a eunuch.

Water was good for John, but how much more are we now to be baptized in pneuma hagion?

"Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done."

Acts 8:13

Phillip was a wonderful believer, a great and effective preacher.

Praise God!

We don't have to have all the answers, to be fully instructed in all things to do great things for God. Our ability lies in Christ, not our savvy or wisdom.

But as we shall see, something was incomplete.

"Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

"Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

"(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

"Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost."

Acts 8:14-17

The "holy ghost" was not yet fallen on them.

What happens when they "receive" the pneuma the hagion? They speak in tongues.

But up to now, none of the Samarians had done this.

Were they "lesser" Christians?

No.

They were wonderful Christians, receiving miracles and the grace of God.

But there was a wonderful thing they were missing.

The apostles came down and fixed this.

"And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

"Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost."

Acts 8:18-19

Simon saw that laying on of hands imparted pneuma hagion. That is what his senses told him.

But does the gift come from a pair of hands?

No.

It comes from baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.

A minister often lays his hands on someone to effectualize his or her empathy for that person.

Not every time folks spoke in tongues in Scriptures does it say hands were involved.

But in imparting revelations, the laying on of hands often comes into play.

The apostles were ministering to the Samarians. They were probably listening to God to tell them why such and such wasn't speaking that first word in tongues, or why so and so simply refused to accept that he could.

Simon saw that it was given through hands. That is what his eyes told him, but his eyes were wrong.

Simon was trusting in his carnal understanding, and he had been guiding the people. It is likely that they also had been trusting in their carnal understanding, believing only what they saw, and thus allowing Simon to bewitch them!

"But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

"Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God."

Acts 8:21-22

The "matter" Simon had no part in was the ministering. It said he had believed. He was saved.

But he remained carnal. Even right after salvation, he began to harden his heart, to build hay and stubble on the foundation laid by Christ.

A carnal Christian cannot minister effectually in spiritual matters.

"Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

"For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

"Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

"And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans."

Acts 8:22:25

Phillip was a great minister, but he had not led these Samarians as far as he might.

What happened?

"And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

"And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

"Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

"Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot."

Acts 8:26-29

Phillip was definitely walking closely with Jesus and God. As far as his heart and his commitment, things were incredibly correct. He listened well to the things the spirit revealed to him.

"And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

"And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.""

Acts 8:30-31

Now look at this.

"How can I except some man guide me?"

God gave it to Man to tell others the things already revealed in doctrine.

Phillip likely knew to speak in tongues. He was, after all, a First Century Christian. It is likely he had no man to guide him in how to guide others.

We aren't here to tell others how to live, but we can show others how they can live in glorious light when they come to us.

"The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

"In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

"And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

"Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus."

Acts 8:32-35

Phillip did good. He preached Jesus.

But did he preach the gospel of the grace of the gift of God? It does not say that he did. He taught Jesus strictly from the Old Testament Scriptures.

Preach Jesus concerning his life, his death, and even his resurrection after the first days, and you have no mention of the gift.

The promise of the Father was only given on Jesus' last days here prior to his ascension.

"And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?"

Acts 8:36

How did the eunuch know about water baptism?

Well, who was telling him about Jesus?

Phillip, that’s who, the same wonderful man who had evangelized Samaria.

"And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

"And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

"And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing."

Acts 8:37-39

Was Phillip a wonderful Christian? Yes, so wonderful he had a special wonder performed, being caught away.

But he could only share what he knew, which was the baptism of John.

That is why he had not seen to it that Samaria spoke in tongues, and why he brought the eunuch to the water.

We see another wonderful believer, a golden-tongued orator, do the same thing.

"After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;

"And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them."

Acts 18:1-2

This is where Paul, apostle to the Gentiles, latched up with two believers, Aquila and Priscilla.

"And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers."

Acts 18:3

Paul wrought his missionary work by supporting himself through a job. This is a good lesson for some of us who minister and who preach and who want to live off a Church salary. Scripture says not to forbid ministers living off the Church offerings, but Paul set an example more of us should perhaps follow.

"And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

"And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews."

Acts 18:22-23

Paul went to Ephesus, and left Acquilla and Priscilla in Corinth.

"And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

"This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John."

Acts 18:24-25

Like the wonderful Phillip, Apollos was knowledgeable of the Lord, but was only familiar with the baptism of John. Water.

"And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly."

Acts 18:26

Apollos was eloquent, and knowledgeable of Jesus, but needed to hear the word more perfectly.

How?

He was only knowledgeable of John's water baptism, like Phillip.

Acquilla and Priscilla, having been with Paul, took him aside and corrected this.

"And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:

"For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ."

Acts 18:27-28

Now he was ready to really go the full mile.

He was well more knowledgeable regarding the word pertaining to baptism, and particularly baptism in holy spirit.

Now about Cornelius, how did he and his know to speak in tongues?

Why was Phillip "caught away" after water baptizing the eunich, and prior to that baptizing Samaria the same way?

Well, what happened with Apollos after he taught water baptism around Aquilla and Priscilla? He was instructed.

What happened to Phillip as he was caught away? .

"But Phillip was found was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, til he came to Caesarea."

Acts 8:40

Up til Cornelius' conversion in Caesaria, only Jews were called into the Church, and the Jews in Caesaria had been taught by Phillip. Cornelius, a righteous man, had been exposed to Phillip, but Phillip never preached salvation to the Gentiles, only to Jews by ethnicity or religion.

Cornelius knew to speak in tongues. Who taught him? The one preaching in Caesaria was Phillip.

Somewhere between Samaria and Caesaria Phillip had been instructed rightly, like Apollos, and had exposed the righteous Gentile Cornelius to it.

That is why that house of Gentiles knew to speak in tongues when they received the gift of pnuema hagion!

The Spirit in You

Baptized in holy spirit is a way of referring to the spiritual birth, and its inherent cleansing, that takes place when God makes you whole.

Ephesians says when we have this, we are heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ. We have all spiritual blessings. Therefore when God sees us, He sees what He has put in us, and He sees us as His sons.

We have spiritual life. Therefore we can walk in spiritual reality, or as Scripture calls it in one place, "newness of life."

When we do so, our life, and the way we interact with all of creation, is altered.

We stand boldly before the throne of grace.

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Rom.8:1

When we walk according to what God has made us in Christ, how much condemnation is there for us? None.

Not because we are "better than others," but because we are forgiven, and in honesty we try to do right before God.

Also, we have an internal source of strength (the gift) to do so, and an external source (our Lord) of guidance.

"But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

Rom. 8:8-9

The texts do not mention adoption. It says we have received the "huiothesia," the spirit of sonship.

And just like the Jews which were with Peter knew that the Gentiles had received the gift, we can know we have received when we speak in tongues, for:

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:"

Rom. 8:16

Yes, the spirit bears witness with our spirit.

"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

"And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Rom. 8:26-28

In the same way, i.e. when we speak in tongues, the spirit helps our infirmities, or our inabilities in prayer.

How?

Because we do not always know what to pray for as we ought. But tongues is prayer that is inspired by the spirit God gave us, the holy spirit sonship spirit.

How do we know this section on prayer is referring to tongues?

Because the only prayer in the spirit given to Christians is tongues. If anywhere in Scriptures another way to pray in the spirit was expounded upon, we could assume that was included.

But wherever prayer in the spirit is actually expounded upon, it is expounded as tongues, just as when receiving (lambano, objectively,) holy spirit is expounded, tongues is involved.

"For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful."

I Cor. 14:13-14

So when we see praying in the spirit elsewhere, we know Scripture refers to tongues.

"For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries."

I Cor. 14:2

See? Tongues is to God, it is prayer, it is prayer in the spirit, for we do not always know what to pray for.

It is an aid to our prayer requests, our prayer intercession, and our prayer worship.

Would you like to know God responds to your prayers?

Then speak in tongues.

You can speak in tongues, by the end of this study we will see its simplicity. We will see that you also, if the risen Jesus is your Lord, can speak in tongues.

What Good Is Tongues?

Some of the benefits of speaking in tongues are in the list below, which is by no means the final word on the subject:

1) " And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

Acts 2:4

It is utterance given by the spirit God gave you as a gift, the sonship spirit. Imagine following the reps on an exercise machine. You simply exert your effort into the program.

 The twelve did the speaking, they started spouting whatever the spirit put on their lips, but it was spirit-given utterance.

Wouldn’t you like to speak words the spirit gives you? How awesome is that?

2) "Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

"Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

"Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God."

Acts 2:9-11

It is speaking the wonderful works of God.

Even though it is usually in private worship, with none other hearing but God, it is a way of glorifying Father for His wonderful acts.

What a privilege to speak His works so!

3) "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

"And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

"For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,"

Acts10:44-46

When there are others around that understand as on the day of Pentecost when holy spirit was first given, or when the prayer is interpreted among the fellowship of believers, things spoken in tongues magnify God.

What a way to worship Him for His greatness! It is more pure than anything we ourselves can conceive, for it is God’s way.

4) "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:"

Rom. 8:16

As it did for Cornelius, tongues is the witness within that we really have the sonship spirit. How did Peter and the brethren know? The same way we can!

It is a seal from God.

5) "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

"To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

"To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:"

I Cor. 12:7-10

It is for profit. We cannot lose for speaking in tongues the way the Scriptures tell us to do it, while walking in the love of God. We can only gain, if we also walk in the love of God.

6) "Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

"For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries."

I Cor. 14:1-2

It is prayer, spoken to God. It is as perfect as prayer gets in this world.

A man or woman's understanding doesn't get in the way to flub it up, for it gets past understanding.

Speaking in tongues, whether in personal worship or in fellowship among others to interpret, is always spoken to God.

"I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: "

I Cor. 14:18

Paul was not grateful that all the others weren't keeping up, as this verse is commonly understood to mean.

He thanked God by his speaking in tongues, and he did it more!

Don’t you want to show God your gratitude, the way He wants you to show it?

"Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

"For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful."

I Cor. 14:13-14

See? Tongues is prayer, it is speaking to God in a way that is acceptable to God, in a way designed by God Himself, and it is giving thanks.

Perhaps this is more accurately understood as “Let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray, that he may interpret.”

If you speak in tongues, it is prayer. If you pray this way in Church, it should be so that you will interpret, so that (as it says later) others can join in at this giving of thanks, this prayer.

Don’t you want to pray the best way God made for you to do it?

7) & 8) "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church."

I Cor. 14:4

7) When spoken in personal prayer, it edifies, builds up, the individual. How?

It builds the faith by being a witness, it builds prayer lives, it builds worship for worship's sake of God Almighty.

These are just a few of the ways tongues in a private prayer life edifies a believer.

Would you like to really be edified in the spirit, built up in your faith?

8) Also, the way prayer and worship edifies an individual, the edification of the prayer can be shared in the Church. When the prayer is interpreted for the benefit of other believers, in Church or fellowship, tongues edifies the Body of hearing believers as well.

Don’t you want to edify the Church in a powerful spiritual way?

9) "Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. "

I Cor. 14:22

In the Church, tongues gives a demonstration of spiritual reality that acts as a sign for unbelievers.

The witness to believers of tongues edifies, it strengthens their faith.

But to unbelievers, it acts as a sign, a supernatural indication to those outside the fold that something outside their carnal reality is going on.

A sign.

That is, it is a sign when tongues are used decently and in order, but we shall deal with that subject in the next study.

Are Tongues For Me?

Some today, separated from history by millennium, say tongues passed away with the Apostles. We found out from a previous study that the early Church practiced tongues until at least 175 A.D.

Some say it ended with the completion of Scripture. First, if so, why was it still done well into the second Century A.D.? Second, and much more importantly, is this a Biblical point of view?

"He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

"I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying."

I Cor. 14:4-5

Some look at this and say, "tongues is not that important, for Paul says its better to prophesy.

That makes no sense. Why would he say, "I want you to speak in tongues, but would prefer if you prophesied instead?"

How could you fulfill the "that ye speak in tongues" if instead, you prophesied?

It is not what is being said.

The word "rather" in verse five is the word "mallon," which means "more."

All should speak in tongues, it is a preferred thing for Christians to do, but while in the Church, during the times we are gathered together in decency and order, more that we should prophesy.

Why? Because as sweet as the interpreted prayer of tongues is in the Church, as much as interpreted tongues edifies the Church, prophesy is a message that also exhorts and comforts as well as edifies.

Those of us who speak in tongues among others often run into situations where another may understand the tongue. Imagine the goose bumps when Iranians understand someone’s perfectly spoken Farsi, or Japanese understand someone’s prayer, but the speakers understood not a word.

Glamorous and powerful, right? But more and more we should grow up and more so desire to manifest prophesy in the Church.

"Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

"But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."

I Cor. 13:8-12

Some say we no longer see through a glass darkly, because we now have the complete Word of God to guide us.

If this were true, why is Christianity so divided?

Nevertheless, what does the Word say?

Are we "face to face" now that we have the Bible through to Revelations?

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."

I John 3:1-2

No, we shall know even as we are known when he, Jesus, shall appear.

Tongues shall cease, and the little pieces of wisdom and knowledge we receive in revelation shall fade.

But this will be "when he shall appear," for we shall be like him, and shall see him as he is.

Until then, we are to keep on performing the things given to the Church.

Was "I would that ye all speak in tongues" given to the Church?

Yes.

"If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord."

I Cor. 14:37

Is "I would that ye all speak in tongues then a commandment of the Lord?

Yes.

Then should we do it?

I would say yes.

"But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant."

I Cor. 14:38

We do not need to argue about it. If someone wants to go their own way, to be "ignorant," let them.

You have accepted the risen Jesus as your Lord?

Great, you are saved, like the Samarians.

But you still have a choice whether to embrace or reject the use of the gift.

"Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues."

I Cor. 14:39

Covet to prophesy. But forbid not to speak in tongues.

Why? Because tongues is, when used in a personal prayer life or interpreted among believers, excellent edification for believers and the Church, ordained and given by God.

"Let all things be done decently and in order."

I Cor. 14:37-40

That's the way, decently and in order.

We will expound on this further in our next study, but we know enough now to know that we should speak in tongues.

Speak In Tongues

Do you want to speak in tongues?

Would you like to speak in tongues?

God has not changed, his promises are not changed. You can speak in tongues.

Are you afraid that you cannot?

Do not be afraid, for the Scripture says you are blessed with all spiritual blessings, that you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you. Let’s look at Scripture that has helped stem the doubts of others.

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"

Luke 11:9-13

See? God does not lie.

Thank Father for his gift to you, that he raised Christ from the dead and made him lord over all so that you could rest in the shadow of Christ's love.

Thank God that you can do all things through Christ. You are not weak, you are not ineffectual, but strong in Christ, you can speak in tongues.

Jesus walks with you, your burdens are light.

You simply speak.

God will not possess your lips. You need to move them. Remember, THEY spake, they did the speaking, as moved (inspired or influenced) by the holy spirit.

Do not worry about what words to speak, for the spirit in you gives utterance. Do not wait for the words to come. You will not think them, you will speak them.

You do the moving of your lips, the breathing out, you initiate that something is blurted out and God provides what will be said.

Does it sound like gibberish? Good. You will not understand or it would not be speaking in tongues. Only as you continue will you see it has structure, and form, and that what you are speaking is a language.

Speak in tongues, go ahead, do it.

Magnify God.

God is great, so speak His glorious works.

Amen!

Do it!

Praise God.

Praise Jesus, risen Lord of all.

If you have any difficulty, remember, it is in you to be able to. You simply need to push it out.

God is faithful.

He will not let you down.

Jesus, your friend, your brother, your Lord, promised:

"And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

"For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

"If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

"Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"

Luke 11:9-13

Did Jesus lie?

No.

All spiritual blessings are yours, including the great blessing of being able to pray in tongues, in a language unknown to you, but with words given by God.

Speak in tongues.

Whatever is there, speak it, push it out of your mouth.

Don't worry about how strange it feels, or how self-conscious you are.

God wants to hear your perfect prayers.

God bless you.

Speak in tongues.

And always, amen.

 

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