|Is Being Filled With The Spirit And Speaking In Tongues Biblical?|
It is puzzling why some Christians become upset about speaking in tongues. Why would anyone want to reject the free gift of God?
Speaking In Tongues Is Biblical. What does the Bible say?
First, it must be stated that tongues can be faked. If salvation can be faked, tongues can be faked. Any gift of God can be faked. Tongues can be counterfeited either by demons or by the human mind, and they are counterfeited. That being said, the real is still real even though there be 1,000 counterfeits.
Secondly, everyone who believes has the Holy Spirit, but there is a further experience that is part of salvation. And there are many further experiences in addition tongues in the Holy Spirit. God is Good. He love us so! We followers of Christ live in relative spiritual poverty compared to the bountiful blessing that is available to us in Christ. The salvation is free for the taking. Christ already paid the price, but we have not (none of us have) appropriated the blessing fully.
THE FIRST INSTANCE OF TONGUES AMONG THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WAS SPONTANEOUS AND APPARENTLY AS THE GIFT OF THE TONGUES OF MEN. (It is plain that 1 Corinthians 12:10 & 14:22 refers to one thing and 1 Corinthians 14:2-4, & 14 refers to something quite different. There are tongues of men and tongues of angels.)
Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Act 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
We have seen this gift operate from time to time in the Twentieth Century, but not as much as we would like. We have seen people speak in languages they had neither learned nor understood, speaking in the native language of the people to whom they were sent. They have spoken as prophecy in a great miracle as a sign to the unbeliever, and often to their own surprise, fulfilling 1 Corinthians 14:22. When a 12 year old girl in India, not knowing a word of English, prophecies in perfect English, this is a sign to the unbeliever.
THE FIRST INSTANCE OF TONGUES AMONG THE GENTILES WAS ALSO SPONTANEOUS (but this does not appear to be the gift spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12:10, but rather the form of tongues spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:2-4.)
Act 10:44-47 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, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
AFTER THAT, THE INFILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS BY LAYING ON OF HANDS.
These were save, yet not yet filled with the Holy Ghost.
Act 19:2-6 He said to them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said to him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said to them, Into what then were ye baptized? And they said, Into John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Saul had accepted Christ, but was sent to Ananias who laid hands on Saul to be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Act 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared to thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Here are some who were saved, but not filled, and teh apostles laid hands on them.
Act 8:14-19 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John: Who, when they had 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. 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.
Here is an instruction to followers of Christ. All followers of Christ have the Spirit, but there is a further experience available.
Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Here was a man who was fervent in the Spirit, yet not filled with the Spirit. Aquila and Priscilla expounded the way of God more completely (perfectly) to him. He was saved, but had not walked into this further experience with Christ.
Act 18:25-25 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. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him to [them], and expounded to him the way of God more [completely].
Speaking In Tongues Is Biblical. What does the Bible say?
Last updated: Dec, 2010
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