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What about Speaking in Tongues? 5

From our brief study on the subject of we have been able to see the following.Tongues is for ALL believers.

Mark16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Hence No believer in scripture ever got excluded from speaking with tongues.

Acts2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the gave them utterance.

Everyone there spoke in tongues.

Acts8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of , they sent unto them Peter and John:

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

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

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

No selections.They laid hands on those who believed the gospel to recieve.

Acts10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

45 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.

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

Everyone who believed here spoke with tongues.Lord Jesus.

Acts19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Again no one is excluded.All the men who believed spoke with tongues.

HANDS CAN BE LAID ON BELIEVERS TO MINISTER THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT TO THEM(INCLUDING TONGUES).

Acts8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given.

This isnt exclusive to apostles.

Acts9:17 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 unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Ananias was not an apostle but a disciple.A disciple means a student of the Word

Acts9:10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

Non Apostles(infact students of the Word) saw visions and ministered the things of the Spirit.

Acts19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Pauls letters to Timothy emphasised this too

1Tim4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Presbytery means elders.Those who teach and preach in .

2Tim1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

This can be done individually or enmasse.

TONGUES IS FOR PRAYER AND PRAISE TO GOD.

1COR14:2 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.

1COR14:14- For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15- What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

This explains Pauls instructions to pray.

Eph6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Also Judes admonition

Jude20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

Praying in tongues is praying in the Spirit.Singing in tongues is singing in the Spirit.

TONGUES IS NOT HUMAN LANGUAGE.

1COR14;2 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.

Vs-14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

vs16 -Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest

vs-19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Hence,In the Church we must communicate the message of tongues via interpretation(Which in itself is by the Spirit)

This interpretation of tongues =Prophecy.

1Cor14:5 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.

Prophecy gives the messsage of tongues in human understanding(l

anguage),Hence the reason it edifies the church.

1Cor14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

This helps with verses 14-17 too.

Pauls instructions in 1 Corinthians14 was not to discourage tongues and “glorify” prophecy.

Rather its was to show the greater benefit in gattherings.The instructions were for Church meetings primarily.

1Cor14:16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

The ‘other” is not the speaker.The speaker is already edified(vs4).This is in church.u need to speak in understanding to communicate.

vs18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

vs19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Paul used prophecy more in Church and Spoke more in tongues privately.

1Cor14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

24- But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

25- And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

The issue isnt tongues spoken by the whole Church,rather the “coming in” of the unbeliever and the unlearned.

The unlearned is a believer who hasnt been taught the things of the spirit.

Tongues can be spoken in Church without having to interprete but this isnt used to address any one but God.

1Cor14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Believers should desire to interprete tongues.Its the same stream.This interpretation is prophecy.

1Cor14 :1Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

vs-13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interprete

vs39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Tongues are used to give messages in Church.This MUST be interpreted.

1Cor14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

27 -If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret

All Believers can prophesy

1Cor14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

24- But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

25 -And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

vs-31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

In brevity,believers MUST go after the things of the Spirit !

Not forgetting Pauls admonition

1Cor12:31 But covet earnestly the best gift.

1Cor14 :1Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

vs-39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Thus like Paul we boldly acclaim

“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all”

Blessed?I give my self to tongues and the things of the Spirit.

About Kevin Ashwe

Kevin Ashwe is a Husband, Bible college instructor, Senior pastor of World Life Assembly. Join him in Twitter @Kevin_Ashwe and Facebook @wordlifeassembly

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