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Questions about Speaking in Tongues
I Corinthians 14:22


       

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-WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL REASON FOR TONGUES?
WHAT DOES GOD WANT BELIEVERS TO KNOW ABOUT SPEAKING IN TONGUES ?

(1)-
GOD WANTS US TO KNOW THAT IT IS THE FULFILLING OF PROPHESY.

Mentioned 800 years earlier in- (Joel 2:28). It announces that the last days are upon us.
Acts 2:16- "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel". (referring to the preceding verses where the Apostles preached to an audience that heard the word of God in 16 different dialects and a large number of people were saved).
 
(2)- IT ANNOUNCED A CHANGE IN HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS IN THE LIVES OF MANKIND.
It is a change from the Holy Spirit coming upon people for temporary service as it was in old Testament days to God coming into the hearts of believers to live and to guide and to protect.
Acts 2:18- "And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy":
John 14:17- "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you".

(3)- GOD WANTS US TO KNOW IT INTRODUCED SALVATION TO THE GENTILE WORLD.
Acts 2:21- "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved". 
1 Cor. 12:13- "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit".

(4)
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GOD WANTS US TO KNOW THAT TONGUES WERE GIVEN AS A SIGN TO UNBELIEVERS.
1-Cor. 14:22- "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 that believe".

(5)- T
ONGUES WERE GIVEN IN ORDER FOR ISRAEL TO BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST IN THE FREE PARDON OF SIN.

Acts 2:36-"Therefore let all the house of Israel know, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ".

(6)-
TONGUES ANNOUNCED SALVATION TO THE JEWS, THEIR CHILDREN AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.
The gospel was now given on a who-so-ever will approach, unlike in the Old testament where a person had to become a Jewish proselyte in order to come into covenant with the Lord.
Acts 2:39- "For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off".
(A)- To you-(The Jews).
(B)- To your children-(The Jewish children).
(C)- To all that are afar off-(Gentiles: both adults and children).

(7)- TONGUES USURPED IN THE CHANGE FROM LAW TO GRACE.
(A)- Marked by special miracles that lasted until the dispensation of grace was fully instituted and the Apostles were all dead.
Mark 16:16- "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned". (verse 17)- "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues";
(verse 18)- "They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall be healed".                                                                                                                        
(B)- Marked by miracles that revealed a new dispensation was being installed! The miracles were given to make known to the world that grace was being imparted and that Christ was seeking a bride for himself among the gentiles. These verses taken out of context will cause delusion and confusion. Many are deceived about Apostolic succession in the church age and spend their entire lives in disappointment while trying to duplicate miracles that God never intended for New Testament believers.

2- WHAT ARE COMMON DECEPTIONS IN THE TONGUES MOVEMENT?
How is the subject of Tongues and Miracles misinterpreted? Apostolic secession is practiced by Pentecostal groups and others who seem to think that the six things listed below are carried over into the church age. This is a subject that needs careful study to understand how God used miracles to help establish the dispensation of Grace. God used these special miracles by the Apostles to prove to unbelievers that their preaching was ordained of the Lord. We need to discuss several fallacies that are being used in churches to glorify man instead of being directed by the Lord.
  
(1)- THE SNAKE FALLACY.                                                 
Certain factions of Pentecostal groups in the mountains of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and other regions practice taking up rattle snakes in order to prove they are in the "Spirit" and I might say that if I were to get caught in a service like that; I probably would do as the jesting comedian once said: "When it came my turn to handle the snake I told them to give it to the lady behind me because I surely don't want anyone to get the impression that I am not a gentleman".

(2)- THE DRINKING OF POISON FALLACY.
Another fallacy of these Pentecostal groups is drinking poison to prove their spiritual connection to the Lord. Many of those wind up being killed by the snakes or the poison and the congregation passes it off as "They must not have been in the will of God" Well, at that point I agree. They were not doing God's will and neither were the rest of the congregation. Scripture taken out of context and applying it where it doesn't belong has confused many new testament people!

(3)- THE SPEAKING IN TONGUES FALLACY.
God specifically states in his word that Tongues were for a sign to them that believe not but people who adopt the practice think it is for believers to prove their spirituality which is the farthest from truth as you could get.

(4)- THE LAYING ON OF HANDS FALLACY.

Another  fallacy has been the taking of Mark 16:18 to try and determine that they can lay hands on the sick for healing and by-pass the medical profession. If that were so, we would have no need for Hospitals, Doctors, Nurses or any of the medical profession! This is another of the devils tricks to try and impair God's people. God gave us Hospitals and Doctors as well as other personnel to secure healing and you will do well to never forget it! I always seek God's divine healing through prayer first and then the medical profession as the Lord leads. These scriptures are good and God placed them there for a purpose and not one word of his is ever penned down without special meaning but we need to understand who he is talking to before we determine that certain passages are for the New Testament body of believers!

(5)- THE RAISING OF THE DEAD FALLACY.
Another fallacy of these groups is the raising of the dead. If the same miracles were for today; why can't they raise the dead? That would eliminate morticians and close down funeral homes! There would be no need for crime scene investigators: They could just get someone to lay hands on the victim and raise them from the dead!

(6)- THE CASTING OUT OF DEVILS FALLACY.
The miracles in actuality were given to equipped the Apostles during their life as they went about preaching the gospel and setting up New Testament churches but those miracles were not carried over into the dispensation of grace after the Apostles died. Devils are cast out by the Lord as the holy spirit takes up his abode in the heart of a repentant sinner.

These signs happened during a transition period with miracles to prove that God was setting up his Church and were kept in place until the written New Testament was completed. Ephesians 3:5- "Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; (verse 6) That the gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel":

1-Corinthians 13:10-  "When that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away". The word "Perfect" means complete. I believe this is in reference to the Written Word of God as penned down by the Apostles. After the Apostolic writings were concluded with those of John the revelator in the book of Revelation; we have an end to any new revelation and therefore an end to the signs that vindicated those miracles.

At Pentecost there were 3,000 souls saved and tongues were languages spoken by specific people. The Greek word every where the word tongues is used is Glossa or Gloce-sah' which means: "A member of the body; an organ of speech. The language or dialect used by a particular people.
Acts 2:1-"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place". This is a miracle in itself because you couldn't find a modern day group anywhere who were all with one accord.

CONCLUSION:
(1)-
SCRIPTURE REVEALS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME TO SAVE SINNERS.
Acts 2:2-
"And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting".
(Acts 2:3)-"And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them". Here we have the power of The Holy Spirit given for introducing sinners to Christ. (Acts 2:4)- "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance".(Acts 2:5)-"And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven". Here is the key to the verse. "Men out of every nation under heaven". And they each needed to hear the gospel in the language that they understood.     
                                                               
(2)- TONGUES OR LANGUAGES WERE GIVEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF  MAKING THE GOSPEL KNOWN AS WELL AS BRINGING ABOUT A DISPENSATION CHANGE.
Acts 2:6-
"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 2:7-"And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? The people knew that the Apostles didn't know any other language but God did and he opened the ears of the hearers so that they could understand the gospel as it was preached. Acts 2:8- "And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born"?

(3)- FULFILLED PROPHESY VERIFIES THE DISPENSATION CHANGE.
The prophesy of Joel chapter 2 in the old testament speaks of the miracles of acts chapter 2. We need to remember that the Old Testament was written by Jewish prophets for Jewish people. The miracles were real and confirmed by prophesy but we need to be careful not to apply them to this present dispensation unless they are revealed again in the Church epistles. The book of Joel was warning the Jewish people to look for a new event sometime in the future that would be verified by signs among which were speaking with new tongues as revealed by the Apostles. The last days began with the Apostles and continues to the present time.

Acts 2:16-18- "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 ":

All this was taking place like Joel prophesied for the setting up of the Church age. The last days began with the setting up of the Dispensation of Grace in which we now live and the miracles were given to launch that change from Law unto Grace!

(4)- THE CHURCH IS INSTRUCTED TO USE AN INTERPRETER WHEN THE SPEAKER DOESN'T SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE.
1 Cor. 14:27.
They
that heard God's word were saved and the Acts of God's Holy Spirit were present to bring it to pass. I also think the scripture in 1-Corinthians 14:27 where we are told not rule out a speaker who speaks in tongues but allow a person who doesn't speak our language to speak to the congregation but not without an interpreter. We some times make more of a subject than is there and we must be careful not to add what we think it is saying but allow the scripture to speak to our hearts.

If we recognize what the scripture is telling us with the Greek word for tongues which is: Gloc-sah' which means a member of the body. An organ of speech; it is scriptural for us today when used properly and many times speakers have to preach with an interrupter. I suppose one of my most rewarding experiences came while preaching to a group of hispanic preachers who understood little or no english. The interrupter spoke in their tongue or language with a sentence by sentence revelation of what I was preaching. God used the message greatly to enlighten those who heard it in their tongue or language.

1- Corinthians 14:23- "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" ?  There is some need for the preacher's message to be interpreted into the language of those present who do not understand the speakers language.

1-Corinthians 14:27- "If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, that by course; and let one interpret".                                                                       
I preached to a group of Hispanic preacher boys one time with an interpter who knew their language and I must admit that was one of the most rewarding experiences I ever encountered as the Lord used both of us to get the Gospel message to those who didn't understand what was being said.

I hope this sermon helped you to understand the real meaning of speaking in tongues. If you will study the message carefully it will reveal what the Lord wants us to know about the subject and the solution. God is a miracle working God and we witness many miracles as we live for him while leaving off the superficial falsehoods being taught by many Pentecostal groups.                                                                                                  


BY JAMES TYSON SR.