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Speaking in Tongue

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Acts 2:4 NKJV
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Objective:

Recently I was asked a question in regards to speaking in tongues, and what this means to the 21st century new testament church. As simple as this question seemed to me; that is to answer it; it made me think of the countless number of people who simply does not know what the value of speaking in tongues is. In the average church you have some that do it, and then you have others who desire to do it, but it just does not seem to happen for them. Well, I will hold out to you that it is the plan of God for every Holy Ghost filled believer to be a person who speaks in tongues. My assignment tonight is merely to educate. It’s not to condemn in any fashion. It’s truly to educate. This is my responsibility. Now before I proceed I want to read a passage of scripture highlighting this being my responsibility to the people of God.
Ezekiel 3:17–19 NKJV
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
Ezekiel 3:17–21 NKJV
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.”
Eze 3:17
Ezekiel 3:17–19 The Message
“Son of man, I’ve made you a watchman for the family of Israel. Whenever you hear me say something, warn them for me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You are going to die,’ and you don’t sound the alarm warning them that it’s a matter of life or death, they will die and it will be your fault. I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn the wicked and they keep right on sinning anyway, they’ll most certainly die for their sin, but you won’t die. You’ll have saved your life.
You see as the watchman on the wall, I must inform, instruct, help learn, and motivate to move in the right direction. Thats my job as a Pastor. It’s not just about preaching and making you feel good. You must get some meat. In the old times my grandmother many times would tell us McDonalds is not really food to eat. You will eat that a be hungry again right away. What you really need is some good old greens, dressing, and hammocks and turkey. It was her understand that that food would keep you full longer. Well so it is with God’s word. You need something to inspire you for growth and change. My assignment tonight is to educate you on the controversial subject of “Speaking in Tongues”.

Introduction:

I want to open my introduction this way. Have you ever had some information that was different from what a person had learned and you were trying to convince them that they had been mis-informed and they would not even hear you out? For example: I grew up drinking cool aid I thought it was good for me. Well I would see the commercial of the Hi C guy and since it taste good so I thought it was good. Even if you tried to convince me that it was no good, I would not have even heard you. So just hear me out.
I’m asking you tonight to just hear me out.

Foundation of the Holy Ghost

When we first here the mention of the Holy Ghost, Jesus is the one who brings him up.
John 16:7–8 The Message
So let me say it again, this truth: It’s better for you that I leave. If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you. “When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment:
John
John 16:7–8 KJV 1900
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Do we all agree that Jesus is the first to mention the Holy Ghost? Look at what he says to his disciples. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient (beneficial) for you that I go away. For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you;
Who is the comforter?
How is he coming?
What will happen when he comes?
What evidence will I have to show he has come?
You have alot of good people that love God but they do not have the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Many of them are singing, teaching, praying, and some were even Pastoring, before the revelation of the baptism of the Holy Ghost came.
I have two notable examples of this: Dr Fredrick K C Price. Bishop I V Hillard, both were pastoring and loving God without the baptism of the Holy Ghost. However when your heart is right and your desire is to please God, God is obligated to raise up someone, someone where who has your answer. I have both of their stories on audio file. Receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost is the new birth that Jesus talked about in John. And it is necessary for your spiritual growth and sustenance in God.
Now you have the responsibility to want to hear what the Spirit is saying unto the Church. When the father God dealt with John on the Isle of Patmos over and over again he encouraged each church to hear what the spirit was saying to the church.
Ephesus
Revelation 2:7 KJV 1900
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Revelation 2:11 KJV 1900
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
Smyrna
Revelation 2:11 KJV 1900
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
Pergamum
Revelation 2:17 KJV 1900
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
Thyatira
Revelation 2:29 KJV 1900
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Sardis
Revelation 3:6 KJV 1900
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Philadelphia
Revelation 3:13 KJV 1900
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Laodicea
Revelation 3:22 KJV 1900
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
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Romans 10:14 KJV 1900
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Faithfulness of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Ghost is faithful, he comes to the truly repentant soul. When you heart is right, the Holy Spirit is coming. He is going to do just what Jesus said he would do. The father God is faithful to them that ask for the Holy Ghost.
John 14:16 KJV 1900
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Luke 11:5–13 KJV 1900
And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 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?
Now Jesus taught the disciples that the Holy Ghost/Spirit was coming. Again the questions still remain? How would we know when he gets here? What will happen when he comes? etc..........
Now I going to take you to a passage of scripture written by Luke (a doctor)
Colossians 4:14 KJV 1900
Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
He was not a disciple of Jesus or a preacher, he was a well schooled doctor. In fact he is the only known Gentile author in the New Testament. He wrote the book of Luke and the book of Acts. The book of Acts is a letter that he wrote to Theophilus explaining to him the acts and references to the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:1–8 KJV 1900
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 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. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:1
Again the question has to be raised what will happen when the comes? How will we know he is here?
Lets look at who was in the upper room.
Acts 1:13–14 KJV 1900
And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Acts 1:13-
The bible actually says Peter counted them and it was about 120
Acts 1:15 KJV 1900
And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)

The Fulfillment of the Holy Ghost

Acts 2:1–4 KJV 1900
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 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. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Day of Pentecost is important for you to understand
PENTECOST One of three major Jewish feasts also called the Feast of Weeks. The name “Pentecost” is derived from the Greek word meaning “fifty.” Pentecost occurs in the month of Sivan (May/June), 50 days after Passover, and celebrates the end of the grain harvest. The Pentecost that followed Jesus’ death and resurrection was the occasion on which the Holy Spirit was given to believers in Jerusalem. Believers were together celebrating Pentecost when suddenly unusual sights and sounds signaled an event that would have far-reaching implications. They heard the sound of “a violent rushing wind” ( HCSB). They saw tongues of fire resting on believers, and each believer was able to communicate in languages they had never before spoken. They were able to speak with Jewish pilgrims of many languages from all over the Mediterranean world. These phenomena got the attention of the Jewish faithful gathered in Jerusalem. Many thought the disciples were intoxicated. But Simon Peter got up and pointed out that it was too early in the day for people to be drunk. Peter then took this unusual opportunity to proclaim that this event was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy that God would pour out His Spirit on all people. Peter linked the gift of the Spirit with the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Peter’s message found its way into the hearts of over 3,000 who responded by repenting and being baptized in the name of Jesus and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.
It has been stated in many pulpits that tongues are a thing of the pass. It has further been stated that the experience on pentecost was just for these people. It has been stated that God allowed this for them people to speak to everyone in their language about the gospel of Jesus Christ. However Jesus Called it the coming of the Comforter.
Acts 2:5–18 KJV 1900
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. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 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:
If that was the truth and God gave this example for these people who were specifically involved in the Pentecost experience then I will need someone to explain the next few scriptures to me.
Acts 10:44–45 KJV 1900
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.
Then we have the instance of Paul ministering at Ephesus
Acts 19:5–6 KJV 1900
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.
Acts 19:5 KJV 1900
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Mark 16:17 KJV 1900
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
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