Part 14: The Holy Spirit – Functions, Actions and Emotions

 

  1. Abides WITH us. (John 14:17, 2 Cor 13:14, 1 John 3:24, Phil 2:1, Ps 51:11, Ps 139:7)
  1. The Spirit can depart from people, as in the case with King Saul. (1 Sam 16:14)
  1. Abides INSIDE of the hearts/spirits of born again believers in Christ.  (Gen 41:38, Num 27:18, John 14:17, Rom 8:9, 1 Cor 3:16, 1 Cor 6:19, 2 Cor 6:16, Gal 4:6, Eph 3:17, Eph 5:18, 2 Tim 1:14, 1 John 4:13, Rev 3:20)
  1. Spirit comes UPON people.  (Matt 3:16, Matt 12:18, Mk 1:10, Lk 1:35, Lk 2:25, Lk 3:22, Lk 4:18, Lk 24:49, John 1:32, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:17, Acts 10:44-45, Acts 11:15, 1 Pet 4:14, Num 11:25,29, Num 24:2, Judg 3:10, 1 Sam 10:10, 1 Sam 16:13, Isa 11:2, Isa 42:1, Joel 2:28)
  1. Spirit ENTERS into people.  (Ezek 2:2, Ezek 3:24)
  1. Spirit FILLS people.  (Ex 28:3, Ex 31:3, Ex 35:31, Ezek 36:27, Neh 9:30, Isa 63:11, Lk 1:15,41,67, Acts 2:4, Acts 4:8, Acts 4:31, Acts 6:3,5, Acts 7:55, Acts 9:17, Acts 10:38, Acts 11:24, Acts 13:9, Eph 5:18)
  1. Has a mind. (Rom 8:27, Isa 40:13-14)
  1. Has a will and determines decisions. (1 Cor 12:11, Acts 15:28)
  1. Possesses emotions.  Love (Rom 15:30).  Joy (1 Thess 1:6).  Peace (Rom 14:17).  Can be grieved (Eph 4:30).  Can be vexed (Isa 63:10).  Can feel anger, be provoked and tried (Acts 5:9, Heb 3:7-12 NKJV).
  1. He IS the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).  Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance.
  1. Can be resisted. (Acts 7:51)
  1. Can be lied to. (Acts 5:3)
  1. Can be blasphemed. (Matt 12:31-32)
  1. By lack of faith or rebellion, one can LIMIT the Spirit or tie His hands (Ps 78:41).  God wanted so much to pour out abundant blessings upon the children of Israel, but they continued to murmur, complain, doubt Him and provoke Him.  They limited the Holy One of Israel because they heard God’s Word, but did not mix it with faith.  They wouldn’t receive what God had for them, but instead, they had an evil heart of unbelief.  They resisted the Holy Ghost and spoke evil against the Lord and God’s servant Moses.  God won’t override our will.
  1. Can be quenched. (1 Thess 5:19)
  1. Can be rebelled against. (Ps 106:33, Isa 63:10)
  1. A person can harden their heart toward the Spirit (Heb 3:7-8).
  1. The Spirit speaks.  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” (Matt 10:20, Mk 13:11, John 16:13, Acts 8:29, Acts 10:19, Acts 13:2, Acts 21:11, Acts 28:25, 1 Tim 4:1-3, Heb 3:7, Rev 2:7,11,17,29, Rev 3:6,13,22, Rev 22:17, Ezek 2:2, Ezek 3:24, Ezek 11:1-2,5).
  1. The Spirit hears (John 16:13).
  1. The Holy Ghost commissions and sends forth into ministry (Acts 13:2-4).  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, “Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.  So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia, and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.  See also Isa 48:16, Acts 8:29-40, Acts 10:19-48.
  1. The Spirit forbids (Acts 16:6-7).
  1. The Spirit renews (Titus 3:5).
  1. Refreshes (Acts 3:19).  “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”
  1. Sanctifies (Rom 15:16, 2 Thess 2:13, 1 Pet 1:2).  Jesus said in Matt 3:11 and Luke 3:16 that He would baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire.  The fire of the Holy Ghost purges impurities.  Malachi 3:2-3 says, “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver. He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.”
  1. Teaches (Neh 9:20, 1 Cor 2:13, John 14:26, Lk 12:11-12, 1 John 2:20).
  1. Appoints Overseers (Acts 20:28).
  1. Reveals things to us, Imparts Revelation. (Eph 1:17-19, Matt 16:16-17, Lk 2:26, John 16:13, 1 Cor 2:10)
  1. Strengthens (Eph 3:16).
  1. Quickens – brings life, makes alive (John 6:63, Rom 8:11, 1 Pet 3:18).  It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63).
  1. Comforts (Acts 9:31, John 14:16,26, John 15:26, John 16:7).
  1. Intercedes (Rom 9:26-27).
  1. Imparts spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:4-11, Heb 2:4). The nine Gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12 are:

Revelation Gifts:

  • Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Discerning of spirits

Utterance Gifts:

  • Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues

Power Gifts:

  • Faith, Healings (plural), Miracles

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 says, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.  For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

Hebrews 2:4 “God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.”

  1. Leads and Guides (Matt 4:1, Lk 4:1, Rom 8:14, Gal 5:18, John 16:13).
  1. Strives with man for a long time, but won’t always strive with man (Gen 6:3, 1 Sam 16:14, Ps 51:11, Heb 6:4-6, Heb 10:26-31).
  1. Bears witness (Rom 8:16, Heb 10:15, 1 John 5:6).
  1. Testifies (John 15:26, Acts 5:32, Acts 20:23).
  1. The Spirit brings about rebirth and regeneration (John 3:5-8).
  1. The Holy Spirit is our seal (deposit of guarantee) of our salvation. Eph 1:13-14 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”  2 Cor 1:21-22 “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
  1. Convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness (John 16:8).
  1. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus (John 16:14).
  1. The Spirit spoke through the prophets (2 Sam 23:2, Acts 1:16, Acts 21:10-11, Acts 28:25, 2 Pet 1:21).
  1. The Holy Ghost is the author of the Holy Scriptures (2 Tim 3:16-17).
  1. The Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father (Lk 11:13).
  1. The Spirit was sent to this earth by the Father (John 14:26) and the Son (John 15:26).
  1. The Spirit only speaks what the Father and Son tell Him to speak (John 16:13).
  1. No man can say that Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Ghost (1 Cor 12:3).
  1. The Spirit helps us pray, whether in our own tongue or in a language we’ve never learned. It could be a language of this earth or one of heaven.  (1 Cor 14:14-15, 1 Cor 13:1, Jude 20, Eph 6:18, Rom 8:26).
  1. The Holy Ghost descended upon Jesus Christ in bodily form, alighting on Him as of a dove (Luke 3:22).
  1. The Spirit overshadows.  He overshadowed Mary and she conceived Jesus the Messiah (Luke 1:35).  He overshadows us and we conceive and become pregnant spiritually, carrying the seed of dreams, promises and ministries that He places within us to be birthed.
  1. Endues us with power and boldness. (Luke 4:14, Lk 24:49, Acts 1:8, Acts 4:31, Acts 10:38, Rom 15:13,19, 1 Cor 2:4)
  1. The anointing of the Holy Ghost heals. (Acts 10:38, Acts 4:29-31, Lk 5:17, 1 Cor 12:7-11, Isa 61:1-3 corresponds to Luke 4:18-21)
  1. The Spirit raised Christ from the dead and also quickens our mortal bodies (Rom 8:11).
  1. The Spirit imparts life (Isa 32:15, John 6:63, John 7:38-39, Rom 8:2,10, 2 Cor 3:6, Gal 6:8, Rev 11:11, Rev 21:6).
  1. The Holy Ghost imparts love inside of our hearts. “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” (Rom 5:5).  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23).  Also see Col 1:8, 1 Pet 1:22.
  1. The Holy Ghost imparts joy (Ps 16:11, Lk 1:41-45, Acts 2:1-18, Acts 13:52, Rom 14:17, Rom 15:13, Gal 5:22, 1 Thess 1:6).
  1. The Spirit imparts peace (John 14:26-27, Rom 15:13, Gal 5:22-23, Eph 4:3, Phil 4:7)
  1. We are led by the Spirit of God (Rom 8:14). “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”  See also Gal 5:16-18 “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”

The Living Bible words Gal 5:16-18 this way:  “I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to.  For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do, and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has His way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures. When you are guided by the Holy Spirit, you need no longer force yourself to obey Jewish laws.”

  1. The Holy Spirit works in our life to produce good fruit (Gal 5:22-23).  John 15:1-8 says, “I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches.  If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.  Apart from Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”
  1. We are commanded to walk after, walk in, and live in the Spirit, and good fruit will be the result (Rom 8:1, Gal 3:3, Gal 5:16,25).
  1. The Spirit searches the deep things of God (1 Cor 2:9-11).  “For it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
  1. The anointing of the Holy Ghost breaks yokes and bondages off of our lives.  Isaiah 10:27 says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” 2 Cor 3:17 states: “Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
  1. Both the Spirit and the Bride say “Come” (Rev 22:17).
  1. The Spirit works in us to change us into the image of Jesus Christ.  It’s a step by step process, from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor 3:18).
  1. The Holy Spirit was the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night in the wilderness.
  1. The Holy Spirit is very tender and easily wounded. His heart is very sensitive.
  1. In many churches, the services are governed by man, and the Holy Spirit is either completely left out, or is restrained from moving the way in which He would like to move. The Spirit makes His presence known to those who want Him near. He wants to be welcomed, loved and embraced.  Even in our own personal lives, we can ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit and do our own thing. Or we can choose to yield to the Spirit’s leadings.
  1. The Holy Spirit usually speaks in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12). To hear His Voice, we have to be still before Him (“Be still and know that I am God” – Ps 46:10).
  1. The Holy Spirit is Omnipotent (All-Powerful) – Job 33:4. “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.”
  1. The Spirit is Omniscient (All-Knowing) – Isa 40:13-15. “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge, and informed Him of the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.”
  1. The Spirit is Omni-Present (everywhere at the same time). Psalm 139:7 “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
  1. The Holy Spirit wants us to come before His presence with singing and praise (Ps 95, Ps 100).  Worship through song and musical instruments ushers in God’s glory.  Have you noticed that when the congregation, or you by yourself, begin to worship the Lord especially through song and musical instruments, the Holy Spirit comes in.  His presence is so powerful, yet also so sweet.

2 Chronicles 5:13-14 “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth forever; that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord. So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the Cloud. For the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”

  1. The Holy Ghost has the power to remove mountains in our life. Psalm 97:5 “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth”.  And Zechariah 4:6-7 says, “This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.”
  1. The Spirit gathers (Isa 34:16).
  1. The Spirit blows (Isa 40:7).
  1. The Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4).
  1. The Spirit translated people (carried them away, transported them) from one place to another.

PHILIP (Acts 8:39)

EZEKIEL (Ezek 3:12,14, Ezek 8:3,7,14,16, Ezek 11:1,24, Ezek 43:5)

ENOCH (Gen 5:24, xref Heb 11:5)

ELIJAH (2 Kings 2:11)

PAUL caught up to the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2-4).

JOHN the Beloved caught up to the New Jerusalem and Heaven’s Throneroom (Book of Revelation).

  1. The Spirit of God lifts up a standard against the enemy (Isa 59:19).
  1. 2 Cor 13:14 encourages us to develop sweet communion with the Holy Spirit.  Phil 2:1 mentions the fellowship of the Spirit. He is very Precious. He is our Friend. He is the one who understands and knows you better than any other person. He is our life. David prayed, “Do not take Your Holy Spirit from me” (Ps 51:11). And Moses said that he would not proceed unless God’s presence went with him (Ex 33:14-17).

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears My voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” (Rev 3:20).

  1. The Spirit governs the Church (Body of Christ).  The seven churches in Revelation 1-3 represent seven actual churches in John’s time. To us today, the seven churches speak of seven groups of people within the corporate body of Christ, or seven kinds of churches. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Rev 3:22).
  1. The Shekinah glory is usually associated with the presence of the Holy Spirit, although in a Bible Dictionary, I read that the Shekinah was an ancient angel which was later called the Shekinah.  Jesus is that ancient angel.  He is referred to as the angel of the Lord in the Old Testament when He would appear in person at times (called a theophany). He’s not an angel, in the sense of created angelic beings (because He and His Father created the angels).  The word angel means “messenger”.  Jesus is God.  Scriptures say that the Holy Spirit is the spirit of both the Father and the Son, and the Son proceeds from the Father.  Therefore, the Shekinah is the Holy Spirit, who issues out of Jesus. The Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are three Persons of the Godhead, but one God. They can walk in and out of each other, and be literally one (yet three).
  1. Although the Holy Spirit is a gentleman and likes to be invited to come, He is also powerful and dramatic. He will come rushing in without necessarily being invited. His glory shall fill the entire earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).
  1. Whoever blasphemes the Son will be forgiven. But whoever blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven—not in this world, nor in the world to come (Matthew 12:31-32).
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Part 5: Speaking in Tongues vs. Gift of Tongues

Speaking in tongues and the “Gift” of tongues is a subject that is confusing for many Christians. There is a difference between the two.

Speaking (praying, singing) in Tongues = personal self-edification.

Gift of Tongues = Giving a public prophecy in a language you have never learned (and either you or someone else interprets in English or the language of the hearers).

 

Speaking in Tongues

  1. Speaking, praying or singing in tongues is for your own personal self-edification. 1 Corinthians 14:4 “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.”
  1. Speaking in tongues is just between you and God. 1 Corinthians 14:2 “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the Spirit he speaks mysteries.”
  1. When you pray in tongues, your spirit is praying although your mind does not understand. 1 Corinthians 14:14 “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
  1. Paul mentions two ways to pray and sing: A) pray in tongues and B) pray in your own native language. 1 Corinthians 14:15 “I will pray with the Spirit (in tongues), and I will also pray with the understanding (in my own language, such as English). I will sing with the Spirit (in tongues), and I will also sing with the understanding (my native language).”
  1. Praying in tongues builds you up in your innermost being. Jude 20

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

  1. All Christians are encouraged to speak in tongues. Sometimes this is referred to as praying in your Heavenly prayer language. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:5 “I wish you all spoke with tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:18, 39 “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all.” “Do not forbid to speak with tongues.”
  1. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues, happens AFTER a person has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 2:38 “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 19:2 “He (Paul) said unto them, ‘Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?’ Acts 19:5-6 “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 spoke with tongues, and prophesied.”

Speaking in tongues is praying alone in your Heavenly prayer language or singing to the Lord in tongues in your private life.

Sometimes, in the public assembly, the whole congregation worships the Lord together by singing in tongues and praying in their Heavenly prayer language together. There is unity. It is very beautiful and anointed when that happens. In intercessory meetings, this often happens when everyone present is praying in their own Heavenly prayer language. Then someone may go to the microphone or speak very loudly and begin to share a prophecy that the Lord has showed them.

Gift of Tongues

  1. The Gift of tongues, mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12, is for the purpose of giving a public prophecy in the congregation in a language you have not learned, with an interpretation following by either you or someone else who has the gift of interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:10-13 “There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me. Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. Therefore, let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.”

1 Corinthians 14:27-29 “If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.”

  1. The gift of tongues is for the edification of the corporate Body of Christ. It is for the purpose of ministry to the whole church. It is the Lord speaking to His people, exhorting and encouraging them.

1 Corinthians 14:4-5 “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”

1 Corinthians 14:12-13 “Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. Therefore, let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.”

1 Corinthians 14:26-28 “Let all things be done for edification. If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.”

  1. The Gift of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues equals Prophecy. Paul said that in the church setting, prophecy is greater than a message in tongues because no interpretation is necessary, and also because everyone is edified because they understood what was being said. 1 Corinthians 14:5 “I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”

         1 Corinthians 14:18-19 “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.”

1 Corinthians 14:23-25 “Therefore, if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.”

  1. The purpose of prophecy is for exhortation, encouragement and comfort to men and women (1 Corinthians 14:3). Prophecy can be giving a message in English (or language of the people) or it can be in the form of giving a message in tongues with an interpretation following.
  1. Both tongues and prophecy serve as a sign. Tongues are a sign to unbelievers, and prophecy is a sign to believers. 1 Corinthians 14:22 “Therefore, tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.”

     1 Corinthians 14:21 In the law it is written: “With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; and yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord.

     Acts 2:5-12 “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

         In a previous post, I talked about how the Jews in Jerusalem were astonished because Galileans were speaking eloquently and fluently the wonderful works of God in their native tongues. Galileans were uneducated, they spoke crude and were rough around the edges. So it was a sign and a wonder when these Galileans were speaking in languages they had never learned before, as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance.

  1. The Gift of Tongues is speaking to mankind (in a language you have never learned), and it must be interpreted. On the contrary, speaking, praying or singing in tongues is communication just between you and God. 1 Corinthians 14:2-4 “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the Spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
  1. Those who learn to speak languages fluently very quickly, such as in a matter of months, have the gift of tongues. An example is a missionary I know who went to Hong Kong over 40 years ago not knowing the Chinese languages, and in a matter of months was able to fluently speak two Chinese dialects (standard Chinese and Mandarin Chinese).

I’ve heard of situations where someone began to speak, or prophesy, in tongues to another person or group of people who spoke another language. The person doing the prophesying did not know what they were saying, but the recipients understood perfectly what was said.

Paul asks in 1 Corinthians 12:29-30: “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?”

In this passage where it mentions tongues, Paul is referring to tongues as one of the Gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12. The Gift of Tongues is to give a public prophecy in an unknown tongue, with an interpretation following. Or like in Acts 2, to declare the wonderful works of God in the languages of others.

The Power of the Tongue

God is the One who invented speaking in tongues. It’s a wonderful, beautiful thing that should not be despised, but rather embraced and activated on a continual basis. The human tongue is the most unruly member of the entire body, and it cannot be tamed (except by the power of the Holy Spirit). God chose to invent speaking in tongues so that we would use our lips to speak pure things of the Spirit and to glorify the Lord. When we yield our tongue to the Holy Spirit, He can speak through us His words of life, so that others are edified and we ourselves are built up.

Part 4 – Tongues: Q & A

What is speaking in tongues?

By the enablement and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, speaking in a language you have never learned. It could be any ancient or current language spoken, or could be a language spoken in Heaven (angelic languages) – 1 Corinthians 13:1.

A person is not limited to the mode of speaking only, but you can also sing in tongues, pray in tongues, praise in tongues, and prophesy in tongues.

What do you mean by two-fold, or two kinds, of tongues?

According to 1 Corinthians 13:1, there are two kinds of tongues: Paul refers to the:

1) tongues of men (any earthly language)

2) the tongues of angels (any language spoken in Heaven).

What is the purpose of tongues?

  1. Usually the initial evidence or manifestation that a person has been filled and baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3-4, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:6).
  1. A sign to unbelievers of the reality and power of God – 1 Corinthians 14:21-22 (Isaiah 28:11), Acts 2:6-21, 1 Corinthians 14:22.
  1. Serves as a sign that accompanies and signifies those who believe on Jesus Christ (Mark 16:17-18). “And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 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 recover.”
  1. Power to be witnesses, and power for service (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:19). Luke 24:49 says, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
  1. Great boldness and great grace (Acts 4:31-33). Acts 4:31-33 states:

31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

  1. Spiritual self-edification.

1 Corinthians 14:4a “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself.”

Jude 20 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”

When you pray in tongues, your mind is unfruitful (you do not understand the language you are speaking), but your spirit is built up.

  1. Your spirit prays to God.

1 Corinthians 14:2 “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.”

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

Praying in tongues are pure prayers from your spirit to God. There is no carnality or flesh mixed in. You are not praying with your soul (mind and emotions), which is continually being renewed and sanctified.

Sometimes when you don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit (who knows the perfect will of God) intercedes through you (Romans 8:26).

  1. The Holy Spirit prays and sings through you in the form of tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:15 “What is it then? I will pray with the Spirit (pray in unknown tongues), and I will pray with the understanding also (in the language you know). I will sing with the Spirit (sing in unknown tongues) and I will sing with the understanding also (in the language you know).”

The phrases: “pray in the Holy Ghost, or pray in the Spirit, or sing in the Spirit” all refer to praying or singing in tongues. When someone says “pray in your Heavenly language”, that is also referring to praying in tongues.

  1. Tongues is usually the entrance to operating in the Gifts of the Spirit (in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10). There are nine gifts mentioned in this passage.
  • Word of wisdom
  • Word of knowledge
  • Faith
  • Gifts of healing
  • Working of miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Discerning of spirits
  • Diverse kinds of tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

Tongues is the door into the prophetic realm, the seer realm, signs and wonders, healings and miracles, and deliverance.

Tongues is a catalyst that propels a believer into deeper worship, thus resulting in experiencing a very heavy anointing, a weighty presence of the Lord, and the glory realm.

Praying in the Holy Ghost (tongues) is a way of doing spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:11-18). This passage talks about the armor of God that quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked one. In Verse 18 it says to pray in the Spirit. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”

  1. The purpose of tongues is to prophesy a word from God in the general assembly, with an interpretation following, for the edifying of the church (1 Corinthians 14:12-13, 27-32). Paul said that it is greater to prophesy a word in the language of the hearers, because then it does not require an interpreter and interpretation.

Part 3 – The Significance of Galileans Speaking in Tongues

Jewish people from throughout the Roman and Parthian worlds gathered for the three main feasts of Israel (Tabernacles, Passover and Pentecost). Because Pentecost was only fifty days after Passover, some who had spent much to make a rare pilgrimage to Jerusalem stayed between the two feasts. Pentecost was probably the least popular of the three pilgrimage festivals, but Josephus attests that it was nevertheless crowded. (From IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament by Craig S. Keener Copyright © 1993 by Craig S. Keener. Published by InterVarsity Press.)

Coming of the Holy Spirit

  1. When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
  2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
  3. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
  4. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Crowd’s Response

  1. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
  2. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
  3. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?
  4. And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?
  5. Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
  6. Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
  7. Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
  8. So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”

Peter’s Sermon

(Joel 2:28-32)

  1. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.
  2. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day (9:00 am).
  3. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
  1. ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,

That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Your young men shall see visions,

Your old men shall dream dreams.

  1. And on My menservants and on My maidservants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days;

And they shall prophesy.’”

The fact that these were Galileans who were speaking in other tongues is very significant.

The Adam Clarke’s Commentary says that the Galileans were persons who knew no other dialect, except of their own country. The Galileans were wholly uneducated, and consequently, naturally ignorant of those languages which they now began to speak so fluently.

The Barnes’ Notes Commentary says that it was remarkable that the Galileans should speak in other languages so eloquently and fluently because “they were ignorant, rude and uncivilized.” The term “Galilean” referred to in John 1:46 (“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”) was used as an expression of the deepest reproach and contempt.

Their dialect was proverbially barbarous, crude and corrupt, Mark 14:70; Matthew 26:73.

They were regarded as an outlandish people, unacquainted with other nations and languages, and hence, there was amazement that they could address them in the refined language of other people.

Their native ignorance was the occasion of making the miracle more striking. The native weakness of Christian ministers makes the grace and glory of God more remarkable in the success of the gospel. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us,” 2 Corinthians 4:7. God has “chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise,” 1 Corinthians 1:27.

Joel prophesied that God was pouring His Spirit out upon ALL FLESH (not just the educated, or the elite, or kings, or the elders, or the religious leaders, or the men only—but on all flesh).

Most of Jesus’ disciples and followers were from Galilee, and Jesus grew up in the Galilee region and His ministry headquarters was in Capernaum. Even though most of His disciples were not formally educated, and were rough around the edges in their mannerisms, after they were filled with the Holy Spirit God used them to turn the world upside down. And three of Jesus’ twelve disciples wrote books of the New Testament, such as Matthew, John and Peter.

Acts 2:11 says that the Galileans spoke the wonderful works of God in earthly languages they had never learned before.

Tongues can be in the languages of men (earthly languages) or angels (languages spoken in Heaven), according to 1 Corinthians 13:1.

In the case of Acts 2, the Galileans spoke earthly languages they did not know. It served as a sign and a wonder among all the Jews in Jerusalem. After Peter preached to the crowd, 3,000 were saved in one day (Acts 2:41), and the early church had its beginning.

Part 2 – Three Baptisms Mentioned in the New Testament

Three Kinds of Baptisms

The New Testament mentions three baptisms:

  1. Baptism in water (Matt 28:19, Acts 2:38, Matt 3:16-17)
  2. Baptism into the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13-14, 15-31)
  3. Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5-8, Matt 3:11, Luke 3:16, John 1:32-34)

Acts 1:5-8 says:

“For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Jesus is the One who baptizes born again believers in the Holy Ghost AND the fire of God.

John 1:32-34 says:

And John bare record, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”

John the Baptist declared in Matthew 3:11:

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.”

Greek words and definitions of “baptize”:

  1. NT:907 baptizo.
  1. Literally, to dip repeatedly, to immerge, submerge.
  2. To cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water.
  3. metaphorically, to overwhelm or “to be identified with”.

 

  1. NT:908 baptisma, baptismatos.
  1. immersion, submersion.

We can see by these Greek definitions that New Testament baptism was administered by complete immersion, rather than sprinkling.

When Jesus was baptized in water by John the Baptist, He was completely submerged under the water and then rose up out of the water.

When the Holy Spirit fell on the Day of Pentecost in the Upper Room where the 120 were gathered, the Holy Spirit totally overwhelmed them, and there appeared to be flames of fire (they were baptized or immersed in the fire of God).

When believers are spiritually baptized into the Body of Christ, that means they are immersed or saturated into the Body of Christ. They become one with another (in spirit) in Christ.

Part 1 – Baptism With the Holy Spirit, Acts 2

Part 1 – Baptism With the Holy Spirit, Acts 2

Under the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit was given to just a remnant few – usually to prophets, priests and kings.  Joel prophesied that a time would come when the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon all flesh.

Joel 2:28-29 says, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaidens in those days will I pour out My Spirit.”

Before Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, He said that after He ascended to heaven that He would not leave us comfortless.  But He would send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to be with us forever. Jesus said that He would baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire. He told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they be endued with power from on High.

Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God, there were 120 people in the Upper Room waiting on the Lord.  Included among the 120 were Jesus’ disciples and His mother Mary. When the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were gathered together in one accord waiting to be endued with power from on High.  Pentecost was a feast, which was observed fifty days following Passover.

And suddenly there came a very loud sound, like the sound of a powerful rushing wind.  The place shook and it filled all the house. Then there appeared to be cloven tongues of fire resting upon each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. They began to praise God in languages that they had never learned before, by the divine enablement of the Spirit.

Many Jews from many nations were gathered in Jerusalem that day to observe the Festival of Pentecost. When they heard the roaring in the sky above the house where the 120 were gathered, the crowds came running to see what it was all about. They were stunned to hear Galileans fluently speaking their native language or the language of other nations who were present at the feast.

Acts 2:7-11 says in the Living Bible, “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “For these men are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking all the native languages of the lands where we were born! Here we are – Parthians, Medes, Elamites, men from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia Minor, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the Cyrene languages areas of Libya, visitors from Rome – both Jews and Jewish converts – Cretans and Arabians. And we all hear these men telling in our own languages about the mighty miracles of God!”

Others in the crowd began to mock saying that they were all drunk. Peter stood up and told them that they were NOT drunk.  And besides, even drunks didn’t get drunk that early in the morning, as it was only 9:00am.  Peter went on to say that what was happening was prophesied by the prophet Joel: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, that 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” (Acts 2:17-18). Verse 21 says, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”

In Acts 2:30-39, it says that David prophesied of the coming Messiah.

Acts 2:30-39 NKJV

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

31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.

32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.

33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand,

35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”‘

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

The following Scriptures are cross references that say that the Father exalted Jesus and seated Him at His right hand:

  • Romans 8:34
  • Acts 7:55-56
  • Ephesians 1:20
  • Colossians 3:1
  • Hebrews 3:1,13
  • Hebrews 8:1
  • Hebrews 10:12
  • Hebrews 12:2
  • 1 Peter 3:22
  • Matthew 26:64
  • Mark 14:62
  • Mark 16:19
  • Luke 22:69-70

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For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people (Isaiah 28:11, xref 1 Corinthians 14:21).

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Conversion of Cornelius. Are you saved?

Conversion of Cornelius

Are you saved?

(Notes from a sermon preached by Jimmy Swaggart, www.jsm.org)

Acts 10:1-8

1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,

2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.

3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”

4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.

5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter.

6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”

7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually.

8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.

NKJV

Cornelius was a Centurion of the Italian Band, and he answered directly to Caesar himself.

Cornelius had a heart for God, but he did not know God. He was not saved yet.

  1. He was a devout man, but was not saved.
  2. He gave alms, but was not saved.
  3. He was one who feared (revered) the Lord, but was not saved.
  4. He prayed to God always, but was not saved.
  5. He had a vision of the angel sent from God, but was not saved.
  6. What he did came up for a memorial before God, but he was not saved.
  7. He fasted, but was not saved.
  8. He was a just man, but was not saved.

Why wasn’t he saved? He had all of these good credentials and had a heart that sought after the Lord.

Being a member of a church won’t save you. Water baptism won’t save you. Taking Communion doesn’t mean you are saved. Reading the Bible and praying doesn’t mean you are saved.

There is only one way to salvation, and that is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

God knows where you live. The angel told Cornelius to go to Joppa, a small city along the Mediterranean Coast, to the house of Simon the Tanner. It’s there that he would find Simon Peter.

Cornelius sent three of his men to Joppa. While God sent an angel to speak to Cornelius, He also was speaking to Peter at the same time.

Peter had a vision of all kinds of unclean animals, and a voice in the vision told him to rise up, kill and eat. Peter, being a Jew, said that he had never eaten anything forbidden, or common or unclean. Then God told Peter to not call the Gentiles common or unclean anymore, because God calls them clean.

When the three men arrived at the house they asked for Peter. He went with them to Caesarea, to the home of Cornelius. He preached to Cornelius’ entire household and friends, and all of them got saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit. They all began to speak with other tongues and magnify God, and then were water baptized.

God had to deal with the prejudice in Peter’s heart towards the Gentiles.

Are you saved, or just religious? There is a difference between the two. Are you ready to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, and to acknowledge that salvation only comes through the Cross?

Just pray this simple prayer to be born again:

“Dear Jesus,

Please come into my heart. I make You my Lord and Savior. I believe that You died on the Cross and rose from the dead. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live for You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

You are now a child of God. Where is Jesus? Do you feel His Presence (velvety joy, cleansing and peace-type of feeling) in your heart? You now are filled with His Holy Spirit. You are accepted in the Beloved.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the next higher level. Usually speaking in a language you have never learned before is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Just ask the Holy Spirit to immerse you into His Spirit, and then when you hear syllables in your spirit, just speak it out. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for greater levels of joy, and to be empowered by the Spirit to live an overcoming Christian life, as well as for service to be used by God to minister to others.

The infilling and baptism of the Holy Spirit is likened to rivers of living water flowing out of your belly (John 7:38) or like a well of water that springs up and never runs dry (John 4:14). This river of God brings life to wherever it goes.