HAS SPEAKING IN TONGUES CEASED?



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HOLY SPIRIT

HAS OTHER TONGUES,

OR UNKNOWN TONGUES

CEASED OR PASSED AWAY

WITH THE

FIRST CENTURY CHURCH

AND ARE NOT PRESENT TODAY?



There are some that teach that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still present in the church today. And then there are some that teach that miracles and the gifts of the Holy Spirit of God have CEASED with the first century church, and that any miracle or healing or gift of the Spirit such and speaking in other tongues is of the devil and not of God.

In this study we will take a close look at the different viewpoints and weigh the evidence in the light of the WHOLE word of God.

Let's begin by looking at the verses that are used to teach that speaking in other tongues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit have CEASED and are NO LONGER present in the church today.

Let's read 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 which says,


Charity (or Love) never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall CEASE; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away,

9. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be DONE AWAY.

11. When I was a child, I SPOKE as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I PUT AWAY childish things.

12. For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even also as I am known.

13. And now abides faith, hope, and charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity.”


Now those that teach that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have passed away or have ceased INTERPRET the phrase,


...that which is PERFECT is come...”


as being the BIBLE. Therefore when the Bible was COMPLETED or canonized so that no more could be added or taken away, in other words, the Bible was COMPLETE, remember one of the meanings of PERFECT is COMPLETE: therefore when we were given the Bible in it's COMPLETED form as we have today, then there is no more NEED to have the gifts of the Spirit, because we have that which is PERFECT with us, which is the Bible.

However, if we consider the WHOLE CONTEXT of this passage of scripture and let SCRIPTURE interpret scripture, then we will clearly see that that which is PERFECT is come is speaking of our Lord Jesus Christ and NOT the Bible. Please read 1 Corinthians 13 and verse 12 which says,



For NOW we see through a glass darkly (or NOW we know in part), BUT THEN (Then when? When that which is PERFECT is COME) FACE to FACE (we do NOT refer to the BIBLE as seeing FACE to FACE): NOW I know in part; BUT THEN (when we see Jesus as he is, face to face) I shall KNOW even as ALSO I am KNOWN.”


You see, right NOW it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that WHEN Jesus, that PERFECT man who lived without sin, shall COME we shall be LIKE him, because we shall SEE him AS HE IS in person FACE TO FACE, and THEN we shall no longer know IN PART, because we shall KNOW EVEN as ALSO we are KNOWN. So then the BIBLE is NOT what the word of TRUTH the Holy Bible is speaking of as being when that which is PERFECT is COME, but rather this verse is speaking of JESUS when he comes again in his Father's kingdom to rule and reign for a literal 1000 years on the earth. Please read 1 John 3:2 that says,


“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be (in other words, we do not know totally what it is going to be like, we only know IN PART): but we know (or but this much we do know) that when HE (speaking of JESUS and NOT the Bible) shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is (in other words, we may not know it all BUT at least we know this PART, that we shall be like him when he COMES and we SEE him face to face).”


Then the very next verse says,


“And every man that has this HOPE in him (or ABIDING in him) purifies himself, EVEN as he is PURE.”


Now please notice what 1 Corinthians 13:13 says,


“And NOW ABIDES (in us) FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY, these three, but the greatest of these is CHARITY (or LOVE).


Don't you see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord that it takes ALL THREE ABIDING in us in order to empower us to purify ourselves EVEN as Jesus is PURE?

First of all it takes HOPE or the direction and desire to set our affections upon. Without HOPE there would be no direction in our lives whatsoever. HOPE gives us a VISION to pursue.

And from HOPE springs forth FAITH. Hebrews 11:1 says,


“Now FAITH is the SUBSTANCE (or the ground or confidence) of things HOPED for, the EVIDENCE of things NOT SEEN.”


Then Hebrews 11:6 goes on to tell us that WITHOUT FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God. And that first we must BELIEVE that God is, or that God exists and then that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

And then it takes LOVE the greatest of all for us to have in order to use our faith productively for God, because FAITH works BY love.
Galatians 5:6 says,


“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision; but FAITH that WORKS BY LOVE.”


You see, my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Paul opens up chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians by telling us that WITHOUT LOVE we are NOTHING. Let's read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 to gain a better understanding of the very verses in question, which are 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 that are used to try and prove that the gift of other tongues has CEASED.
 A CLOSER look at the CONTEXT of this controversial passage of scripture will clearly show to those seeking only the truth will see that Paul is NOT teaching against speaking in other tongues, but rather Paul is instructing those that speak in tongues to make sure that their MOTIVE is right or that they are speaking in other tongues in LOVE. Please carefully read 1 Corinthians 13 verses 1-3 and notice that without love THEN speaking in other tongues BECOME useless and profit us nothing. In other words, Paul is ONLY condemning the speaking in tongues WHEN the speaking in tongues is NOT done or spoken IN LOVE.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3


“Though I SPEAK (in other words Paul himself STILL speaks) with the TONGUES of MEN and of ANGELS, and have NOT CHARITY, I am BECOME as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (Did you see that? It is ONLY when we speak in other tongues WITHOUT speaking in LOVE that we, that is to say our speaking in tongues BECOME useless.)

2. Though I have the gift of PROPHECY, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all FAITH, so that I could remove mountains, and have NOT CHARITY, I am NOTHING.

3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have NOT CHARITY, it PROFIT me NOTHING.”


Don't you see my dear brothers and sister in the Lord, even if we are to give ALL our possessions to the poor and do it NOT in LOVE, THEN it PROFITS us NOTHING. LOVE has to be our MOTIVE in ALL we do, INCLUDING speaking in OTHER TONGUES of men and of angels. You see, if we speak in other tongues WITHOUT being INFLUENCED by LOVE, then the tongues we are speaking in BECOME as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal, and profit nothing. It is like the Pharisees that PRAY long prayers BEFORE MEN to look good in the eyes of men. In other words that was their only MOTIVE, so the prayers themselves profited NOTHING.

You see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Paul is NOT teaching that other tongues have ceased and are as sounding brass or in other words, useless, but rather Paul is teaching that ALL we do must be motivated or initiated by LOVE, otherwise it profits nothing. So in conclusion of interpreting the true Biblical meaning of this passage scripture we see that the gift of other tongues shall NOT CEASE, UNTIL that which is PERFECT is COME, which is speaking of WHEN Jesus comes again. Remember what the CLEAR word of God plainly says in 
1 Corinthians 13:10,



“But WHEN that which is PERFECT is COME, THEN that which is in part shall be done away.”



Now some still want to argue that the gift of tongues has ceased with the early church and try to use 1 Corinthians 13:11 where Paul says,


“When I was a child I  SPOKE as a child, I understood as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”


They INTERPRET this verse to mean that Paul was saying that when he was a babe in Christ he spoke is other tongues and understood in part, but when he became man, that is to say, a MATURE Christian, he then PUT AWAY those CHILDISH things like speaking in other tongues.

However, if we read the entire CONTEXT we will CLEARLY see that this INTERPRETATION totally CONTRADICTS the WHOLE word of God. Let me explain what I mean.

Please notice that Paul says in verse 11 that when he BECAME a man that he PUT AWAY childish things are in PAST TENSE. In other words, IF this INTERPRETATION is true that Paul was speaking about putting away other tongues as being one of the CHILDISH things that he PUT AWAY, then this would mean that Paul had ALREADY put away speaking in other tongues even BEFORE that which is PERFECT is COME, because the BIBLE was NOT in it's COMPLETED form at this time. And of cousre we ALSO know that this INTERPRETATION that Paul PUT AWAY speaking in other tongues is NOT the TRUTH, because in the very next chapter, the same CONTEXT, we read in 1 Corinthians 14:18 where Paul plainly says in the PRESENT TENSE,


“I thank my God, I SPEAK in TONGUES more than you all.”


So either Paul and the Bible are lying, or the INTERPRETATION of Paul putting away childish things to MEAN that Paul was teaching that he put away speaking in other tongue because it was no longer needed and therefore childish for tongues to continue is an INCORRECT interpretation.
No my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ Paul did not mean by the words “I put away childish things” to mean that we are to put away tongues, nor is Paul teaching that the gift of OTHER TONGUES will cease when the Bible is completed. The truth of the matter is that the gifts of the Spirit will NOT cease, UNTIL Jesus comes again.


Now I have also heard others say that they do not even use 1 Corinthians chapter 13 at all to show that tongues have ceased, but instead quote Ephesians 2:20 as their evidence and justification that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased when the APOSTLES died in the first century. So let's read Ephesians 2:20 which says,



“And are built upon the FOUNDATION of the APOSTLES and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.”


Their reasoning is that once a FOUNDATION has been laid, then it it FINISHED and you do not keep building or laying MORE foundation, because the foundation is already COMPLETED. In other words, that stage of construction is DONE AWAY with and has CEASED. It is no longer NEEDED to keep building or laying more FOUNDATION.
So now you move on to finish the building, which is a completely different type of construction. Different building materials are used and different methods are used. And it is the SAME way with the building of the CHURCH.
The APOSTLES laid the FOUNDATION with signs and wonders and the gifts of the Holy Spirit and when the last APOSTLE died in the first century, then that FOUNDATION was COMPLETED. So therefore the gifts of the Spirit are no longer NEEDED to show or demonstrate the power of God, because the GOSPEL is now the power of God unto salvation. Then they quote Romans 1:16 which says,


“For I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL of Christ; for IT (the GOSPEL) is the POWER of God UNTO SALVATION to every one that BELIEVES, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”


So in other words they maintain that the GOSPEL or the Bible is SUFFICIENT to bring salvation to others and therefore reason that the gifts of the Spirit have CEASED, because there in no more NEED for signs and wonders to START the building or laying of the FOUNDATION of the church for the FOUNDATION has ALREADY been laid by the APOSTLES.

Then they quickly add to there reasoning that Jesus and the apostles warned us the church that there would be FALSE teachers and FALSE Christs and FALSE prophets in the last days who would work FALSE miracles and do LYING SIGNS and wonders and shall DECEIVE many.

So the more one is under this type of reasoning and hears ONLY this ONE side of the story, then the more they begin to be DECEIVED into believing this doctrine of the devils that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have CEASED.
Let me explain what I mean by going back to Ephesians 2:20 and reading the ENTIRE CONTEXT to see if their LOGIC or REASONING holds up in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of God.

Now the open title of my Bible says,


The Epistle of PAUL the Apostle to the Ephesians


So we see that this ENTIRE epistle is written by PAUL the apostle. In other words, chapter 3 and chapter 4 and chapter 5 of the book of Ephesians is ALSO written by this SAME man named PAUL who wrote chapter 2 and verse 20, so no one verse CONTRADICTS the other, but rather SCRIPTURE will INTERPRET scripture for us without us having to INVENT some elaborate story about how construction of a building takes place in order to INTERPRET a single verse of scripture. Now with this in mind let's read what ELSE Paul has written beginning with Ephesians 3:16-21 which says,


That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17. That Christ (the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit of Almighty God) may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18. May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19. And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be FILLED with all the FULLNESS of God.

20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think , according to the power that works in us,

21. Unto him (Almighty God the Father) be glory in the church by Christ (or by the ANOINTED ONE of Almighty God) Jesus THROUGHOUT ALL AGES, world without end. Amen.”



You see, my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, the FOUNDATION that was LAID is for the church to FOLLOW . The FOUNDATION that was LAID is to be a PATTERN or GUIDE for us to imitate or do the very same things. In other words, Jesus healed the sick THROUGH the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit, then the APOSTLES FOLLOWED our Lord's EXAMPLE and healed the sick THROUGH this SAME anointing of the Holy Spirit of Almighty God the Father, and NOW it is our turn to FOLLOW in their footsteps and HEAL the sick THROUGH this SAME anointing, the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit of Almighty God.

Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 3:9 that the APOSTLES made themselves EXAMPLES unto us the church to FOLLOW.


“Not because we have not the power, but to make ourselves examples unto you to FOLLOW.”


Now Paul is speaking here of a particular example of working with their own hands so as not to be a financial burden to the church, but none the less Jesus and the apostles are our EXAMPLES to FOLLOW. Therefore the FOUNDATION that they LAID was laid to show us what to do, so we are to be doing the SAME kind of miracles of healing and such just as they did. Jesus tells us the church, ALL who believe in him, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES shall do the WORKS that Jesus did THROUGH the Holy Spirit that dwelt in him.

Let's read John 14:10-12 which says,


Believe you not that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that DWELLS in me, HE DOES the WORKS.

11. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: OR ELSE believe me for the WORKS' sake.

12. Verily, verily, I say unto you, HE that BELIEVES on me the WORKS that I DO shall HE DO ALSO; and greater works than these shall he do, BECAUSE I go to the Father.”


So it seems pretty clear to me that Jesus did NOT put a time limit on when this promise to WHOSOEVER BELIEVES shall do the very WORKS that Jesus did would expire or CEASE from being a valid promise.

Let's continue reading more of what PAUL said in the CONTEXT of Ephesians 2:20 where he talks about the FOUNDATION of the APOSTLES. Please take a look at the epistle to the Ephesians, chapter 4, verses 1-7, which is right after Paul tells us that we should give glory to God for the POWER or the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit that IS working in us THROUGHOUT ALL the ages.
Well if all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are going to CEASE when that which is PERFECT is COME, then this verse here, which PLAINLY says THROUGHOUT ALL the AGES CANNOT mean the AGES that are to come. So therefore this verse MUST mean throughout all the the ages or that is to say throughout ALL the generations of the CHURCH AGE, and I believe will continue throughout the 1000 year reign as well in the lives of those living in their MORTAL bodies, but NOT in the CHURCH or bride of Jesus Christ.
 But my main focus is to show you from God's word that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have NOT and WILL NOT cease during the AGE of the CHURCH. Here is what Ephesians 4:1-7 says,


“I THEREFORE, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the VOCATION wherewith you were CALLED,

2. With all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love;

3. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

4. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in hope of your calling;

5. One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and IN you ALL.

7. But unto EVERY ONE of us is GIVEN GRACE ( or that is to say POWER, ALL that we need to live godly in this present world) according to the measure of the GIFT of CHRIST (or the GIFT of the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit of Almighty God the Father).



So in other words, EVERY BELIEVER in the church THROUGHOUT ALL the AGES or every generation is given GRACE, which is the very POWER of God, according to the measure of the GIFT of the ANOINTING. Please continue to read Ephesians 4:8-13 where Paul goes on to say,


“Wherefore he said , When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave GIFTS unto men.

9. (Now that he ascended , what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10. He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

11. And he gave some, apostles (or he gave some the ANOINTING to be apostles); and some, prophets (or he gave some the ANOINTING to be prophets); and some, evangelists (or he gave some the ANOINTING to be evangelist); and some, pastors and teachers (or he gave some the ANOINTING to be pastors and others the ANOINTING to be teachers)(Now ask yourself WHY God gave ALL of these GIFTS to the church? And then keep reading)

12. FOR the PERFECTING of the saints, FOR the WORK of the MINISTRYFOR the EDIFYING of the body of Christ: (Now ask yourself how long these GIFTS, ALL of these gifts were given to the church?) TILL we ALL come in the unity of the faith,(has this happened yet? Are we all speaking and teaching the SAME things? Have we ALL come together in the UNITY of our faith?) and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a PERFECT man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

13. That we henceforth be NO MORE children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to DECEIVE;”
 

The answer is NO we certainly have NOT come into the complete UNITY of our faith whereby we ALL speak and teach the SAME things. This UNITY will ONLY take place when that which is PERFECT is COME, speaking of our Lord Jesus when he COMES AGAIN. So therefore the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit will CONTINUE until Jesus COMES AGAIN.


Don't you see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord that the DECEIVER will NOT be BOUND in the bottomless pit UNTIL that which is PERFECT is COME, which is our Lord Jesus Christ, who will BIND Satan, the DECEIVER for 1000 years.

Also please notice that ALL these GIFTS of ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit are GIVEN to the church and for the church UNTIL that which is PERFECT is come or attained. So ask yourself, has every believer come in perfect unity of faith after the first century? Has every believer been made into that PERFECT man after the first century? Well the obvious answer is NO, absolutely NOT.
So again WHEN are we made PERFECT? That is absolutely correct, when Jesus COMES again we shall SEE him as he IS, which is  PERFECT and we shall be LIKE HIM. We shall see him FACE to FACE. So THEREFORE my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord ALL these GIFTS of the Holy Spirit are STILL applicable today and have ABSOLUTELY NOT ceased and have NOT been done away with. In other words we still have APOSTLES in the church today, we still have PROPHETS in the church today, we still have EVANGELISTS in the church today, we still have PASTORS in the church today, we still have TEACHERS in the church today, and we STILL HAVE ALL the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit in the church today INCLUDING the gift of speaking in OTHER TONGUES.

Paul goes on to tell us in this SAME CONTEXT what the WILL of the Lord is CONCERNING speaking in other tongues. So if you truly want to be doing the WILL of Almighty God, then please read Ephesians 5: 17-19 which says,

 
 
“Wherefore be NOT unwise, but UNDERSTANDING what the WILL of the Lord IS.(not what the will of the Lord WAS, but what the will of the Lord IS right here, right now for the church TODAY)

18. And be not drunk WITH wine wherein is excess; BUT be you FILLED with the Spirit (in other words, be so FILLED with the Holy Spirit that you appear to be DRUNK with wine)

19. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”

 

So the WILL of Almighty God for EVERY BELIEVER THROUGHOUT ALL the AGES or generations of the church age is to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit, to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that we appear to be DRUNK with wine.

Well let's go to Acts chapter 2 and see what happened with the early church when they were FILLED with the Holy Spirit of God. Acts 2:4 says,

 
 

“And they were ALL FILLED with the Holy Ghost and began to SPEAK with OTHER TONGUES, as the SPIRIT gave them utterance.”


So the EVIDENCE whereby we know that we have been FILLED with the Holy Spirit is SPEAKING in OTHER TONGUES. Then in verse 13 we see that some who were around and were observing this INFILLING of the Holy Spirit THOUGHT that they were DRUNK with WINE. So the WILL of God is for us to drink of the Holy Spirit, until we are FILLED to overflowing and we begin to SPEAK with other tongues and magnify God with our whole being even appearing as though we are DRUNK like unto those who drink wine in excess. Let's read Acts 2:13-18 which says,


“Others MOCKING said , These men are full of new wine.

14. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this KNOWN unto you, and HEARKEN to my words:

15. For these are NOT DRUNKEN , as you suppose , seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17. And it shall come to pass in the last days, says 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:

18. And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:”


So being FILLED with the Holy Spirit is ACCOMPANIED by SPEAKING in OTHER TONGUES and having the APPEARANCE as being DRUNK with wine. Remember we just read where Paul instructed us what the WILL of the God IS, which is NOT to be drunk WITH WINE, but RATHER to be FILLED or to be so FULL of the Holy Spirit that we appear as to be DRUNK with new wine, but in essence we are drunk with the Spirit of Almighty God.

There are many places in the Bible where the Holy Spirit is likened to WINE. Jesus said you do not put new wine in old vessels as they will burst. Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit not being able to be put in an unclean vessel. This is WHY Jesus had to go to the Father to prepare a place for us. I explain what I mean by this in the study entitled “THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER”

But for now let's continue this study in God's word to show that the gifts of the Spirit have NOT ceased and are still operating in the church today. Please read 1 Corinthians 12:1-10 which says,


“Now CONCERNING spiritual gifts, brethren, I would NOT have you ignorant .

2. You know that you were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as you were led.

3. Wherefore I give you to UNDERSTAND, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

4. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all.

7. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to EVERY MAN to profit withal .

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

8. To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

9. To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

10. But all these work that one and self same Spirit, DIVIDING to EVERY MAN severally as he will.”



Now some will say that his has nothing to do with speaking in other tongues, when it says,


“...that no man SPEAKING by the SPIRIT calls Jesus accursed...”


because Paul goes on to say,


“...and no man can say (or SPEAK, as in their native language) that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”


reasoning that HOW could another KNOW that they were saying that Jesus is Lord IF they were SPEAKING in OTHER TONGUES which no man can UNDERSTAND?


Now on the surface this line of REASONING sounds very logical and certainly does seem to cancel this verse out as having any credibility to support that the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which INCLUDES speaking in other tongues has NOT CEASED, but is still present today in the church.

But as I have said many times, any verse when taken OUT of CONTEXT and viewed ALONE and APART from the WHOLE word of God can SEEM to be saying something that it is NOT truly saying.

Remember what the CONTEXT is all about. Read verse 1 again,


“Now CONCERNING spiritual gifts, brethren, I would NOT have you ignorant.”



The topic under discussion here is SPIRITUAL GIFTS, so how can anyone argue that these verses have nothing to do with SPIRITUAL GIFTS? And dogmatically state that SPEAKING by the Spirit does NOT mean or refer to speaking in other tongues.
But those seeking only the truth can plainly see that SPEAKING by the Spirit can mean or refer to speaking in other tongues as a gift of the Spirit of God.

Now there are some babes is Christ who have been baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of SPEAKING in other tongues who are being brought under a spirit of confusion by those that are teaching that they may have a false gift and are speaking by the power of the devil. Well Paul is teaching us here that we need NOT to be ignorant about these SPIRITUAL GIFTS and goes on to say in verse 3 of 1 Corinthians chapter 12,


“Wherefore I give you to UNDERSTAND, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed:...”


So you can be assured that NO MAN when speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed. Now does it not seem logical to you that if a person, any person who was speaking in their OWN language that they would KNOW whether or not that they were calling Jesus accursed or not? So logically then these who were speaking by the Spirit were speaking in OTHER TONGUES, and NOT in their OWN language, or else they would have KNOW whether or not if they were calling Jesus accursed.

Now those of you who already know by experience that the gifts of the Spirit have not ceased. In other words, you know without a doubt that speaking in other tongues is still for today, BECAUSE you yourself speak in other tongues. But yet at times the enemy tries to sow seeds of doubt by these false teachings, which bring thoughts of the enemy come and bring doubt and confusion.

THEREFORE Paul wrote this letter not only to the early church, but to YOU who are having doubt. Paul wrote this letter to ALL of us today in order that we would know and UNDERSTAND that God would NOT allow his children to receive an evil spirit that we would call Jesus accused thinking that we were magnifying and blessing his name.
 Please read Luke chapter 11 verses 9 through 13, which will assure you that you have NOT received a FALSE spirit of the enemy. Be assured that you are NOT speaking in other tongues by the power of the devil.


“And I say unto YOU (ALL who BELIEVE), Ask, and it shall be given YOU; seek, and YOU shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto YOU.

10. For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

11. 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?

12. Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

13. If you 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?


So if you are worried that may not have the true Holy Spirit of Almighty God, then let me ask you some simple questions: First of all were you SAVED when you sought to be filled with the Spirit of God; And then were you SEEKING to be filled with an EVIL SPIRIT? If you answers are YES you are absolutely sure that you were saved when you sought to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and NO you were definitely NOT seeking to be filled with an evil spirit, then Almighty God YOUR heavenly Father did NOT give you an evil spirit, NOR did he ALLOW you to receive an evil spirit in place of the Holy Spirit. So be assured that EVERY word you speak in OTHER TONGUES is of Almighty God HIMSELF and that your are speaking ACCORDING to his WILL. Take a look at Romans 8:26-29, which says,


“Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (that is to say, cannot be uttered in articulate speech that we understand. OTHERS may and sometimes will indeed understand what we speak in other tongues as the Holy Spirit gives us utterance to speak out. And if we speak in other tongues in CHURCH, then we are taught by the word of God to do so only if there is one with the gift of INTERPRETING other tongues. This is a general rule but there are times when that Holy Spirit leads us to speak in tongues for the benefit of ONE who is in the congregation and who will KNOW the language in which the Holy Spirit gives you utterance. It is the Lord speaking directly TO that person through you in their OWN native language, which your yourself do NOT know ho to speak.)

28. And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints ACCORDING to the WILL of God.

29. And we KNOW that all things (all these matters of UTTERANCE) work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."


No my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, when we are SPEAKING, praying, or singing in OTHER TONGUES by the Spirit of God as the Holy Spirit gives us the utterance we will never be able to call Jesus accursed, NOR is it a waste of time, because Romans here assures us that ALL the words that we are speaking in a language that we ourselves could not be able to utter are working together for GOOD to them that LOVE God.

Now I have to agree with those that teach that tongues have ceased in that SOME Christians abuse and misuse the gifts of the Spirit of God. Remember Paul said if we speak in other tongues and have NOT love, then basically the utterances that are being brought forth BECOME as sounding brass and profit nothing. In other words, a Christian who is has been truly baptized in the Holy Spirit can begin to speak in other tongues and it be good and profitable, but then become puffed up with PRIDE saying or thinking to themselves that they are better or more spiritual than others, because they speak in tongues and these others do not.
Well to those I say, you just stepped out of the LOVE of God and because of PRIDE your speaking in tongues, for that time you were NOT praying in LOVE, BECAME as sounding brass and profited nothing. Your motive was to receive praise of MEN and not of God. Now this is not to say that you cannot repent and get back in walking in LOVE and use your gift or gifts for the GLORY of God rather than to bring glory upon yourself. Well enough said on that, so let's move on and look at that last part of verse 3 in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, which says,


“Wherefore I give you to UNDERSTAND , that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”


Now as I said before, those that argue that the gift of OTHER TONGUES has ceased with the early church make the point that this verse CANNOT be referring to SPEAKING by the Spirit of God to mean that they are SPEAKING in OTHER TONGUES, because it is clear that if someone was speaking in other tongues they would NOT KNOW if they were calling Jesus Lord.

But this verse to me is edifying those that are already SPEAKING in OTHER TONGUES and are being made to DOUBT by the FALSE teachings of the enemy and are wondering if they have a false or evil spirit and could be calling Jesus accused unknowingly, because they do NOT UNDERSTAND what they are speaking.

Now the last past of this verse let's us know that in our OWN strength we will NOT be able to hold fast to the confession of our faith and remain faithful to call Jesus Lord, EXCEPT it be BY the POWER of the Holy Spirit of God. 
Remember the words of Peter, who told the Lord that he could follow Jesus and would even lay down his life for Jesus. However, Jesus said back to Peter, are you sure about that Peter? Will you lay down your life for me? I tell you that you CANNOT follow me NOW and that you will deny me three times before morning and the cock crows.

But then AFTER Peter was FILLED with the Holy Spirit and SPOKE with OTHER TONGUES as the Holy Spirit gave him utterance, then he had BOLDNESS to proclaim the gospel before those that were MOCKING and saying these men are DRUNK with wine.

Please read Acts 2:1-18, which is the first account where the early church initially received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.


And when the day of Pentecost was 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 all the house where they were sitting.

3. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4. And they were ALL FILLED with the Holy Ghost, and began to SPEAK with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance .

5. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

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.

7. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

8. And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

9. Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

10. Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

11. Cretes and Arabians, we do HEAR them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

12. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What means this? (when some people see miracles today they question and doubt just like they did in the days of Jesus and some even MOCK and say that it is not of God)

13. Others MOCKING said, These men are full of new wine.

14. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15. For these are NOT drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17. And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon ALL flesh (and not just on the APOSTLES as some falsely teach, but upon ALL who BELIEVE): and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

18. And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:”



Now some who argue against the speaking in other tongues MOCK and say that those speaking is tongues today are not the SAME kind of tongues that the early church spoke in, because every one from every nation HEARD and UNDERSTOOD what they were SPEAKING in their own native language. In other words, no matter what country each and every one was from; they ALL heard these 120 believers, who were speaking IN OTHER TONGUES in their OWN language.
THEREFORE they could NOT be speaking some BABBLING UNKNOWN LANGUAGE as these Christians are speaking in today, because they were UNDERSTOOD by those who were there from ALL over the world, each one in their OWN language. Now this is certainly a possibility. The Bible says they spoke in OTHER TONGUES and the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. No more, no less.

So let's examine this claim or line of reasoning a little CLOSER. Let us suppose that the 120 who were in the upper room praying and waiting as Jesus had told them to be endued with power from on high and then they were ALL FILLED with the Holy Spirit as promised and began to SPEAK with OTHER TONGUES and each one spoke in a DIFFERENT KNOWN LANGUAGE to represent each and every language of each nationality of the people who were present to hear them just as is INTERPRETED by some to be the way that it HAD to have been.

Now try to image 120 people speaking ALL at the SAME time in all these DIFFERENT KNOWN LANGUAGES as some have dogmatically DEMANDED it to be. Or just try and imagine all 120 speaking in ANY language at the SAME for that matter and being ABLE to UNDERSTAND what ANY of them are saying. It would be just a bunch of NOISE. Even in a much smaller group with every one talking at once it is very difficult to UNDERSTAND what anyone is saying.

Think about this for a moment, even if you take 120 people today and have them ALL speaking exactly the very SAME language you could still not be able to make out and understand most of what they were saying, unless of course they have PRACTICED previously and mastered speaking together in PERFECT harmony enunciating every word perfectly on cue.

Now let us suppose that these 120 were speaking just as the Christians today speak in OTHER TONGUES as the Holy Spirit gives them utterance, and then God CAUSES these UNKNOWN TONGUES to be HEARD by each and every one there in their OWN language. To me this sounds more reasonable.

Otherwise all the German people would have to be all together and close to the one or two of the 120 who were speaking German, and all the Chinese would have to be gathered together and close to the one or two of the 120 who were speaking in Chinese, and so forth and so on.

To me that would be a bigger miracle than for God to open the ears of each and every one HEARING the message to HEAR in their own native LANGUAGE as opposed to having everyone both among the 120 and all that were there of all the nations to be in perfect position to hear each one of the 120 SPEAK to them in their NATIVE LANGUAGE.

Now it could have happen either way, but for me it is easier to reason and believe that the SPOKEN language did not matter as much as the HEARING of each one who was present to hear. But I can not say dogmatically that this is the way it had to be, because I was not there and the scriptures are just not clear as to exactly how it was. We only know for sure that ALL of the 120 were Galileans, because verse 7 says, “...are not ALL these which SPEAK Galileans?” And that they were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit and began to SPEAK with OTHER TONGUES, as the Spirit gave them utterance and that those of every nation HEARD them speak in their OWN tongue.

Another point that is argued to try and show that OTHER TONGUES have CEASED as well as the other gifts of the Spirit is that ONLY that APOSTLES could do the mighty works that were being done. In other words, since there are supposedly NO APOSTLES today, then there are NO TRUE gifts of the Spirit present today as well, because ONLY the APOSTLES could do the working of miracles and healing.

But is this SOUND BIBLICAL REASONING? Let us take a closer look at the WHOLE word of God and see if this line of reasoning stands up. First of all there were 120 on the day of Pentecost alone that were FILLED with the Holy Spirit and spoke with OTHER TONGUES. Now were ALL those mentioned in the New Testament, who were FILLED with the Holy Spirit and SPOKE in OTHER TONGUES ALL APOSTLES? No they were not. No where in the word of God are we told that all to 120 in the upper room were ALL APOSTLES.

So therefore, even IF there were NO apostles today as some CLAIM, then this would still NOT PROVE that speaking in OTHER TONGUES has cease and passed away with the early church and that other tongues today is therefore of the devil, because not ALL the 120 who were baptized with the Holy Spirit and SPOKE with OTHER TONGUES were APOSTLES. So nothing could be further from the truth. God is still FILLING his people with his Holy Spirit, that is to say that God is still FILLING, all who BELIEVE, with his Holy Spirit. And the EVIDENCE of SPEAKING in OTHERS TONGUES is STILL the SAME EVIDENCE as it was in the early church, for God is the same today as he was back then.

Let us then reason that since other tongues is still with us today, then all the other gifts of the Holy Spirit are still present in the church today as well. Please carefully consider the words of Jesus. Let's begin by looking at Mark 16:14-20 where Jesus is commissioning his 11 disciples and telling them what to do after he ascends to heaven.


“Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat , and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 

15. And he said unto them, Go YOU (Jesus speaking to the 11 disciples) into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16. He that BELIEVES and is baptized shall be saved (did not the 11 disciples ALREADY believe? And were they not already baptized? And were not the 11 disciples already SAVED? So then the HE that BELIEVES is speaking of ALL those that BELIEVE upon the words of the gospel that the 11 disciples went into all the world to PREACH); but he that believes NOT shall be damned .

17. And THESE SIGNS shall follow THEM that BELIEVE; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall SPEAK with new tongues (or in other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance);

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 recover. (Now Jesus was not excluding his 11 disciples, but was rather including ALL who BELIEVED upon their word along with the 11 disciples)

19. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20. And THEY went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”


Again the THEY here does not mean that JUST the ELEVEN disciples went forth to preach the gospel AFTER the day of PENTECOST when THEY were ALL endued with POWER from on high to be WITNESSES of Jesus. Was not ANOTHER disciple added to these ELEVEN and were there not others there ALSO who were FILLED with the Holy Spirit to be WITNESSES of Jesus? Did not ALL the 120 go forth and PREACH the GOSPEL? And does not this passage of scripture say that THEY went forth PREACHING everywhere, and that the Lord was working with THEM ALL and CONFIRMED the WORD that was being PREACHED with SIGNS FOLLOWING? AMEN. Is this not what the WHOLE word of God teaches us?

This is exactly what the word of God teaches us, that THESE SIGNS shall follow ALL those that PREACH the gospel and BELIEVE. The Bible does NOT teach that the working of mighty works of healing and miracles was LIMITED to ONLY the APOSTLES. By this type of FALSE reasoning then one would ALSO have to conclude that ONLY the PREACHING of  the GOSPEL was given to the 11 disciples or apostles and NO other.Yes it is true that nearly every account in the book of Acts is describing an APOSTLE doing these signs and wonders, but what one needs to realize is that this book was written to record the ACTS of the APOSTLES, so obviously MOST of the book would bear record of the APOSTLES, since it is a book describing the very ACTS OF THE apostles.
Also one needs to consider that these same apostles are preaching the gospel to people who have NEVER heard the gospel before, so HOW could these, who have never heard the gospel as yet have KNOWN that they were given the power and authority to heal the sick as they themselves had not yet HEARD the gospel and believed upon it?
Does not the word of God instruct for us to go and TEACH others the word of God and thereby DISCIPLE them. In other words, after we preach the gospel and those that hear our words BELIEVE. And then are we not supposed to TEACH them to go forth and do the SAME THINGS that we ourselves were taught of the DISCIPLES to do?
You see, my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord the FOUNDATION that was LAID was laid for us to PATTERN our lives upon. So therefore if we teach others to do DIFFERENTLY than what Jesus and the APOSTLES did and taught themselves, then we are teaching ANOTHER GOSPEL and ANOTHER JESUS.

Besides did not Jesus himself teach us that the very WORKS that he did, WE should do ALSO? I am quite sure that he did. Please read John 14:12, which PLAINLY and CLEARLY states,


“Verily, verily (or TRULY, TRULY, a double truly) I say unto YOU, HE that BELIEVES on me, the WORKS that I DO shall HE (ALL those that BELIEVE on the words of Jesus as well as the words he taught his disciples) DO ALSO; and greater works than these shall HE DO, because I go to the Father.”



Please notice the REASON WHY we are ABLE to DO the very SAME WORKS that Jesus did, BECAUSE he went to the Father. What does that mean? Please read the study entitled “THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER” as I explain the meaning of WHY Jesus went to the Father.
 
But for now let us continue to look at some verses of scripture that clearly show that there were OTHERS who were doing the WORKS of Jesus who were NOT apostles.
Luke 10:1-17 tells us that Jesus appointed OTHER SEVENTY ALSO besides the twelve apostles who Jesus sent forth two by two. I will just quote Luke 10 verse 1 and verse 17
 

1. After these things the Lord appointed OTHER seventy ALSO, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come....
 
...17. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying , Lord, EVEN the devils are subject unto US through your name.
 

So it is pretty clear that the apostles were NOT the ONLY ones who were EMPOWERED to use the mighty name of Jesus to cast out devils and to heal the sick. Well one might still have here heart hardened and try and argue that Jesus APPOINTED these seventy, so even though the Bible does not specifically say that they were APOSTLES this does not mean that they were not APOSTLES. No the Bible does not specifically say that these other seventy were not apostles, but the word of God does SPECIFICALLY state that
 

HE that BELIEVES and is baptized shall be saved...and THESE SIGNS shall FOLLOW THEM that BELIEVE...
 

So with this in mind let's read Luke 9:49,50 where we find one who has obviously heard the teachings of Jesus and BELIEVED, but was NOT one of the disciples, NOR was he one of the APOSTLES. He was just one who BELIEVED.
 

And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in YOUR name; and we forbade him, because he follows NOT with us.  And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
 

Now we see here that Jesus instructed John NOT to forbid those to mighty wonder WORKS in the NAME of JESUS, even if they did NOT FOLLOW all the teachings to the letter that your DENOMINATION teaches.
Let's go back to Luke 10:16 which plainly shows us that ALL who believe those that Jesus sent forth BELIEVE the very one that SENT them forth.
 
He that HEARS YOU HEARS ME; and he that DESPISES YOU DESPISES ME; and he that DESPISES me DESPISES him that sent me.
 

This word that is translated as despises here means to reject, to cast off, to frustrate, to bring to nought and to nullify. So by teaching that the gifts of healing are longer for today, but have CEASED and passed away with the first century church is to despise and reject the word of Almighty God the Father who sent Jesus to bare witness of the very nature of the Father. 1 Thessalonians 4:8 tells us that whosoever despises, despises not man, BUT GOD, who has also given unto us the Holy Spirit. And remember, they SPOKE with OTHER TONGUES by the Holy Spirit. So to DESPISE speaking in other tongues is to DESPISE Almighty God the Father. 
But my main point is that WHOSOEVER HEARS the gospel and BELIEVES then they are in effect HEARING the very words of JESUS HIMSELF, which Almighty God the Father gave him to speak. Take a look at John 17:18-20 which says,
 
As you (Father) have sent me into the world, even so have I also sent THEM into the world. 
 19. And for their sake I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 
 20. Neither pray I for THESE ALONE, but for THEM ALSO which shall BELIEVE on me through THEIR word;



Be blessed and KNOW and UNDERSTAND that ALL of the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit are present in the church today for ALL who BELIEVE and become DOERS of the word and not hearers ONLY.
So THEREFORE if you BELIEVE that the gifts of healing have CEASED and have passed away with the first century church, then for YOU the gifts of the Spirit have been NULLIFIED and will NOT operate in YOUR life so long as you BELIEVE that the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit are NOT for the church TODAY. Be no longer FAITHLESS, but BELIEVING. Receive you the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus.
 
And for ALL those who BELIEVE that they have NOT CEASED and are for the church today, then they will be manifested in your life if you hold fast and cast not away your confidence in God and his word.
It has been said whether you choose to believe or you choose to doubt you can be sure that it will be shown that you are correct in either of what you of what you chosen. It is YOUR CHOICE.
Please be sure to read the study "STIR UP THE GIFT THAT IS WITHIN YOU" as this will strengthen the walk of those who have chosen to BELIEVE that speaking in other tongues is for today. This is a powerful study so be sure to read it often.


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scripture references:

                                    Luke 4:1 KJV

    And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness

    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?

    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.

    (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive : for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified .)

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

    In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed , ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.







    He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

    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:

    Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

    And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come .

    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

    I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

    But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

    For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool .

    But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up , take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak , neither do ye premeditate : but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak , but the Holy Ghost.

    John answered , saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh , the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose : he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

    And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said , Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased .

    And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,


    And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphems against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven .

    For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say .

    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 baptizes with the Holy Ghost.

    (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified .)

    But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance , whatsoever I have said unto you.

    And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

    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:

    For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

    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.

    Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled , which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

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

    Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

    Then Peter said unto them, Repent , and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

    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.

    But Peter said , Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

    And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

    Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report , full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

    And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

    Ye stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

    But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

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

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

    And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given , he offered them money,

    Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

    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 you in the way as you came, has sent me, that you might receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

    Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified ; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied .

    How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

    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.

    Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

    And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

    Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

    For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

    As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work where unto I have called them.

    So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus

    Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost , set his eyes on him,

    And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

    And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

    For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

    Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,

    He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed ? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

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

    Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

    And when he was come unto us , he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said , Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

    And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed , after that Paul had spoken one word , Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,

    And hope makes not ashamed ; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

    I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

    For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

    Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing , that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.





  • That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

    Which things also we speak , not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

    What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    Wherefore I give you to understand , that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost

    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. [The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.]


    For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

    And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

    That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwells in us.


    Not by works of righteousness which we have done , but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;




    God also bearing them witness , both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

    For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened , and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

    The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest , while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

    Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before ,

    Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

    For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

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


                       Matthew 4:1 KJV

    Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

    Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you.

    Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

    But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

    And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

    And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

    And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

    And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted , to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised ,


    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?

    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.

    Jesus answered , Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    The wind bloweth where it listeth , and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh , and whither it goeth : so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

    For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

    But the hour cometh , and now is , when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.


    God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

    It is the spirit that quickeneth ; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

    (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive : for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified .)

    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.

    But when the Comforter is come , whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

    Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come , he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear , that shall he speak : and he will shew you things to come .

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

    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 :

    There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

    That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.


    But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

    And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

    But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.


    For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.

    The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

    And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

    Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought : but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

    And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.


    Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.



    And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

    But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, 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.

    But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned .

    Wherefore I give you to understand , that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

    For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom ; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

    To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

    But all these work that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will .

    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.

    For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him; howbeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

    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.

    Else when you shall bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupies the room of the unlearned say Amen at your giving of thanks, seeing he understands not what you say ?

    Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life .



    Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

    For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached , or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received , or another gospel, which ye have not accepted , ye might well bear with him.

    This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

    Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

    He therefore that ministers to you the Spirit, and works miracles among you, does he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

    That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

    But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

    In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed , ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

    (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

    And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

    He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

    And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

    Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

    And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

    We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

    Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.


       Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the whole word of God.
       Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,
       Mark.
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