Thursday, August 5, 2010

SPEAKING IN TONGUES



I have conversations with a lot of different kinds of people. People who study Metaphysics who claim the proper magnetic field will save humanity, to folks in the 5% nation who call themselves God, and believe that knowing how many miles there are between the Earth and the Moon has a purpose outside of astronomy class. Even those who claim to be Christian, but have No Knowledge or Understanding about Christ whatsoever.

One of the most lively conversations surrounds the topic speaking in tongues. Some say that it was the day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost came that the Church took over from the nation of Israel.
Some say that unless a person speaks in some unknown tongue they cannot receive salvation. As if speaking in tongues is some kind of proof of God s approval of a particular man or woman.
Others have made the subject of speaking in tongues so spooky and magical, the whole topic has become a joke and a point of ridicule.



In this clip we see a woman claiming to be singing happy birthday in an unknown tongue. Her "prayer language.":-/
Let s examine this train of thought....

First and most importantly speaking in tongues is a sign for NON-BELIEVERS
"Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not..." (1Corinthians 14:22)


Now in Acts chapter 2 (v.1-18) while Peter was speaking a rushing wind came and fiery tongues appeared by each of the people there. These tongues were there for the purpose of translation. Peter spoke a Galilen dialect, but Israelites  from all over the world heard in every language (the language of their individual homeland).
Also notice towards the end of the Chapter Peter quotes Joel. After reading Joel chap 2 you will notice  that instead of talking about speaking in tongues Joel's prophecy mentioned that The Spirit of God will be poured out.

The question then becomes, what happens when the Lord pours out His spirit upon you?

"Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you" (Proverbs 1:22-23). When the spirit is poured out on you, you will KNOW (have knowledge of something).... Namely knowledge of His Word.

 IF YOU DON'T KNOW HIS WORD, THEN WHAT SPIRIT IS POURED ON YOU??

This is what Jesus spoke about..  

"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 6:53-63).
THE WORDS ARE SPIRIT! AND THEY ARE LIFE!




¿HOW?


Reading the Bible!  
God is pouring out His spirit upon you right now thru your computer screen. Through His Word.


Now just think for a moment. If something doesn't teach you how to get Salvation or edify you, what's the purpose? What is it good 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... He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church" (1Corinthians 14:1-4).


God wants us to edify the flock. He told Peter 3 times to "feed my sheep."


"I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying"  (v.5)

 Unknown languages helps no one. Even Paul admits it.

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


If u can't understand the tongue how can you try the spirit? (1John 4:1)

But some say: if the spirit come upon you, and you prophesy it must be from God... Is it??

"And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand" (1Samuel 18:10)
An evil spirit came on Saul and made him prophesy!

FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes):  You can't try a spirit you can't understand. 
What if that evil spirit comes upon the preacher, and he says repeat after me, and in a language you don't understand tells you to curse God and die. You just might repeat it. :-O

 *[did you notice that the evil spirit came "From God"]...




"Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.  In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord" (1Corinthians 14:20-21).

This is quoted from the 28th chapter of Isaiah.
Instead of only Hebrew, or Aramaic God will speak thru other languages. Hence the Bible is written in almost every language known to man.

Why?
God knew Israel would be scattered into all nations. Therefore whatever nation we find ourselves in, God will speak in that language.

Four Winds of Heaven PLUS An Analysis of the Rapture, Saved and Born Again 


THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER: "Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?" (1Corinthians 14:22-23)

Now I have to ask the question, who requires a sign?

"Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:" (Matthew 12:38-39)
This is why those that believe do not require a sign.

CONSIDER THIS: Even the sign Jesus gave, people don't believe.
"For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (v.40)

They say Jesus died good Friday evening and rose from the dead Easter Sunday morning.
That's 1 day and 2 nights, far from the 3days and 3nights that He said.

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of His Word...


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