Tongues 2

Posted: August 22, 2013 in Tongues
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Tongues

TONGUES 2

Last week we read that the first Christians to speak in tongues were the Apostles and probably Mary, the mother
of Jesus, and about 120 early believers.

Now let’s read scripture about what they were saying.

Acts 2:5  Now there were staying in Jerusalem God fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.  When they
heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, BECAUSE EACH ONE HEARD THEM SPEAKING IN HIS
OWN LANGUAGE.  Utterly amazed, they asked:  “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?  THEN HOW
IS IT THAT EACH OF US HEARS THEM IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE?  Parthians, Medes and Elamites;  residents of
Mesopotamia, Judea and Capadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphyia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near
Cyrene;  visitors from Rome;  Cretans and Arabs-  WE HEAR THEM DECLARING THE WONDERS OF GOD IN OUR
OWN TONGUES!”

EACH OF THE CROWD MEMBERS, JEWS FROM EVERY NATION, HEARD THE APOSTLES AND EARLY CHRISTIANS
SPEAKING IN THEIR OWN NATIVE LANGUAGE OR DIALECT.

What does this mean?

Apostle Peter stood and explained what this meant in Acts 2:17  “IN THE LAST DAYS I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT
ON ALL PEOPLE.  YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS WILL PROPHESY, YOUR YOUNG MEN WILL SEE VISIONS, YOUR
OLD MEN WILL DREAM DREAMS.”

Also, Acts 10:45  The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that THE GIFTS OF THE
HOLY SPIRIT HAD BEEN POURED OUT EVEN TO THE GENTILES.  FOR THEY HEARD THEM SPEAKING IN TONGUES
AND PRAISING GOD.

THESE TWO SCRIPTURES TELL US THE APOSTLES AND EARLY BELIEVERS SPOKE IN TONGUES AS A SIGN.  A
SIGN THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ARE FOR ALL PEOPLE OF ALL NATIONS, NOT
JUST THE APOSTLES AND JEWS BUT ALL BELIEVERS.

Next week, we will read about tongues as a heavenly language.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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