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Tongues

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 one 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 wonders of God in our
own tongues!

Each one 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 prophecy, 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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Tongues

What is tongues?  Is speaking in tongues biblical?  Let’s begin with the following scripture.

Acts 2:1-4  When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly, a sound like the blow-
ing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what
seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with
the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the spirit enabled them.

This scripture tells us that “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues.”  But who
are those that were speaking in tongues?  Let’s read a scripture that proceeded this one.

Acts 1:12  Then they returned from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.  When
they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying.  Those present were Peter, John, James,
and Andrew;  Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Mathew;  James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the
Zealot. and Judas son of James.

Those that were speaking in tongues were the Apostles.  When they spoke in tongues, Judas (who betrayed
Jesus) had died and Mathias was now the new Apostle.  According to Acts 2:14, it is also probable that Mary, the
mother of Jesus, and the early believers of about 120 were also present speaking in tongues.

Let’s read one more scripture.  It takes place after Jesus was resurrected and appeared to the Apostles.

Luke 24:52  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.  And they stayed continually at
the temple, praising God.

The apostles and early believers (about 120) were the first to speak in tongues.  They were heard doing
this in a house.  The house was most likely a temple where they worshipped and prayed continually and
not the upper room where they stayed.

Next week, we will read what the Apostles and early believers were saying in the temple when they were speaking
in tongues.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Welcome and thanks for studying.  Let’s conclude our study on the Gifts of Healing.

The original disciples, seventy-two others, and the early Christians were given a special authority or
blessing to physically heal in the name of Jesus.  These miracles were necessary for the faith to take root
and spread.  This new faith had to be nourished by miracles of physical healing.  It was to help convince people
that Jesus was the promised savior.

After Jesus was crucified and ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit gave spiritual gifts to mankind.  One of these
gifts was the Gifts of Healing.  We learned that the Gifts of Healing are NOT the gifts of physical heal-
ing.  Currently, there is no spiritual gift of physical healing.

People with the plural Gifts of Healing have extra compassion, empathy, and sensitivity toward others.  They
are nurturing and comforting toward others.  The are good listeners.  These plural gifts are important to
heal the soul.  These people are oriented to bring a hurting soul into alignment with God.

So how do we categorize those times when God does physically heal a person.  In current times, physical healings
are considered random miracles.  We can and should pray for physical healing, but God is sovereign.  He alone de-
cides when to physically heal.  Again, no Christian has a gift of physical healing.

In my personal walk with the Lord, I have found that there are two circumstances in which God is most
likely to physically heal.  Both concerns the soul.  First, God physically heals to open the eyes and ears to
his presence.  This results in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and brings about salvation.  Second, God physically
heals to grow a persons faith to a deeper level.

We learned there are many reasons that God may withhold his physical healing.  See Gifts of Healing 13 to review
these reasons.  Whether a person experiences physical healing or not, eventually we will all grow old and die.  God
is mostly concerned about the salvation of the soul.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

This week let’s read one more scripture about early Christians and physical healing.

Mark 16:15-18  He (Jesus in spiritual body before ascending to heaven) said to them (twelve disciples), “Go into all
the world and preach the good news to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever
does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will accompany those who believe:  in my name they
will drive out demons;  they will speak in new tongues;  they will pick up snakes with their hands;  and when
they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all;  they will place their hands on sick people, and
they will get well.

To current day Christians, I definitely don’t recommend picking up poisonous snakes or drinking deadly poison.

The early Christians, and the twelve disciples and the seventy-two, were given a special blessing to physi-
cally heal in the name of Jesus.  These miracles were necessary in the beginning of Christianity.  It
was necessary so that the faith would take root and increase.  This new faith had to be nourished by
miracles and miracles of healing.  It was to turbo boost the new faith of Christianity and to convince
people that Jesus was the promised savior.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

This week let’s read about the second type of angels.

The second type of angels are the cherubim Angels.  Many Christians believe these are the second highest rank-
ing angels.  These angels are described as angels that guard the things of God.

Genesis 3:24  After he drove the man (Adam) out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim
and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way of the tree of life.

Hebrews 9:5  Above the ark where the cherubim of the glory, overshadowing the atonement cover (Arch of the
Covenant cover).

Next week, the third type of angel.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Angels 2

Posted: January 4, 2018 in Angels
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Last week we read that angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation.

Now let’s read how the angels minister to believers.

Genesis 16:11  The angel of the Lord said to her:  “You are now with child and you will have a son.”

Numbers 22:35  The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.”

Judges 13:15  The angel of the Lord answered, “Your wife must do all that I have told her.”

Mathew 28:5  The angel said to the woman, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who
was crucified.

Luke 1:13  But the angel said to him:  “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, your prayer has been heard.  Your wife
Elizabeth will bear you a son.”

Luke 1:30  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”

Luke 2:10  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all
people.  Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you;  he is Christ the Lord.

The previous scriptures tell us that angels minister by audibly speaking to believers.

In the following weeks we will read other ways in which angels minister to believers and the forms angels take.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Heaven 2

Posted: May 4, 2017 in Heaven
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This week let’s read if God lives in heaven or outside of heaven?

Deuteronomy 26:15  I have done everything you commanded me.  Look down from heaven, your Holy dwell-
ing place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised.

1 Kings 8:30  Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place.
Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.

1 Kings 22:19  … I saw the Lord sitting on his thrown with all his hosts of heaven standing around on his
right and on his left.

Isaiah 66:1  This is what the Lord says:  “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.”

Ephesians 1:20  … which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right
hand in the heavenly realms.

These scriptures definitely tell us that God lives in heaven or the heavenly realm.

Next week, a correct perception of God.  Also, does he live outside of heaven as well?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff