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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

Let’s do a quick review.  In my personal walk with the Lord, I’ve found that God is most likely to physically
heal a person to open their eyes and ears to his presents and bring about salvation.  Also, God is more
likely to physically heal a person to grow their faith to a deeper level.  In both circumstances, God is con-
corned mostly about the soul.  To bring salvation to the soul and to grow the soul to a deeper level.

As we mature in our faith, God may speak to you as he did to Apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for
my power is made perfect in weakness.”  See, God’s power is glorified when he acts in people who are weak
or don’t appear to have special abilities.  Also, as we mature in our faith, God no longer has to prove himself.  He
has matured you and won’t physically heal you forever.  Eventually you grow old and die.

As we mentioned in the “Physical Healing” chapter, more often than not God doesn’t physically heal.  Some-
times God withholds his physical healing for correction or discipline.  He might be pushing a person to a place of
repentance to turn from a sinful act.  He might withhold his physical healing to keep a person humble, remember-
ing their strength lies in God.  He may withhold his physical healing to produce patients, endurance, perseverance,
character and hope, refining the believer.

Lastly, there are people who have faith that are never healed.  For their entire life, they may never see an
end to their affliction.  Many disabled people can relate to this and may never know why God didn’t heal them.
Most important, they can still know God as their counselor, savior and strength of their heart/soul.

Next week, the conclusion to Gifts of Healing.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

As we have mentioned, there are two reasons that God is most likely to miraculously physically heal a person.  The
second reasons is to grow a persons faith to a deeper level.  To deepen ones faith in God.

The following is an example from my life.

I was a very young Christian and weak in the Lord.  While attending a church service on physical healing, I wonder-
ed if God really healed people?  I was not praying for a healing.  Unexpectedly, I felt a warm feeling go through my
chest.  Since then, I have been to the doctor many times.  My lifetime heart murmur is completely gone.  Not one
doctor has been able to detect the murmur since that church service.  Because of this healing, God took my
faith to a deeper level.  I now know that God can physically heal when he so chooses.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 


So far we read that the twelve disciples, seventy-two others and the first believers were given a special blessing
from God to heal all disease and sickness.  This blessing helped boost the new Christian faith.

After Jesus died and ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit was released in his entirety.  The Christian faith was
growing and the Holy Spirit gave believers their own spiritual gifts.  These gifts are given to build up the
body of Christ or the church.

Let’s read some scriptures to verify that believers are given spiritual gifts.

1 Peter 4:10  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering
God’s grace in it’s various forms.

1 Corinthians 7:7  I wish that all men were as I am.  But each one has his own gift from God, one has this gift,
another has that.

1 Corinthians 12:4  There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.

Ephesians 4:7  But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.  This is why it says:  When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.

Next week we will read more scriptures about gifts before focusing on the Gifts of Healing.

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

 

Last week we read that the twelve disciples had special authority to heal disease and sickness.

In addition to the twelve disciples, Jesus appointed seventy-two others with a similar blessing.                  

Luke 10:1  After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him in
every town and place where he (Jesus) was about to go.

Luke 10:8  When you enter a town and are welcome, eat what is set before you.  Heal the sick who are there  
and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you.’

Luke 10:17  The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to your name.

So far, the twelve disciples and seventy-two others had special authority (blessing) to physically heal 
in the name of Jesus.                                                                                                                          

Next week, one more group of people had special authority to physically heal.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff