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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

 

 

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

 

As we mentioned last week, God physically heals for the purpose of opening the eyes and ears to his pre-
sense.  To open the eyes and ears to the reality of God and bring about Salvation.

The following is an example of a miraculous physical healing from my life.  It opened the eyes and
ears of my dad to the reality of Christ.

My dad grew up as a Catholic and always had an affinity for the nuns but he fell away from the church.  I remem-
ber that he didn’t like people talking about their faith.  The oxymoron is that he would always watch
“The Ten Commandments” movie at easter and Jesus movies at Christmas.

When my dad was elderly, he caught pneumonia and could not beat it.  Often pneumonia kills the elderly.  While in
intensive care, I asked my dad “Tonight, why don’t you give God a chance to heal you.  You have nothing to loose?”

The next day I went to visit.  He was out of intensive care in a normal hospital room.  He was sitting up, eating and
talking to a patient in the next bed.  My dad was healed!  He asked me if I sent a woman priest to his room last
night.  I replied, “No, I don’t know if the Catholic Church allows women priests?”  This woman told him
“you’re going to be OK.”

After my visit, I checked with the nurses station and the hospital chapel.  No nun, pastor or priest was on duty that
night.  Several days later, I told my dad that he was probably visited by an angel.  I shared scriptures about how
angels can take human form.  He agreed.

I believe healing took place to open the eyes and ears to the reality of God and bring salvation to my
dad.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

As we have explained in Gifts of Healing 8 and 9, there is a difference between the Gifts of Healing (to heal the
soul) and miraculous physical healings (random physical miracles).

In my personal walk with the Lord, there are two circumstances in which God is most likely to phys-
ically heal a person.

First, God physically heals for the purpose of opening the eyes and ears to his presence.  Opening a per-
sons eyes and ears to the reality of God leads to the filling of the Holy Spirit, resulting in salvation.  God uses phys-
ical healing for evangelism purposes.

Again, God is more concerned about the salvation of the soul and the healing of the soul over the phys-
cal healing for the sake of physical healing.  The soul can be saved but 1 Corinthians 15:50 says “that flesh and
blood cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Next week we will read an example where physical healing opened the eyes and ears of a nonbeliever to the reality
of God.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff