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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

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                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

Easter

Posted: March 31, 2018 in Easter
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A reminder of what Jesus went through during the crucifixion.

Thanks for watching.  God bless.

Jeff

 

In Angels 7 through 10 we read that there are four basic angel groups.  Some believe there are four more
groups for a total of eight.  They refer to the other angel groups as powers, authorities, dominion and
rulers.  This is based off the following scriptures.

Colossians 2:10  and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

Ephesians 1:20-21  … seated him (Jesus) at his right hand in the heavenly realm, far above all rule and
authority, power and dominion and every title that can be given.

Ephesians 3:10  His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known
to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realm.

Ephesians 6:12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the authorities, against the powers
of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Based on these scriptures, I CAN NOT conclude that there are four more angel groups.  To me, these
are general references that Jesus is far above any ruler or evil power on earth and he is far above any
angels or powers in the heavenly realm.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

Angels 1

Posted: December 27, 2017 in Angels
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According to the scriptures, what are angels?

Hebrews 1:14  Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who inherit salvation?

All angels are ministering spirits.  They are spiritual beings sent to minister to the believers.

Although angels are spiritual beings, they do not have the same characteristics as the Trinity (God the Father, the
Son and the Holly Spirit).  Angels are not omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time), omnipotent (all
powerful), and omniscient (all knowing).  Nor are they eternal (no beginning and no end).

Angels were created by God.  Here are two verses that tell us angels were created by God.

Nehemiah 9:6  You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry
hosts (angels), the earth and all that is on it …

Colossians 1:16  For by him all things were created:  things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible …

Here are two more scriptures that express the superiority of Jesus over the angels.

Hebrews 1:4  So he (Jesus) became more superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to
theirs.

Hebrews 1:6  “Let all God’s angels worship him (Jesus).”

Here is a verse expressing that angels are more powerful than humans.

2 Peter 2:10  … Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;  yet even angels
although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in
the presence of the Lord.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff