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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

 

Welcome.  So far we have read that the Gifts of Healing are extra compassion, extra empathy, sensitivity
toward others, nurturing toward others, and comforting toward others.  They are also good listeners and want
to pray for others.  These gifts help heal a hurting soul and spirit.

But how do we categorize physical healings?  I believe physical healings are considered random miracles.

A miracle is an event that cannot be naturally explained?  When we talk about miraculous physical healings, the
root word of miraculous is miracle.  A miraculous physical healing is a healing that cannot be naturally
explained.

When does God physically heal?  As we read in the “Physical Healing” chapter, there is no blanket answer to God’s
supernatural physical healing.  If you do this or if you do that or if you have enough faith then God will automatical-
ly physically heal a person.  More often than not, God does not physically heal.

Physical healings are random and performed by the Holy Spirit.  In my personal walk with the Lord, there are
two circumstances in which God is most likely to physically heal a person.  More on that next week.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Last week we stated that the gifts of healing are always plural.  The gifts of healing are more than one.

Before we discover these plural gifts, let’s examine three singular gifts.

First of all, the gift of teaching.  People with this gift may teach about Noah, they may teach about the
Apostle Paul, they may teach about giving, they may teach about love, etc., etc.  It’s still one gift of teaching.
It’s still a singular gift.

Secondly, the gift of helps.  People with this gift may help as a church usher, they may help at the church
coffee shop, they may help setting up for events, they may help in the children ministry, etc., etc.  It’s still one
gift of helps.  It’s still a singular gift.

Thirdly, the gift of prophecy.  People with this gift may receive a message for a church member struggling with
addiction, they may receive a message for a church member having marriage difficulties, they may receive a
message for a church member facing an important life decision, etc., etc.  It’s still one gift of prophecy.  It’s
still a singular gift.

Now let’s examine the plural gifts of healing.  If it was like the previous three examples, people with this gift
would heal cancer, they would heal heart disease, they would heal eye disease, they would heal pneumonia, etc.,
etc.  It would be one gift of healing.  It would be a singular gift.

The problem is that the gifts of healing is not a singular gift.  It is always a plural gift.  The gifts of
healing are more than one.

Therefore, what are the gifts of healing?  I’ll give you a hint.  These gifts deal with the healing of a
persons soul and spirit.  More on this next week.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Let’s review.  So far we have 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 Holy Spirit gave each
believer their own spiritual gift.  Currently, it is the same way.  The Holy Spirit gives each modern believer their
own spiritual gift.

1 Corinthians 12:8-9  To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of
knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the
same Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 12:27-28  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it.  And in the church, God
has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having
gifts of healing …

1 Corinthians 12:30  Do all have gifts of of healing?  Do all speak in tongues?  Do all interpret?

As we concentrate on the gifts of healing, notice that the gifts of healing are always plural.  The gifts of
healing are more than one.

I will expand on this next week.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

Continuing from last week, let’s read more scriptures that confirm the Holy Spirit gives believers specific gifts.

Ephesians 4:11  It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists
and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ
may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of man.

Hebrews 2:4  God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distrib-
uted according to his will.

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.

You can improve in any of the gifts, but the one given to you will be the one you have a passion to perform.

Also, it may or may not be the way you make a living, but it will be the one you are best at performing within the
family of God or the church.

Next week we will specifically read about the Gifts of Healing.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff