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Meaning of “speaking in tongues”

Meaning of filled with the Holy Spirit and “speaking in tongues”

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In Acts 2:4-11, where the disciples first started speaking in tongues we get the first impression of what it really meant.

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together and were confounded, because every man heard them speaking in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, “Behold, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how then do we each hear them speaking in our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, Medes, Elamites and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”” (Acts 2:4-11 KJ21)

Speaking in Tongues Real or FakeIn Greek, the word for tongue is the same as the word for language.  We do find the “glossa” or  speaking in another kind of language also in  1 Corinthians 13:1, referring to a state of high spiritual excitement or ecstasy from inspiration, unconscious of external things wholly absorbed in adoring communication with God, breaking forth into abrupt expressions of praise and devotion which are not coherent and therefore not always intelligible to others.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1 KJ21)

So “speaking in tongues” is identical to “speaking in languages”. In the passage cited, it is clear that the apostles spoke in the languages of the Parthians, Medes, Elamites, etc.

The followers of Christ gathered in the upper room who received the comforter or Holy Spirit, got gifted to relate to other’s with common ground and got inspired to tell others about what they understood from what they learned before from Christ Jesus and from what is written in the scrolls or Holy Scriptures.

The word ‘spirit’ in Hebrew is the same word (ruakh) ‘ruach‘ as  ‘breath’ or ‘wind’. These are the first two uses in the Bible Genesis 1:2 and Genesis 6:3 and we can find many verses where the (Holy) Spirit is personified, but this happens less with the Spirit or the Holy Spirit than with several other concept words (e.g. the flesh, sin, the world, creation, etc). So, overall, the way that the phrase “the Holy Spirit” is used in the Bible indicates a concept, a way of expressing characteristics or activities of God, or of holiness in those who follow his Son, not a sentient being or literal power. The addition of the adjective ‘holy’ or ‘set apart‘ is as simple as it appears – a spirit which is holy, a spirit of holiness, something special, something different than other things, ‘set-apart’. And the presence of the definite article, “the”, indicates a specific holy spirit, a specific spirit of holiness. In many cases, “the Spirit” means exactly the same as “the Holy Spirit”, since the idea of holiness is understood by context.

God gave His Word to the people. He made it clear that it was the word for all. Everyone can take up the Bible and read in it. But at the time of the first century of this Common Era Jesus had promised those who where willing to listen to his and his Fathers Words would receive the Send One of his Father, the Holy Spirit or the Force of God which would enlighten them. People with the eyes of the lord would get the Force of God (the Holy Spirit) to be able to interpret the Bible with common sense. God didn’t make anything in the Bible complicated but men tend too just too suit their selfish needs.

Christ had given his apostles “power” [Greek dynamis] but not “spirit” [pneuma]. Jesus knew that only his Father can draw people closer to Him and give them the most necessary power and spirit. But Jesus also knew God would not leave Jesus his followers on their own. Jesus was sure his Father would send a comforter or Help so that the apostles and other disciples could continue the work Jesus had tarted on this earth. In Christ Jesus we might have an Advocate, Comforter, Paraclete from the verb parakaleo, to call alongside, (1 John 2:1) but without the Work of God Jesus would have been nothing and we would be nothing. All the Power comes from Jehovah God. Christ breathed this “holy spirit”, holy breath, into the disciples on that first Sunday morning, when their thoughts where with Christ Jesus. From this it is easy to see where Paul found the idea of that “breath” of Christ as an allegory of the new breath, new life, in the believer as he or she walks towards the kingdom. (Rom 5:5, 2 Co 1:22, 2 Co 3:3, Gal 4:6)

For Jesus the Advocate or Comforter is ‘The Spirit of Truth’, which enable men to worship God the right way. After the apostles where blessed with the gift of the Spirit they also could go out and bring the word of the Spirit to life bearing witness.

“But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”” (John 4:23-24 KJ21)

“”But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth who proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me.” (John 15:26 KJ21)

“However when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth; for He shall not speak from Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak; and He will show you things to come.” (John 16:13 KJ21)

“These things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:13 KJ21)

“In Christ ye also trusted after ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. In Him also after ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,” (Ephesians 1:13 KJ21)

“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you for salvation, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,” (2 Thessalonians 2:13 KJ21)

“We are of God; he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby we know the Spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:6 KJ21)

“This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.” (1 John 5:6 KJ21)

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The apostle Peter preaching – 1370, Lorenzo Veneziano, Staatliche Museen, Berlin

(Remember also that the gifts/powers “of” the Spirit, cannot be the spirit itself, or the word “of” is redundant.)

God provided those fearful men to have contact with others so that they also could get to know the Word of God. God made it possible that they could answer their many questions in a language which they could understand. Those men got the possibility of interpretation of tongues (like spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12:10). From God they received the ability to  understand many mysteries and received lots of knowledge, which they also could give to others so that they, at their turn, could grow.

Some may think the gift of speaking in tongues is also a gift for some today. That the gifts fail to meet the qualifications of the “Spirit of Truth” promised in John ch.14-16 is evident even from 1 Corinthians itself, where context shows that the gifts were failing and tongues already had ceased (compare 1Co14:2 with Acts 2:6,8,11) even when Paul was writing (also see ‘Have the Holy Spirit gifts died out?‘). It also fails the Deuteronomy 13:3 test that even successful miracles were no guarantee of truth, but just the opposite.

If the “Advocate” and “Spirit of Truth” contains any element of Christ’s own activity, then inevitably we are forced to see Christ as the major person in the promise of “another advocate”, simply because there is no other person between God and man, so there is no other advocate. Jesus has become the only mediator between God and men. The main argument in favour of Christ himself, in a different role, himself being the “another advocate” he promised, is the lack of other persons to concretely be between man and God.

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5 KJ21)

The gifts of the Spirit appear to have ceased with the death of the Apostles (including Paul) as they were the only ones who could pass on the gifts by the laying of hands or Imposition of Hands. For some if the apostles had not been able in some way or other to transmit the gifts hat they possessed in a pre-eminent degree the Holy Spirit would have been a belief of little value for the later church if they had not been able in some way or other to transmit the gift. But those believers or denominations add than straight away: “Of course, not to every one, but only to those who could be regarded as their successors in office.” But what was given to the apostle should not mean it is also given to any successor of that apostle. It was that special high measure of the gift of the spirit which is peculiar to the apostles. For example:

“whom they set before the apostles. And when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.” (Acts 6:6 KJ21)

“And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.” (Acts 19:6 KJ21)

“Therefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God which is in thee through the putting on of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6 KJ21)

In the early times Simon tried to buy this power of passing on the Spirit but found that it was something only the apostles could do.

“And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.”” (Acts 8:18-19 KJ21)

The Spirit gifts were given for a purpose — to help convince people that the gospel message was true (Mark 16:15,17-18) and establish the early Christian church (Eph. 4:8-14). Once Christianity was established (Eph. 4:13 — ‘mature’, perfect), the gifts passed away (1 Cor. 13:10).

At the beginning of the Church of God the frightened apostles did need a incentive and some pep-talk.  They needed help to come over their fear and to go out into the world to witness about the works of Christ. But once they had received the power to overcome their fear they did not need the Spirit gifts any more because they had the full revelation of God in the Bible to guide them (2Tim. 3:16-17)

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJ21)

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“Juanita Bynum speaking in tongues on Facebook.”

Today we too have the full Scripture to guide us. The Bible is the Word of God, which should be our Watchtower and the Light for the world. The Holy Scriptures, or Bible has everything we need to make us ‘competent, equipped for every good work’. In the times of the New Testament, they only had the Old Testament and a few of the books of the New Testament as they were written. When the Bible was finally completed, the gifts ceased to be.

In Hebrews 6:4-5, the author speaking of the Spirit gifts says that they were a taste of the powers of the age to come:

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the world to come,” (Hebrews 6:4-5 KJ21)

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Preceding articles:

Hebraic Roots Bible Book of The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2

The Acts Of The Sent Ones Chapter 2

The day of the festival of Pentecost

Nazarene Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2 v1-13 Working Spirit

Speaking in tongues

Tongues a sign of authenticity or divine backing

Our readers who speak Dutch can find a similar discussion in Dutch in our previous postings:

In Talen sprekend

Teken van authenticiteit of goddelijke backing” & in

Betekenis van ‘Spreken in Tongen’ en ‘Uitstorting van de Geest’

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Please read also:

  1. Did the Inspirator exist
  2. The manager and Word of God
  3. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #1 Creator and His Prophets
  4. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  5. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear
  6. Creator and Blogger God 1 Emptiness
  7. Creator and Blogger God 2 Image and likeness
  8. Creator and Blogger God 3 Lesson and solution
  9. Creator and Blogger God 4 Expounding voice
  10. Creator and Blogger God 5 Things to tell
  11. Creator and Blogger God 6 For His people
  12. Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger
  13. Missional hermeneutics 3/5
  14. God Helper and Deliverer
  15. The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
  16. He has given us the Pneuma, the force, from Him
  17. Promise of Comforter
  18. Speaking in tongues
  19. The inspiring divine spark
  20. Worship and worshipping
  21. Make a joyful noise unto Yahweh, rejoice, and sing praise unto Jehovah
  22. Song of Praise for the Elohim Set-Apart
  23. Songs of Moses and the servants of God
  24. 144 000 following the Lamb
  25. A secret to be reveiled
  26. Faith a commitment to the promises of Christ and to to the demands of Christ
  27. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  28. A Living Faith #6 Sacrifice
  29. God’s Special Gift
  30. Singing gift from God
  31. A Breath for tomorow
  32. Prophets making excuses
  33. The great ideal of this age
  34. Words in the world
  35. United people under Christ
  36. God make us holy
  37. Be holy
  38. Get up in the morning and pray for the Lord’s blessings
  39. Be still and listen
  40. Listen, or thy tongue will keep thee deaf
  41. When discouraged facing opposition
  42. Kindness
    Speaking in a language which nobody in the meeting can understand does not from a proof of kindness or love for the other members at the meeting. In the first place we should show the Gift of Love, and so should do our best that everything we have to say can be understood by all around us.
  43. It is often forgotten that:
    Christianity is a love affair
    and that everything should have its fundament in this gift of having special attention to the others in creation. The things we receive from god we should love to share with others and we would do everything to be sure that others can understand those blessings and can enjoy those gifts as well.
    By speaking in words nobody else can understand we can not really help them nor would be building them up. though at the first place we should be willing to witness for Jehovah and to bring the Good News of the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God.
  44. The Spirit of God imparts love,inspires hope, and gives liberty
  45. With the words we utter in the congregation we should be trying to bring understandable edifying words to the meeting. Like Jesus Christ, the son of God, pulls us from the dark and lightens our path making clear all the signs which direct to the One and Only One God, God of gods, the Father of Jesus Christ, Jeshua, the son of Mary (Miriam/Maria) and Joseph,  from the tribe of king David, we too should try to be clear guides like the
    Ember and light the ransomed of Jehovah
  46. Our hope should be that our community can grow and we should work for it, encouraging everybody in words they can grip.
    Be an Encourager
  47. Our Contribution – Contributie, bijdrage should not be with financial gifts nor with our so called ‘gifts of tongues’ but with our clearness and willingness to help all people around us, especially in our own community or parish. Often we do find in such churches where they put an importance on the ‘Speaking in tongues’ that after they spoke in such non-understandable language, that the preacher touches or lays hand on that person, let everybody pray for that person, and afterwards demands a financial contribution. By all the hocus pocus many are taken by the happening they do not understand, but do not want to show it to others, and therefore try to contribute more than the other person, so to give a sign he or she believes a great miracle is taking place.
  48. What we should be giving is our spirit, our love, our effort and that what can be good for the whole community:
    Blessed are those who freely give
  49. Not enlightened by God’s Spirit
  50. Pope Francis I on the Holy Spirit
  51. Why hasn’t anything been inspired recently? Revelation was the last inspired book and it was a long time ago. Why aren’t there any more?

Additional reading:

Tongues

  1. The Gifts of the Spirit – Speaking in Tongues
    Altogether there were eight different gifts in this list and it is noteworthy that the gift of the tongues and their interpretation were listed last as being of the least importance. The reason for this would be that these gifts were effective in the ecclesias generally for their immediate profit but the ability to speak in tongues or languages was only useful when preaching in a foreign country where that language was spoken.
    It must be remembered that the use of the gift of tongues or different languages was not mentioned in any of the four gospel records. This is because the preaching of Jesus was confined to those of his own race, the Jews and occasionally to Samaritans who apparently could also speak the same language as the Jews.
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    It is only natural that the brethren and sisters should be enthusiastic about using these gifts of the Spirit. Paul describes this as follows, “When ye come together, everyone of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” (1 Cor.14:26) Here Paul points out that the Spirit gifts were given for the express purpose of edifying the Church. This means that the gift of tongues must be used to the same end. So Paul adds, “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God.” (14:27-28)
    The whole purpose of these gifts of the Spirit was to build up the Church with knowledge and understanding so that it attains a state of maturity, an appropriate Holy Temple for God to dwell in. Consequently Paul, when writing to the Ephesian Church about these gifts wrote, “And he gave some apostles, and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph.4:11-13)
  2. Do You Speak in Tongues?
    What would you say if we told you that speaking in tongues was necessary for your eternal salvation? Many of you would be trembling in fear because you have never spoken in tongues. Yet there are members of the Pentecostal church who insist that you are not sealed by the Spirit of God unless you speak in tongues. In other words, speaking in tongues is the outward sign of your redemption and salvation.
  3. Brief hiatus
    First, a happy Shavuos (celebrating the giving the of the Torah at Mt. Sinai) to all those celebrating and a happy Pentecost (celebrating the Holy Ghost descending on the early Christian apostles) to all those celebrating.
    These holidays are sometimes celebrated through study, and especially to those of you who are studying, I wish that you enjoy full fruits of your study and that your study brings understanding and wisdom.
  4. Tuning-in to the Holy Spirit
    Powerful and peaceful transformation!!! That is one sentence that captures the Pentecost event.
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    How can we as Christians become so powerfully transformed that we become transforming witnesses to others and abide in Christ’s own peace? How can we have this powerful transforming experience?
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    The first way of tuning-in to the Spirit is by constant prayer. The disciples gathered to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Though the gift of the Holy Spirit was promised to them, prayer remains necessary. Prayer opens our hearts to the presence and action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus even promised that the Holy Spirit is the guaranteed answer to every prayer: “How much more will my Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask?” We must pray always and everywhere in the ways that we find helpful like the Holy Rosary, pray with the scriptures, pray at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, etc. We close ourselves to the Spirit the moment we give up prayer.
  5. Pentecost Preaching
    Just as Jesus promised He bestows the Holy Spirit on His apostles and the church.  “A sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.”  “Tongues of fire.”  “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.”
  6. Being Governed by the Spirit
    When are minds are dominated by worldly and sinful thoughts, then those thoughts control us and we act upon them. However, when we focus our thoughts on Christ, then we live a life of peace. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct your thoughts and allow God to work in and through you!
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    The Holy Spirit is miraculously bestowed – manifested in the power of the wind and fire so that His church and His pastors are equipped and prepared to be a witness to Jesus, the Savior of the world, in word (Acts 2:14-36, 38-40) and deed (Acts 2:42-47).  So that in the preached Gospel, Holy Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper the forgiveness or salvation that Jesus won for the world is bestowed to died-for sinners like you and me!  That you believe that not only did Jesus die for the world but that He died For You!
  7. A Rushing Mighty Wind
    For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
  8. Acts for today!
    The Holy Spirit is necessary and available to every follower of Christ today! It is through God’s Spirit that we are wooed to Christ and it is by that same Spirit we will move and operate in our giftings as we serve Him. The same giftings and blessing that those men and women received on the day of Pentecost are the same giftings and blessing that we can receive today!
  9. What does it mean to speak in tongues? by Todd Clippard
    In its simplest form, speaking in tongues simply means to speak in an established and understandable language. English is a tongue, as is Spanish, French, German, and a host of other languages one might mention. To speak in tongues, in a biblical sense, is to speak a language one has never studied or learned.
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    If the Holy Spirit could enable them to speak one foreign language, why not more than one? This would be consistent with the promise Jesus made to the apostles in Acts 1:4-8, where they would be able to communicate the word of God no matter where they were.
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    To be able to communicate the gospel to all mankind at that time would require the ability to speak whatever language was spoken by the indigenous peoples.
  10. The Baptism In The Holy Spirit for All is the Biblical Norm.
    Those that are especially effective when using tongues, be it in prayer, bringing a word that requires interpretation seem to have some kind of proper office or function. 1 Corinthians 12:28 reads, “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, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues”.
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    If it was a “federal” outpouring, ie: tongues of fire, wind, and speaking in tongues that does not have to be repeated because the rest of the world will straightway receive on conversion, one can discount everything I say in this chapter of the book. But if it was an infusion that every single born again Christian who ever lives qualifies to have a similar experience we need to be concerned about those who have not received it. It is this writers conviction that what happened in Acts 2: 4 is for everybody who believes. It is the inheritance of every child of God.
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    It is this writers opinion that wherever in the New Testament the phrase “filled with the Spirit” is used it is referring to either the baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the manifestation of speaking in tongues, or prophecy. Or for people who have already received their baptism in the Holy Spirit, it is a statement or encouragement to utilise those gifts.
  11. Impartation to Team Acts 19:1-7.
    the bible teaches  that there are some gifts, even some characteristics, some intuitive blessings of God, that under His leading and initiation, can be given to somebody else by some sort of action that commonly, externally looks artificially symbolic to the untutored. What I am saying here is denigrated and even ridiculed by some Christians, with questions like; “What if the person isn’t worthy of the imparted blessing?” (Is anybody “worthy”?). “How can we be sure it was God’s will for a blessing to be imparted?”  “Isn’t this putting into human hands something that is totally God’s responsibility and ability?”
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    There were gifts that Paul imparted to Timothy through prophecy and the laying on of hands. Paul was present when the impartation was made, and he encourages Timothy to keep those moments in the fore front of his mind to inspire him in the midst of life’s battles. That is, that by faith, Timothy was to remember how things that were intrinsic to Paul’s gifting and authority, had been given to Timothy by the laying on of Paul’s own hands.
    The English Dictionary defines, “impartation,” and, “to impart,” as Firstly, to communicate (information); relate. Secondly, to give or bestow, especially some abstract quality: to impart wisdom. Plain enough. The word used in the Greek New Testament is,  μεταδίδωμι, transliterated as “ metadidomi”, phonetically spelt as “met-ad-id’-o-mee”. It means, simply, “to offer by way of change. One offers so that a change of ownership is produced. One shares; sometimes merely: One imparts, bestows. “ In short, “One shares , and one gives.” I am speaking like a geek of Greek (which I am not), to make the point that there is no theological skulduggery here. We are simply using a commonly spoken word, but using it in the realm of the Spirit. Biblical examples of  impartation of spiritual life, or gifts are quite plentiful.  It is my conviction that Paul imparted the gifts and aspects of authority of his apostolic ministry to those twelve disciples. (Acts 19:6). I believe that the apostle taught his new team of twelve the power of apostolic impartation, by he himself imparting much to them as he taught.
  12. Speaking in Tongues
    Does the Bible say that all who would have God’s spirit would “speak in tongues”?

1 Cor. 12:13, 30: “Truly by one spirit we were all baptized into one body . . . Not all have gifts of healings, do they? Not all speak in tongues, do they?” (Also 1 Corinthians 14:26)

1 Cor. 14:5: “Now I would like for all of you to speak in tongues, but I prefer that you prophesy. Indeed, he that prophesies is greater than he that speaks in tongues, unless, in fact, he translates, that the congregation may receive upbuilding.”
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Can the ability to “speak in tongues” come from a source other than the true God?

1 John 4:1: “Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired expression [“every spirit,” KJ, RS], but test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God.” (See also Matthew 7:21-23; 2 Corinthians 11:14, 15.)

  • Speaking in Tongues—Is It From God? — Watchtower Online
    Significantly, the Bible does not mention that Jesus or any of the pre-Christian prophets miraculously spoke in tongues that they had not learned. The gift of tongues bestowed upon Jesus’ disciples, then, evidently had some additional objective.
  • Speaking in Tongues—A Growing Phenomenon
    In his book Tongues of the Spirit, Cyril G. Williams suggests that there may be a “correlation between a sense of failure, and the desire for ‘tongues.’” He describes it as a release mechanism that has “therapeutic value as a reducer of tension” and a “resolver of inner conflict.” Frustration in church work, emotional stress, failure in a career, bereavement, domestic tensions, or illness in the family are cited as factors that contribute to such ecstatic speech.
    Similarly, in The Psychology of Speaking in Tongues, John P. Kildahl says that “anxiety is a prerequisite for developing the ability to speak in tongues.” Through personal research and careful interviewing, it was found that “more than 85% of the tongue-speakers had experienced a clearly defined anxiety crisis preceding their speaking in tongues.” For example, a mother wanted to speak in tongues so that she could pray for her son who was sick with cancer. A man began to speak in tongues during his period of indecision over an offered job promotion. A woman began speaking in tongues within a week after her husband joined Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Speaking in Tongues—Is It From God?
    When writing to Christians in the city of Corinth, some of whom apparently could speak in tongues, Paul explained that “tongues are for a sign . . . to the unbelievers.” (1 Corinthians 14:22) Hence, along with other miraculous abilities, the power to speak in tongues was an indication to observers that the newly formed Christian congregation had God’s approval and backing. The miraculous gifts were like a street marker pointing out where truth-seekers should now go to find God’s chosen people.
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    Clearly, modern-day speaking in tongues is very different from the gift of holy spirit given to Jesus’ early followers. In fact, there is no reliable record of anyone receiving that same miraculous power since the death of the apostles. This is not surprising to Bible readers. Regarding the miraculous gifts, including that of speaking in tongues, the inspired apostle Paul prophesied: “They will cease.” (1 Corinthians 13:8) How, then, can one discern who has the holy spirit today?
    Who Give Evidence of Having Holy Spirit?
    Jesus well knew that the gift of tongues would cease relatively soon after the formation of the Christian congregation. Shortly before he died, Jesus mentioned a timeless sign, or mark, that would identify his true followers. “By this all will know that you are my disciples,” he said, “if you have love among yourselves.” (John 13:35) In fact, in the same verse where God’s Word foretold that the miraculous gifts would eventually cease, it says: “Love never fails.”—1 Corinthians 13:8.
  • Is Speaking in Tongues an Evidence of True Worship?
    Jesus cured the sick, raised the dead and performed many other amazing deeds. These miraculous powers identified him as a true prophet and servant of God, just as the performing of miracles established Moses’ authenticity as God’s prophet. However, speaking in tongues was not one of the miraculous powers exercised by Jesus. It was not until the festival of Pentecost A.D. 33 that this gift was first received, and on that occasion it served as an effective evidence that Christians had God’s spirit upon them.
    In the late spring of A.D. 33 the Jews had gathered from inside and outside the Roman Empire for their annual festival of Pentecost. Just ten days before, Jesus had ascended into heaven, and, in obedience to his instructions, 120 of his disciples were waiting in Jerusalem to receive the promised “power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
  • Tongues, Speaking in
    Jesus said that holy spirit would come upon his followers and that they would be witnesses of him to the most distant part of the earth. (Acts 1:8) He instructed them to “make disciples of people of all the nations.” (Matt. 28:19) He also foretold that ‘this good news of the kingdom would be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all nations.’ (Matt. 24:14) Who today, both as a group and individually, are doing this work? In harmony with what Jesus said, should we not look for this as an evidence that a group has holy spirit?
  • Is the Gift of Tongues Part of True Christianity
    “I Felt, as I listened to him praying in tongues, as if there were an electrifying charge in the air,” said Bill after he and six others had gathered before the preacher near the church altar. Do such experiences repeat the first-century operation of the holy spirit? Do they identify the religion of the Bible? We can find satisfying answers by carefully examining the Scriptures.
  • Is speaking in tongues Biblical?
    The sin of the Corinthian church was that it elevated one gift (i.e., speaking in tongues) above all other gifts in importance and desireability, and the church taught all members to seek the attainment of that gift. Paul responded by teaching that this kind of thinking regarding spiritual gifts is wrong.
  • Speaking in Tongues : Real or Fake?
    There seems to be three divisions in the use of tongues: First, a private prayer language that is not interpreted; second, a language that is interpreted — this defines proper usage in the Christian congregation; and third, missionary context — that is, it appears in the context of evangelism where people are presenting the gospel.
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    Sometimes some people speak false gibbish, some times people speak in devil tongues but other times some people do correctly use the real gift from God known as speaking in tongues. If and when done from and of God, it is Biblical. The ministers that forbid it are going against 1 Cor. 14:39 “forbid not to speak with tongues”! Paul’s solution to the tongues problem in the Corinthian Church was not to forbid tongues, but to correct the improper use of the gift from God.
  • The Cripplegate on Cessation and Continuation
    Very few theologians believe that there are Apostles in the church today. That fact alone means that they are “cessationists” in at least some sense of the word. In fact, in his book, To be Continued?, Sam Waldron has demonstrated that the cessation of the office and gift of the Apostle implies the cessation of the other miraculous/revelatory gifts.

 

But for those who would dispute even that, and argue that there are indeed Apostles in the church today, Nate provides five reasons why that is not the case.

  • Speaking in tongues. Heresy
    “Keep in mind, then, that the word tongues in the Greek means traditional languages. It is used in the New Testament fifty times and is never used to teach some heavenly speech of ecstasy. The Bible says nothing about going into a frenzy, a trance or an ecstasy to receive a ‘gift of tongues.’

 

Out of sixty-six books in the Bible, only three mention tongues except one reference related to the Jews in the book of Isaiah. And where it is most mentioned, in 1 Corinthians, God through Paul is correcting and regulating.
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If the church that you attend speaks in jibber-jabber tongues, then you are in a false cult my friend, and it would be advisable to leave immediately. Biblical churches center around the plain and simple preaching of God’s Word and Soul Winning.

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  • Day 5 – Miracles, Power & More (citychurchuth.wordpress.com)
    Pastor Tom explained that speaking in tongues was a gift for ANYONE who has excepted Christ to receive that wanted it, not a reward that you had to work for; this surprised me! He also said scripture talks about praying in the spirit edifying you, in other words, charging you up! I knew that this is something I wanted and needed to have in my life. At the end of the message Pastor Tom called those up who were wanting to receive this gift. To my surprise it was the majority of the congregation and the team.
  • Three Questions About Speaking In Tongues – by Jim Dearman (Questions 2 and 3) (braggschurchofchrist.com)
    Is there an apostle still living today? No. So there is no one who can give this power to anyone else. And no one is still alive today who was given this power by an apostle. Therefore, the gift of tongue speaking is not available today.
  • Speaking in Tongues (truthinwisdom.net)
    Now the Holy Spirit sets the foundation for our communication with God, and we communicate with the Holy Spirit through our spirit.  Now the soul mediates desires and observations between spirit and body, so it sets the foundation for the body to express the spirit, and that expression is observed through speaking in tongues.
  • William Dwight McKissic Gives a Biblical Basis for Speaking in Tongues In Private (blackchristiannews.com)
    Based on the context of Jesus’ statement, coupled with Paul’s statement on the subject (1 Cor. 12:30), Jesus clearly did not teach that all believers everywhere, would speak in tongues–but He certainly was saying some believers, somewhere would speak in tongues. How can the IMB disqualify, what Jesus qualified? And that is speaking in tongues. Neither did Jesus preclude or promote the notion that his reference to “new tongues” would be limited to public forums–to the exclusion of private worship and devotion.
  • Three Questions About Speaking in Tongues, By Jim Dearman (1st Question) (braggschurchofchrist.com)
    Many people say they are able to speak in tongues today as some in New Testament times did. They claim this power is given by the Holy Spirit. By looking at three questions about tongue speaking we can know whether or not this miraculous gift is still available today.
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    Today, those who claim to be “Pentecostal” in their practice of tongue speaking are not doing what was done on Pentecost at all. On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit gave the apostles the power to communicate the gospel to people in the native languages of those people. Such is not being done today.
  • Ask for His Holy Spirit: #11 (mylegacyofferings.com)
    Knowing that God has sent a helper for us is so wonderful. How often do we actually admit our need or ask for His Spirit to be with us?
  • Holy Spirit Remains The Same (weushe.org)
    Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
  • Tongues a sign of authenticity or divine backing (belgianbiblestudents.wordpress.com)

Betekenis van ‘Spreken in Tongen’ en ‘Uitstorting van de Geest’

Betekenis van vervuld zijn met de Heilige Geest en het “spreken in tongen”

Pinksterfeest

In Handelingen van de apostelen hoofdstuk 2 verzen 4-11 lezen wij dat de discipelen begonnen in tongen te spreken en krijgen we de eerste indruk van wat dat werkelijk betekende. Er is sprake van de in de bovenkamer schuilende volgelingen van Jezus die allen vervuld werden met de Heilige Geest en begonnen “met andere tongen” te spreken, zoals de Geest hun gaf uit te spreken. Alsook vinden wij dat zij na de uitstorting van de Heilige Geest naar buiten durfden gaan om daar de te Jeruzalem wonende Joden, vrome mannen uit allerlei volken, die daar waren voor het Pinksterfeest, aan te spreken.  Mits zij uit verschillende windstreken kwamen spraken die vrome Joden ook verschillende talen. Maar toen de Kracht van God als een bries (ruach) over hen was gekomen konden zij de menigte aanspreken op zulke wijze dat een iegelijk hen hoorde in hun eigen taal. Waardoor de omstaanders zich verwonderden en tot elkander zegden : “Ziet, zijn niet alle dezen, die daar spreken, Galileers? En hoe dan doen zij het dat wij we elkaar horen in onze eigen taal, waarin wij geboren zijn?” Het was namelijk een ongelooflijke gebeurtenis waarbij  Parthen, Meden, Elamieten en de bewoners in Mesopotamië, Judea en Cappadocië, Pontus en Asia, Frygië en Pamfylië, Egypte en dezen uit de delen van Libye, en vreemdelingen van Rome, zowel Joden als proselieten (of nieuwbekeerden), Kretenzers en Arabieren hen konden horen in hun eigen taal spreken over de grote werken Gods.

“Zij werden allen vervuld van de heilige Geest en begonnen in vreemde talen te spreken, naargelang de Geest hun te vertolken gaf. Nu woonden er in Jeruzalem Joden, vrome mannen, die afkomstig waren uit alle volkeren onder de hemel. Toen dat geluid ontstond, liep het volk te hoop en tot zijn verbazing hoorde iedereen hen spreken in zijn eigen taal. Zij waren buiten zichzelf en zeiden vol verwondering: ‘Maar zijn al die daar spreken dan geen Galileeers? Hoe komt het dan dat ieder van ons hen hoort spreken in zijn eigen moedertaal? Parten, Meden en Elamieten, bewoners van Mesopotamie, van Judea en Kappadocie, van Pontus en Asia, van Frygie en Pamfylie, Egypte en het gebied van Libie bij Cyrene, de Romeinen die hier verblijven, Joden zowel als proselieten, Kretenzen en Arabieren, wij horen hen in onze eigen taal spreken van Gods grote daden.’” (Handelingen 2:4-11 WV78)

Glossa

In het Grieks is het woord voor tong hetzelfde als het woord voor taal. We vinden “glossa” of het spreken in een ander soort taal ook in 1 Korinthiërs 13:01, verwijzend naar een toestand van hoge geestelijke opwinding of extase van inspiratie, onbewust van externe dingen geheel en in aanbiddende communicatie met God geabsorbeerd, uit brekend in abrupte uitingen van lof en toewijding die niet coherent zijn en daarom niet altijd begrijpelijk voor anderen. Maar daar spreekt de schrijver over het in talen spreken van wezens, maar dit echter zonder het essentiële element van het spreken, namelijk de liefde. Want zonder enige liefde voor de ander in het spreken, zal dat uiten van klanken er slechts op neer komen klanken te zijn die zelfs misschien luid en schel kunnen klinken.

“Al spreek ik met de tongen van engelen en mensen: als ik de liefde niet heb, ben ik een galmend bekken of een schelle cimbaal.” (1 Corinthiërs 13:1 WV78)

Uit deze en nog enkele andere teksten in de Bijbel kunnen wij opmaken dat het “spreken in tongen” gaat over het zich uiten in een taal of dus gelijk is aan “spreken in talen“. In de voorgaande aangehaalde passage, is het duidelijk dat de apostelen spraken in de talen van de Parthen, Meden, Elamieten, enz.De volgelingen van Christus die bijeen waren in de bovenzaal, die met de Kracht van God werden overgoten of de Heilige Geest ontvingen, verkregen daar de begaafdheid zich met gemeenschappelijke grond te verhouden tot anderen en raakten geïnspireerd om anderen te vertellen over wat zij begrepen van wat ze voorheen geleerd hadden van Christus Jezus en van wat er geschreven is in de rollen of de Heilige Schrift.

Adem en wind

Het woord ‘geest’ is in het Hebreeuws hetzelfde woord (ruakh) ‘ruach’ als ‘adem‘ of ‘wind‘. Dit zijn de eerste twee toepassingen in de Bijbel vermeld in Genesis 1:2 en Genesis 6:3 en we kunnen vele verzen vinden waar de (Heilige) Geest wordt verpersoonlijkt, maar minder met de Geest of de Heilige Geest dan met een aantal andere concept woorden gebeurt (bijv. het vlees, de zonde, de wereld, wijsheid, schepping, enz.). Dus, over het algemeen, de manier waarop de zinsnede “de Heilige Geest” wordt gebruikt in de Bijbel geeft een concept, een manier van uiten van  kenmerken of activiteiten van God weer, of van heiligheid in hen die Zijn zoon volgen, en niet zo zeer een levend wezen of een letterlijk iets of iemand, maar eerder een kracht. De toevoeging van het adjectief ‘heilig‘ of ‘apart gezet’ is zo simpel als het lijkt – een geest die heilig is, een geest van heiligheid, iets speciaals, iets anders dan andere dingen, ‘apart geplaatst’. En de aanwezigheid van het lidwoord, “de”, wijst op een specifieke heilige geest, een specifieke geest van heiligheid. In veel gevallen, betekent “de Geest” precies hetzelfde als “de Heilige Geest”, omdat het idee van heiligheid wordt begrepen door de context.

Woord voor allen

God Zijn Woord gaf aan het volk. Hij maakte duidelijk dat het was het woord voor iedereen. Iedereen kan de bijbel nemen en er in lezen . Maar tijdens de eerste eeuw van deze jaartelling had Jezus hen beloofd die bereid waren om te luisteren naar zijn en zijn vaders woorden dat hij een Zendeling zou sturen. De gezondene zou komen van zijn Vader. Deze Vader, de Allerhoogste zou Zijn Kracht over Jezus zijn volgelingen komen uitstorten. De Heilige Geest of de kracht van God, die zij zouden ontvangen zou hen verlichten. Mensen met de ogen gericht naar Jezus zouden de Kracht van God (de Heilige Geest) krijgen om  om de Bijbel te kunnen interpreteren met gezond verstand. God heeft niets te maken met een ingewikkelde de Bijbel, maar de mens heeft de neiging om deze gewoon te willen aanpassen aan zijn egoïstische behoeften.

Mogelijkheid maar noch geen geest

Christus had zijn apostelen “macht” [Grieks dynamis] gegeven, maar niet “geest” [pneuma]. Jezus wist dat alleen zijn Vader mensen dichter tot Hem kan trekken en hen de meest noodzakelijke kracht en geest kan geven.  zelfs hier op aarde kon Jezus niets verwezenlijken zonder de kracht van zijn Vader. Maar Jezus wist ook dat God hem noch zijn volgelingen in de steek zou laten. God zou Jezus niet zo maar laten vertrekken en zijn volgelingen op hun eigen achte laten. Jezus was er zeker van dat zijn Vader een Trooster zou  sturen of hen helpen, zodat de apostelen en de andere leerlingen het werk dat Jezus had opgestart op deze aarde zou kunnen verder gaan.

Advocaat of Trooster

In Christus Jezus kunnen we een advocaat, Trooster, Parakleet van het werkwoord parakaleo, herkennen, (1 Johannes 2:1), maar zonder het Werk van God zou Jezus niets zijn geweest en zouden wij niets zijn. Alle macht komt van Jehovah God. Christus ademde deze “heilige geest”, heilige adem, in de discipelen op die eerste zondagmorgen, wanneer hun gedachten daar met Christus Jezus waren. Hieruit is het gemakkelijk om te zien waar Paulus de idee vond van die ‘adem‘ van Christus als een allegorie van de nieuwe adem, nieuw leven, in de gelovige als hij of zij loopt naar het koninkrijk. (Romeinen 5:05, 2 Korinthiërs 1:22, 2 Korinthiërs 3:03, Gallaten 4:06)

Jezus is de advocaat of de Trooster ‘De Geest van Waarheid “, die het mogelijk maakt mensen tot God op de juiste manier te aanbidden. Na Jezus verkregen ook de apostelen onder de Genade van God de kracht door de zegening met de gave van de Geest om Jezus zijn werk voort te zetten. Na het neerkomen van de Heilige Geest konden zij ook verder de wereld in gaan gaan en het woord van de Geest tot  leven in hun getuigenis afleggen.

Uur van de waarheid

Voor hen was het uur gekomen dat zij als ware aanbidders de Vader aanbaden in geest en in waarheid en zijn Woord verkondigden waar zij zich ook maar konden begeven.

“Maar er zal een uur komen, ja het is er al, dat de ware aanbidders de Vader zullen aanbidden in geest en waarheid. De Vader toch zoekt mensen die Hem zo aanbidden. God is geest, en wie Hem aanbidden moeten Hem in geest en waarheid aanbidden.’” (Johannes 4:23-24 WV78) “Wanneer de Helper komt, die Ik u van de Vader zal zenden, de Geest der waarheid die van de Vader uitgaat, zal Hij over Mij getuigenis afleggen.” (Johannes 15:26 WV78) “Wanneer Hij echter komt, de Geest der waarheid, zal Hij u tot de volle waarheid brengen; Hij zal niet uit zichzelf spreken, maar spreken al wat Hij hoort en u de komende dingen aankondigen.” (Johannes 16:13 WV78)

Mogelijkheid of Durf tot spreken

Door het neerdalen van de Heilige Geest konden die in de bovenkamer verzamelde aanbidders van God, niet enkel God in geest en in waarheid aanbidden, maar ook in geest en waarheid over Hem spreken.  Na de komst van die Trooster, de Geest der Waarheid, die van de Vader uitgaat, getuigde deze van Jezus en kregen zij het volle inzicht van die beloofde Messias.

Die Geest der Waarheid bracht de gedachten niet over als uit een ander personage dan God. In de Schrift staat zelfs opgetekend dat Hij ook al sprak deze in al de waarheid niet uit Zichzelf sprak maar al wat Hij hoorde ging Hij spreken. En Hij zou hen dingen te komen laten zien die God hen ook wenste te zien. Zoals de woorden niet echt het spreken van de vlammen was, was het in tongen spreken van de apostelen geen spreken met letterlijk meerdere tongen, maar het zich uiten met woorden, die niet aangeleerd zijn door de menselijke wijsheid, maar die de Heilige Geest hen had geleerd. Zij konden zich uiten in meerdere talen die door de anderstaligen konden begrepen worden. In die tijd werden aldus de apostelen verzegeld met de Heilige Geest van de belofte. (Efeziërs 1:13)

 “En daarover spreken wij, niet met woorden ontleend aan menselijke wijsheid, maar onderricht door de Geest, geestelijke gaven uitleggend aan geestelijke mensen.” (1 Corinthiërs 2:13 WV78) “Wij echter moeten God altijd danken voor u, broeders, vrienden van de Heer. want vanaf het begin heeft God u uitgekozen om door de Geest die heilig maakt en door uw geloof in de waarheid gered te worden.” (2 Thessalonicen 2:13 WV78)“In Christus zijt ook gij, nadat gij het woord der waarheid, het evangelie van uw heil, hebt aanhoord, in Hem zijt ook gij tot het geloof gekomen, verzegeld met de heilige Geest der belofte,” (Efeziërs 1:13 WV78)

Bijzonderheid tot verwondering

Door de omstaanders in hun eigen taal te kunnen aanspreken konden zij  hen doen opzien om naar hen te luisteren en konden meerderen overtuigen over de positie van Jezus en over wat hen kon te wachten staan als zij zich bekeerden. Door het neerdalen van de Heilige Geest verworven zij ook krachten welke hun broederschap sterk maakte en hen deed verbinden met meerdere uiteenlopende groepen van mensen. Het apart plaatsen of heilig worden kon ook de toehoorders toekomen indien zij zich wensten te dopen in Jezus naam.

Voor anderen moest de uitwerking van Gods Kracht ook een teken zijn dat zij waren gebonden aan elkaar als broeders, door de geliefde van God en omdat God ook hen had gekozen voor zaligheid, in heiligmaking door de Geest en geloof in de waarheid. Door het hoorbare signaal konden mensen inzicht krijgen en zien dat die enthousiastelingen ‘uit God’ waren of bij god hoorden.Maar men kan ook zeggen dat het diegenen waren die God reeds kenden die de apostelen hoorden, konden begrijpen en welwillend waren om op hun spreken in te gaan. Maar ook vandaag geldt nog steeds dat diegenen die niet van God houden noch van God willen weten, niet enkel hun oor niet bij god te luisteren zullen willen leggen, maar ook niet bij mensen die van God houden.  Diegene die niet bij God hoort zal ook onze stem niet horen. Hieraan kennen wij, de Geest der waarheid, en de geest der dwaling.

 “Maar wij horen bij God, en wie God werkelijk kent luistert naar ons. Wie niet van God is weigert naar ons te luisteren. Zo onderscheiden wij de geest der waarheid van de geest der dwaling.” (1 Johannes 4:6 WV78)

Getuigenis van water en bloed

Tegenover hem die door water en bloed is gedoopt, namelijk Jezus, de Christus is het de Geest die getuigt, omdat de Geest de waarheid is.

“Hij is het die gekomen is met water en bloed, Jezus Christus. Hij is gekomen niet door water alleen, maar door water en door bloed. De Geest betuigt het, omdat de Geest de waarheid is.” (1 Johannes 5:6 WV78)

God voorzag in die angstige mensen een middel om contact te hebben met anderen, zodat ook zij konden kennismaken met het Woord van God. God maakte het mogelijk dat zij hun vele vragen in een taal konden beantwoord krijgen die ze konden begrijpen. Die mannen kregen de mogelijkheid van interpretatie van tongen (zoals er graag over gesproken wordt in 1 Korintiërs 12:10).

“om wonderen te doen, de gave van de profetie, de onderscheiding van geesten, velerlei taal of de vertolking ervan.” (1 Corinthiërs 12:10 WV78)

Van God ontvingen ze de mogelijkheid om vele mysteries begrijpen en kregen zij veel kennis, die ze ook zouden kunnen geven aan anderen, zodat zij, op hun beurt, konden groeien.

Gaven voor de apostelen

Sommigen denken dat de gave van het spreken in tongen ook een geschenk is voor sommigen vandaag. Dat de gaven niet aan de kwalificaties komen van de “Geest der Waarheid” beloofd in Johannes ch.14-16 , blijkt duidelijk, zelfs uit 1 Korinthiërs zelf, waar de context laat zien dat de geschenken falende werden en spreken in tongen al was opgehouden (vergelijk 1Co14: 2 met Handelingen 2:6,8,11), zelfs wanneer Paulus schreef. Ook de Deuteronomium 13:03 test slaagt niet om te doen geloven dat spreken in tongen vandaag nog op gaat. Het zegt zelfs dat succesvolle mirakels geen garantie zijn voor de waarheid, maar juist het tegenovergestelde.

“Wie in vervoering spreekt, spreekt niet voor de mensen, maar voor God; hij uit in geestverrukking geheimzinnige klanken en niemand begrijpt hem.” (1 Corinthiërs 14:2 WV78)

De Pleiter en Middelaar

Als de “Advocaat” en “Geest der Waarheid” een element van eigen activiteit van Christus bevat, dan zijn we onvermijdelijk gedwongen om Christus te zien als de belangrijkste persoon in de belofte van “een andere pleiter”, simpelweg omdat er geen andere persoon tussen God en de mens meer is, dus is er geen andere advocaat. Jezus is de enige Middelaar tussen God en de mensen. Het belangrijkste argument in het voordeel van Christus zelf, in een andere rol, beloofde hij zelf de “andere pleitbezorger ‘, is het gebrek aan andere personen om concreet tussen de mens en God te zijn.

“Want er is een God en ook een middelaar tussen God en mensen, de mens Christus Jezus,” (1 Timoteüs 2:05 KJ21)

Ook hier horen wij dat er slechts één God is en dat tussen Hem in de mens er een bemiddelaar is, welke Jezus Christus de Messias is, die zit aan de rechterhand van God en dus niet de positie van God heeft ingenomen. Mits er die bijzondere bemiddelaar is welke ook Hogepriester is hoeven wij geen andere voorsprekers te hebben.

Tijdelijke Noodzaak van gaven

Met de dood van de apostelen (waaronder Paulus) waren de gaven van de Geest ook niet meer nodig in essentie en bleken zij  gestopt zijn als waren ze de enigen die de giften konden doorgeven.

Toen Paulus of andere apostelen mensen hun de handen oplegde, kwam de Heilige Geest over hen, en konden zij ook in tongen spreken en profeteren.

“Dezen werden aan de apostelen voorgedragen, die na gebed hun de handen oplegden.” (Handelingen 6:6 WV78)

“Nadat Paulus hun de handen had opgelegd, kwam de heilige Geest over hen; ze spraken in talen en profeteerden.” (Handelingen 19:6 WV78)

“Vergeet dus niet het vuur aan te wakkeren van Gods genade die in u is door de oplegging van mijn handen.” (2 Timotheüs 1:6 WV78)

In de vroege tijden probeerde Simon om deze kracht van het doorgeven van de Geest te kopen, maar vond dat het enkel iets was dat de apostelen konden doen.

“Simon, die zag dat door de handoplegging van de apostelen de Geest geschonken werd, bood hun geld aan en zei: ‘Geeft ook mij die macht, dat ieder aan wie ik de handen opleg de heilige Geest ontvangt.’” (Handelingen 8:18-19 WV78)

“Maar Petrus gaf ten antwoord: ‘Wees ten ondergang gedoemd, jij met je geld, omdat je gemeend hebt de gave Gods voor geld te kunnen krijgen. Je hebt part noch deel aan deze leer, want je hart is niet oprecht tegenover God. Leg die slechte gezindheid van je af en bid de Heer, dat die slechte gedachte je vergeven mag worden. Ik zie dat je bitter bent als gal en in boosheid verstrikt.’ Simon antwoordde: ‘Bidt gij voor mij tot de Heer, dat mij niets mag overkomen van wat gij gezegd hebt.’” (Handelingen 8:20-24 WV78)

Door de oplegging van de handen der apostelen kon toentertijd de Heilige Geest gegeven worden. Het was een geschenk van God dat de apostelen met zich mochten dragen.

Doel voor opbouw van vroeg Christelijke Kerk

De Gaven van de Geest werden gegeven voor een doel – om mensen te helpen overtuigen dat het evangelie waar was (Marcus 16:15,17-18) en voor het vaststellen van de vroeg-christelijke kerk (Efeziërs 4:8-14). Zodra het christendom werd opgericht (Ef. 4:13 – ‘volwassen’, perfect, werd), hielden de gaven op te bestaan (1 Kor 13:10.).

“Daarom zegt de Schrift: Hij is opgevaren naar den hoge, Hij heeft gevangenen meegevoerd, Hij heeft gaven gegeven aan de mensen. Hij is opgestegen: dit betekent dat Hij eerst in de diepte is afgedaald tot op de aarde. Hij die is neergedaald, is dezelfde die ook is opgestegen hoog boven alle hemelen, om het heelal te vervullen. Hij heeft ook gaven gegeven: sommigen maakte Hij apostelen, anderen profeten, anderen evangelisten, weer anderen herders en leraars, om de heiligen toe te rusten voor het werk der bediening, tot opbouw van het lichaam van Christus, totdat wij allen tezamen komen tot de eenheid in het geloof en de kennis van Gods Zoon, tot de volmaakte Man, tot de gehele omvang van de volheid van de Christus. Dan zullen wij niet langer onmondig zijn, heen en weer geslingerd en meegesleurd door elke windvlaag, ik bedoel, elke leer die door het valse spel van sluwe mensen wordt uitgedacht om tot dwaling te verleiden.” (Efeziërs 4:8-14 WV78)

“Maar wanneer het volmaakte komt, heeft het onvolmaakte afgedaan.” (1 Corinthiërs 13:10 WV78)

Bij het begin van de Kerk van God waren er de bange apostelen die een stimulans en wat pep-talk konden gebruiken. Ze hadden die oppepper nodig om hen te helpen over hun angst heen te komen en om uit te gaan in de wereld om te getuigen over de werken van Christus. Maar zodra ze de macht hadden gekregen om hun angst te overwinnen waren de gaven van de Geest niet meer nodig want ze hadden de volledige openbaring van God in de Bijbel om hen te begeleiden (2Tim. 3:16-17).

“Elk door God geinspireerd geschrift dient ook om te onderrichten in de waarheid en dwalingen te weerleggen, om de zeden te verbeteren en de mensen op te voeden tot een rechtschapen leven, zodat de man Gods voor zijn taak berekend is en toegerust voor elk goed werk.” (2 Timotheüs 3:16-17 WV78)

Vandaag

Vandaag hebben ook wij de volledige Schrift om ons te leiden, lering en weerlegging te geven. De meerdere boeken kunnen nu tot ons onderricht dienen. De Bijbel is het Woord van God, welk onze Wachttoren en het Licht voor de wereld zou moeten zijn. De Heilige Schrift, of de Bijbel heeft alles wat we nodig hebben om ons tot “bevoegden, tot alle goed werk” te maken.

In de tijd van het Nieuwe Testament, hadden ze alleen het Oude Testament en een paar van de boeken van het Nieuwe Testament als ze werden geschreven, zoals de brieven die naar bepaalde mensen of gemeenschappen werden geschreven. Wanneer de Bijbel eindelijk voltooid was, hielden de gaven op te bestaan.

In Hebreeën 6:4-5, spreekt de auteur over de Geestelijke gaven en zegt dat ze een voorproefje van de krachten van de toekomende eeuw zijn omdat het onmogelijk is, degenen, die eens verlicht waren en geproefd hadden van de hemelse gave en deelgenoten waren aan de heilige Geest, en het goede Woord van God om deze te evenaren of met gelijke gaven op te volgen.

De apostelen hebben de beginselen van het woord van Christus door gegeven en hebben de gemeenten opgeroepen om zich zo te gedragen dat er niet weer een fundament moet gelegd worden van bekering van dode werken, en van geloof in God, van de leer van het doopsel maar ook van oplegging der handen.

Geen herkansing

Volgens de apostelen is het ook onmogelijk, hen die eenmaal verlicht geworden zijn, en de hemelse gave hebben gesmaakt, en afvallen om hen wederom te vernieuwen tot bekering. De apostelen wensten nu dat een iegelijk dezelfde ijver bewijst tot de volheid van de hoop, ten einde toe; opdat zij niet traag zouden worden, maar navolgers van hen die door geloof en geduld de beloften beërven.

“Laten we daarom niet meer terugkomen op de elementaire christelijke leer. We willen niet opnieuw het fundament leggen van geloof in God en van berouw over daden die ons de dood brachten. We willen niet opnieuw spreken over reinigingsriten en handoplegging, over de opstanding der doden en het onherroepelijke oordeel. Laten we liever op weg gaan naar volwassenheid. En met Gods hulp zullen we haar bereiken. Want wanneer mensen eenmaal het licht hebben gezien en van de hemelse gave hebben geproefd en deelgenoot werden van de heilige Geest, wanneer zij de voortreffelijkheid van Gods woord en de krachten van de toekomstige wereld hebben ervaren en na dit alles afvallen, kunnen zij onmogelijk weer tot bekering worden gebracht; want op hun manier hebben zij de Zoon van God opnieuw gekruisigd en aan bespotting prijsgegeven. Wanneer de grond de telkens neervallende regen indrinkt en voor die hem bewerken bruikbaar was voortbrengt, deelt hij in de goddelijke zegen. Maar als hij distels en dorens voortbrengt, is het duidelijk dat hij niet deugt; de vervloeking is nabij en het einde is verbranding. Maar ook al spreken wij zo streng: in uw geval, vrienden, zijn wij overtuigd van iets beters: gij zijt op weg naar het heil. God is rechtvaardig; Hij kan niet vergeten wat gij uit liefde voor zijn naam hebt gedaan, al de diensten die gij de heiligen hebt bewezen en nog bewijst. Maar ik wensen dat ieder van u dezelfde vurige ijver blijft tonen, totdat uw hoop geheel in vervulling is gegaan. Ge moogt niet lui worden, maar moet een voorbeeld nemen aan hen die door geloof en geduld deel krijgen aan de beloften.” (Hebreeën 6:1-12 WV78)

Er moet dus niet teruggegaan worden naar de tijd van het ontstaan van de kerkgemeenschap. Zeker niet bij diegenen die al het licht hebben gezien en van de hemelse gave hebben geproefd en deelgenoot werden van de heilige Geest. Zij moeten zich kunnen verheugen in de Woorden van de Heilige Schrift zoals God hen ze geopenbaard heeft. Zij horen de voortreffelijkheid van Gods woord te herkennen en te erkennen en geen behoeften te hebben aan andere vreemde ‘tongen’ , talen of klanken.

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engelse versie / English version: Meaning of “speaking in tongues”

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Aanvullende lectuur:

  1. De Allerhoogste is het Opperwezen
  2. Rond God de Allerhoogste
  3. God, Jezus Christus en de Heilige Geest
  4. Heer, Yahuwah, Yeshua of Yahushua
  5. Yahushua, Yehoshua, Yeshua, Jehoshua of Jeshua
  6. Dienaar van zijn Vader
  7. Zeggingskracht van beelden in de Bijbel #2 Vorm van beeldtaal
  8. Zeggingskracht van beelden in de Bijbel #3 De Gelijkenis
  9. Zeggingskracht van beelden in de Bijbel #4 Verpersoonlijking
  10. Zeggingskracht van beelden in de Bijbel #5 Voorafschaduwing
  11. Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #3 Stem van God #4 Stem in het Schrift
  12. Schoonheid van heiligheid
  13. Streven naar heiligheid
  14. Weest heilig
  15. Deelnemers worden van Gods heiligheid
  16. Helden en heiligen
  17. Schoonheid van heiligheid
  18. Geestelijke vorming tot heiligheid #1
  19. Geestelijke vorming tot heiligheid #2
  20. Geestelijke vorming tot heiligheid #3
  21. Geestelijke vorming tot heiligheid #4

Anderen hun visie / Others their viewpoint:

What does it mean to speak in tongues? by Todd Clippard
There is a general misunderstanding, especially among modern pentecostals and charismatics as to the nature of tongues. Those who claim to speak in tongues today are referring to ecstatic utterances made after a so-called personal manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
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In its simplest form, speaking in tongues simply means to speak in an established and understandable language. English is a tongue, as is Spanish, French, German, and a host of other languages one might mention. To speak in tongues, in a biblical sense, is to speak a language one has never studied or learned. Let’s look at the first incidence of this kind of tongue speaking in the Bible.
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the apostles had the ability to speak in more than one foreign language. If the Holy Spirit could enable them to speak one foreign language, why not more than one?

Do churches of Christ practice tongue-speaking? By, Todd Clippard
Churches of Christ do not practice tongue-speaking.
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If tongue-speaking is still a reality today, then every spiritual gift must also be in force and practiced in the sight of all people. But, as we all know, these things are not taking place today.

Who was able to speak in tongues during New Testament times?
There were three groups in the New Testament who could speak in tongues, or languages they had never studied.

William Dwight McKissic Gives a Biblical Basis for Speaking in Tongues In Private
 Jesus affirmed speaking in tongues. He told the eleven that they could expect as one of the signs that would be visible or audible among those who believe is that  “they will speak with new tongues” (Mark 16:17). No matter how one etymologically and theologically parses this statement by Jesus, they would have to conclude that Jesus’ statement here is an affirmation of speaking in tongues. He did not elaborate, give details, qualify his statement, define tongues, or distinguish between public or private tongues here. He did not say if it would be a one-time occurrence among certain people groups or an ongoing experience among certain believers. But what He did say is this:  Counted among those who name His name should be those who speak with “new tongues.”
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One of the errors of Pentecostalism–or at least among many of them–has been to insist that all who are filled with the Holy Spirit are to also speak in tongues. That was not true in the Book of Acts, neither is it true today. I am convinced though that the private devotional lives of the Samaritans who were filled with joy (Acts 8:5), Phillip and the Ethiopian were all invigorated by the filling of the Holy Spirit.

The Gift  Of Tongues

Original Word: γλῶσσα, ης, ἡ > Short Definition: the tongue, a language, nation
Definition: the tongue, a language, a nation (usually distinguished by their speech).

from the Strong’s, Tongue simple means Language or a Nation, used to describe a nation’s speech. For instance, Americans speak English and Germans speak German.
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When Jesus was alive with his disciples, he instructed them not to preach to anyone who was not a Jew. You can read this in (Matthew 10). However, after Jesus died and resurrected, the command changed drastically. Jesus told his disciples almost the exact opposite in (ACTS 1:8). The time had come for the Apostles to preach to everyone whether or not they were Jew. Since Jesus went to his own people and they ended up killing him, Jesus made it then possible for anyone to be saved just by believing in him. This is the new covenant(testament). But how could the Apostles preach to everyone without being able to communicate with them? Good question! This is why Jesus gave them the gift of tongues so that they could preach to the Greek, Parthians, Medes, Elamites, Mesopotamians, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontos and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, In Egypt, Libya about Cyrene and so on… you can read the full list in (Acts 2:9-10) The apostles needed to preach to everyone and the only way to do so was to be able to speak those people’s language or tongue.
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Does God really need to give us a specific language to talk to him with? Doesn’t God read our thoughts? Do we really think he needs us speaking gibberish before he answers your prayers?

Mark Driscoll Preaches About the Gift of Tongues

Cessationists, such as influential pastor and traditional Calvinist John MacArthur, believe that 1 Corinthians 13:8 and other Biblical passages indicate that the divine ability to speak in other languages or an unknown tongue (glossolalia) ended with the apostles’ deaths, as did prophetic revelations and faith-healings through individuals. Some Christians, however, believe that these Holy Spirit-inspired gifts will continue until Christ’s return.

Nazarene Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2 v1-13 Working Spirit

CHAPTER TWO:
THE RESULT OF THE SPIRIT-OUTPOURING

[“Baptized in the Name of Jesus”]
Key word: Believers

Acts 2:1-4 – Apostles Filled with Spirit

AC2:1 Now when the day of Pentecost was fulfilled,[1] all of the [apostles] were gathered together at the same upper room.[2] AC2:2 Suddenly there was a sound from above like the noise of a violent wind,[3] and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. AC2:3 Split tongues of fire appeared[4] and these rested upon each one [of the apostles]. AC2:4 All of them were filled with the holy Pneuma[5] and foreign languages were given to them.[6]

English: Apostles receive the gift of tongues ...

Apostles receive the gift of tongues (Acts 2) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Acts 2:5-13 – An International Crowd Responds

AC2:5 Now there were pious[7] Jewish men dwelling in Jerusalem from all nations under heaven.[8] AC2:6 And when they happened to hear the sound[9] the gathered crowd was confused because they were each hearing the apostles speak in their own language.[10] AC2:7 They were amazed and astonished and began to say: “Look! are not all these speaking Galileans?[11] AC2:8 So how are we all hearing in our own native languages?[12] AC2:9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites, Mesopotamians, Judeans, Cappadocians, those from Pontus and Asia, AC2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egyptians, and those from Cyrene in Libya, visitors from Rome (both Hebrews and Jewish converts), AC2:11 Cretans and Arabs – all of us in our own languages hear them in other languages the mighty acts of The God.”[13] AC2:12 And all were amazed and perplexed among themselves, saying: “What can this mean?” AC2:13 However, others continued to mock and say: “They are all full of sweet wine!”

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[1] The day of Pentecost was fulfilled: Or, fully come, in the course of, running its course. For details on Pentecost and the various names that describe it see Exodus 23:16; 34:22; Numbers 28:26-31; Leviticus 23:15-21; Deuteronomy 16:9, 10. This would be 50 days from Nisan 16, 33 AD.

[2] All of the [apostles] were gathered together at the same upper room: Or, one place, met together. The context will show that only the twelve apostles were present on this occasion.

[3] A sound from above like the noise of a violent wind: Or, TCN: that of a strong wind coming nearer and nearer; MOF: like a violent blast of wind; AMP: the rushing of a violent tempest blast. The Greek word PNEUMA, as well as the Hebrew RUACH, mean literally a wind or breath. Anyone who has experience severe winds understands what this must have sounded like. Here the Greek for “wind” is PNOES [blowing].

[4] Split tongues of fire appeared: Or, KJV: cloven tongues; ASV: tongues parting asunder; TCN: tongues of what appeared to be flame, separating; WEY: tongues of what looked like fire, distributing themselves over the assembly. Many hold the view that this occurred upon 120 of the disciples. However, a close look at the context and the exact wording, points more to the fact that this happened only to the Twelve – the group originally promised such an outpouring of holy Pneuma by Jesus.

[5] All of them were filled with the holy Pneuma: The use of the word “filled” means the Pneuma became fully operative on the apostles, each in an individual way – each with a different language. This divine Pressure accomplished the will of God according to His purpose.

[6] Foreign languages were given to them: Or, KJV: speak with other tongues; MOF: foreign tongues; BAS: different tongues; PME: different languages. The exact languages spoken are listed in the next paragraph. The Greek is GLOSSAIS from which comes the English glossary. The gift of tongues was given as a sign to unbelieving Jews that God’s PNEUMA was now on the New Israel of God, the Christian Church. [For notes on “tongues” see 1 Corinthians chapter 14.] Actually, the word, outside of 1 Corinthians 13, 14, occurs seldom. [Acts 19:6] Jesus Christ did not speak in tongues. For details on the gifts of the spirit see Biblical Articles in Nazarene Commentary 2000© on gifts of the spirit.

[7] Pious: Or, reverent, devout, religious. The Greek is EULABEIS [Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance #2126, taking hold well].

[8] There were pious Jewish men dwelling in Jerusalem from all nations under heaven: The word for “men” is ANDRES and means “males.” It is likely many of the distant travelers remained from Passover 50 days before. Jerusalem could swell to upwards of one million persons during Jewish festivals. Here is the original seed of the Gospel that would now spread into much of the known world.

[9] When they happened to hear the sound: The sound was, therefore, considerable as it could be heard outside the home where the apostles met.

[10] They were each hearing the apostles speak in their own language: The languages are then listed and it is possible to combine these into a dozen, meaning each apostle spoke one language understandable by these Jewish men.

[11] Are not all these speaking Galileans: The angel of the ascension addressed the eleven as “men of Galilee.” It would appear that Matthias was also a Galilean. It would seem unlikely that the 120 disciples were all Galilean confirming that only the apostles are meant.

[12] Hearing in our own native languages: By examining each of the language groups it can be seen the great distances these men traveled. Thus, later after their baptism and their return home, we can see thousands of paths leading to every part of the Roman world. Parthians came from south east of the Caspian Sea including as far as India. Christianity would develop in the world of the Persia religion. Medes and Elamites from the Iran Plateau were also from a Persian background. Elam was southeast of Mesopotamia, also called Khuzestan in southwest Iran. Mesopotamia is something of another name for Babylon, including present day Iraq. Thus, these peoples, though likely also speaking Hebrew and Greek, generally spoke a related Persia language. [Aramaic] Judea would indicate that one of the apostles was speaking Hebrew. Cappadocians were from what is today Turkey and Armenia. Pontus was the area around the Black Sea. Asia in the Christian Bible does not mean China, but Asia Minor which included such places as Galatia. Phrygia was also part of Asia Minor. Pamphylia was also part of Asia Minor. All these above places were north of Israel reaching as far as Turkey and India. Most spoke either Persian, Greek, or Latin. Now the list goes south to North Africa where there were large populations of Jews in Egypt and Libya. Then northwest to Rome, the island of Crete; and back to the southwest in Arabia.

[13] The mighty acts of The God: Or, wonderful works, majesty of God, triumphs, excellencies, magnificence. The content of this universal message in a dozen languages is unknown, but it may have been a general praise of God and His creative works and mighty deeds. These Jews would have been familiar with such praises. It does not seem that any mention was made of Jesus Christ, for that came later in Peter’s sermon.

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Compare:

The Acts Of The Sent Ones Chapter 2

Hebraic Roots Bible Book of The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2

 

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Also of interest:

Pope Francis I on the Holy Spirit

Is it wise to annul the Pentecostweekend

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  • Hebraic Roots Bible Book of The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2 (belgianbiblestudents.wordpress.com)
  • Pentecost, the Harvest of the Holy Spirit (insightscoop.typepad.com)
    First, there is the feast of Pentecost, which the Israelites called “the feast of weeks”, a reference to the seven weeks from the Passover to the celebration of Pentecost (cf., Lev 23:9-21; Deut 16:9-12). The number seven signified completion and fullness. Originally, the feast focused on giving thanks for the harvest; it later was associated with the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai, traditionally believed to have occurred fifty days after the first Passover in Egypt. The description of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon those in the Upper Room is concise, but is clearly meant to invoke a connection to the great theophanies, or appearances by God, that took place on Mount Sinai (also known as Mount Herob), which were accompanied by noises from heaven, strong winds, and fire (Ex 19:16-19; 1 Kngs 19:11-12; cf., CCC 696).
  • The Day Of Pentecost (iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist.com)
    As Israel celebrates Shavuot,(which we believe in also) the day they received the law from Moses, we Christians are in remembrance of the birth of Christ’s Church, in the day of Pentecost.  When God sent the Holy Spirit to the Apostles.  This is a little celebrated Holiday or day of importance with Christians and it needs to be given more attention.  This is not only the day the Christian church was born, it is the day the God sent power and His Holy Spirit to all believers.  He is risen!  He is Alive!  And He comes to us in the Holy Spirit!
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    Pentecost (Ancient Greek: Πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], Pentēkostē [hēmera], “the Fiftieth [day]“) is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated as Shavuot. Later, in the Christian liturgical year, it is also a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the twelve Apostles of Christ.
  • Did Chris and the Apostles Speak in Hebrew or Greek? (romecorruptedchristianity.wordpress.com)
    Undoubtedly Jesus was given a good Jewish education as a boy, even though he was born in a modest household.
    His family was devoutly Jewish, as indicated by their adherence to The Torah (Luke2:39-40)  He learned to read the Hebrew texts of the Bible and was adept at reasoning with the Torah sages of his day.
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    “Until recently, it was believed by numerous scholars that the language spoken by Jesus’ disciples was Aramaic.  But during that period, Hebrew was both the daily language and the language of study.”
    – Source (Jewish Sources in Early Christianity,      Adama Boooks).   by The Late Dr. David Flusser Professor of Early Christianity and Judaism of the Second Temple Period The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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    “The Gospel of Mark contains a few aramaic words, and this was what misled scholars.  Today, after  the discovery of the Hebrew BenSir (Ecclesiasticus),  of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and of the Bar Kochba Letters, and in light of more profound studies of the language of the Jewish Sages, it is accepted that most people  were fluent in Hebrew.”
    – Source (Jewish Sources in Early Christianity,       Adama Boooks).   by The Late Dr. David Flusser Professor of Early Christianity and Judaism of the Second Temple Period The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Feast of Holy Pentecost (orthodoxlogos5.wordpress.com)
    This miraculous event occurred on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost, celebrated by the Jews on the fiftieth day after the Passover as the culmination of the Feast of Weeks (Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10). The Feast of Weeks began on the third day after the Passover with the presentation of the first harvest sheaves to God, and it concluded on Pentecost with the offering of two loaves of unleavened bread, representing the first products of the harvest (Leviticus 23:17-20; Deuteronomy 16:9-10).
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    The Bible records that on that day about three thousand were baptized. Following, the book of Acts states that the newly baptized continued daily to hear the teaching of the Apostles, as the early Christians met together for fellowship, the breaking of bread, and for prayer. Many wonderful signs and miracles were done through the Apostles, and the Lord added to the Church daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:42-47).

    The Apostles in the upper room being filled with the Holy Spirit.

  • Forbidden Territory – Asia (Ephesus) (keithlannon.wordpress.com)
    The book of Acts is explicit, Paul was “forbidden of the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia”, and as they reconnoitred Bithynia for evangelistic purposes, it was not because of the lack of prayer support or finances that they, yet again, were turned away. It wasn’t because people were not of a demographic that suggested they were not open to the gospel.
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    We all need to see that often the secret to accomplishment is in doing the right thing at the right time. “Timing is  everything,”
  • Why I’m Catholic: Acts of the Apostles (newevangelizers.com)
    There are plenty of occasions of Hellenists (Greek converts to Christianity) complaining about the Hebrews and visa-versa. There is of course, the awkward situation where new followers completely miss the point, and Paul and Barnabas get mistaken for the Greek gods Hermes and Zeus. Eventually, serious debates over food laws and circumcision result in Council of Jerusalem, the forerunner of all future councils.And even though miracles and healings abound, not even the Apostles understand at the beginning that God’s will is for a robust mission to the Gentiles. No, they have to discover all this through an Ethiopian eunuch’s surprising request for baptism and the testimony of Cornelius, a Gentile.
  • Believers Baptism this Sunday! (riverrockchurch.com)
    When the apostles took the gospel across the Roman Empire from Jerusalem, new churches were established, and believers were baptized soon after they turned away from sin and put their trust in Christ for salvation. Acts 18:18 says, … many of the Corinithians who heard [Paul] believed and were baptized.
  • Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle (smscj.wordpress.com)
    One to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Barnabas filled with Holy Spirit, so that he could be an instrument in the proclamation of the Gospel. He beca me a missionary. Often we are not filled with Holy Spirit, and our proclamation is not effective. He was filled with Holy Spirit to the point of dying for Jesus.

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