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    Spiritual Gifts
    (Speaking in Tongues)


    Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
    Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
    Act 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
    Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
    Act 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
    Act 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
    Act 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
    Act 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

    Act 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
    Act 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

    1Co 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
    1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
    1Co 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
    1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
    1Co 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
    1Co 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
    1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
    1Co 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
    1Co 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
    1Co 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
    1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
    1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
    1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
    1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.
    1Co 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
    1Co 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
    1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
    1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
    1Co 12:19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
    1Co 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
    1Co 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
    1Co 12:22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
    1Co 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
    1Co 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
    1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
    1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
    1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
    1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
    1Co 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
    1Co 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
    1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

    1Co 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
    1Co 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
    1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
    1Co 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
    1Co 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
    1Co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
    1Co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
    1Co 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
    1Co 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
    1Co 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
    1Co 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
    1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
    1Co 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

    1Co 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
    1Co 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
    1Co 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
    1Co 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
    1Co 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
    1Co 14:6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
    1Co 14:7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
    1Co 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
    1Co 14:9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
    1Co 14:10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
    1Co 14:11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
    1Co 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
    1Co 14:13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
    1Co 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
    1Co 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
    1Co 14:16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
    1Co 14:17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
    1Co 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
    1Co 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
    1Co 14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
    1Co 14:21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
    1Co 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
    1Co 14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
    1Co 14:24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
    1Co 14:25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
    1Co 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
    1Co 14:27 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.
    1Co 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
    1Co 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
    1Co 14:30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
    1Co 14:31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
    1Co 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
    1Co 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
    1Co 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
    1Co 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
    1Co 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
    1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
    1Co 14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
    1Co 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
    1Co 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

    Why did I list so many verses in Corinthians? Because I wanted to give you Paulís full counsel to the Corinthian church regarding spiritual gifts. The Corinthian church had a problem of over emphasizing the gift of tongues. If you read all the verses above there are four things you should have learned if you didnít know them already.
    1. Based on Acts 2:1-8, Acts 10:45-46 and 1 Cor 14:22 you can see that tongues were primarily used as a sign or proof that God (the Holy Spirit) is with the one speaking. In these cases the tongues spoken were human languages.
    1. Based on 1 Cor 13:1 there are tongues of both men and angles. Based on 1 Cor 14:2 and 14:4 the purpose of the angelic tongue is for self edification when speaking with God. This is the same gift as human tongues, just utilized to speak with God rather than people.
    1. Based on 1 Cor 12:10 and 1 Cor 12:30 not everyone is given the gift of tongues.
    1. Based on 1 Cor 12:28 Paul states that tongues is one of the lesser gifts. Based on 1 Cor 14:1, 14:5 and 14:39 Paul would rather that you seek prophesy, but before that based on 1 Cor 13:1-13 Paul wants us to make sure we have LOVE. If we donít have love, Paul considers the gifts to be worthless.

    If you do speak in tongues, praise God that you have that gift and donít stop utilizing it. I believe it is a great way to build yourself up and improve your prayer and worship life. That said; please do not try to get others that do not have the gift of tongues to seek it. If you want them to seek something, they should in Paulís words ďcovet earnestly the best giftsĒ as he suggests prophesy.

    But as Paul states, LOVE is the most important thing that a Christian should seek if they donít already have that quality. Where did Paul come up with that thinking? From Jesus who constantly preached about loving God, loving other Christians and yes even loving your enemy!

    Goodboy

  • #2
    Originally posted by goodboy View Post
    Spiritual Gifts
    (Speaking in Tongues)


    1Co 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
    1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
    1Co 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
    1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
    1Co 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
    1Co 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
    1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
    1Co 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
    1Co 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
    1Co 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
    1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
    1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
    1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
    1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.
    1Co 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
    1Co 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
    1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
    1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
    1Co 12:19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
    1Co 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
    1Co 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
    1Co 12:22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
    1Co 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
    1Co 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
    1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
    1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
    1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
    1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
    1Co 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
    1Co 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
    1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

    Why did I list so many verses in Corinthians? Because I wanted to give you Paulís full counsel to the Corinthian church regarding spiritual gifts. The Corinthian church had a problem of over emphasizing the gift of tongues. If you read all the verses above there are four things you should have learned if you didnít know them already.
    1. Based on Acts 2:1-8, Acts 10:45-46 and 1 Cor 14:22 you can see that tongues were primarily used as a sign or proof that God (the Holy Spirit) is with the one speaking. In these cases the tongues spoken were human languages.
    1. Based on 1 Cor 13:1 there are tongues of both men and angles. Based on 1 Cor 14:2 and 14:4 the purpose of the angelic tongue is for self edification when speaking with God. This is the same gift as human tongues, just utilized to speak with God rather than people.
    1. Based on 1 Cor 12:10 and 1 Cor 12:30 not everyone is given the gift of tongues.
    1. Based on 1 Cor 12:28 Paul states that tongues is one of the lesser gifts. Based on 1 Cor 14:1, 14:5 and 14:39 Paul would rather that you seek prophesy, but before that based on 1 Cor 13:1-13 Paul wants us to make sure we have LOVE. If we donít have love, Paul considers the gifts to be worthless.

    If you do speak in tongues, praise God that you have that gift and donít stop utilizing it. I believe it is a great way to build yourself up and improve your prayer and worship life. That said; please do not try to get others that do not have the gift of tongues to seek it. If you want them to seek something, they should in Paulís words ďcovet earnestly the best giftsĒ as he suggests prophesy.

    But as Paul states, LOVE is the most important thing that a Christian should seek if they donít already have that quality. Where did Paul come up with that thinking? From Jesus who constantly preached about loving God, loving other Christians and yes even loving your enemy!

    Goodboy
    Hi, "G",
    Nicely done study.
    My understanding differs from yours in one point.
    That being that some DON"T get the gift of tongues.
    I feel that all who receive the gift of the Holy Ghost do speak in tongues.
    The twelve at Ephesus is my main example of this.
    I interpret 1 Cor 12:10, 30 with the "diverse" tongues in mind, so I read verse 30 as..."do all speak with "diverse" tongues..."

    Praise God forever !

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    • #3
      Tongues was given as a fulfillment of prophecy to bring Israel into the Earthly Kingdom of Christ's rule, and have the nation of Israel act as priests to bring gentiles to Christ. They rejected Him, so that didn't happen. The offer of the Kingdom temporarily was halted. As that generation died off so did the sign gifts. The gift of tongues is not given today but it will return when the Body of Christ is raptured and God begins working with Israel again.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by triedbyfire View Post
        Tongues was given as a fulfillment of prophecy to bring Israel into the Earthly Kingdom of Christ's rule, and have the nation of Israel act as priests to bring gentiles to Christ. They rejected Him, so that didn't happen. The offer of the Kingdom temporarily was halted. As that generation died off so did the sign gifts. The gift of tongues is not given today but it will return when the Body of Christ is raptured and God begins working with Israel again.
        Interesting take... Never heard that explanation before...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by triedbyfire View Post
          Tongues was given as a fulfillment of prophecy to bring Israel into the Earthly Kingdom of Christ's rule, and have the nation of Israel act as priests to bring gentiles to Christ. They rejected Him, so that didn't happen. The offer of the Kingdom temporarily was halted. As that generation died off so did the sign gifts. The gift of tongues is not given today but it will return when the Body of Christ is raptured and God begins working with Israel again.
          Interesting...where did you get this from. Never heard about sign gifts returning after the rapture.

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