Baptism of the Holy Spirit


Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 13

Instructions on the Use of Tongues
1 Cor 14: 20-40

So far, in all the verses we have looked at (we have looked at all of them in the New Testament, except these last few verses) in the last 12 lessons, tongues is never spoken of as a bad thing. We have seen in 1 Cor 14:1-19, they can be used in a wrong manner.
In this lesson we will take a look at this passage of Scripture and see what Paul is and is not saying. As we read through these passages we are going to see if Paul at any time says that tongues are evil, bad, done away with, or condemned.

We will first list all of 1 Cor 14:20-40 and then take a look at each verse.

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 12

Tongues and 1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14:1-5
1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
2 For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.
3 But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.
4 One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.
5 Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.

Before we study out these and all the verses in 1 Cor 14 it should be noted by the context of Chapter 12, 13, and 14 that when Paul is speaking about tongues, he is talking about true tongues, not false tongues. The tongues he is talking about is the tongues that come from God, not the devil or man. How do we know? Because if you read the context, he compares the gift of tongues with the gift of prophecy and other gifts. Not once in all three chapters does he ever say anything about a false tongues.

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 11

Tongues in 1 Corinthians 12 &13

Before we take a look at tongues in 1 Corinthians, let’s recap what we learned about tongues in the Book of Acts.

  • There was no need for tongues to be used to preach the Gospel. There were common languages spoken during the time of Acts. There is no mention of tongues being used to preach the Gospel.
  • When tongues/unknown or other languages is mentioned in the Book of Acts, the people were either speaking of the mighty works of God or prophesying.
  • There were times when tongues were spoken and the Bible does not say if the tongues were understood.
  • Each time tongues are mentioned, they are associated with the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

It would appear that in the Book of Acts that tongues were the evidence that the baptism of the Holy Spirit had occurred.

Now let’s look at tongues in 1 Corinthians

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 10

The Purpose for Tongues in the Book of Acts

In the previous lesson we looked at Acts 2:1-21. We seen in this passage that there is no direct evidence that the purpose for tongues was to preach the Gospel. Before we look at other passages in Acts where tongues is spoken of, let’s look at what Jesus had to say about tongues in Mark 16: 15-18.

Mark 16:15-18
15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
16 "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
17 "These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name
they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;
18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover
."

19 So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.

Notice that the phrase ‘new tongues’ is associated with miracles. So, this we do know that to speak in tongues is a miracle. So, it is not something a person can learn.

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 9

Are Tongues for the Purpose of Preaching the Gospel?
There are those who believe that the main purpose for tongues is to preach the Gospel. They base this mainly on one passage of Scripture. We are going to look at this passage in context and then in our next lesson we will look at many other passages that have the word tongues or languages to see what the Bible says is the purpose of tongues.

Acts 2:1-21
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.
6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.
7 They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 “And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?
9 “Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.”
12 And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
13 But others were mocking and saying, “They are full of sweet wine.”
14 But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words.
15 “For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day;
16 but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;
18 EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy.
19 ‘AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE.
20 ‘THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME.
21 ‘AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 8

What are Tongues?
Well we are finally getting to the topic of tongues. It was important to first clearly understand what the Bible has to say about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, since tongues in the Book of Acts tongues is associated with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. If a person does not have a clear understanding of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they will not have a clear understanding of tongues.

There are 3 main definitions of the tongues/languages/dialect spoken of in the New Testament:
Glossa-the tongue or a language
the tongue; by implication a language (specially one naturally unacquired) :- tongue.
Vine’s, Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

The following verses that have the word tongues/languages use this definition.
Mark 16:18; Acts 2:3, 4; Acts 2:46; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6; 1 Cor. 12:10; 1 Cor. 14:4-6; 1 Cor. 14:13;  Acts 14:19; 1 Cor 14:28

Dialektos-dialect, language, tongue
a (mode of) discourse, i.e. “dialect” :- language, tongue
Vine’s, Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

The following verses that have the word tongues/languages use this definition
Acts 1:19; Acts 2:8; Acts 21:40; Acts 22:2; Acts 26:14

Heteroglossos- unknown foreign, other, different, strange
Vine’s
Found in 1 Cor 14:21

Strange, Unknown, Other
When studying on the subject of tongues, you must look at the context and the words associated with tongues or languages. The most common words being ‘strange’, ‘other’, or ‘unknown’.

These words are found in the following verses when associated with tongues:
Acts 2:4; 1 Cor 14:2,4; 1 Cor 14:13, 14; 1 Cor 14:19; 1 Cor 14:21, 1 Cor 14:27

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 7

Tongues in the New Testament
In this lesson we are going to list every verse in the New Testament that specifically has the word tongues in it. There are some verses that appear to be dealing with tongues, but we will not these time in this lesson.

I want to mention something again. Before we go to the concept of tongues and BHS, I want to say that at times Pentecostals overemphasize the importance tongues. Being baptized in/with the Holy Spirit should be the emphasis, not tongues. Also, too many times non-Pentecostals over emphasize taking a stand against the speaking of tongues. They also forget the emphasis of being baptized in/with the Holy Spirit because of their antagonism towards tongues.

In future lessons we will take a look at such questions as:

  • What are tongues?
  • Is there more than one type of tongues?
  • Is the purpose for tongues so you can preach in other languages?
  • Why speak in tongues?
  • Is tongues for today?
  • Why are some Christians against the speaking of tongues?
  • Is tongues from the devil?

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 6

In this lesson we are going to summarize what the Bible has to say regarding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. In the next lesson we will start looking at the topic of tongues and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. As we summarize, I encourage readers to go back to any of the lessons to see the Scriptural support.

Baptism in/with Holy Spirit
1. A person must be born again to be BHS.
2. A person does not have to be water baptized to be BHS.
3. A person can be born again (thus have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them) and not be BHS.
4. According to the Book of Acts, being BHS is a separate experience from salvation.
5. Every Christian has the ability to be BHS.
6. Being baptized in/with the Holy Spirit is also described as being filled, poured out on, or a unique receiving of the Holy Spirit.
7. It is described as a gift of God or the Spirit or as promise of the Father or the Holy Spirit.
8. Tongues is normally manifested when there is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
9. The main purpose of the BHS is to give the Christian more power and boldness to witness.
10. The BHS is for today. Nowhere in Scripture does it say it has been done away with, in fact looking at Scripture it is to be a part of the end times.
11. Those who are not BHS are not second class Christians-they are just missing out on the gift of God, the promise of the Father.

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 5

Do We Need the Baptism of the Holy Spirit Today?

There are those who will agree that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the various phrases in the Book of Acts are synonymous. They will acknowledge that Scripture makes it clear that the purpose of BHS is for more effective witnessing. Some will even go as far to acknowledge that one of the main evidences of BHS is the speaking in tongues. Maybe, not every time, but they cannot deny it is the evidence in at least three situations. But after acknowledging all these things, they will say, “however, we do not need the baptism of the Holy Spirit today, and/or do not believe we need tongues today. They will say such things as, “since we now have the Bible, we do not need BHS or tongues”. Or “tongues was done away with”. Or that “the BHS and/or tongues was just for the disciples”.

I will only be using a few verses in this lesson because the Bible does not have much to say about this subject. However, there are some verses that do address this issue. We will share them in a moment.

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 4

Why Do We Need the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

In our previous lessons it has become clear what the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is:

  • It is not the same as receiving of the Holy Spirit when you are born again
  • It is not associated with water baptism-a person may be water baptized before being baptized in the Holy Spirit, or they may be baptized in water after being baptized in the Holy Spirit
  • It is an experience after being born again
  • It is described as being filled, poured out on, baptized with, or a unique receiving of the Holy Spirit
  • It is described as a gift of God or the Spirit
  • It is described as promise of the Father or the Holy Spirit
  • Tongues is normally manifested when there is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

So, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is obviously a gift from God for believers. Let’s see what Scripture says about this.

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