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The Gift Of Tongues: (Part 4): Does Every Believer Receive The Gift Of Tongues?Are Tongues The Evidence Of The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit?

By Block Island Christian Fellowship | Apr 30, 2012

                          Should Every Believer Speak In Tongues?

                   Does Every Believer Receive The Gift Of Tongues?

         Are Tongues The Evidence Of The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit?

    This is the final message on this topic. Enjoy!

   Some believe that the speaking in tongues is the confirmation or evidence that the person, who has believed in Jesus Christ, has received or has been baptized with the Holy Spirit. This baptism is God filling this person with himself. Conversely, if a person, who believes in Jesus Christ, does not speak in tongues, then this is evidence that they have not received or been baptized with the Holy Spirit.

   Some churches will emphatically say that if a person does not speak in tongues, then they are not saved. Others will not be as harsh. They will say, follow these guidelines and the baptism will eventually occur.

   The bottom line appears to be that according to some everyone, who is saved, will evidence this spiritual realty by speaking in tongues.

   The question is, will every believer receive the gift of tongues or will every believer speak in tongues?

   If the answer to these questions is no, then the answer to the question, is tongues the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, will also be no.

   The following is a table within which the two different views concerning “Should every believer speak in tongues?” or “Does every believer receive the gift of tongues” is contained. Passages of scripture along with a brief analysis of what the context is about will be presented. Underneath will be the response as to why each view believes that their perspective is being supported.

   Please read the brief analysis, the related scriptures, and the view response.

   At the end of the entire comparison analysis of each view, hopefully you will be able to determine for yourself, which view you believe is being supported. 

   After Christ’s resurrection, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene. She goes and tells the disciples, but they don’t believe her. Following this, he appeared to two of the disciples (this could be the same two that were on the road to Emmaus in Lk. 24:13). They went and told the rest of the disciples, but were also not believed. Then, Jesus appeared before the 11 apostles and rebuked them for their unbelief.

   Jesus told the 11 apostles to go into all the world and preach the gospel. They went forth and preached everywhere. The signs, which would follow the preaching, will prove its truth and divine origin27. These signs are: the casting out of demons; the speaking in new tongues, different from those in which they were accustomed to speak, and in which the speaker has not previously learned; not being hurt by drinking any deadly thing or by being bitten by snakes, and the laying of hands on the sick so that they might be healed.

   The questions is, are the signs, which are mentioned, ascribed only to the 11 apostles, or are they ascribed to any one who believes in Christ as their personal savior?

Suggested Reading Mark 16:1-20 1 …Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6 And he saith unto them,…  7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. 14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   According to verse 17 the words, “And these signs shall follow them that believe” refer to those who believe and are mentioned in verse 16, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”.

   Therefore, anyone who believes in Christ will have signs, which follow them, one of which is the speaking with new tongues.

   The word “them” (Masculine Dative Plural Definite Article) in verse 17, “And these signs shall follow them that believe”, is a definite article, which agrees in gender (male, female, or neuter); number (singular or plural); and case (Nominative-Subject, Genitive-of Possession, Dative-Indirect Object, Accusative-Direct Object) with the noun, which it points to. This noun being the word “disciples” (Masculine Dative Plural Noun) in verse 7. Therefore, the signs which follow them which believe, one of which is the speaking in new tongues, is ascribed only to the disciples. In verse 14, the word “eleven” is the adjective to this noun “disciples”.

   Therefore, the signs, which follow them that believe, are ascribed to the eleven disciples (apostles).

   Also, the article “He” (Masculine Singular Nominative Article-ho)  in verse 16, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved points to the word “world” (Masculine Singular Accusative Noun) in verse 15.

   Those who believe and are baptized and different from those people who believe and receive the signs.

   F.Y.I.  An article is a word in front of a noun. In English it is either the (defintite) and a (indefinite). There is no indefinite article in the Greek. The article is used in the Greek to point to someone or something, in a way that was clear and obvious to the listener or reader.

 

   Just prior to the arrival of the day of Pentecost, an apostle was to be chosen to replace the vacancy left by the deceased Judas Iscariot. There were two men, Justus and Matthias, who were nominated by the assembly. The scriptures seem to indicate that the entire assembly consisting of 120 disciples prayed to God concerning this decision. Lots were cast, and the lot fell on Matthias. The idea of lot doesn’t seem to refer to the assembly voting for one over the other. The most simple form was to put two stones, pieces of board, metal, or slips of parchment, with the names of the persons inscribed on them, into an urn; and after prayer, sacrifice, etc., to put in the hand and draw out one of the lots, and then the case was decided28.

   On the day of Pentecost, the promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled. The Holy Spirit came and indwelt all of the assembly, who were assembled together waiting for this promise.

   There appeared upon each of them little tongue like flames symbolizing the gift of tongues. They spoke in these tongues, declaring to those Jews, who attended the feast (this day commemorated the completion of the grain harvest), the glorious perfections of God and his mighty works. After which the gospel was conveyed to them, with about 3000 repenting. Following this, they were baptized in water, and received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

      Here are some questions?

      Who spoke in tongues on the day of Pentecost? Was it the entire assembly of 120 disciples or only the apostles?

      Did the approximate 3000 Jews, who when they heard the gospel of Christ, and repented, all receive the gift of tongues?

Suggested Reading: Acts 1:2-2:1-41 15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   According to the context, it appears that the entire assembly of disciples (120) nominated two men for the apostolic vacancy of Judas Iscariot. It also appears that all 120 prayed to God for guidance concerning this decision.

   Later, in chapter 2, verse 4, on the day of Pentecost it says that

“they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”. It appears that the word “they” refers to all of the disciples (120), and therefore one can assume that all 120 disciples spoke with other tongues.

   Therefore, tongues are the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

 

   It is true that it appears that all of the disciples nominated and prayed concerning, which of the two men would take the place of Judas Iscariot.

   It also appears that all 120 disciples were filled with the Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

   However, the word “them” (3rd person Masculine Plural Dative Pronoun) in chapter 2, verse 4, “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” is a pronoun.  

   A pronoun takes the place of a noun. An antecedent is the word to which the pronoun refers. The pronoun and noun will agree in gender (male, female, or neuter) and number (singular or plural). Usually, the closest noun is the antecedent, but not always. The word, which appears to be the closest antecedent, is the noun “apostles” (Masculine Plural Genitive) in Acts 1:26.

   Therefore, it was the apostles, who spoke in tongues, on the day of Pentecost, and not everyone, who was filled with the Spirit. 

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   It can be assumed that all of the Jews, who repented about 3000 of them, spoke in tongues, and as such evidenced the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

    It is possible, that some of the 3000 Jews, who repented, spoke in tongues, but not all.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

 

   Philip, one of the 7 deacons of Jerusalem, went to the city of Sychar, of the region of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. The Samaritans (those who were both Jew and Greek) believed what he said, were baptized in water, but did not receive the Holy Spirit. When the apostles, who were at Jerusalem heard that they received the word of God, sent unto them Peter and John. Peter and John prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, and then laid hands on them (presumably on their head). Upon doing this they received the Holy Spirit.

   Did those who received the Holy Spirit, speak in tongues?

Suggested Reading: Acts 8:5-17  5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 12 But when they believed Philip concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   It can be assumed that the Samaritans spoke in tongues after they received the Holy Spirit, because this has been the pattern that has occurred in the prior sections of scripture, which we have already looked at. 

   There is no indication that the Samaritans, after they received the Holy Spirit by means of the laying on of hands by the apostles, spoke in tongues.

  

    Peter, a Jew, came to the house of Cornelius, a gentile, who was accompanied by his kinsman (relatives) and near friends. The Jews were not forbidden to talk to uncircumcised Gentiles on the street or in their place of business, but they were forbidden to go into their house and eat with them. The house was considered to be ceremonially polluted.

   He began to speak to them and said that whosoever believes in Jesus, God the Father will forgive (does not refer to the guilt of sin merely, but also to its power, nature, and consequences) him. While Peter was speaking, the Holy Spirit took possession of those, who heard the word. The circumcised Jewish believers, who accompanied Peter, were amazed that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit. After which, the kinsmen and friends of Cornelius spoke with tongues, esteeming God highly and declaring that He is great. Lastly, they were baptized in water in the name of Jesus.

   The question here is, does the fact that the kinsmen and friends of Cornelius spoke in tongues proof that everyone, who receives the baptism of the Spirit, speaks in tongues?

Suggested Reading: Acts 10:1-48 1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, 23 …Peter…and certain brethren.... 24 …entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. 34 Then, Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power… 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name that whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins 44 While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 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. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   The word “them” (3rd Person Masculine Plural Genitive Pronoun) in verse 46,  “For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter”, is a pronoun. The nearest antecedent, which agrees in gender and number, appears to be the nouns ““kinsmen and friends” from verse 24 (Masculine Plural Accusative Noun).

   Therefore, in this case all of Cornelius kinsmen and friends spoke in tongues after they received the Holy Spirit.

   This is proof that everyone, who receives the baptism of the Spirit, speaks in tongues.

 

   The word “them” (3rd Person Masculine Plural Genitive Pronoun) in verse 46,  “For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter”, is a pronoun. The nearest antecedent, which agrees in gender and number, appears to be the nouns ““kinsmen and friends” from verse 24 (Masculine Plural Accusative Noun).

   Therefore, in this case all of Cornelius kinsmen and friends spoke in tongues after they received the Holy Spirit.

   The occurrence of all of them was simply God’s plan being implemented at this point of time. However, this does not support the idea that everyone, who receives the Holy Spirit, speak in tongues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

     Paul was on his way to Jerusalem, but the Holy Spirit commanded him to return to Asia. Passing through the upper coasts of Asia, he came to Ephesus. While in Ephesus, he comes upon certain disciples, 12 of them, who were instructed and baptized by the followers of John the Baptist. He asked them if they received the Holy Spirit., and their reply to him was that they were not aware of his presence and baptism on earth.

   He tells them that John’s baptism was designed to prepare the way for the introduction of the kingdom of the Messiah. In my opinion, I believe that he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to them, and they believed. They were then baptized in water. However, there was an awareness by Paul that they hadn’t received the Holy Spirit. So he laid his hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Following this, they spoke in tongues and prophesied (to break forth under sudden impulse in lofty discourse teaching the people the great doctrines of the Christian religion; to speak the message which has come from God).

Acts 19:1-7  1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve.

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   It appears that all 12 disciples of John, after they received the Holy Spirit, spoke in tongues. This reinforces the idea, that the speaking in tongues is the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

   God’s plan in this case, was for each of the 12 disciples of John, after they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, to also receive the gift of speaking in tongues. God the Holy Spirit distributes this gift to whomsoever he wills. Sometimes everyone will receive this gift; sometimes some will receive it; and sometimes no one will receive it.

 

   Paul gives instructions concerning spiritual gifts. There are different distributions of gifts by the Holy Spirit to different people. He distributes them to each person individually, male and female, as he wishes. God gives each person some proof of the Spirit's presence to be used to help the whole church.29

   There are different varieties of tongues. The gift of tongues is used to speak a language, which is not the same as the native tongue of the person, who is speaking in tongues or is used to speak in ecstatic utterances. The gift of the interpretation of tongues is used to explain the meaning of words, which are spoken in a different language or in unintelligible sounds.

   Some questions to consider:

   Do all of the members of the church have the same endowments of gifts?

   Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?

   Do all have the gift of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?

Suggested Reading: 1 Cor 12:1 - 13:1 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 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: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   Do all of the members of the church have the same endowments of gifts?

   No.

   However, everyone who receives the baptism (God filling this person with himself) of the Holy Spirit receives the gift of tongues.

 

   Do all of the members of the church have the same endowments of gifts?

   No.

   According to the word “diversities” in verse 4, there is a different distribution to different people. The Holy Spirit gives the gifts to each one individually as stated in verse 11 “severally” or privately, as he chooses. Not everyone, who receives the baptism (God filling this person with himself) of the Holy Spirit speaks in tongues.

1 Cor 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?

   Do all have the gift of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?

   The answer to all of these questions is no, except for the question, do all speak in tongues? Everyone who is baptized with the Holy Spirit receives the gift of tongues, and subsequently will speak in them.

   Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?

   Do all have the gift of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?

   The answer to each of these questions according to the structure of the Koine Greek, the language which the words were written in, is no. There is a particle in the Greek (mee), which is with each group. Particles are words that affect the tone and/or meaning of a sentence.

   This particle ‘mee” is used to expect a negative answer with each group. It is not translated into English.

   The Greek translation of the words “Do all speak in tongues?” is

Mee pantes gloossais lalousin, which indicates that not all speak in tongues.

 

   This could be one of the most comprehensive chapters in the New Testament on the subject of tongues.

   Pursue God’s love, seek to excel in the endowments (gifts), which God has given you, and especially desire to proclaim God’s message, instructing and enlightening the believers.

   If you have the gift of tongues, and you speak it out before others and there is no one to interpret it, then these utterances are mysteries, which are hidden from them. Whoever speaks in an unknown tongue without there being an interpreter, edifies oneself (his feelings and emotions would be enlivened, leading to a general exhilaration30), but he that prophecies (the declaration of the divine will and doctrine) edifies (promoting the spiritual growth and development of character of believers31) the church.

   I would that all of you would speak in tongues if the tongues could be interpreted. However, if this is not the case then it would be better to prophecy so that the church will be edified. Seek that you may abound to the edifying (the act of one who promotes another's growth in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, happiness32) of the church.

   If you have the gift of tongues, ask God to give you the gift of interpretation.

   If you were to speak in a tongue during prayer, and there is no interpreter, then you may be intensely roused and completely absorbed with divine things, but you are destitute of clear ideas about them. If you use the tongue while singing, then make sure there is an interpreter. Otherwise, those who are in your periphery, whether it be in prayer or song will not be able to say Amen (agree with the content of the prayer or song) at the end of it, because they will not be able to understand what was said.

   The apostle Paul says, that though he has spoken tongues more than all of them in the assembly, if there were no interpreter of these tongues, then he would rather speak 5 words in the church with the interpretation, than 10000 words without the interpretation.  

   Tongues are a sign of God’s power, which hopefully will cause an unbeliever to realize that this is a work of God, and so embrace the gospel. If everyone that has the gift of tongues speak them in the church, and there be no interpreter, then the unbeliever, who is in attendance, will think that those people are possessed, operating in the power of an evil spirit.

   Let there be allowed no more than three tongues spoken, one at a time, during an assembly of the church, and make sure that there is someone available, who has the gift of interpretation. If there is no interpreter, then do not speak the tongue out loud, but speak it to your self silently.

   Here are some questions:

   What did Paul mean in verse 5, when he said, 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?

   What did Paul mean in verse 18, when he said, I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:?

   What did Paul mean in verse 23, when he said, 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?

Suggested Reading: 1 Cor 14:1-15:1  14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 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. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 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. 13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 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.  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? 17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. 18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 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. 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. 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? 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:

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   What did Paul mean in verse 5, when he said, 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?

   Paul was saying that although all of the believers in the church have the gift of speaking in tongues, if there is no interpreter, then it would be better for someone to prophesy, so that the church will receive edifying.

   What did Paul mean in verse 5, when he said, 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?

   Paul was saying that I wish that all of you, referring only to those believers, who have received the gift of tongues, would use the gift, however, if there is no interpreter, then let someone prophesy, so that the church will receive edifying.

   Another example like this in scripture, where the word all means a segment of, is found in Matt 3:5.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

    Some of the people of Judaea went out to John the Baptist in order to be baptized by him, not all of them.  

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   What did Paul mean in verse 18, when he said, I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all?

   He was saying that although all of the believers in the church have the gift of tongues, it is because of his missionary journeys, that God has used him to exercise this gift more than it has been exercised by all of you.

   What did Paul mean in verse 18, when he said, I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:?

   He was saying that although he has spoken with tongues, more than all of you, referring only to those believers, who have received the gift of tongues, because of his missionary journeys, where God has used him to exercise this gift more that it has been exercised by all of you.

Yes, every believer should speak in tongues.

Every believer receives the gift of tongues.

No, every believer should not speak in tongues.

Every believer does not receive the gift of tongues.

   What did Paul mean in verse 23, when he said, 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?

   He was saying that if the entire church speaks forth with tongues, and there be no interpreter, then if an unbeliever is in attendance, then he/she will think that all of them are mentally ill.

   What did Paul mean in verse 23, when he said, 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?

   He was saying that if all, referring only to those believers, who have received the gift of tongues, speaks forth with tongues, and there be no interpreter, then if an unbeliever is in attendance, then he/she will think that all of them are mentally ill.

 

What do you think?

Should every believer speak in tongues?

Does every believer receive the gift of tongues?

Are tongues the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Starting next week we will begin a new series on the topic of "Forgiveness".

What is Forgiveness?

When someone offends us, how should we handle it?

                                         

 

                                   

 

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