Tongues, the Initial Evidence

GIFTS OF SPIRIT 2The Initial Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is Speaking in other tongues, as the Spirit gives the utterance.

Jesus declared that one of the signs to follow believers was that they would speak in tongues. <strong>(Mark 16:17KJV) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name…they shall speak with new tongues…

The first disciples spoke in other tongues on the Day of Pentecost, fulfilling the words of Jesus, and giving evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit, with power from on high.

(Acts 2:1-20 NKJV)  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. {2} And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. {3} Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one 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….

The Church in Jerusalem sent Peter & John to make sure believers received this gift. (Acts 8:5-20 NKJV)  Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. {6} And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. {7} For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. {8} And there was great joy in that city…{14} Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, {15} who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. {16} For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. {17} Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. {18} And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, {19} saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” {20} But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!

It is evident that this experience of receiving the Holy Spirit produced more than joy, because as we see in verse eight, there already was great joy in the city because of the miracles.

It was also evident that the church in Jerusalem expected new believers to speak in other tongues as on the Day of Pentecost, or they would have never sent Peter and John to pray for them to receive this gift.

Upon further examination, it is clear that these people were already saved, as they had been baptized in the name of Jesus, which would only take place as result of the profession of their faith in Him.

Simon wanted the ability to cause people to speak in tongues, and tried to purchase this power, which brought a swift rebuke.

It is quite obvious that they were looking for these believers to speak in other tongues, which obviously took place when Peter and John laid hands upon them.

This passage also demonstrates the various supply that each part of the body is equipped to provide, as Phillip apparently did not posses this gifting to get these believers filled with the Holy Ghost, while Peter and John apparently did.

Cornelius & his household receive the Holy Spirit. (Acts 10:1-6 NKJV) There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, {2} a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. {3} About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” {4} And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. {5} “Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. {6} “He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”

(Acts 10:44-48 NKJV)  While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. {45} And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. {46} For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, {47} “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” {48} And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

It is evident that these people were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit all at once.

Believers at Ephesus receive the Holy Spirit. (Acts 19:1-6 NKJV)  And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples {2} he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” {3} And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” {4} Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would 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 hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

These people spoke in tongues just like the rest, as a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

In each of these examples the believers spoke in tongues when they were filled, that is baptized with the Holy Spirit. Some received the gift of the Holy Spirit as the word of God was preached, while some received as hands were laid upon them.

This gift is for every believer. (Acts 2:38-39 NLT)  Peter replied, “Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. {39} This promise is to you and to your children, and even to the Gentiles–all who have been called by the Lord our God.”

The early church fully expected believers to receive this gift as soon as they received Messiah as Savior.(Acts 8:14-16 NKJV) Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, {15} who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. {16} For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

 The initial and primary evidence of this gift is demonstrated by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues. (Acts 19:5-6 NKJV) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. {6} And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

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