The Holy Ghost and Speaking In Tongues

The Holy Ghost and Speaking In Tongues!

There are some people who think that they do not have to speak in tongues when you receive the Holy Ghost. This is not what the scriptures teach. The scriptures teach that speaking in tongues is the sign that a person has received the Holy Ghost.

In 2 Timothy 3:1-7 we are told something to look for in the last days, and one of the things that would happen is they would deny the power of God which is the Holy Ghost and try to convert people by their enticing words of men’s wisdom with out the power of God

2 Timothy 3:1-7
1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5” Having a form of godliness”, (They belong to a church, but they deny the Holy Ghost!) but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (Without the Holy Ghost, we cannot receive the truth from God, and because we do not believe, we have called God a liar!)
Paul, our example, warns us in 1 Corinthians2:1- 5 not put our faith in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God, the Holy Ghost. He tells us this for a reason. Paul was fully able to sway his listener with enticing words of men’s wisdom, but he tells us he did not do that because he wanted our faith to be in the power of God and not the wisdom of men. The power of God is the Holy Ghost.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5
2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
(Why?)
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (Note: POWER OF GOD! THE HOLY GHOST!)
In the book of Jude it makes the statement that there will be people who will come into our life that say they are believers. In verse 19 it says,
Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. The next verse tells how we know we have the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, “praying in the Holy Ghost,” (This is speaking in tongues!)
Jude 1:17-20
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, “praying in the Holy Ghost,” (This is speaking in tongues!)
In Mark 16, Jesus tells us what a believer will believe. One of the sign that a person has the Holy Ghost is they will speak in tongues.
Mark 16:14-18
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;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. ( The point being made here is believing the scriptures, The Holy Ghost is only given to them that repent and believe and is a gift from God. If we do not repent as Simon, in Acts 8, you cannot receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
This truth is very important because no man can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Ghost. If you do not speak in tongues, there is a reason why you do not speak in tongues, and you do not have the Holy Ghost, as in the story of Simon the sorcerer in Acts chapter 8.
Acts 8:18-24
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness”, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Peter tells Simon in this scripture why he could not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, he was in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.
24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
In the scriptures Paul tells us to prove all things that by two or three scriptures every Word shall be established, or proven.
2 Corinthians 13:1
King James Version (KJV)
13 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
Philippians 3:1
King James Version (KJV)
3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
2 Corinthians 12:14
14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours but you:
In the book of Isaiah, chapter 28 we are told that the believer in New Testament “will” speak in tongues.
Isaiah 28”8-13
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
The Acts of the Apostles was written that we might see how we are to do things “in the Spirit”. This is why the book is called “the “ACTS” OF THE APOSTLES.
In the book of Acts we are told that when believers received the Holy Ghost, they spoke in tongues.
Acts 10:42-47
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake 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. (How did they know that the Gentiles received the Holy Ghost?)
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
(The sign that these believers received the Holy Ghost was they saw them speaking in tongues!)
Again in Acts 19:1-7 Paul comes across some believers who had been baptized by John the Baptist, but had not heard that Jesus had come.
Acts 19:1-7
19 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.
Again we see that speaking in tongues were a sigh that these believers spoke in tongues when they received the Holy Ghost.
Speaking in tongues is really important because two whole chapters was given to us that we might understand the different between speaking in tongues and prophesying.
1 Corinthians 14:1-3
14 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.
3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
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.
In the book of Romans we are told that when you are speaking in tongues, we are praying the perfect will of God and Jesus is making intercession for us to the Father.
Romans 8:26-27
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Holy Ghost speaking in tongues!)
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Please seek the Lord on this truth that Jesus, the Word of God, might be glorified and lifted up.
Your brother in the Lord Jesus,
Robert E. Barger

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About robertebarger

I am 68 years young and am a believer in Jesus Christ as the scriptures teaches. I was saved, and recieved the Holy Ghost when I was twelve years old, but when I turned thirty-five years old my world fell apart and I called out WHY GOD? The Lord lead me to start reading the Bible, (King James Verison 1611) and He showed me as I studied in the Word of God, this is why, this is why, this is why. From that time on I was studying the word of God sometimes ten and twelve hours a day plus praying and fasting. Love God, writing, Photography, Music, guitar, people, science, travel, teaching the word of God, life!
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