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-What about 'speaking or praying in tongues'?

"Tongues".as described in Acts 2:1-17 and 19:1-7 means 'languages', as the original Greek along with the context of the scripture has it. Note as we go through it, how there is no hard fast all time rule for all persons, but things occurred differently as God obviously wanted at various times throughout history regarding the operation of His nature of love, the Holy Spirit's working in people:.Hebrews 11:1

Emmanuel said, in His particular instruction to the 11 disciples when He appeared to them after His resurrection, that tongues would be a sign coming from those who believed as the disciples, who then went into all the world.(Gentiles now to be reached).to preach the gospel:.Mark 16:14-18. Emmanuel didn't speak in tongues. 

Tongues then were a special gift for a specific purpose at that time:.Acts 2:6; 1Corinthians 14:5,6. It was called the gift of tongues, but the specialness was both in the interpretation and in the hearing not the speaking:.Acts 2:7,8-13. They were a sign of God's presence for unbelievers:.1Corinthians 14:22. They were a special gift that enabled them to give good news of amazing recent happenings of spiritual significance to those who normally would have been unable to make sense of Paul's mother tongue: Acts 10:46. Overall, Paul didn't think there was much value in this gift that those in the Corinthian church back then were using:.1Corinthians 14:3-18. They were using it as more as a show of individual spirituality; "See, I'm more religious than you are." The old immature.hackneyed 'my dad is better than your dad' attitude.

Later, the Apostle Paul spoke a lot in tongues, but privately:.1Corinthians 14:4,18,19. This was all before the New Testament was canonized. Paul later said to move away.(Hebrews 6:1).from a lot of the foundational principles.(2John 1:9).once they had served their use:.Acts 10:46,47; Hebrews 5:12-14 to 6:1,2.

Prior to the time of Acts 2 and the giving of the Holy Spirit to all who believe, Emmanuel's disciples received the Holy Spirit from Emmanuel:.John 20:22.

David had the Holy Spirit back in the Old Testament:.Psalms 51:11. Further back, Moses:.Isaiah 63:11. All these believed God, had a personal relationship with Him, yet no mention of tongues regarding them. Today tongues are unnecessary, considering their original purpose, yet still can be part of an intimate relationship with God. 

On this Day of Pentecost back then, this particular receiving of the Holy Spirit made possible a special gift:.Acts 2:3,4. The Spirit enabled those in Corinth who were listening to the Galilaeans speaking to this mixed languages group, to understand them by enabling hearing in their various native tongues. A visible Holy Spirit manifestation.(1Corinthians 12:7-11).of cloven.(divided, split).tongues occurred. Each person of whatever language they may be of plainly heard the message.

The original Greek word in verse 4 for 'utterance' means 'enunciate plainly'. What was spoken was heard and understood in any language common to the various people's languages who were all gathered there for this event:.Acts 2:5

The Spirit did not speak through them. The Spirit enabled the particular phenomenon of being able to hear the speakers in one's own language:.Acts 2:8. The Holy Spirit from God enabled what was spoken to be understood in languages common to those present. Those speaking in tongues then had a desire for all to understand them:.1Corinthians 14:32

The Spirit is the essence of God and can be used according to what inherent and developed abilities we each individually have:.Philippians 1:19. The Holy Spirit is not a possessive overtaking of one's abilities as what may be done by what we call a demon spirit. Notice it says in Acts 2:4 that it was they who spake in tongues. One opens his mouth and speaks and the words can be inspired from God by means of the Holy Spirit according to a person's desire to get a message across:.Mark 13:11; Hebrews 3:7; 2Peter 1:21

Christians back then received the Holy Spirit at first on the Day of Pentecost.(means 'count fifty')

Many Christians have believed that by 'speaking in tongues', here meaning a 'language' that even they have not learned nor understand, that this is a special way to communicate with God that is precious. The character danger is not whether or not one speaks in tongues, but that many of those that do speak in tongues or prophesy, feel they have the cream of the truth while others have only the skimmed milk:.1Corinthians 1:12-14.

However, God looks on the heart no matter what language one may speak in, tongues or a language of understanding. Why not communicate with God with a language one understands so that one knows and understands what he is saying to God?

On the other hand, the 'tongues' may be the language we once used in communication with Crerator-God and the angels before we were put into the physical; a 'language' of the Spirit as it were, a 'language' of the Spirit united with our spirit, perhaps a 'language' of that which conveys the heart's feelings to others in the Godly realm in a profound manner.

Many today speaking in tongues comment that they feel exhilarated and built up and renewed, but tongues were not to magnify the self, but God:.Acts 10:46. Belief in many things can have the same effect of building up and renewal. Positive thinking books, tapes, courses, etc. do similarly. 

The tongues sign at that time was to show all, that God was indeed calling the Gentiles and would encourage their acceptance. 

Many then having been brought up with the history of the Old Testament would have probably recalled that any nation that was not God's physical nation back then, were not to be engaged in fellowship if they wanted to stay apart from Israel and carry on their own sometimes horrendous practices:.Deuteronomy 7:1-4.

And if they wanted to be a part of Israel? Well then, great!.Exodus 12:47-49; 20:10; 22:21; 23:12; Leviticus 19:10,34.

There are big differences in the New Testament.



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"The fool wonders, the wise man asks."....Disraeli, a British Prime Minister
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