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Daily Bread - March 9, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:56

Acts 1:5 - For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

TONGUES: THE LANGUAGE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
"COME LET US REASON TOGETHER" - PART 2

Every person who has been born of the Spirit of God has a responsibility to
walk in the Spirit. We are responsible, above all other things, to come
into the assembly of the saints filled with the Spirit. Unfortunately, many
of God's people return time and time again to the church with the same
burdens, cares, and afflictions when they should be shining with the glory
of Jesus and functioning in the authority and power of the Holy Spirit
(Ephesians 3:19; Isaiah 60:1; 1 Corinthians 12:7; John 14:12; 2 Corinthians
3:18). Too much time is devoted to suffering, complaining babies in Christ
who should be living epistles walking in the glory of the fruits of the
Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:3; Galatians 5:22-25). It time to take up our
responsibility in Christ and walk in the light as He is in the light, and
show forth the praises of the One Who has called us out of darkness into
His marvelous light. We have been empowered by Him to live this life, but
we must submit to the Holy Ghost, Who alone can teach us how.

There is a powerful impact on the unbeliever and the unlearned when the
people of God flow in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:24-25). If the church is
going to be an assembly in which everyone has the overflow of the Spirit in
their lives, then each person is going to have to learn how to receive from
God. Jesus said that if we would drink of the spiritual water that He
supplies, it would produce the expressions of the Holy Spirit flowing out
of us like the rushing of rivers flowing together (John 7:38-39). Surely,
our heats should respond, "Oh God, evermore give me this water to drink!"

If Christ Jesus is going to be revealed in our lives, then we need to lay
hold on the resources that He gave to us to live His life. We are to be a
'light unto the world' and a 'city set upon a hill' in our conduct and
behavior. We are those who are supposed to lead the world into the Kingdom
of God by our deeds; but if we do not allow the word of God to govern our
actions, how will this ever be a reality? All of the good things of God are
expressed through a relationship with God in the Holy Ghost. If we are
neglectful of this relationship, then we are going to forfeit all the good
things of God that have been made available to us. We will be stuck in the
activities of human effort and ritual, and the world around us will only
see religion instead of the glory of God manifested by the working of the
Word and the Spirit of God. However, if we will allow God to teach us to be
conformed to His Word and His Spirit, then those things that we speak will
be filled with the power and authority of God; and the things that we do
will be the expressions of His nature and glory.

The 14th chapter of 1 Corinthians ends much in the same way it began. There
are a number of things that proper church order demands for the saints to
be aware of, but not at the expense of the manifestation of the Spirit. The
bottom line is: every saint of God should earnestly desire the spiritual,
and they should earnestly desire to prophesy. Every saint should recognize
that we are living in the last days; and as God has promised, He has poured
out His Spirit on all flesh so that Heaven might be revealed through our
lives (Acts 2:14-18). When the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the church,
the only vocal gift that was heard was the utterances of tongues. However,
tongues lead Peter into a realm, just as it did Paul, where he functioned
in the word of knowledge (Acts 2:14; 1 Corinthians 14:6), in revelation and
teaching (Acts 2:14-32, 34-38), and in prophecy (Acts 2:33; 39-40).

Tongues are the first expression of the Holy Spirit and the evidence that
the Holy Spirit was poured out on the church (Acts 2:3-4). In this Epistle,
Paul indeed gives it the highest ranking; for what could be more important
than the individual speaking directly to God (1 Corinthians 14:2)? What
could be more important than the manifestation of the fire of God (Acts
2:3)? Is there any greater activity than worshipping and giving thanks well
unto God (1 Corinthians 14:17)? What could be more important in our
meetings than to have a sign of the presence of God to the unbeliever (1
Corinthians 14:22). Paul instructs the whole church to prophesy, as well as
to speak with tongues. Through tongues, the saint will be built up; and
through prophecy, the whole church will be instructed in the Word of the
Lord, and the lost will be saved (1 Corinthians 14:22-24).

For the church to shine with the radiant splendor of the life of Jesus,
then each person must know how to yield to and function in the
manifestation of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). Every member in the
body of Christ should have a hymn, a revelation, a tongue, and an
interpretation so that the whole church can be edified. There should be the
baptismal glory of the Holy Ghost from which each one is filled, speaking
to themselves in 'songs and hymns and spiritual songs'. The overflow of
'joy unspeakable and full of glory' and 'the love of Christ which fills us
with all God's fullness' must reign in our lives. Therefore, let no one
forbid anyone else to speak with tongues. When Paul told the Thessalonians
not to quench the Spirit, we can be certain that tongues was at least, in
part, what he was referring to - if not the very focus of the statement (1
Thessalonians 5:19). Paul uses a word specific to putting out fire,
'quench' (sbennumi). Thus, Paul warns that the fire of God can be
diminished, or even put out, if the Holy Spirit is resisted. In fact, even
if you consider someone wrong and out of order, to forbid them to speak
with tongues is as if you threw cold water on the fire of God. "To quench
the Spirit was to suppress or restrain the Spirit from manifesting itself
in charismatic activities like speaking in tongues and uttering prophecy
within the life of the community" (see F. Lang, TDNT VII, 168). The tongues
of fire should fill the tongues of every person; and we should desire, as
Paul did, to flow in this glorious language of the Spirit more than them
all (1 Corinthians 14:18)!

We received this great outpouring of the Holy Spirit to go into 'all the
world and preach the gospel'; and until we will step out in faith and obey,
maturity will languish. We were baptized with the presence of the Living
God to be witnesses of the life giving power supplied through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! Religion will try to stop you,
and kill you, as it did James. The satanic powers of darkness will fight
against you, and attempt to turn the truth of God into a lie; but you must
stand! Every evil thing will try to kill the working of the Spirit of God
and persecute the anointing. Out of weakness, you will be made strong; and
through the great fight of faith, you will grow and mature into all the
fullness of the ministry of Jesus (Ephesians 4:12-13). The cost will be
laying down your life and pursuing the heavenly vision at the expense of
all other things (Mark 8:34-35; Matthew 13:44-46).

The gift of tongues is among the most controversial subjects in the Bible.
There are those who say it is a gift that has passed away. Others believe
that the gift is ours, but rarely function in it. Still others believe that
it is something that should be active in church, but should not be allowed
except under strictly defined parameters. But what does the Bible really
say? What was Paul's true intent? What compelled him to devote such a
lengthy exhortation to a single gift? One thing we may be certain: Paul not
only spoke in tongues (a language that could not be understood by men), but
he also promoted the activity of it along with all of the other gifts. All
these things can only point to one thing: the importance of tongues in
developing and maturing God's people into the power and manifestation of
the ministry of Christ Jesus.

Tongues was first in the manifestations of the Spirit. Tongues was first in
the birth of the church. Tongues was first in the heart of Paul, and it
should be first in our hearts as well. Its precedence and outworking in the
New Testament church is unimpeachable. If you want to move in the power of
the Holy Spirit like the Apostle Paul did, then you should participate with
the Holy Spirit as he did. Tongues in the New Testament is one of the
miracle signs that earmarks the believers (Mark 16:17). The gift of the
Holy Spirit has been poured out upon all flesh, to wit: anyone who will
believe (Acts 2:17-18; Joel 2:28-29). There is no legitimate reason for
anyone to refuse a special gift that allows us to speak to God after the
manner of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:2). We may be certain Paul believed
that tongues was a unique gift placed in the church by God; and
furthermore, he expected the gift to be exercised in various ways by all
believers (1 Corinthians 12:10, 28; 1 Corinthians 14:5, 26, 39).

God has given His people a 'rest and refreshing' through the language of
the Holy Ghost (Isaiah 28:11-12). What is misunderstood more than anything
else is the powerful function of these miraculous utterances of the Holy
Spirit. They are supernatural, and supply a supernatural strength to the
believer, and are a springboard for every manifestation of the Spirit. They
are a witness that the Holy Spirit has come to reside in you with all the
power of Heaven.

 
Daily Bread - March 8, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:19
Acts 1:5 - For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

TONGUES: THE LANGUAGE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
"COME LET US REASON TOGETHER" - PART 1


Have you ever wondered why it is not okay if people pray, sing, and speak
in the heavenly language in church; but it is okay if we do not prophesy,
do not cast out devils, and do not minister healing and miracles? (1
Corinthians 12:10, 28, 14:26; John 14:12; Mark 16:17). What if we took
every dimension of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit and display of the
power of God out of the life of Jesus - what would His ministry look like?
He would have been a preacher who described the glory and splendor of
Heaven, but could have never displayed it. He would have talked about how
much God loves everyone, but would have never been able to demonstrate that
love on any significant level. When the centurion came to Jesus regarding
his dying servant, Jesus would have said, "Put your trust in God." When the
lepers came crying out to be cleansed, they would have heard, "Rejoice in
your affliction." When Jairus came desiring Jesus to heal his daughter, and
then discovered that she was dead, the message would have been, "It's not
always God's will to heal; we must trust in providence."

How long will we play games with God and His church? How long will we
thrust forward blind, and unwilling to turn from the pride of our own
biased opinions? Can we be right with God while we oppose the doctrine of
the Lord Jesus - as it is revealed in the New Testament? Is it more
important to us to justify ourselves rather than to get desperate and
hungry to have what God has described in His Word? Must we continue to seek
to vindicate our own experiences rather than seeking the Kingdom of God and
His righteousness? Is it right to preach the gospel and attempt to be the
witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus without the power of the Holy Ghost?
Who will step up and say, "No more!"? If you want what God wants, then you
will have to start imitating Jesus and start doing those things that He
commanded for us to do. If you have not been baptized in the Holy Ghost,
then you have not been qualified by God as a witness; so get baptized!
Everyone must move beyond the limitations of their own abilities and fears,
and follow Jesus, in order to do what He did. Start laying hands on the
sick and proclaiming liberty to the captives. Take hold of the power from
on high that has been freely given through the ministry of Jesus, and flow
in the Holy Ghost.

The leadership and ministry of the Holy Spirit must have first place in our
life. If we will begin to recognize those things that He does, then we will
quickly learn to honor Him. It was the work of the Holy Spirit that was
placed front and center in the incarnation of God into human flesh (Matthew
1:18, 20; Luke 1:35). John the Baptist recognized when the Holy Spirit came
upon Jesus, and it was by the manifestation of the Holy Ghost that Jesus
would be identified (John 1:33; Luke 3:22). John the Baptist also revealed
that baptism into the Holy Spirit would be as central to the ministry of
Jesus as water baptism had been to his own ministry (Matthew 3:11; Mark
1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33). Luke noted that when Jesus began His ministry,
He came in the power of the Holy Ghost (Luke 4:1). Jesus declared that the
Holy Spirit was upon Him and had empowered Him to preach the gospel (Luke
4:18). He credited the Holy Spirit with the ability to cast out devils and
reveal the power of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 12:28). Jesus taught that
the Holy Spirit would change a person into a new creation (John 3:3-6).
Jesus taught that those who would receive the gift of God would be
identified through the expressions of the Holy Spirit, Who would come like
rivers (John 7:38-39). It would be the Holy Spirit Who would come to lead
us, guide us, and to glorify Jesus (John 14:26, 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians
2:9-10). It would be through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that the
revelation that 'the Father was in Christ Jesus and that Jesus is in us'
was given (John 14:20).

If we are ever going to be led by the Holy Spirit, then we must not resist
Him and grieve Him. We must remain deeply desiring for His work to be
revealed in the midst of our lives and our assemblies. We cannot lead a
cause against any manifestation of the Holy Spirit. If we are going to
follow Jesus, then we must learn how to be submitted to the work of the
Holy Spirit, even as Jesus was. We must begin to recognize the deceptive
tactics that Satan has used to shut down the working of the Holy Spirit,
which usually come cloaked as some pious act of honoring God. If we are
going to mind the things of the Spirit, and yield ourselves to His
leadership, we cannot walk in our own imaginations of what that looks like.
The Bible fully describes what the Holy Spirit has done, is doing, and
wants to do in the midst of the church and through the lives of all those
who have been filled with His presence.

Each person in the church who has been born of God carries a responsibility
to function in the realms of the Spirit in order that the Kingdom of God be
revealed to those who do not believe or do not understand the gospel (1
Corinthians 12:7-11; John 16:12-15; Ephesians 1:23). We must yield to the
work of the Holy Ghost, Who would baptize us all into one body to function
with one heart and one mind (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 15:6). If we are
unwilling to yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, then Christ Jesus will not
be revealed (John 16:14). For it is only in the context of the
manifestation of the Spirit that the body of Christ is revealed (1
Corinthians 12:7-27). Each person in the church is to be so full of the
Spirit that words of life and revelation can proceed from their mouths
revealing the secrets of the hearts of men (1 Corinthians 14:24-25). The
example that Paul gave was similar to what happened when Nathaniel
encountered Jesus. Jesus revealed the secrets of Nathaniel's heart, and
Nathaniel became a believer and worshipped Jesus (John 1:46-49).

We must realize that we were not called to live a "Christian life"; we were
called to live the life of Jesus. God has given every person a special
anointing to live in Christ (1 John 2:27; John 15:1-5; Philippians 1:21;
John 17:21-13). The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every person so
that each may function in the authority of the kingdom and reveal the
ministry of Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:7; John 7:38-39; Luke 24:49; Acts
2:4,16-18, 39). God is not looking for orators or performers. He is looking
for yielded vessels that He can fill with His Spirit; who will speak all
the words of this life and bring the gospel of salvation to all mankind (1
Corinthians 2:4, 13, 14:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:5).
 
Daily Bread - March 7, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 08:43
Acts 1:5 - For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

TONGUES IS A LANGUAGE THAT NO MAN UNDERSTANDS

There are some who would try to explain away the language of the Holy
Spirit as being needed for those who do not have the ability to speak the
language of the people they are sent to. Well, this certainly would not
explain the Apostle Paul's need for the language of the Spirit.
Furthermore, such a notion is not supplied to us with respect to the many
references to tongues. First of all, Paul was a Roman who was trained in
the best schools of his time, and most certainly spoke those languages that
were more commonly used. Yet, more essential to the issue than anything
else is Paul's explanation of tongues as a language which no man
understands, "For he that speaks in tongues does not speak to men, but unto
God: for no man understands him; howbeit in the Spirit he speaks mysteries
(1 Corinthians 14:2). Of course, Paul made this point over and again as he
contrasted tongues (or speaking, praying, or singing in the Spirit) with
the utterances that could be understood. If tongues were only to
communicate to people in a language that the speaker did not understand,
then nothing that Paul said in First Corinthians chapter fourteen makes any
sense.

It has been argued that when men speak in tongues, they speak in the
languages of men and angels, and is therefore proof that tongues are a
means by which the speaker can speak the languages known to other men (1
Corinthians 13:1). However, 1 Corinthians 13:1 can be understood in exactly
the same way that Paul explains tongues in the next chapter. Certainly,
there are no contradictions with what Paul said in chapter thirteen and
which was repeated over and again in chapter fourteen. Speaking in the
tongues of men and angels can simply be another way to express the
difference between speaking with the understanding in contrast to speaking
a spiritual language, which once again "no man understands."

One of the signs of the believer is to speak with "new tongues." Once
again, this can be understood as speaking a language that has never been
heard before which '??????' (new, unused) can infer (Mark 16:17). This is
certainly the proper way to understand '??????' in view of the Holy Spirit
bringing us the spiritual language that had never been heard until the day
of Pentecost. It is only the Holy Spirit Who could teach this language,
which Paul strongly contrasted when highlighting the differences between
tongues and the language(s) that could be understood by men. Tongues are
undeniably the expressions of the Holy Spirit in which mysteries (????????)
are being uttered to God. These are secret or hidden things that only God
can understand. By definition, they would be unknown to anyone other than
God, unless He choose to reveal them. That which is being spoken in tongues
is concealed to men, unless there is one who makes it known through an
interpretation given by the Holy Spirit.

When tongues are being uttered, they are not being spoken to men, but to
God. This is one of the more important points that cannot be over
emphasized (1 Corinthians 14:2, 14-16, 28). This is a communion with God,
not a means of communication with others; which further emphasizes its
place in church without any need for interpretation. In fact, there is no
argument given by Paul that tongues should not be spoken and heard in the
meeting; but instead, the opposite is true. It has been reported from the
experience of men on many different occasions that when they spoke in a
tongue unknown to themselves, it was at least known in part to some who
spoke other languages. While this miraculous event is certainly not
excluded, it is not what the Scripture reveals about the primary nature of
the language of the Spirit. Those baptized in the Holy Spirit speak divine
mysteries in the Spirit directly to God. The nature of tongues then, by
themselves, is not intended to be revelation. It is only when there is an
interpretation that allows the message to be made known that the tongues
become revelation to the hearers, which is entirely secondary to their
purpose.

Tongues are not inspired by the thoughts of men. They are not personally
inspired, or belonging to, any personal faculty of men. It is the language
of the Spirit spoken as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. It is profitable
to the speaker and not to the hearer (1 Corinthians 14:2, 4). It is the
intercessions of the Holy Ghost under His control, and the speaker is only
a yielded vessel by which this divine communion takes place. Someone may
say it is a gift, so it belongs to the individual, as though the individual
becomes the administrator of the gift. However, this is not true of any of
the gifts. It is only by being yielded to the Holy Spirit that any of His
manifestations will function through our lives. Just as one works miracles
by the Spirit, even so, one speaks in the heavenly language by the Spirit
(Galatians 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11). Our spirits, which are joined unto
the Holy Spirit, become the organ through which the Holy Spirit expresses
His thoughts (1 Corinthians 6:17).
 
Daily Bread - March 3, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 03 March 2017 09:06
Acts 1:5 - For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

THE NEED FOR TONGUES - Part 1

The language of the Spirit was a new kind of prophecy for the New Testament
believer, which would mature into an understanding of how to participate
with the Holy Ghost in an unlimited divine ability. This special gift was
placed front and center in terms of what God now purposed to do in the
midst of His church. Tongues belong in the church since they were placed
there by the Lord Jesus and function as the utterance of the Holy Spirit
(Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28, 14:1, 26, 39; Mark 16:17). Now, in 1
Corinthians 14, Paul gives sixteen reasons why we should speak in tongues
in the church:
1. We are to desire the spiritual, and tongues exemplifies the spiritual (1
Corinthians 14:1, 12).

2. He that speaks in tongues speaks to God in a direct way that allows for
the mysteries of God to be spoken. There would be no way for Paul to give
tongues a higher status than to refer to it as the activity of our spirit
speaking directly to God by the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 14:2).

3. When we speak in tongues, we strengthen ourselves in the things of the
Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:4).

4. It was Paul's desire that we all speak with tongues; and no one knew
better what was needed in the church (1 Corinthians 14:5).

5. Tongues will excel to the interpretation of tongues; therefore, if there
are no tongues, then we would be deprived of a special realm of prophecy:
the interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 14:12-13, 27).

6. When we pray in tongues, our spirits are engaged in prayer to God (1
Corinthians 14:14).

7. Without tongues, we would not be able to pray in the Spirit, which leads
to praying in the understanding (1 Corinthians 14:15).

8. Without tongues, we would not be able to sing in the Spirit, which then
leads to singing in the understanding (1 Corinthians 14:15).

9. When we speak with tongues, we bless with the Spirit (1 Corinthians
14:16).

10. When we speak with tongues, we give thanks (1 Corinthians 14:16).

11. When we speak with tongues, we give thanks excellently (1 Corinthians
14:17).

12. Paul, an example that we should all follow, spoke in tongues more than
everyone (1 Corinthians 14:18).

13. Speaking in tongues is the fulfillment of prophecy, which revealed that
God would speak through His people in a special way (1 Corinthians 14:21).

14. Speaking in tongues is a sign for the unbeliever; it is a revelation
that the New Covenant has begun (1 Corinthians 14:22; Acts 2:33).

15. When we assemble in the church, everyone should have the expression of
tongues (1 Corinthians 14:26).

16. Tongues is the first expression of the Holy Spirit in the church, and
no one has the right to forbid it (1 Corinthians 14:39; Acts 2:3-4).
 
Daily Bread - March 2, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:06
Acts 1:5 - For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

Tongues: Interpretation of Tongues

Distinct from praying, singing, and giving of thanks in the language of the
Spirit is a message in tongues. Just as prophesy delivers a message to the
church, even so, there is a message that can be delivered through tongues,
which is accompanied by a distinct gift that works alongside of it called
the interpretation of tongues. Yet, it must be emphasized that this is not
the same expression of tongues that falls on everyone for prayer and
singing. Anyone who has operated in the gift of tongues will recognize that
there are diversities of tongues which are expressed in different ways (1
Corinthians 12:28). The 'diversity of tongues', which is translated from
the Greek 'genos glosson', may be translated also as 'natures' or
'families' of tongues. In some instances, the moving of the Spirit touches
everyone at the same time as in Acts chapters 2, 10 and 19. This does not
necessarily happen once, but can take place throughout the meeting. There
can also be, as it were, waves of this Holy Ghost manifestation in which
one person after another will speak in a tongue that is for a message. At
other times, the utterance will fall strongly upon only one person, which
could either be the preacher or a person in the congregation. When a
message in tongues is given it needs to be interpreted, and of course, must
be done one at a time so everyone can hear what is being said by the Holy
Spirit. When there is a tongue given for a message, it has a unique
expression that those who are discerning recognize. However, at the same
time, context will reveal it as well. If someone is preaching and a person
starts to speak in tongues, then that must be interpreted. So long as it is
interpreted, it is never out of order.

What Paul is instructing for us to do in the church makes perfect sense for
those who are constantly engaged in the moving of the Spirit. When everyone
is praying or singing in tongues, it does not create any kind of
distraction at all, but is glorious and inspiring. However, when someone
wants to speak in tongues overtop of the preacher, or the one prophesying,
then that creates a disruption. If multiple people were taken by the gift
of tongues, and then spoke at the same time while someone began to
interpret over top of that, then there would be confusion. The gift itself
can activate the gift in those who are sensitive to the operation of the
Holy Ghost, so there must be a sensitivity and respect with regards to
delivering the message. The interpretation of tongues is to be delivered
like any other exhortation or sermon. It is ridiculous for those who know
nothing about the practical application of the gift to suppose that they
can understand all that Paul implies in 1 Corinthians 14, and especially as
it relates to verses 27-28. Furthermore, when their rules and regulations
bring an end to the flow of tongues in the church, then it is obvious that
they have stepped outside of the bounds set forth in scripture, and their
misunderstanding is further emphasized.

There has been much confusion about the utterance of the language of the
Spirit. Many good folks have some interesting preconceived ideas as to what
an interpretation is supposed to look and sound like. Many believe that
there has to be a little space of silence, then suddenly someone starts
shouting, "thus saith the Lord," like the prophets of old. It does not have
to work like that. When we define interpretation of tongues, it may extend
beyond many people's definitions, so everyone needs to just be a little
more flexible and develop a sensitivity to what God is doing. The
interpretation of tongues, which is different from prophesy, functions
specifically from the inspiration invoked by the 'message tongues.' The
Greek word that is used for this gift is 'diermeneuo.' The usage of this
word by Josephus and Philo conveys a meaning different from just providing
a translation by interpreting one language into another. The word
'diermeneuo' may be understood as 'to put into words', or 'bring to
articulate expressions' (The Anchor Bible Dictionary - Gift of Tongues).
The first manifestation of the interpretation of tongues, observed in Acts
2:7-8, was a miracle not given by a human interpreter. Those who heard what
the disciples were saying in their own language did so in the context of
one hundred twenty people swept away with the utterance of tongues, which
in any other circumstance, would have been impossible. The interpretation
was by the assistance of a divine interpreter. The 'divine interpreter' is
also suggested to us by the text as well with the use of the word 'hear'
instead of 'speaking.' Although the disciples were speaking in the tongues
of the Spirit, many of the people who were present heard what they were
saying in their own language. Thus the miracle of interpretation rested in
the hearing, and not in the speaking. "Amazed and astonished they ask, are
not all of these speaking Galileans. And how is it that we hear each in our
own native language." Keep in mind one hundred twenty are speaking in
tongues, and more than three thousand are listening - that's a miracle no
matter how you approach the situation. In this event, there were also those
who spoke the same languages, but only heard the utterance of stammering
lips and other tongues, and mocked saying, " They are filled with new wine"
(Acts 2:13). If, as some suggest, the tongues of the Spirit were simply the
languages of men given to the disciples supernaturally, then there would
have been no group of people who thought that the tongues were the
babblings of those drunk on wine. If the one hundred twenty were speaking
one by one in tongues, and that was followed by and interpretation, the
text would have said so; but as it stands, it reveals only that they all
spoke with tongues at the same time. As they spoke, fourteen different
dialects were being heard by a massive audience - which is nothing short of
miraculous!

Flowing in the gift of tongues is wonderful, but it cannot occupy the whole
church service. If everyone were only speaking in tongues throughout the
whole church service, it would be viewed by the visitor as a mad house!
This is the point that Paul is driving home - tongues cannot occupy the
entire service with no utterance given that can be understood. The service,
in other words, cannot go from people praying and singing in tongues to
individuals shouting out messages in tongues over top of each other. If
someone attempted to give an interpretation while others were speaking in
tongues, then the interpretation would not be heard. Someone trying to
interpret overtop of others speaking in tongues would not only be
confusing, but simply out of order. Each person in the context of
preaching, exhorting, or prophesying should be committed to speaking words
by the Holy Spirit so that everyone can understand them. Also, Paul is not
limiting the number of occurrences of this manifestation; for he has
already made room for everyone to participate in tongues and the
interpretation of tongues. When Paul said, "Two, or at most three," the
Greek implies 'on each occasion.' Just as Paul is not limiting the number
of those who can prophesy in the meeting, neither is he limiting the number
of messages that can be given by tongues and interpretation of tongues (1
Corinthians 14:31). When a message is given in tongues, the most optimal
order would be: one message in tongues immediately followed by the
interpretation. However, Paul did allow for up to two or three messages in
tongues before proceeding any further without an interpretation. Once an
interpretation was given, then there could be up to two or three additional
messages given; and once again, an interpretation. Paul did not place a
limitation on how long this could continue; rather, he praised the church
because everyone had a tongue and an interpretation of tongues (1
Corinthians 14:26). There certainly is no reason to believe that tongues
and interpretation of tongues, which are equal to prophecy, cannot be
practiced by everyone in the meeting.

The church service is not only about worshiping the Lord Jesus, but it is
also about establishing the saints in the things of God and reaching the
lost. Paul placed an emphasis on reaching the lost in the meeting, and
therefore, placed those words spoken by the understanding as far superior
to those spoken in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:24-25). Although Paul would
come speaking in tongues, he would be devoted to speaking by the Spirit
those words that all could understand as well (1 Corinthians 14:6).
Although tongues had a place of supreme importance in Paul's life, he
emphasized the importance of teaching others on the scale of speaking five
words that could be understood instead of ten thousand words in tongues (1
Corinthians 14:19). There certainly is no shortage of the words that men
can understand in our church meetings today. However, are we hearing that
message brought by the Holy Spirit through revelation, knowledge, prophesy,
and doctrine (1 Corinthians 14:6)? The first thing that Paul would ask many
in the church today is, "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you
believed?" There should be no one who would want things any other way than
Paul described them in 1 Corinthians 14:27-28. Surely there is no one that
wants confusion. Where many go beyond what Paul said is when they start
condemning those who pray in tongues during prayer time and sing in tongues
during worship. There are absolutely no restrictions placed on praying in
tongues all at the same time. Once again, this is an utterance of prayer
that is not addressing men, but God (1 Corinthians 14:2; Acts 2:11, 10:46).
If we cannot all pray in tongues at the same time, then we should not be
allowed to all pray with the understanding either. In either case, it is
not for those who are listening, but for God. Who can understand what a
group of people are praying in either case?

According to verse 13, the one who speaks in an unknown tongue should pray
that he may also interpret. Paul would not leave anyone to an expression
that did not result in them excelling in the gifts. The person who is
speaking in a tongue should allow the manifestation to develop to the point
that the divine speech is put into a divine message that the whole church
can spiritually benefit and mature through it. We should note that the
'miraculous speech' turned into a 'miraculous message' for Peter on the day
of Pentecost, and such should be the same result for us today. Likewise,
those who are functioning in the spiritual (tongues) should seek to excel,
or abound, in those gifts of the Spirit that would edify the church (1
Corinthians 14:12). Those gifts include more than prophesy, as Paul has
previously mentioned. They are revelation, knowledge, and doctrine; to
which we can add the word of wisdom (1 Corinthians 14:6, 12:8). However, if
the people of the God are not allowed to operate in the spiritual, how will
they ever have the opportunity to excel? Tongues is a miracle as much as
healings and all the other wonders. These are the manifestations of the
Spirit, not the manifestations of men; and they should be reverenced and
appreciated as such. When we pray in the Spirit under the influence of the
Holy Ghost, many divine expressions can follow. For example, praying in the
Holy Ghost can elevate into a message in tongues. There is a divine hook up
in the gift of tongues as was exemplified on the day of Pentecost; and out
of that flows the things that the Holy Spirit inspires us with. This moving
of the Holy Spirit is the opportunity for everyone to learn how to enter
into the Spirit knowledge that only few in the Old Testament times had
access too, but now has been poured out on all flesh. Through the activity
of the Spirit, we are strengthened and built up to move in signs, wonders,
and miracles. Therefore, all tongues should excel to these revelatory
expressions, so that everyone can be edified by what God says, and not men.
 
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