Gift Of Tongues?
Did you know the Holy Spirit anointed Jesus?
Luke 4:18,19 KJV “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Did you ever wonder why did Jesus need the anointing of the Holy Spirit? Jesus is God in the flesh, so why would he need the anointing of the Holy Spirit? Did you also notice Jesus never spoke in “tongues”?
On the point of tongues for a minute. Notice in Acts 2 all these different countries are mentioned. Those who were in the room who were filled with the Holy Ghost were Galileans, Acts 2:7. Notice the list of countries, about 17, were surrounding countries. Also notice the people heard God’s people speak languages they recognized to be languages of surrounding countries.
Why do people today who “claim” to have the gift of tongues never speak a language, in “tongues”, that we would recognize as a language from this country or that country? Why not French, Spanish, German or Portuguese? Why do those who claim to have the gift of tongues always use what we might call jibber jabber?
Do I believe in tongues? You bet I believe God has gifted people to miraculously speak words in one language and those listening may, Acts 2:8, “And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” There are two keys here:
1.) The person speaking
2.) The person hearing the person speaking in the “tongue wherein we we born.”
They recognized the language and what country the language was from. That is not the type of tongues certain denominations participate in. Even Paul said everyone who gets saved does not speak in tongues in 1 Corinthians 12:29-31. And, if anyone speaks in tongues in a church, they better have interpreters see 2 Corinthians 14:5-21 and what is the purpose of tongues?
“Wherefore tongues are for a sign not to them that believe, but to them that believe not.”
Tongues are for a sign. Who requires a sign? 1 Corinthians 1:22 says, ” For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom.” So if people in church are going to “speak in tongues” Paul says, 1 Corinthians 14:27 KJV
” If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.”
The “tongues” movement appears to be more interested in speaking in tongues than winning the lost. More concerned with if you can speak in tongues than if you are going to hell. Know how God works with your spirit man and know we have an Almighty and awesome God who can do anything but our focus should be on being ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ to win the lost, preach the gospel, heal the broken hearted, deliver the captives, help the blind to see truth, explain our liberty is in Christ and preach the acceptable year of the Lord, just like Luke 4:18,19 says.
Friends, yes I believe tongues are real and come from God but those tongues are actual languages that can be identified. And if it is an “unknown tongue” God knows all.
And why did Jesus need to be anointed by the Holy Ghost? We will have to cover that next time.
Until next time.