Are Tongues for Today? (Part II)
Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 14:26-28 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | Series: Are Tongues for Today?
I Corinthians 14:26-28: There were very specific guidelines for the practice and use of tongues. Speaking one at a time with an interpreter. No more than three. If no interpretation is given stop speaking in tongues. Women were not to speak in tongues (I Corinthians 14:32-34).
Acts 2:1-11: Here we do not have an instance of a group speaking in tongues. Each of the 12 spoke as they were all filled with the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:3-4). They all spoke at once (Acts 2:4-6). No interpreter was used or needed because every man heard them speak in his own language (Acts 2:6-7). Here the 12 spoke “the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:11), to 14 different nationalities as they were empowered by the Holy Ghost in fulfillment of Acts 1:8. The power enabled Israel to fulfill its great commission of Mark 16:16-18. The fact that all who were filled spoke in tongues here is not an indication that all Spirit filled believers were to all speak in tongues. Here it is not the gift of tongues at all. Here they spoke in “other tongues” (Acts 2:4).
I Corinthians 13:8-12: All revelatory gifts were to cease once God’s revelation was completed. Paul himself spoke in tongues (I Corinthians 14:18) but did not continue after God’s revelation was complete (I Corinthians 13:11 and Colossians 1:25).