1 Corinthians 12: 4-11, 1 Cor. 14:
Previously we discussed the various gifts found in Corinthians 12, now we are going to end the series by talking about tongues. I know this has been a subject of contention in many circles but also a subject of interest in others. As we began the series I would like to allow yourself to hear without putting your guards and let what we study from scripture guide your judgment and after this message you decide where you want to be.
A KEY LESSON FOR US. Every believer who knows Jesus has the Holy Spirit because it is the Spirit who draws you to Jesus and who confirms in your spirit that you are saved.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”
So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would 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 hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7 Now the men were about twelve in all.
18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; 19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Prayer language is for personal edification and should be limited to private prayer time or in a prayer meeting.
C. Tongues where God is speaking to his people just like prophesy.
a. The gift of tongues is the God-given, enabling to communicate in a language one does not know, and to be interpreted in the assembly that all may understand.
b. This is a “manifestation of the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:7), and not human ability.
c. The gift of tongues is a supernatural manifestation or expression of the Holy Spirit through a person’s speech organs. It is a direct manifestation of the miraculous.
This is used in public gathering but always must be followed by interpretation. It is usually a message of prophesy, praise or prayer that when other hear it, they are edified.
2. INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES
3. PRACTICAL INSTRUCTIONS IN THE OPERATION OF THE GIFTS
No matter how sure one is that he has a spiritual revelation or a word from the Lord, if it contradicts the clear teaching of the Scripture, it must not be accepted. God’s Word is final.
Leaders are accountable for the spiritual health and well being of the flock and have the authority and the responsibility to correct, rebuke and admonish the believers and establish them in truth. (1 Cor. 14:29). (See teaching in the notes)
We must obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit by faith and the act of our will, putting ourselves into a position in which the Holy Spirit can use us and manifest Himself through us. We do not use the Spirit, He uses us.
This is the whole message of the “love chapter” it is actually part of the teaching on the gifts. A person’s motive must be based on love for God’s people. It is not the right motive to just want to see that one’s ministry functions.
Every action and operation should be weighed by this: “Does it edify?” “How will it effect the Church?” Moreover “How can this gift operate for the greatest benefit of the body
Gifts must be operated Scripturally, not in an abusive manner or emotionally or as an exhibitionist. (1 Cor. 14:32).
The Holy Spirit usually builds a theme or a message in a meeting, and everyone who is walking in the Spirit will speak the same. (1Cor 12:4-6. We should harmonize with the theme of the Spirit, especially regarding the vocal gifts during a meeting. “Crosscurrents”should be avoided. A person may have a heavy burden or strong inner message, but if it does not fit in with what God is saying, then it is probably not to be spoken (at least at that particular time).
Any person will make mistakes; that is part of development. God has provided for this and knows they will occur. However, one only grows as they begin to move in their gift. A person must therefore begin to function according to his faith, and according to the level he is on As long as we remain open and teachable and submit to oversight, we will not go too far astray.