Today, our subject remains a continuation of the importance and the power of being baptized in the Holy Ghost. I am still basing this particular writing on Rev. Ken Hagin, Sr. and his book “The Bible Prayer Study Course”. Again, grab your coffee or hot chocolate and your Bible and let us dig in! Enjoy!!
“Some people say, “What is the use of speaking in tongues?” There are some people who have been filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. But, then they see no reason to continue speaking with tongues after their initial experience.
I have to question such a person’s intelligence. It seems to me that anyone who is capable of reading could read the Word of God for themselves and readily see what the Word says on the subject of tongues. (Jude 20; 1 Corinthians 14:2,4,5,18). Too many times we can read the Word of God with glasses that are colored with tradition. In other words, many times we do not get the full import of what God’s Word says because we believe we already know what it says.
I want you to notice that in 1 Corinthians 14, Paul devotes almost an entire chapter to the subject of speaking with tongues. Paul talks a little about prophecy and a little about interpretation, but for the most part, the chapter is primarily about tongues. There are not too many subjects in the Bible on which an entire chapter has been entirely devoted to that subject alone. For example, prayer is a subject of utmost importance. No where in the Bible do you find an entire chapter on prayer.
Paying tithes and giving offerings are very important, too, aren’t they? You couldn’t carry on the work of God without them. Yet there is not an entire chapter in the Bible devoted to the subject of giving tithes and offerings.
Water baptism is also a very important Bible subject. But do you know anywhere in the Bible where there is a whole chapter on the subject? No, you don’t.
The new birth-the born again experience-is an all important subject. But do you know anywhere in the Bible where an entire chapter is devoted to the subject of the new birth? No, you don’t because there isn’t one!
There are many verses about the new birth, of course, and this subject carries great import in the Bible and is indirectly the subject of much in the New Testament, for it is to this end-the redemption of mankind-that Jesus came. Yet as important as the new birth is, we do not find an entire chapter devoted to this subject alone.
There are many Bible subjects that are very important. Just because there is not a whole chapter on them does not mean they are not important. On the other hand, we must also realize that when we see an entire chapter on a subject, it must carry some significance because God did not put unnecessary words in the Bible. He does not fill up His Word with unnecessary statements. Therefore, this teaching on tongues must be important because God devoted an entire chapter to it in His Word.
Notice 1 Corinthians 14:2, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God…” Paul is not talking here about ministering tongues in a public assembly. He is talking about the individual Spirit-filled believer speaking in tongues in his own private prayer life.
It is also proper to pray in tongues at the altar because you go there to talk to God and to seek Him. When tongues are ministered in a public assembly or group, it is God speaking to us.
Tomorrow we will cover “Speaking in Tongues is not Always Prayer”. I hope you are enjoying this series, dear reader, as much as I am! I will see you next time. God bless you abundantly!!