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Innerfire89

Holy Spirit baptism with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

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Among some Pentecostals is the teaching that all who are baptized with the Holy Spirit will speak in tounges, and that Holy Spirit baptism is a second baptism of sorts after conversion.

 

This starts with a verse in the book of Acts.

Acts 19:2-7 

He said unto them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard weither there be any Holy Ghost.

And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said John's baptism.

Then said Paul, John verily baptised with the baptism of 

repentence, saying unto the people that should believe on him which should come after him, that is, Christ Jesus.

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

And when Paul laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tounges, and prophesied. 

And all the men were about twelve.

 

This is viwed as a second baptism, but what's really going on in these verses is that they didn't receive the full Gospel yet, but then they were truely baptised in the name of Christ, this was thier conversion and baptism, not a second experience. 

 

While still in the book of Acts we find that baptism indeed did come with evidence of speaking in tounges. 

Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44-47, Acts 21:20.

But the evidence is not always and only speaking in tounges, but were evidece for a certain reason, that was to show the Jews that Gentiles were included in the new covenant. We can see this clearly in Acts 10: 45 And they of they of circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

And in Acts 15:7-11.

 

Scripture shows us that every believer is baptised with the Holy Spirit, but that not every believer speaks in tounges.

 

All baptized into the same Spirit.

1Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we baptized into one body, weither we be Jews or Gentiles, weither we be bond or free: and have been all made to drink into one Spirit 

 

But not all speak in tounges.

1Corinthians 12:29-31

Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?

Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tounges? Do all interpret?

 

We are all different parts of the same body, we can't all be mouths 1Corinthians 12:14:24.

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So true, not everyone has the gift of tongues!  Rather than just being able to speak in tongues, scripture tells that one to desire the best gifts.  Rather than keeping to the status quo, which gift do you consider the best gift?  What gift would you prefer to operate in?  Prophecy or the gift of healing, maybe a worker of miracles, or perhaps another one?  The goal is for the body of Christ to grow in unity and into the fullness of the stature of Christ and for the work of the ministry.  Imagine for yourself what would be the best gift to you?  Pray for the Lord's direction to lead you to the best gift for you.  Each of the gifts of the Spirit operate by faith.  As you take this to the Lord, be like the widow to the unjust magistrate and do not take no for an answer.  Believe for it, fast for it, health permitting.  The Lord wants you to have it, or he wouldn't tell us to desire the best gifts.  The Lord but will try your faith so be pleasing to the Lord  and persevere.  The Lord make himself at hone within you and make you even more of an able minister of the gospel, to hasten his return.  In Jesus' name.  Amen

Peter's shadow would heal those whom it touched and he told the church that it was inappropriate to wait on tables but that he and the other apostles would devote themselves to the ministry of the word and prayer.

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On ‎5‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 3:05 PM, Innerfire89 said:

And when Paul laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tounges, and prophesied. 

And all the men were about twelve.

These early days of Christianity are very special to us, and have been a comfort to those in the body of Christ who have been blessed in numerous ways with God's gifts through the years.  

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