Chapter 19: "I Have the Holy Spirit, But I Don't Speak in Tongues"

 

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From “Did You Receive the Holy Spirit When You Believed? An Experience that will Empower Your Life” by Albert and Peninnah Oberdorfer, http://www.oberdorferministry.com PART 5 But What About ...? Clarifying Ideas about Receiving the Holy Spirit and Speaking in Tongues Chapter 19: “I have the Holy Spirit, But I Don’t Speak in Tongues because I Don’t have the Gift of Tongues”

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All who have received the Holy Spirit speak in tongues. But not all also operate in the gift of tongues. “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” —Acts 2:4 “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts [charismata] of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” —1 Cor 12:29-30

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Chapter 19 “I HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT I DON’T SPEAK IN TONGUES BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE THE GIFT OF TONGUES” There Are 2 Kinds of Tongues. Everyone Who Has Received the Holy Spirit Speaks in ‘Normal’ Tongues, but Certain Believers also Operate in the Gift of Tongues. They were ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES, as the Spirit gave them utterance. —Acts 2:4 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have GIFTS [CHARISMATA]

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“I HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT I DON’T SPEAK IN TONGUES ...” of healings? DO ALL SPEAK WITH TONGUES? DO ALL INTERPRET? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. —1 Cor 12:29-31 I N THIS CHAPTER WE ARE going to examine an issue that is often misunderstood. Some people say, “I have the Holy Spirit. But I don’t speak in tongues because I don’t have the gift of tongues. I have other gifts. And not everybody who has received the Holy Spirit speaks in tongues, as it is written in 1 Corinthians 12:30. In this passage, Paul asked, “Do all speak with tongues?” So this means that not everybody of the Corinthian church spoke in tongues? What do you say about this?” ! We will show that there are 2 types of speaking in tongues. One type is for all believers. When the book of Acts explicitly mentioned that a person receives the Holy Spirit, it always mentions the accompanying sign of tongues (in 3 out of 4 events). The second type of speaking in tongues is indeed a spiritual gift that is given to some believers, and not necessarily to all. This gift, when it is exercised needs to be followed up with the gift of interpretation. WHAT IS THE GIFT OF TONGUES? There are 2 kinds of tongues Biblically, there are 2 different types of speaking in tongues. There is (a) the speaking in tongues which is also called ‘speaking in the spirit.’ We read about this type of speaking in tongues in the book of Acts. In 3 out of 4 times that the

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! ! CHAPTER 19 bible in the book of Acts mentions events in which believers receive the Holy Spirit, those believers speak in other tongues. ! In Acts 2: “... they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues” (Acts 2:4). ! In Acts 10: “.. the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues” (Acts 10:45-46). ! In Acts 19: “... when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues” (Acts 19:2). ! In one further event, tongues are not explicitly mentioned but we can see that an onlooker could clearly see that when the people received the Holy Spirit it happened with an outward sign. So I propose to you that it was speaking in tongues also. Then [Peter and John] laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money…” —Acts 8:17-18 ! But besides the ‘normal’ speaking in tongues, the bible also talks about the ‘gift of tongues,’ in a passage in 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul lists the gifts of the Spirit. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: … There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

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“I HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT I DON’T SPEAK IN TONGUES ...” There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: For to one is given (1) the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another (2) the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, To another (3) faith by the same Spirit, to another (4) gifts of healings by the same Spirit, To another (5) the working of miracles, to another (6) prophecy, to another (7) discerning of spirits, to another (8) DIFFERENT KINDS OF TONGUES, to another (9) THE INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES. But one and same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. —1 Cor 12:1, 4-14 ! So in this list Paul mentions the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. One of those gifts is “different kinds of tongues” which is followed by the gift of “interpretation of tongues.”

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! ! CHAPTER 19 ! Paul clearly says that not all members of the body of Christ have the same gifts. Because of that, people sometimes misunderstand. They say, “You see, her it is written that not everybody in the body of Christ speaks in tongues.” ! We need to understand what happens in Acts. In Acts we have accounts of what happens when people receive the Holy Spirit. When they receive the Holy Spirit this is accompanied by the sign of speaking in tongues. So all who receive the Holy Spirit also speak in tongues. ! But not everybody who has received the Holy Spirit and speaks in tongues, also speaks automatically with the gift of tongues. ! So sometimes people misunderstand. They confuse the ‘normal’ speaking in tongues that is the accompanying sign when a person receives the Holy Spirit with the spiritual gift of speaking in different kinds of tongues (as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12). ! When somebody receives the Holy Spirit and begins to speak in tongues, they say, “this person has now received the gift of tongues.” But this isn’t correct. When Peter heard the household of Cornelius speak in tongues, he said, “[these] have received the Holy Spirit as well as we.” Here is the whole passage. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

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“I HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT I DON’T SPEAK IN TONGUES ...” FOR THEY HEARD THEM SPEAK WITH TONGUES AND MAGNIFY GOD. Then Peter answered, “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT JUST AS WE HAVE?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days. —Acts 10:44-48 ! Peter didn’t say that these people had received the gift of tongues. He said that they had received the Holy Spirit himself. Later when Peter talks about this event to his Jewish brethren (in Acts 11), he also said that, “God gave then the same gift as he did unto us.” And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If therefore GOD GAVE THEM THE SAME GIFT AS HE GAVE US when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?” —Acts 11:15-17 ! So when Peter said, “God gave them the same gift as he gave us,” he didn’t mean that these people had received the gift of tongues which is a gift of the Holy Spirit, but he meant that they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit. ! Before anybody can operate in the gift of tongues, they need to have received the gift of the Holy Spirit first. But

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! ! CHAPTER 19 when they have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, then they also speak in ‘normal’ tongues. ‘DOREA’ AND ‘CHARISMA’ The word ‘dorea’ (gift) refers to the gift of the Holy Spirit.The word ‘charisma’ refers to spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit. In the Greek original version, the bible clearly distinguish between the gift of the Holy Spirit and gifts that are given by the Holy Spirit. Whenever the scriptures refer to the gift of the Holy Spirit, the word used for gift is ‘dorea.’ But whenever the scriptures refer to a gift of the Holy Spirit (a spiritual gift) the word that is used for gift in those cases is ‘charisma’ (or plural ‘charismata’). EXAMPLES OF THE WORD ‘DOREA’, REFERRING TO THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT [DOREA] OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” —Acts 2:38-39

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“I HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT I DON’T SPEAK IN TONGUES ...” Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, Who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, Saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the GIFT [DOREA] OF GOD (THE HOLY SPIRIT) could be purchased with money! —Acts 8:14-20 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the GIFT [DOREA] OF THE HOLY SPIRIT had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,

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! ! CHAPTER 19 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days. —Acts 10:44-48 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If therefore God GAVE THEM THE SAME GIFT [DOREA] (=HOLY SPIRIT) AS HE GAVE US when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?” —Acts 11:15-17 EXAMPLES OF THE WORD ‘CHARISMA,’ REFERRING TO A SPIRITUAL GIFT Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: … There are diversities of GIFTS [CHARISMATA], but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

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“I HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT I DON’T SPEAK IN TONGUES ...” But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, To another faith by the same Spirit, to another GIFTS [CHARISMATA] of healings by the same Spirit, To another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. —1 Cor 12:1, 4-11 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have GIFTS [CHARISMATA] of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. —1 Cor 12:27-31

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! ! CHAPTER 19 ! So in all the instances the bible mentions the word ‘dorea’ of the Holy Spirit it refers to the gift of the Holy Spirit himself. Every time the bible talks about the ‘charisma’ or ‘charismata’ of the Spirit it refers to the spiritual gifts (which are gifts given by the Holy Spirit). To be able to receive a gift of the Holy Spirit, that person first needs to have received the Holy Spirit himself. ! So now we can get back to what some doctrines affirm. They say, “You can have received the Holy Spirit but not have received the gift of tongues, so that’s why you don’t speak in tongues.” And then they quote from the scripture we have just mentioned. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, VARIETIES OF TONGUES. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts [charismata] of healings? DO ALL SPEAK WITH TONGUES? DO ALL INTERPRET? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. —1 Cor 12:27-31 ! So some doctrines affirm, “not everybody speaks in tongues, because tongues is a spiritual gift that the Holy Spirit gives to believers as he wills.” But this passage talks about the gift of tongues.

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“I HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT I DON’T SPEAK IN TONGUES ...” ! There is a difference between the gift of tongues and the ‘normal’ speaking in tongues. ! Every believer who receives the Holy Spirit according to Acts speaks in tongues. So the tongues that we see in Acts is an accompanying sign—a sign that accompanies the Holy Spirit. That’s how the apostles knew that the household of Cornelius had received the Holy Spirit. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. FOR THEY HEARD THEM SPEAK WITH TONGUES and magnify God. Then Peter answered, “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who HAVE RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days. —Acts 10:44-48 ! Peter also says, they “have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” ! When and how did Peter and the other disciples receive the Holy Spirit? On the day of Pentecost, with the same accompanying sign. When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

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! ! CHAPTER 19 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. AND THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TO N G U E S , A S T H E S P I R I T G AV E T H E M UTTERANCE. —Acts 2:1-4 ! What happened after Paul had baptized the believers in Ephesus and laid hands on them? And when Paul had laid hands on them, THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME UPON THEM, AND THEY SPOKE WITH TONGUES and prophesied. —Acts 19:6 ! Again, the accompanying sign was tongues. But all these believers that received the Holy Spirit with the accompanying sign of speaking in other tongues didn’t receive a gift of the spirit when this happened. They received the ‘dorea’ of the Holy Spirit, which is the Holy Spirit himself. So, first a person needs to receive the Holy Spirit which happens with the accompanying sign of speaking in other tongues. Then that person can experience the operation of spiritual gifts, one of which is the gift of tongues.

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