In the New Testament, Scriptural Tongues were desirable. In the scriptures the baptism of the Holy Ghost with Tongues was taught and a mark of one’s salvation. Tongues were expected. The receiving of the Holy Ghost with tongues was as important as water baptism or repentance. We will show this clearly. 

WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE

The Weapon of Scriptural Tongues Part 2

by Delbert Young

Weapons of Our Warfare

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Acts 1:4, Acts 1:8, Luke 24:49, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 8:13, Acts 8:18-19, Acts 8:20-23, Acts 19:2-6, Acts 10:44-48

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2 Corinthians 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.

2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. (NIV)

We studied two main points in lesson #1 about Scriptural Tongues. We learned that Scriptural Tongues is for self edification. No other gift of the Spirit builds the believer as does Scriptural Tongues. Scriptural Tongues builds and restores the believer. Naturally the enemy does not want the believer edified or restored. Also, we studied how Contemporary Dispensational doctrine is used by the enemy to destroy Scriptural Tongues. Jesus said it was expedient that he go to his Ascension. The reason was to send back the Holy Spirit. He did ascend. He did send back the Holy Spirit and that Spirit has never been removed nor stopped. Contemporary Dispensationalism say different. Without doubt, the spiritual weapon of tongues has been the most attacked of all the weaponry given the believer. We want to continue grasping the truth about Scriptural Tongues.

The Weapon Of Scriptural Tongues 2

Tongues, A Scriptural Part Of Salvation

In the New Testament scriptures, tongues were very desirable. In the scriptures the baptism of the Holy Ghost with Scriptural Tongues was taught as a necessary part of salvation. I do mean necessary part. The receiving of the Holy Ghost was as important as water baptism or repentance. A simple reading and believing of scriptures proves this.

Peter On The Day Of Pentecost

“the promise of the Father”

Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

At his Ascension, Jesus told his disciples to return to Jerusalem. That was a strange command. Few, if any, of the disciples were from Jerusalem. They only went to Jerusalem for a feast. The disciples actually did not like Jerusalem. Neither did the religious leaders of Jerusalem like the disciples. When Jesus told them to go to Jerusalem, it was ten days until the next feast. However, what was going to happen, must happen at Jerusalem. God would pour out his Spirit. Jesus would Ascend and the Holy Spirit would be given. That was the promise of the Father.

The prophet Joel had spoken the promise over 800 years earlier. The Lord God said He would pour out his Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28-32). The Lord Jesus had told his disciples that it was expedient he go (Ascension) so the pouring out of the Spirit could happen (Joh 16:7). Jesus told them in Acts 1:4 and Luke 24:49 that the promise was about to happen. They must wait for the promise of the Father. The reason they needed to wait was that it would be then that these believers would be endued with power from on high.

Isn’t that interesting? They had preached the kingdom and cast out devils and done many wonderful things (Mat 10; Luk 10). None the less, they needed to be endued with this specific power.

Jesus said that he had already told them about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:4 says, “….ye have heard of me.” The disciples knew what was coming and what would happen. They were to go to Jerusalem and wait for this power.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Once received, the promise of the Father would cause these people to be endued with power from on high. The promise was the Holy Spirit. The evidence of that promise in a life would be Scriptural Tongues.

Endued With Power From On High

Jesus told his disciples they would be endued with power from on high. The Greek word enduo (Strong’s #1746) translated endued in the King James Version means “to sink into (clothing), put on, clothe one’s self.” This power would come when these disciples wrapped themselves in the Holy Spirit. I love the analogy of wrapping up in the Holy Spirit as wrapping up in a warm garment or blanket. It is sort of like sinking into a warm comfortable bed at night. Jesus said to be endued with the Holy Spirit–get wrapped up in him.

The Greek word for power that Jesus used is dunamis (Strong’s #1411). Most believers have, at some time, heard about this word dunamis. It means “strength power, ability.” It also means, “power for performing miracles.” It is also used for the power of God “resting upon armies, forces, and hosts.”

Why do we not today see the power for performing miracles (dunamis)? We have allowed the enemy through false teaching to rob us of the Holy Spirit. Why doe we not see the Holy Spirit in strength, power, and ability? Same answer, we have allowed the enemy through false teaching to rob us of the Holy Spirit. Why is the church planning an escape rather than an overcoming victory? Same answer, we have allowed the enemy through false teaching to rob us of the Holy Spirit and Scriptural Tongues.

Dispensational doctrine says that the baptism of the Holy Ghost and tongues are not for today. Dispensationalist teach that the Holy Ghost was only for the “baby church” of the first century. It is strange to me that “the promise of the Father” that would give the believer power would be given only to the “baby church”. That power is needed as much today if not more.

Can we see the damage to the church that the Dispensational doctrine has successfully accomplished? Where is the power? The Dispensational doctrine has successfully removed a primary weapon of the church. False preaching and teaching has removed the dunamis power.

Peter’s Understanding Of Acquiring The Promise Of The Father

Acts 2:1-4 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The mighty apostles and disciple followers of Christ went out into the streets of Jerusalem speaking in tongues. What a contrast from today! Do you realize what it would take to get you to go into the streets speaking in tongues loud enough to draw a crowd? Why are we ashamed of Scriptural Tongues today? The answer is the Dispensational doctrine that teaches falsely. It causes us to be ashamed of our Scriptural Tongues. Those in Acts 2 were proud of their tongues? They worked miracles and turned the world upside down with their power. What do we do?

These sounded silly. They looked drunk. But they had the power from on high! We become more concerned today about how we sound and how we look than about having the power and the Holy Ghost. A church with the Holy Ghost and power does not care how it sounds or how it looks. It will attract a crowd. It is a sign for unbelievers to come for (1Co 14:22). It is the way the Lord God witnessed (Heb 2:4).

A crowd did gather and Peter preached using that endued power. Men’s hearts were convicted (Act 2:27) and they asked “what shall we do?” Peter said,

Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. [39] For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

The Holy Ghost was to come as the benefit and fruits of proper repentance and being water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Receiving the Holy Ghost is a part of the salvation process. Those that properly repent should receive the “gift of the Holy Ghost.” Is that not what Peter said? If they properly repented and were properly baptized they shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

This was not to affect only the first century “baby church” and last only until the scriptures were canonized into the Bible. The “you” in Acts 2:39 were those to whom Peter preached. The you also included their children. This also included “all that are afar off” or other nations. The “as many as the Lord our God shall call” includes you and me and “as many as the Lord our God shall call.” If you are called by the Lord then you should “receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” That was and is the “promise.”

Repent

We have studied the meaning of repent. If we do not have the same definition of “repent” used by Peter (Act 2:38) then we will be in disagreement. What does “repent” exactly mean? Following is a Greek word study of the word translated “repent.” I took it to its root words.

repent – 3340 metanoeo {met-an-o-eh’-o}

from 3326 and 3539

to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent

3539 noeo {no-eh’-o}

from 3563

(1) to perceive with the mind, to understand, to have understanding

(2) to think upon, heed, ponder, consider

KJV: understand 10, perceive 2, consider 1, think 1

3563 nous {nooce}

(1) the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining

(1.a) the intellectual faculty, the understanding

(1.b) the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty of perceiving divine things

We see that “repent” deals with thinking. Scriptural repentance is adjusting the understanding process to receive spiritual truth. Peter told those they must repent–adjust their thinking to receive spiritual truth. If they would do that adjustment, they should receive the Holy Ghost.

The problem today with “receiving the Holy Ghost” is that people refuse to repent–adjust their understanding to receive spiritual truth. If people would simply read and study the word of God and allow the Word through the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth, they would properly repent–adjust their thinking to receive spiritual truth. Once they repent they would receive the Holy Ghost with the proof of Scriptural Tongues.

Examples

Improper Repentance

In Samaria there was a man called Simon (Act 8:9). He had been an influential sorcerer. The Scripture says,

Acts 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

Simon believed and was baptized in the name of Jesus just as others. When Peter and John came to town this Simon was amazed at the people receiving the Holy Ghost. The Scripture says of Simon,

Acts 8:18-19 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, [19] Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

Peter and John immediately recognized that Simon had a serious problem. Simon offered money to Peter and John for this power. The apostle Peter spoke to Simon saying,

Acts 8:20-23 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. [21] Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. [22] Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. [23] For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

Simon had not properly repented–adjusted his understanding to receive spiritual truth. Simon believed and had even been water baptized. But Simon had not scripturally repented. His heart was not right to receive spiritual truth. The Scriptures does not tell us if Simon ever received the Holy Ghost or not. However we are told Simon’s problem as to why he did not receive. Simon had not properly repented. Until he did there would be no power and no receiving of the Holy Ghost.

Improper repentance (adjusting the mind to receive spiritual truth) will stop the receiving of the Holy Spirit with tongues.

Improper Baptism

We are told a most interesting event in Acts 19. The apostle Paul went to the city of Ephesus. There he met twelve men who said they were believers (Act 19:1). The apostle noticed something was wrong. Paul obviously did not hear Scriptural Tongues. Paul inquired about their experience. Paul knew that proper repentance and proper baptism should result in receiving the Holy Ghost (Act 2:38-39). Obviously these twelve had not received the Holy Spirit, so Paul asked,

Acts 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. [KJV]

To the apostles, if people had not received the Holy Ghost something was wrong–missing. They would look at the person’s repentance (Acts 8:20) or at their baptism. They would continue looking until they found the reason the person had not received. Paul, continuing to investigate, asked,

Acts 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. [KJV]

There was the problem. Obviously they did not have proper baptism. That was because they had never been properly instructed. So the apostle began to correct the situation. Obviously these were hungry believers ready to move on with the Lord God. Paul adjusted their teaching. The scriptures say,

[Acts 19:5] When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. [KJV]

Please notice what happened next. Paul was not satisfied with a repentance or a water baptism. Paul was looking for the promise. Where was the promise? They repented properly. They were baptized properly. The promise should be evidenced by Scriptural Tongues and the gifts of the Holy Ghost. Notice what Paul does in the next verse immediately after baptizing them.

[Acts 19:6] And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. [KJV]

It does not matter if we want to agree with it or not, the apostles looked for Scriptural Tongues and manifestations of the Holy Ghost in a person’s salvation experience. If Scriptural Tongues and signs were not there the salvation was examined.

We should appreciate a man or woman of God who works with us until we receive the Holy Spirit evidenced by tongues. That is what the apostles of the Scriptures looked to see and find. Thank God if you have a ministry like that in your life.

Commanding

Our third example comes from Acts 10. Peter has gone to Cornelius’ house. There Peter preached. Remember that it was Peter who said “Repent …be baptized…., ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” We learn here, as did Peter, that it is not always a one, two, three progression, i.e. repent, baptize, receive the Holy Ghost. There always seems to be the necessity of proper repentance first–adjusting the understanding to receive spiritual truth. But, it can happen, after repentance, which a person can jump straight to number 3 as happened in Acts 10.

Acts 10:44-48 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. [45] And they of the 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. [46] For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, [47] Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? [Acts 10:48] And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. [KJV]

Peter commanded they be baptized in the name of the Lord. This happened when Peter saw that the Holy Ghost had come upon these gentiles. Peter commanded it! The apostles needed to see the three aspects, i.e. repentance, water baptism, and receiving of the Holy Ghost.

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