Sermon notes – David Hudson 23. november 2014
Tongues – a doorway into the Supernatural
I want to talk with the utmost frankness and say to you, that tongues have been the making of my ministry. It is that peculiar communication with God when God reveals to my soul the truth I utter to you day by day in the ministry. Many times, I climb out of bed, take my pencil and pad, and jot down the beautiful things of God, the wonderful things of God that He talks out in my spirit and reveals to my heart.” John G Lake
” And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
“The Coming of the Holy Spirit
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
120 becomes 5000.
What do we learn about it from the Bible?
1. It was prophesied in the Old Testament.
Isaiah 28:11, “With stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people.” In the chapter on Tongues and Prophecy, Apostle Paul quotes this prophecy (1 Cor 14:21).
2. It was foretold by Jesus Christ.
Mark 16:17, “These signs will follow those who believe; In My Name… they will speak with new tongues.”
3. It was a normal experience of Christians in the early Church. It was a means to experience the promise Sent from the Father. When they touched the Spirit it reminded them of walking with Jesus.
Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, Alphaeus, Simon Zelotes, Judas the brother of James, Mary the mother of Jesus, the brothers of Jesus, and others spoke in tongues when they were filled with the Spirit. They were about 120 (Acts 1:13,14; 2:4).
Apostle Paul spoke in tongues in the power of the Spirit (Acts 9:17; 1 Cor 14:18)
Cornelius, an official of the Italian Army, his relatives and close friends spoke in tongues when the Holy Spirit fell on them in a Gospel meeting (Acts 10:1,24,44-46).
The 12 Ephesian disciples spoke in tongues when the Holy Spirit came on them (Acts 19:1,6,7).
4. It is a blessed experience for us today.
(a) It enriches praise and worship.
The 120 disciples in the Upper Room were speaking “the wonderful works of God” in tongues (Acts 2:11). “I will sing with the spirit…. when you bless with the spirit.. you indeed give thanks well” (1 Cor 14:15-17).
(b) It enhances prayer.
“He who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God” (1 Cor 14:2).
“If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays… I will pray with the spirit” (1 Cor 14:14-15).
When we pray in tongues we bypass the intellect.
(c) It is a for self-edification Which strengthens us to build.
“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself… I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all” (in private, of course/ implied) (1 Cor 14:4,18).
(d) It keeps us fresh And rested.
Referring to tongues, it is said in Isaiah 28:11,12, “This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing.”
See also the foreshadowing experience of David in Acts 2:25,26.
(e) A sign to unbelievers.
i) As a sign to the unbelievers who might be listening to tongues.
“Tongues are for a sign to unbelievers” (1 Cor 14:22).
ii) For the believers if it must be interpreted.
“Let him who speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret…
that the Church may receive edification.” (1 Cor 14:13,5).
Tongues and Interpretation are in the ninefold “manifestation of the Spirit given to each one for the profit of all” (1 Cor 12:7-10).
5. It must be regulated against misuse.
(a) Tongues and Interpretation
“If anyone speaks in tongues, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the church, and let him speak to himself and to God” (1 Cor 14:27,28).
(b) Tongues and Orderliness
“Brothers, desire earnestly to prophecy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order… For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Cor 14:39,40,33).
(c) Tongues and Love
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal” (1 Cor 13:1).
6. It is meant to function till Christ comes back.
“Whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophecy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away” (1 Cor 13:8-10).
22 Reasons Why We Should
1. It is a supernatural way that the deepest part of you, your spirit, is fully released to worship God.
What is the verb in this passage? I Cor. 14:14-15; I Thes 5:23
2. It is a supernatural way to sing to the Lord Jesus, a new song of the Lord! I Cor: 14:15
3. It is a supernatural way to bless others with the Spirit, in the Spirit. I Cor. 14:16
Notice the phrase “occupy the room of the unlearned” (Greek idiots = ignoramus, illiterate, uneducated.
4. It is a supernatural way to give thanks well to God — to keep a thankful spirit! I Cor. 14:17
5. It is a supernatural way to enhance your private devotions. I Cor 14:18-20.
6. It is a supernatural sign to those who do not believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 14:22
7. Praying in tongues is a supernatural means of staying free from contamination by the ungodly filthy, talk and actions while at work or school. You can secretly, silently, speak to yourself and God. It builds a wall shutting everything out. You can shut out unbelief and criticism also.
8. It is a supernatural way to speak mysteries to God which the devil can not understand.
(The only way he could understand, would be, that God gave him the interpretation). I Cor. 14:2; I Cor 13:1–This passage is a reference to an angelic language.
9. It is a supernatural way to build yourself up in the inner man.
This eliminates selfishness from prayers; it is a perfect prayer coming from you spirit. I Cor 14:3-4
10. It is a supernatural way to give a Prayerful message to edify the whole church. I Cor: 14:5, 39. Do you agree with Paul?
11. The Gift of tongues brings the “rest” of the Lord to those who are weary, yet they would not hear. 1 Cor 14:21; compare Isa 28:11-12 and (Heb 4:9-10).
12. It is a heavenly “refreshing” that lets the Holy Spirit’s life i.e. His fruit flow into you. Isa 28:11-12; compare Gal 5:22-23. [Speaking in tongues is a Holy Ghost coffee break]
13. It is a way of preaching the wonderful works of God in a language you never learned. Acts 2:1-13.
14. It is a supernatural way of praise and worship — a supernatural way of magnifying God.
Acts 10:44-46. Since it is worship, it is one of the most important gifts enabling you to express love to Jesus.
15. It is a supernatural way to make intercession according to the will of God, when you do not know how to pray. Rom 8:26-27, “with groanings that can not be uttered” or articulated in a known language.
16. It is a means of watching in prayer—God gives visions or mental pictures while you intercede for others. Eph. 6:18 [Prayer is the seventh piece of armor in spiritual warfare!]
17. It is a supernatural way to build yourself up in the most holy faith. [Jude 20-21] Faith is the only item listed both as a fruit and gift of the Holy Spirit.
18. It is a supernatural way to keep yourself in the love of God. [Jude 20-21] See also Rom 5:5
19. It is a supernatural way of staying full of the Holy Spirit! It is much more than the evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is the divinely appointed prayer method by which you get refilled every day and thereby live full of the Holy Spirit constantly. [Zechariah 4:6] [Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 13:9]
20. The gift of tongues is the gateway into all the other gifts of the Holy Spirit, since it is prayer. When you pray in tongues the Holy Spirit begins to flow in revelation and power. [See I Cor 12:7-11] I have found that praying in tongues is the key to moving in the three revelation gifts.
21. It is the supernatural way of taming the tongue. [James 3:1-10.] The tongue that has cursed, argued, complained, gossiped, slandered, been guilty of backbiting, boasting, and all kinds of foolishness is at last tamed.
22. It is a unique spiritual gift identified with the New Testament Church, being the fulfillment of the prophecy by Jesus that believers would speak in tongues. [Mk 16:17] All the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including miracles, deliverance, and healing occurred in the Old Testament. The two exceptions are speaking in tongues and the interpretation of tongues. Thus these two gifts are identified with the N. T. Church, the Body of Jesus Christ!!!