How can you tell when a vessel is truly full? The next drop causes overflow.
Acts 2:3-4 – And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
From the very beginning, note the words, “…they were all filled….and began to speak…” The indication is clear. They were filled, completely filled. And how can you tell they were filled. There was overflow; something began to come out that was beyond their capacity to contain it. Think of this. If I pour water into a glass until it seems to be filled, but nothing has overflowed, there will always be a question as to whether or not the glass was truly filled. But the moment there was overflow, then the evidence exists that the glass was truly filled. Now read our Text for Today once again. “They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and (overflowed) began to speak with other tongues.”
In the church world, and especially from the minds of the religious, has arisen debate and argument, even to the point of church splits, bitterness, and backslidings, over the work of Pentecost in our churches today. The issue of “speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance” has been reduced to debates and arguments over “speaking in tongues.” Oh that those who want such debates, and by them create such division, would focus on the entire phrase. If the words “as the Spirit gives utterance” were seriously considered in this discussion, all debate would have to be put aside. For if it is “as the Spirit gives utterance,” there can be no debate. It simply becomes a matter of obedience to the leadership of Holy Spirit, for as many as are led by Holy Spirit are the sons of God. So, if it is Holy Spirit Who gives the utterance, there can be no error on the part of the person who yields to that leadership and speaks the words given him/her by Holy Ghost. It fully becomes a “God-issue.”
And it should be recognized, not as a matter to cause division, but as one to bring about unity. It should be the longing of every Christian heart to be so filled with the love, Word, presence, and person of God by the Spirit that we all earnestly seek for “overflow.” Speaking in tongues, when given its rightful place in our lives, is not a matter of making one Christian better than another, but of so saturating the believer’s life, and so filling them with the presence of Jehovah God, that overflow results. Jesus said, “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.” That “flow” is truly “overflow.” And Jesus went on to say that His words referred to Holy Ghost filling the life of the believer. Those are His words, not man’s. Yield to them, my friend. It’s time to OVERFLOW!
Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; John 7:37-39; Psalm 23; Jude 20-21