The issue of “tongues” should bring unity, yet so much division has resulted.
Acts 2:4 – And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
About this topic, there should be no debate. The Scriptures are more than plain. In the book of Acts, there are five occasions when people being baptized in Holy Ghost are mentioned. In each passage, all seen below in our Manna for Today, the people who received the infilling of Holy Ghost all manifest the physical evidence of speaking in other tongues as Holy Ghost gave them utterance. I use the phrase “physical evidence” only to emphasize that something occurred that was evident to the physical senses for both the recipient and observers. In this case, it was something that was heard in the form of an utterance.
Of the five instances referenced, only one, those who received the baptism in Holy Ghost in Samaria after Philip called Peter and John to come and help, does not plainly say they spoke in tongues. However, in that case, Peter told Simon the sorcerer that he had neither “part not lot in this matter” (Acts 8:21). The word “matter” is the Greek word “logos,” and in this case means “utterance.” The thing for which Simon asked had something to do with “utterance. And while Acts 9 does not say that Paul (Saul of Tarsus) spoke in tongues when he received Holy Ghost, he himself writes in 1 Corinthians 14:8 that he was thankful to God that he spoke in tongues more than all those in Corinth. Beloved, Father never changes (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus never changes (Hebrews 13:8), so it stands to reason that neither does Holy Ghost. This is the pattern established by Holy Ghost Himself as a fulfillment of the promise of God, so clearly seen in Luke 11:13.
“Tongues” has a divine purpose for the believer; one which EVERY believer should joyously embrace, but sadly, many are missing. Let the argument be put aside. Go to the Word of God. It IS THE WILL OF GOD that every believer be filled with Holy Ghost and speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. Jesus called it a “promise,” and also said that all the believer needs to do to receive is ask. If are filled, be thankful. If not, ask. Blessing beyond your imagination, a deeper, stronger, more powerful relationship with Father awaits. Jesus wants you to be filled. Holy Ghost is waiting, just as He did in the creation story in Genesis, hovering over the “face” of the waters. He is ready to pour upon you this rain of the end times. It is yours for the asking. Ask, believe, receive, and enjoy the life of the supernatural that is made possible through this work.
Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13, 6:2-4, 8:9-21, 9:17-18, 10:34-48, 19:1-7; 1 Corinthians 14:8