The Heavenly Father Gives:
Luke 11:13 “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Jesus the Baptizer:
Mark 1:8 “I (John) baptize you with water, but He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Three Steps to Receive:
1) Acts 5:32 He gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey, who choose to make Jesus their Lord.
2) Luke 11:13 He gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.
3) Hebrews 11:6 He gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe for it.
The Results of Receiving:
Acts 2:4 “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
1) They were all filled.
2) They all began to speak.
3) Holy Spirit made their words into a language (tongue). It was their voice; they opened their mouth and spoke.
Holy Spirit Is Promised:
Acts 2:39 “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Mark 16:17, John 14:12-13, 16-17
Holy Spirit Brings Power:
Luke 24:49 “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Holy Spirit Brings Another Anointing:
Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power…”
Tongues Is A Result Of Baptism:
Acts 19:6 “When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”
Baptism In Holy Spirit Is Infilling From On High:
Acts 19:2-6 “(Paul) asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you BELIEVED on Jesus as the Christ?” They said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” John baptized with a baptism of repentance and water. On hearing this, they were baptized (again, this time) in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in (foreign, unknown) tongues (languages) and prophesied.”
Acts 11:15-16, Acts 8:14-17
The Gifts of Holy Spirit:
I Corinthians 14:1-40
Mark 16:17 “… these signs will accompany those who believe; In My Name they will…speak with new tongues”
Tongues Is Speaking To God:
I Corinthians 14:2 “for anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to me but to God…”
Who Should Speak In Tongues?
I Corinthians 14:5 “I would like every one of you to speak in tongues…”
This is a private prayer language.
Two Kinds of Tongues:
1) Tongues were given for personal edification as prayer and praise to be used in private worship. Every believer can speak with these tongues when they receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. (See I Corinthians 14:2,4,18,39)
2) Tongues, as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, was also given to be used in public worship for the edification of the church. This gifts of tongues will be followed by and interpretation. (See I Corinthians 12:10,30)
Why Speak In Tongues?
1) It edifies (builds up) yourself
I Corinthians 14:4 “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.”
2) It edifies (builds up) other believers.
I Corinthians 14:5 “I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.
3) 1 Corinthians 14:22 “Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.”
4) It helps us offer up prayers to God.
I Corinthians 14:2 “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.”
5) It is a way we can thank God. I Corinthians 14:16-17 “If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
6) It provides us with the perfect prayer. Rom 8:26-27 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
Speaking in Tongues Can Be:
1) Known languages
Acts 2:6 “When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.”
2) Some form of angelic language
I Corinthians 13:1 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.