The Gift of Tongues (13 of 15) by Jerry Vines

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The Gift of Tongues (13 of 15)
Series: Deeper Life Conference
Jerry Vines
I Corinthians 12:9-11
7/28/04

We're talking about the sign gifts for a couple of weeks now. I need to do a wrap up on the matter of the gifts of tongues and the interpretation of tongues and then also talk about the works of miracles and gifts of healings.

For purposes of our Bible study, I'm dividing the spiritual gifts listed in the Bible into three different categories. We're talking about the sign gifts. There are four of these. They include working of miracles, gifts of healings, tongues, and interpretation of tongues.

We will talk next Wednesday, God willing, about the speaking gifts, which are gifts of prophecy and teaching and a number of those. Then the last message on spiritual gifts we will talk a little bit about the serving gifts. God has given certain gifts of service to the believers.

Every born again child of God has one or more spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are not natural talents, but they are God-given abilities for Christian service. We have said of these gifts that no believer has all of the gifts. Every believer has at least one of the gifts but not every believer has all of the gifts. They are given by the Holy Spirit, by His own sovereign will and plan. We are to use these gifts in the fellowship of the church.

We are looking at these sign gifts and we talked a little bit about tongues last week and I need to give a wrap up. I didn't have enough time to deal with that. I need to give a wrap up on why was the gift of tongues in the New Testament day. Then I want to show you that the Bible teaches that that particular gift ceased at the end of the New Testament era.

In I Corinthians 14, verse 21 and 22, Paul is talking about the gift of tongues, the speaking of foreign languages. He says in verse 21, "In the law it is written," and he quotes from Isaiah 28, verse 11, "With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this p ...


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