by Eddie Snipes

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Apostolic Authority (2 of 2)
Eddie Snipes
Acts 2:38, Matthew 13:44, Revelation 21:14

This is a follow up to the message, 'Is Speaking in Tongues Essential?' In this message, we looked at scripture that testified that not all Christians under Paul had spoken in tongues. Paul also called tongues the least of all of the gifts of the Spirit. The reasonable question we should ask is, if tongues is the least of the gifts, how can it be essential as some claim? As evidence for the need for tongues, the following two passages are often used to back this claim. Look at: Acts 8:12-17 and Acts 19:1-6.

In both of these passages, profession of faith is made and the believer has followed up their profession of faith with believer's baptism. After the fact, the apostles laid hands on them and then the Holy Spirit came on them with power. I would also like to point out that neither of these passages are tied to salvation. Salvation is not even implied to be in the balances. Salvation is a surrender of the heart. The Bible is clear that we must hear the word, believe and repent. We publicly confess Jesus as Lord and are willing to lay down our old life for the new life He has created for us. We must be baptized as our first act of obedience and evidence that we have surrendered to Christ.

The Broad Picture

I believe Satan traps us by drawing our attention away from the complete view of scripture and deceive us into focusing on one passage out of context. The Bible is one complete revelation of the heart and will of God. From Genesis to Revelation God does not change. In reality, there is no Old and New Testament. So that we will understand what God is revealing, the Old Testament teaches and carries mankind by the hand to the cross of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, most people never see the broader picture. For example, we have all heard people use passages like Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household". Some use ...

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