by Harley Howard

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1 Corinthians 14 - All about Edification! (25 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

Before we go into this 14th chapter, I want to go to Acts chapter 2. First of all, there is no question that the tongues spoken in the entire book of Acts and in 1st Corinthians is indeed a human language or dialect. This is abundantly clear. Anyone who would argue for something else other than that does not know what he or she is talking about and not studying or interpreting the scriptures properly.

Acts 2:1-4
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

I believe that it is apparent that the use of languages or tongues was unique in this setting. Many would give the impression that the Apostles were waiting around for this event to happen, but I am of the opinion that the most surprised people on that day were the Apostles themselves. They had no idea that any of the supernatural events that happened were going to take place. It is important to note in this verse, as well as in 1st Corinthians 12, that this particular gift of tongues was not asked for, but sovereignly bestowed upon the disciples by the Holy Spirit. If you have a spiritual gift of tongues, the Holy Spirit would have given it to you already and nowhere in scripture is there any example of anyone training another person to speak in tongues. Such methods are not biblical and in fact are fraudulent or deceptively imitative. Anyone who teaches that another person can take you in a back room or surround you and force you to speak words that they perceive to be a tongue is absolutely wrong and t ...

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