by Stan Coffey

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Tongues Yes or No (12 of 18)
Dr. Stan Coffey
Acts 2:1-7, I Corinthians 12, 14

Tonight we're going to look at several passages of scripture. We're going to look at a passage in Acts chapter 2 and then we'll be looking primarily at I Corinthians 12, 13, and 14. In this series on the spiritual gifts we've come now to the place where I'd like to discuss further with you tonight on the gift of tongues, the manifestation of the Spirit known as tongues. I'd like to speak tonight on the title, "Tongues - Yes or No". That seems to be what everybody is saying. It's probably not what they ought to say, but may people are saying tongues, yes or no. Is this gift a valid gift. What should our attitudes be toward people who claim to have this gift? So tongues, yes or no. In Acts chapter 2 and verse 1 the familiar passages "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filed all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language."

I would comment that could have been translated "in his own tongue." The word for tongue and the Greek word for language is one and the same. Verse 7 "And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?" Now that passage is from the King James Version. Verse 8 could well be translated, "How hear we every man in our own langua ...

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