Speaking in Tongues in Acts Essay

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SPEAKING IN TONGUES IN ACTS INTRODUCTION Speaking in tongues has been a very controversial subject for many churches for decades. The Pentecostal Churches have a positive outlook on this subject, but many other Churches believe speaking in tongues is not for today’s believers. THE DAY OF PENTECOST “When the day of Pentecost had 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 Filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided Tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…show more content…
The witness is not just the power to preach the gospel; the first result of the coming of the Holy Spirit is the ability to speak in other tongues. THE HEAVENLY LANGUAGE So what do interpreters who understand tongues as ecstatic utterance do with Acts 2? Those who believe that tongues can be either foreign languages or heavenly languages have no trouble explaining the relation of Acts 2 to 1 Corn. 12-14. In one instance the tongues were foreign languages and in the other they were heavenly languages, but it was still the same basic phenomenon of Spirit inspired speech. 6 These interpreters have trouble understanding the foreign languages at Pentecost as a miracle, so they suggest that Luke may have added the foreign language motif in order to make the phenomenon more intelligible and rational or in order to emphasize the theological theme that the gospel would be preached to all nations. 7 The heavenly language was and is used to pray to Jesus when we want to have fellowship with Jesus. The Holy Spirit can help us to communicate with Him in a very special way. Jesus provides a spiritual language to make up for what our natural minds do not know or comprehend. His spirit intercedes directly with our reborn spirit, and can also provide an interpretation of what was said. This gift is a personal, private, and individual prayer language provided by Jesus himself for our

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