The Gift of Tongues Displayed in the Book of Acts

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

THE GIFT OF TONGUES DISPLAYED IN
THE BOOK OF ACTS

A RESEARCH PAPER SUBMITTED TO PROFESSOR DOUGLAS PETERSON
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR
BIBL364

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY ONLINE

BY
SEAN HIGGINS

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
DECEMBER 5, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION 2
PENTECOST 2
THE CONVERSION OF CORNELIUS 5
TONGUES AT EPHESIAN BAPTISM 7
CONCLUSION 9
BIBLIOGRAPHY 10

Introduction
The gift of Tongues has been becoming more and more popular over the past 10 years. Christians appear to have differing views on the matter. Some think it is a sign of the HOLY SPIRIT, other think it is a manifestation of demonic forces. There are Bible verses to
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Jesus had commissioned His followers to take the gospel to the whole world. If these Apostles were supposed to go all over the world they would need to know multiple languages, something that these Apostles did not know beforehand. There was also the practical advantage of communicating the gospel to the pilgrims in Jerusalem in their own languages so that they might take it back to their own regions.
If you look at Jerusalem as the center for Judaism, then you realize the need for such a miraculous sign. If God hadn’t bestowed the gift of tongues and had everyone hear their own langue there wouldn’t have been enough force to start the Christian movement. Quite apart from practical considerations, the gift of tongues on the day of Pentecost was a divinely provided demonstration that the movement being inaugurated that day was not of human origin. The miracle God used on Pentecost for the believers is the same kind of thing He would do for the Jews. It served as a self-authenticating advertisement for the gospel. Thus the people must have felt that if God had used tongues at Sinai on the first Pentecost to communicate a very special message to them, He was now communicating again in many tongues another special message on another day of Pentecost.

The conversion of Cornelius
The unique experience of the Jerusalem church at Pentecost in Acts 2 occurred in similarly public and significant ways for
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