Before examining them thoroughly, it would be wise to first go over a few other crucial points about “tongues” and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. What or who is the Holy Spirit, to begin with?
There is no such thing as the Holy Spirit. ‘Person’ refers to the Holy Spirit. The New Testament makes several personal pronoun references to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s deity is made clear in several New Testament verses. According to the Bible, only God may be “blasphemed,” and the Holy Spirit cannot be (Matthew 12:31-32; Mark 3:29; Luke 12:10). Only “divine” entities are mentioned in Jesus’ “great commission” to His disciples in Matthew 28:18–20, which instructs us to baptize in both the names of the Father and the Son as well as the Holy Spirit. According to the Bible, the Holy Spirit “conceived” Jesus, the eternal Son of God, and He was His “child” (Matthew 1:18-20).
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit must be God if Jesus is the Son of God and the “child” of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit “came upon” Mary, creating the “Holy One,” the Son of God, Jesus Christ, according to Luke 1:35 of the Bible. Additionally, it is said in Acts 5:3–4 that Ananias lied to “God” when he received the Holy Spirit.
At this time, it would be helpful to address a few key points before talking about the Holy Spirit’s baptism and “tongues.” The Bible clearly defines the Godhead as consisting of three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. The “One God” who is manifest in three ways is the Christian God.
One of the Spirit’s numerous “works” is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Here are a few more essential things the gifts of the holy spirit have done. He is our consolation, support, or adviser (John 14:16-17). He instructs us and refreshes our memories of what Jesus said (John 14:26)
Speaking in “tongues,” one of the “spiritual gifts” stated in 1st Corinthians chapter twelve, is another indication that one has received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to the Bible (Acts 2:1-11; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 11:15-17). The disciples were given the supernatural power to talk in other “human languages,” according to all the verses I just mentioned, through the gift of tongues.
Furthermore, the Bible has set explicit prohibitions against the use of languages in the church, as was already mentioned. In a church service, only three persons are permitted to speak in tongues. They are also not allowed to talk simultaneously; they must take turns. These biblical prohibitions on language use during worship services are “very obvious.” However, most churches who use this “spiritual language” disregard and defy them.
The teaching of the Bible on the baptism of the Holy Spirit is unambiguous, and it is crucial that we accept, value, and pursue this baptism. The explicit instructions provided by the Bible on the gift of languages should also be respected and followed.
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