TONGUES AND SIGN GIFTS
Pastor Tommy H. Heffner Sr.
Whoso boasteth himself of A FALSE GIFT is like clouds and wind without rain.
1. What are «TONGUES»?
a. First mention of the word «tongue» is:
Genesis 10:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
b. The next references are:
Genesis 10:20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.
Genesis 10:31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
NOTE: The above verses plainly refer to the languages of the descendants of Ham. There is no question about it, TONGUES ARE LANGUAGES, not gibberish.
2. Why are tongues used in the New Testament?
I Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
a. Israel began with signs as a nation.
Exodus 4:29-30 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel: And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
b. What signs did Moses do?
Exodus 4:2-9 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
NOTE These signs were to show Israel that Moses was their leader.
3. Now we’ve established that tongues are definite languages and that the Jewish nation started with signs and the Jews require signs. Now, the next question; is the gift of tongues a sign?
I Corinthians 14:21-22 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
NOTE These verses plainly say tongues are a sign for unbelieving Jews. Do you believe what the bible SAYS?
Now lets look at some sign gifts:
Mark 16:17-20 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
HERE IS A LIST OF SIGN GIFTS:
1. Casting out Devils, you don’t command Devils to come out of people now, you can pray that the Lord will cast them out.
2. Speaking with new tongues, if a person could get that gift, there wouldn’t be a need for missionaries to go to language school.
3. Taking up serpents, the Apostle Paul was the only one that was bitten by a serpent and it didn’t hurt him.
4. Drinking poison, none of the Apostles did this as far as we know. Note this statement doesn’t say they «shall» do it, it says «if».
5. Healing the sick by laying hands on them, note it doesn’t say if they have faith the sick would be healed. There is no faith in the verse, if you have this sign gift and you lay your hands on a sick person, they shall recover.
NOTE In I Corinthians 12 there are other gifts that are signs because they are connected with the sign gifts of Mark 16, for example, interpretation of tongues and miracles.
These are the places the gift of tongues are spoken and why:
a. The first place is in Acts 1:26 — 2:11
Acts 1:26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
NOTE The word «they» refers to Acts 1:26, the Apostles who were Galileans (see Acts 2:7) and were the only ones to speak in tongues.
Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
NOTE The first evidence of the Holy Ghost is a «rushing mighty wind» no Charismatic counterfeits this. Also notice no one is kneeling or praying, they are «sitting».
Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
NOTE The second evidence of the Holy Ghost is «cloven tongues like as of fire» No Charismatic counterfeits this either, hmmmm I wonder why?
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
NOTE The Apostles were at this time baptized into the body of Christ I Corinthians 12:13 also called baptized with the Holy Ghost Acts 1:5. The word «baptized» means to be immersed or submerge into something. Also at the same time they were filled with the Holy Ghost. The word «filled» means there is no more space left. For example, to be filled with the Holy Ghost is as a gallon jar with one pint of water in it. If you sealed that jar, Ephesians 4:30, the jar wouldn’t be full. But if you heated it so it would turn to steam then the jar would be full. For some examples of people being filled with the Holy Ghost, see Luke. 1:41-42; 67-68; Acts 4:31. In each instance, the ones filled spoke the with boldness and glorified the Lord.
Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Acts 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Remember the comments at Acts 1:26 and Acts 2:1, the eleven were the only ones that spoke in the languages of the people that were there.
Acts 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Acts 2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Acts 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Acts 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
NOTE The Apostles were the only ones that spoke in tongues and none were baptized according to Acts 2:38. They were baptized according to John’s baptism, which is to manifest Christ to Israel.
John 1:30-31 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
b. The second place the gift of tongues is spoken, is in Acts 10 where Peter is sent to open the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
QUESTION: What did they have to believe?
Acts 10:38-40 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
ANSWER: They believed what Peter preached in verses 38-40, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Gentiles received the Holy Ghost by grace through faith while Peter was talking, without water baptism or laying on of hands. (verse 44) This was such a shock to Peter and the Jews with him, that the Gentiles had to speak in tongues (verse 46) to convince them that they had received the Holy Ghost. The Jews require a sign. I Corinthians 1:22; 14:22
Acts 10:44-46 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
NOTE The tongue they spoke was Hebrew, verse 45, the circumcision (that is, the Jews that came with Peter) were astonished that they were magnifying God, verse 46, in Hebrew.
Acts 10:47-48 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
c. The third place the gift of tongues is spoken is in Acts 19 where the Apostle Paul is on his way to Ephesus and finds some disciples that only knew of John’s baptism, verse 3.
Acts 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
They couldn’t have been saved, because they didn’t have the Holy Ghost, verse 2.
Acts 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
There is no way they were saved, if they didn’t have the Holy Ghost.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
NOTE Every Charismatic that is trying to get a saved Baptist to get the same devils that he has, uses this verse to do it. As you can see if you can read at all, there are no saved Baptists in these verses.
Acts 19:3-4 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
NOTE Lets look at what the verses say, and don’t say.
1. They were baptized according to John’s baptism, NOT because they trusted in the blood atonement of Jesus Christ.
2. John’s baptism was to manifest Christ to Israel, not to show his coming death, burial and resurrection, but that Jesus was the promised Messiah. John 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
3. These 12 men (verse 7) were Apollos’ converts, because they believed the same thing. See Acts 18:24-25; verse 24 Apollos was in Ephesus preaching, then right after that 19:1, Paul found the disciples in Ephesus.
Acts 19:5-7 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve.
NOTE Not one believer in the 3000 that were saved on the day of Pentecost said anything in an unknown tongue, they heard the disciples speak in their own language. The disciples didn’t lay hands on anyone either.
Acts 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
In Acts 10, Peter didn’t speak in tongues, Cornelius and those with him that believed, were the ones who spoke in the language that the Jews could understand. Also Peter didn’t lay hands on anyone there. Now here in Acts 19, Paul didn’t speak in tongues, his converts did. But only after they were baptized and then Paul laid his hands on them and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
NOTE One illustration and I’m through.
I Corinthians 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
There was a report of a missionary from China, who went to a revival meeting and someone got up and started speaking in an unknown tongue. The missionary told the man with him, he was leaving. After they were outside, the missionary said that the language the person inside was speaking in, was a Chinese dialect and the words were to vile to be repeated. A tongues speaker on another occasion was described as blaspheming the Lord Jesus Christ.
IF I WERE YOU, I WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY SURE I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT I WAS SAYING AT ALL TIMES.
Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
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