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Our Confounded Language! "And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." Genesis 11:6-9
Imagine that! Evidently they woke up one morning and couldn't make out what their neighbors were saying. It must have been hilarious!
The Apostle Paul wrote: "I thank my God I speak in tongues more than ye all" - 1Cor14:18 and also "forbid not to speak in tongues", 1Cor14:39
Who did the speaking? In the O.T. it was Moses who claimed he couldn't speak (some say he stuttered), so God allowed his brother Aaron to do the speaking for him. In the N.T. we become brothers and joint-heirs with Christ, and it's the Holy Spirit who inspires the speech: "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered". Rom8:26 ..and don't imagine you can hide your true intentions from the Almighty...
"They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.. Rev12:11
When I first met my wife she asked whether I was a Christian, and I allowed as how I was christened as a baby in the Methodist church. Privately, in those days, it seemed to me that 'Church' was a kind of Santa Claus for the masses -- to keep them happy and peaceful. Naturally, I thought of that as a good idea and not reason to be outspoken and critical.A few years later after reading "The Heart of Hebrew History" by Hester, I came to believe that a person named Jesus actually had lived as the Bible said. The upshot was that I went to the altar when the invitation was given, took Jesus as my Lord, and was baptized in water. I had recently been promoted to Warrant Officer in the U.S.Navy and in the years following I attended many church services in various churches and chapels; asking questions about the Bible, and usually not satisfied with the answers. There came a time when I put the Bible away, saying it just frustrated me and I'm not going to read it anymore. It wasn't until after I'd retired from the Navy that our youngest daughter witnessed to me about speaking "in tongues" (something I'd been only vaguely aware of..) and this led me to have another look at Scripture and especially what it said about the subject, before receiving that baptism for myself! That was when I began reading the Bible all-over again, this time with 'new-eyes' as though realizing the words were really coming from the Holy Ghostwriter. What a difference the 'tongues' made!
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof: Prov 18:21.
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3:3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
3:4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! James 3:2-5
Comparing the tongue to the rudder of a ship or the bit in the mouth of a horse. The first song in the Bible, Ex15, concerns the 'horse and rider drowning -- don't imagine God is angry at horses, because WE are the horses and we either have satan or the Lord in the saddle.
Speaking in tongues is one of the nine 'gifts' of the Spirit outlined in 1Cor12:7-11 -
The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. 14:13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 1Cor14:12-15
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Jude 1:20. Similar to the way we charge a battery; adding spiritual insight. Some compare to the gift of a hot-line to God for 'Ambassadors for Christ'.Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1Cor12:29
The gift of speaking in tongues (aka glossolalia or polyglot) is also known as the baptism of the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost baptism). The first baptism is when a person sincerely confesses Christ, and is instantly spirited into the 'body of Christ'. The second baptism is in water; meaning you've repented for your sins. The third baptism is with the fire spoken of in Matthew 3:11 and Luke 3:16."My words are spirit, and they are life", Jesus tells us in John 6:63, and in James 3:6 we read about the fire of the tongue.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. Acts 10:44-46. "Some denominations claim that certain Biblical happenings 'passed away' with the death of the apostles, but that thinking isn't scriptural. Neither is their claim that everyone who confesses Christ has also received the Holy Ghost baptism. The Bible plainly teaches that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate experience from salvation and may come AFTER a person is saved. Or may not happen at all..
A different kind of fire, similar to the way liquid water differs from the holy water of the Word!
"It came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 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. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Acts19:1-4.....John's baptism was in water for repentence; the analogy of washing away sins.
Water first, then the fire: - hot bath coming up!
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent". Zephaniah 3:9
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