THURSDAY June 7, 2018
True Baptism of Spirit
…helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:28
Paul continued to show to the Corinthians the diversity of gifts given to individual believers. He mentions the gift of helps; this is an area where some people do not want to be. Yet the word helps, pertains to the work of a deacon. In the Church, deacons are there to help the pastor. The gift of administration can also refer to the work of bishops and elders who are capable of administrating the Church.
Then Paul referenced varieties of tongues, which is when a person speaks or sings to God in a language he does not know. It could be a human language or a heavenly language. Often in a Pentecostal church, a person will stand up in the middle of the sermon and begin to speak in tongues. Then, another person will stand to give an interpretation. Often it is not a true interpretation because what was actually spoken was a prophecy. Understand, there are no messages in tongues. So how do we discern?
A true interpretation of tongues is praise––like a Psalm exhorting or giving back praise and worship to God (1 Corinthians 14:2). The greatest example is when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost (Acts: 2:11-12). Other people heard them speak in their own dialect. The disciples were not drunk, as some people thought. Peter backed up the experience through Scripture when he quoted the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:17-21).
There are some churches that say, everyone has to speak in tongues as true evidence of being baptized with the Holy Spirit. We disagree; not everyone has to speak in tongues. In fact, the evidence of true baptism of the Holy Spirit is love.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of life and light and love.
~A. W. Tozer~
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