Do All Speak with Tongues?
Text: 1 Corinthians 12:29-30 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
Introduction: First Corinthians chapter 12, deals with Spiritual Gifts and the conduct of the body of believers. It establishes that there are diversities of gifts, different administration, and diversities operations of the Gifts of the Spirit. Also in this chapter we find that the Gifts of the Spirit are manifested and used by different people in the Church. It is imperative that we also understand that all of these Gifts of the Spirit that are mentioned comes from the “Self Same Spirit” or we could say, the “Holy Spirit” that we received when we were baptized with the Holy Ghost. See Scriptures below:
* 1 Corinthians 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
* 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 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: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
I. The Apostle Paul is teaching the Church about the Gifts of the Spirit and their diversities, administrations, and operations. Note: In our text, we see that there were questions concerning several things. This shows us that Paul was not teaching about the Holy Ghost and its evidence.
A. The question, Do all speak with tongues can only have one answer.
B. What makes the difference is what question you are asking.
1. Are you asking, “Do all speak with tongues when they receive the Holy Ghost?
2. Or are you asking the question,. “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?
3. So the answer to the first question is “YES”.
4. The answer to the second group of questions is “NO”.
II. Let’s examine these two questions To do this we must study the Scriptures:
A. “Do all speak with tongues” concerning the baptism or receiving of the Holy Ghost.
* 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.
* Acts 8:17-19 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. 18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
* Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
* Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.
* 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
1. The conclusion is that:
a. The 120 people in the upper room did speak with tongues when they received the Holy Ghost.
b. The people that Philip preached to, heard the Word of God and responded by believing. Later they were baptized in the name of Jesus. When Peter and John heard that they had received the Word of God, they came down and prayed for them and laid hands on them that they would receive the Holy Ghost. When Simon “SAW” what happen, he wanted to have the ability to cause people to receive the Holy Ghost like Peter and John did. Evidently they people spoke in tongues when they received the Holy Ghost.
c. Several years later, the people in Cornelius’ household did speak in tongues when they received the Holy Ghost and the experience was compared with the experience of the 120 people in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost.
d. Paul saw some disciples of John and asked them if they had received the Holy Ghost since they believed. They said no. The end results of that conversation was that they were re-baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and received the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues.
B. The Question: “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?
1. We know that all of us are not apostles.
2. We know that all of us are not prophets.
3. We know that all of us are not teachers.
4. We know that all of us are not workers of miracles.
5. We know that all of us do not have the gifts of healing.
6. We know that all of us do not have the gift of tongues therefore we do not all speak in tongues.
7. The conclusion is that Paul was referring to the gift of tongues, not the gift of the Holy Ghost.
III. The importance of receiving the Holy Ghost:
A. With out the Holy Ghost you can not be saved.
* Romans 8:8-10 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 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. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
B. It will be the Spirit of God that is in you that will raise the dead and us on the day when Jesus comes for the Church:
* Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
C. John the Baptist said you would received the Holy Ghost:
* Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
D. Jesus said you must be born of water and of the Spirit:
* John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
E. Jesus said if you are a believer, you will received the Holy Ghost:
* John 7:37-39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
IV. Do all speak with tongues?
A. When you receive the Holy Ghost you will speak in tongues.
B. All people that are born again of water and of the Spirit do not have the gift of tongues. The potential is there to do so. You should desire spiritual gifts. This is your God given privilege.
Bethel United Pentecostal Church
Pastor Franklin D. Simmons
1408 Ethel Street – PO Box 996
Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 7P7
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