Summary: In Mark 16:17 Jesus said, And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; NKJV According to this scripture they will speak with new tongues.
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
“Scriptural Answers to Common Objections”
All Scripture is taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim 3:16 17 NKJV
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, means the Bible is supernaturally written. The Bible was inspired by God Himself, and because of that, the Scripture is profitable to you and me for Biblical doctrine or teaching.
Scripture is good for reproof and correction. The way you and I live and think needs to be reproved and corrected from time to time. Ideas we have about certain doctrines need to be reproved and corrected, based on what the Bible teaches about these doctrines.
Scripture is good for instruction in righteousness. We need to learn what the Scripture says about righteousness so we can put away sin - consciousness and enjoy our right standing with God.
When we allow the knowledge of the Word of God to teach us through life, we become more skillful in the good works of God.
Some might be wondering where I’m going with this verse. The reason I opened with this scripture, is because the topic we are about to discuss is scriptural. “Speaking in Tongues”. All over there are people who make not so scriptural objections to this scriptural experience.
Can we all agree by saying, the Bible must be the Christians final authority on any topic?
When talking about being filled with the Holy Ghost with other people there are those people who have made up their minds that they are not going to believe in this experience of speaking in tongues. I going to be blunt for a moment, “Don’t waste your time, or theirs, by having a Bible trivia debate with them. They will say, “That is not what that verse means, or my mind is made up. Don’t confuse me with the facts.
In Matthew 5:6, Jesus said it like this, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” If a person is not thirsty or hungry, will not be filled. The desire for us to have all that God has available must grow from the inside of us.
In Mark 16:17 Jesus said, And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; NKJV According to this scripture they will speak with new tongues.
Let’s look at some of the objections some people have about speaking in tongues.
Objection One: “Speaking in Tongues Is of the Devil”
People will say, those people are speaking in tongues. They are speaking in demonic gibberish. Some demon get on them and rants and raves. Or they say, You are demon possessed, or Tongues are strictly from the Devil.
Man’s opinion that tongues are of the devil has NO scriptural basis whatsoever. There is however, a scriptural answer for this objection. Look at Luke 11:9 13 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" NKJV
Objection Two: “Tongues passed away”
Many believe that tongues passed away after the Bible was completed, and that tongues ceased after the apostles’ deaths. Actually, there are more people speaking in tongues today than at any time in history.
For two thousand years, speaking in tongues has been documented and has never died out. The Pentecostal experience was first of by the prophet Joel.
"And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” Joel 2:28 29
So, the assumption that tongues was dependent upon the apostles’ life spans or upon the length of time it took the Bible to be written has absolutely no scriptural basis.