Summary: To establish that the gift of speaking in tongues – was granted by the direct empowerment of the Holy Spirit - or by the “laying on of hands” by the apostles. If the gift of new tongues was part of the infant church; are they necessary today?
1. Confusion with New Tongues
2. Commission of New Tongues
3. Conclusion of New Tongues
1. In our lesson today we are going to be discussing the theme: “The gift of new tongues.” It is important to understand the work and purpose of the “gift of new tongues” in the infant church of Christ. It must be understood, that the church’s inception; into the world in the “first century” was given gifts to enable it to: glorify God, edify the church and to preach and teach the word of God by inspiration. The gift of tongues, as well as, other spiritual gifts; were NOT designed to be a continuing part of the New Testament church. They had an “end” which was determined by God; after that “which is perfect was come;” then that “which was in part shall be done away,” that is, the complete revelation of the Word of God.
2. First, we will consider the confusion of people with new tongues. The “Tower of Babel” was the location and reason for the disorientation, or confusion of languages or tongues. The people were united in building a tower that would allow them to reach the heavens. Therefore, the Lord went down and confounded their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. It was at the tower of Babel these languages were confused; and there was no understanding: “So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to building the city,” Genesis 11:8.
3. Second, we will discuss the commission of the gift of new tongues. The tower of Babel was the place of a confusion of the language and the scattering of the people abroad. Jerusalem and Pentecost would be the place and time; that God would “commission new tongues” to speak to the people one message, and then “scatter them abroad” to carry it into the entire world. The “gift of new tongues” was given unto the 12-apostles; so they might be able to preach to: “All that were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under the heaven,” Acts 2:5. These twelve men would on that day preached to all the nations that had gathered: “To hear them speak in their own tongues the wonderful works of God,” Acts 2:12.
4. Lastly, we will investigate the conclusion of new tongues. In this thought, we shall clearly establish that the “gift of new tongues” was not designed to continue in the church of Christ. The gift of tongues, as well as others gifts: “The word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, the gift of healing, working of miracles, prophecy; discerning of spirits; divers of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues;” was to be done away, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. These diverse gifts were given unto the church through the: “Working (eth) (of) that one and selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will,” 1 Corinthians 12:11. These spiritual gifts were NOT to remain but to continue: “Until that which is perfect has come”; and, then that: “Which was in part shall be done away,” 1 Corinthians 13:8-10. With this introduction, let’s consider our first point: “Confusion with new tongues.”
BODY OF LESSON
I CONFUSION WITH NEW TONGUES
A. Tower of Babel. Moses wrote: “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass...And they said, ... let us build a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and tower, which the children of men built.“
B. Lord came down. First, 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 doing.”
1. The people are one. These people were one; they were of one nation.
2. The language is one. Their language was one; they had the same tongue or language in which to communicate.
3. The work is one. They were united in their work. And that was to build a tower into the heavens.
4. Nothing can restrain them. They could not be restrained in this work.
5. Which they have the imagination to do. Whatever was the imagination of their hearts; they could accomplish, they were of one soul and one mind.
C. Let us go down. Further, He said: “Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” The LORD determined that it was necessary to thwart the work of the children of men; by confounding their language. Notice: