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Summary: In philosophy there is a tool used called “an argument of silence.”Means there is simply no direct evidence that proves anything.When people say that Jesus didn’t have a prayer language it is an argument of silence because there is no clear evidence that

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Dr. Mike Fogerson Tongues 4 August 19, 2012

A In philosophy there is a tool used called “an argument of silence.”

1 Means there is simply no direct evidence that proves anything.

a When people say that Jesus didn’t have a prayer language it is an argument of silence because there is no clear evidence that He did.

b Also true that there is no direct evidence that He didn’t.

2 What I share with you tonight may surprise you concerning the possibilities about Jesus and prayer languages.

B Jesus supported, endorsed, and prophesied about prayer languages.

1 17 "These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; Mark 16:17 (NASB)

a “new” is kairai, which means “new and unusual.”

b Jesus said that prayer language (new tongue) would be sign that fell on the early believers as the gospel spread.

2 Some question the validity/authenticity of the last several verses of Mark 16 because it is not found in the earliest manuscripts, but they do appear in the majority of the manuscripts we do have!

3 Jesus promised that signs would follow those who fulfill the Great Commission.

a Verified in Hebrews 2.1-4

1 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable , and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty ,3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. Heb 2:1-4 (NASB)

b God verified the words of the gospel by supernatural gifts, signs, & miracles.

T.S. What I am about to share with you may be unusual (you don’t have to agree with me),

just receive this research with an open heart/mind.

I Nicodemus & Prayer Language.

A John 3.5-8 contains a masterful play on words.

5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 "Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again .'8 "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." John 3:5-8 (NASB)

1 Nicodemus is an OT scholar, bible exegesis, theology student.

a “You must be born again.”

aa again is from the Greek “anothen,” which can mean “from above.”

bb No one can access the kingdom of God without a spiritual birth.

cc Once you are saved the spiritual realm opens up to those who have had a second birth by the Holy Spirit.

b Jesus illustrates this new birth by using the word “wind” in our English version.

aa The usual word for “wind” is anemos, but here “pneuma.”


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