Reflection. Speaking in "Tongues" today. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator. 

Treasures of Wisdom shares with us: "Speaking in" Tongues "today". 

We have already studied this issue in some previous post, and note that in the early days of the Church, the baptism of the Spirit was evidenced by speaking in tongues. This can be seen in six passages in the book of Acts​​-in-facts-y.html:

Chapter 1 2.1-12 Pentecost 
Chapter 2 The 2nd Pentecost 4.29-31 
Chapter 3 8.14-19 Samaria 
Chapter 4 9.17-19 Paul's conversion 
Chapter 5 10.44-48 Peter Cornelius home 
6 Chapter 19.1-7 Ephesus 

In cases 2, 3 and 4 the Bible does not explicitly say who spoke in tongues, but could come to understand that if, given the overall context of the book. The word is γλῶσσα languages ​​(glossa, hence the word glossary = vocabulary) which means both the body as a language. While in 1, 5 and 6 explicitly says they spoke in tongues. 

We also saw that the focus given to the subject of Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 is significantly different than facts: 

Book of Acts 

1 gift of tongues appears as the only manifestation (or at least as obvious and necessary manifestation) of Spirit baptism. 

2 About this reality of Acts, Pentecostals take the premise that "If one does not speak in tongues, there was a baptism of the Spirit" 

1 Corinthians 
1 The outcome of Spirit baptism or filling of the Spirit is manifested in various gifts necessary for ministry to the Church, of which the language in Paul's lists, is always the last, from which it follows that it is not the more important. 

2 According to Paul, in the same way that not all are prophets or teachers, not everyone speaks in tongues, and this does not mean they have not been baptized, but have a different gift. 

The discussion on the subject of languages ​​has divided the Protestant Christianity basically have three positions: 

         1 The names should understand that things keep happening as happened in Acts 

       2. who understand that what happened in Acts was for that moment and then never happened. They argue that this issue is described in Acts, Paul then played in 1 Corinthians and the subject does not appear in any other book of the NT 

         3 Those who understand happened in Acts and that could happen again whenever God wants it to happen, rely on personal testimonies. 
I understand that most of the three is the third open positions for the following reasons: 

You can not deny what happened in Acts. 
Clearly something changed in the 25 years that approximately separate the Church of the Apostles with Corinth (1 Corinthians). Nor can one deny that the Church of Corinth had a problem very similar to the XXI century. 

We should not pigeonhole the Holy Spirit to understand or what we think is best, but must adjust to whatever he deems necessary, beyond that we understand it or not. 

Already after 2,000 years, we need to have the maturity to stop having divisions among us, as Paul said, 
12 I mean, some say, "I follow Paul"; others say: "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; and another, "I follow Christ." 13 How! Is Christ divided? 1 Cor 1.12-13 A NIV. 

Paraphrasing might say: Is it fair to have a Pentecostal / Baptist / Methodist / charismatic / etc theology ...? Did Christ is divided, or bequeathed various theologies? 

We can not deny the Scripture and is not as well put a stronger emphasis on a passage over another: 

"All your words are true; Your righteous judgments endures forever. "NIV Psalm 119,160. 

If God gave languages​​, discuss them happy. If not given, you can request them, as well as its interpretation. According to what Paul says in 1 Corinthians Spirit baptism by individual gifts (1 Cor 12.8 to 11) is evident and not all have to be teachers or speaking in tongues (1 Cor 12.29-30). 

Paul said that it should not prohibit anyone speak in tongues (1 Cor 14.39). And I think that we must not make sense unless the brothers who do not. Where the Spirit of the Lord must have liberty (2 Cor 3.17). 

Week 70 is about to begin in Iraq EI (ISIS) decapitating Christians is that not even death to deny Christ. Meanwhile, we still have these divisions among us. 




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