Is Tongues Speaking A Physical Evidence of One Receiving The Holy Spirit?
Tongues Speaking Is Just A Historical Event
Is tongues speaking just a historical recording by Luke on the things as they happened and it does mean that tongues speaking happens to everyone who receives the Holy Spirit?
Can we say tongues speaking is not necessary?
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16).
Historical writing, including Acts, make up a major portion of the Scripture. It is not wrong to base doctrine on historical recordings as long as the passages in question are interpreted correctly.
In 1 Corinthians 10:1-11, Paul did not hesitate to base his teachings on history. What happened to the Israelites was recorded for a reason. They serve as warnings for present-day believers.
Tongues Speaking Upon Receiving The Holy Spirit.
In the case of tongues speaking, Luke as well as the apostles did interpret the occurrence of tongues speaking in relation to receiving the Holy Spirit:
1. Acts 8:16 it records, “For as yet He [the Holy Spirit] had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
The people of Samaria had believed in the Lord Jesus and been baptized.
Tongues Speaking The Necessary Sign of Receiving The Holy Spirit
If tongues speaking are not the necessary sign of receiving the Holy Spirit, on what basis did Luke conclude that they had not yet received the Holy Spirit?
2. Witness of Tongues Speaking. In Acts 10:44-48, Peter knew that the people had received the Holy Spirit just as the apostles had on the day of Pentecost as they witnessed tongues speaking during their prayers.
Tongues Speaking as Evidence in Receiving The Holy Spirit
Peter interpreted the evidence of tongues speaking according to their own experience. Likewise, based on the experience of the apostles, we also know that tongues speaking is an evidence of a person today who has received the Holy Spirit.
Tongues Speaking The Physical Sign When One Receives The Holy Spirit
3. In Acts 19:1-7, Paul asked the Ephesian believers, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” and the response was negative.
Why did Paul have to ask such question if there is no physical sign of tongues speaking when a person receives the Holy Spirit, or that a person receives the Holy Spirit the moment he believes?
After they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, why didn’t Paul just tell them, “you have now received the Holy Spirit”?
When the Holy Spirit came on them, tongues speaking is the clear evidence (v. 6).
If the external sign as tongues speaking was not evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit, how did Luke conclude that the Holy Spirit came on them when Paul placed his hands on them and not when they were baptized?
Tongues Speaking is not just a historical event but the Physical Evidence of One Receiving The Holy Spirit.
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