IS SPEAKING IN TONGUES FOR EVERYONE?

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“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them”

(Act 2:4)

 

Don’t cheat yourself out of the intimacy with God that speaking in tongues provides by buying into the lie that it is not for everyone. The text above narrates the very first time people were baptized with the Holy Spirit, and everyone there spoke in tongues.

 

Just as being filled with the spirit is the lot of everyone who believes in Jesus, speaking in tongues is for everyone who is filled with the spirit.  The Epistles i.e letters of instruction written by elders to the early church, were written not only to people who were born again but who were filled with the Spirit. It suggests clearly that a Christian is expected to be filled with the Spirit. See Paul’s instruction in Eph 5:18, 19: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”Jude reiterates this in Jude 1:20:  “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost…”

 

Notice that in these letters, the Apostles expected everyone to speak in tongues. Time and time again, we see speaking in tongues as the most obvious sign that people had been filled with the Holy Ghost (Acts 2, Acts 10:46).

 

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