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Word for Every Day ~ 8/4

Posted by (Patricia~Admin) on Aug. 4, 2017 at 2:07 PM
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And when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as a fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1-4).

The word “Pentecost” in the Hebrew means “fifty” or “fiftieth.” It refers to fifty days after the Passover. The “Day of Pentecost” was one of the great Feast Days of the Jews. It occurred probably in late May. 
It was on this “Day” that the Holy Spirit came to this world in a completely new dimension, all made possible by the Cross. Incidentally, the scene of this outpouring, as described in this Chapter, took place in the Temple, probably in the Court of the Gentiles. It took place fairly early in the morning.
The great characteristic of this outpouring was that, for all who were there that day, possibly 120 or more, when they were “filled with the Holy Spirit,” they all “began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” In fact, the Bible teaches that speaking with other tongues is the initial, physical evidence that one has been baptized with the Holy Spirit. There is no infilling without this particular sign. The Prophet Isaiah, in fact, some 750 years prior, had predicted this phenomenon, and was quoted by Paul (Isa. 28:11; I Cor. 14:21).
There are five accounts of outpourings of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. Three of those accounts emphatically state that the recipients spoke with tongues (Acts 2:4; 10:26; 19:1-7). The other two occasions give no details, just saying, “They received the Holy Spirit” (8:17; 9:17). This doesn’t mean they didn’t speak in tongues, only that it is not mentioned. In fact, there is evidence they did.
Regarding the revival in Samaria, when Peter and John laid hands on these individuals that they might “receive the Holy Spirit,” Simon the Sorcerer saw this taking place and offered the Apostles money that he also may have power to do such. Peter answered him forthwith, “Your money perish with you . . . , you have neither part nor lot in this matter” (8:20-21). The word “matter” in the Greek is “logos,” which should have been translated “utterance, talk, word.” This strongly implies that they spoke with other tongues.
When Ananias prayed for Paul to “be filled with the Holy Spirit,” the Scripture doesn’t tell us what happened. But Paul, concerning himself, said, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all” (I Cor. 14:18). So, the Biblical evidence is replete that all Believers will, without exception, speak with other tongues upon being baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Tongues are not incoherent babble or chatter, but rather a language known and spoken somewhere in the world, but not by the speaker who has been baptized with the Spirit. A perfect example of this is found on the Day of Pentecost. When the Jews were filled with the Spirit, there were other Jews in the Temple, many hundreds, no doubt, who were from all parts of the Roman Empire, and who also spoke the language of their respective area. They heard these “Galilaeans” speak their languages (Acts 2:7-13). 
Some foolish souls have maliciously stated that speaking with other tongues is of the Devil. Of course, the statement is false, to say the least. But, for the sake of argument, we will say the following: If it is of the Devil, then it’s the only thing the Devil has which makes people love the Lord supremely, love His Word supremely, and desire the things of God supremely!
Furthermore, when Peter began to minister on the Day of Pentecost, he didn’t say, “This fulfills that spoken by the Prophet Joel,” but rather, “This is that which was spoken . . . .” This means it began on the Day of Pentecost, and it continues unto this hour.”


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