Does Speaking In Tongues Alone Testifies That We Have Received the Holy Spirit?
I have been spiritually enlightened and blessed by reading out the expository teaching of the scriptures in your blog. May God bless you abundantly with all his riches and sure do enlighten us with your teaching.
The question which I have in my mind for a long time is whether speaking in-tongues, alone is the evidence that we have the Holy spirit inside of us? I got baptized but still I don't speak-in tongues but in scriptures where ever water baptism took place it is evident that they started speaking in-tongues(holy spirit came upon them) ......please explain !!!!
Thank you, Abraham.
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Speaking in tongues in not the only evidence that the Holy Spirit lives inside of you. When you believe then you are given the Holy Spirit as the deposit that guarantees this salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 3:14). He is also given to remind you and teach you of everything Jesus said (John 16:13; I John 2:27). And He is also available to help us in every one of life's situations (Romans 8:26-27; I Corinthians 2:12; Romans 8:15). These are just a few of things He does. So it's important to know that from the very beginning of your relationship with God you are given the Holy Spirit, you don't need evidence, you can just accept that fact by faith because God's Word says it.
Now your observations about New Testament baptism is very perceptive. In all case, they believed then they were baptized and then there was a physical manifestation of the Holy Spirit, mostly tongues. However, several things happened at the point they start speaking. First they believe and were saved, then they went through water baptism and lastly they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit which is why they started speaking in tongues. (Hebrews 6:1-3 talks about different baptisms). We don't always see this full process happen all at once in the modern day church and many churches do not teach on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is why a lot of people do not know about it.
With that said, the gift of speaking in tongues is available for everyone who believes. Just ask God to Baptize you in the Holy Spirit and just like salvation believe that He will. Jesus said, "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:13). He promises to do it.
Speaking in tongues takes a lot of faith, especially the first time you do it. Just remember it is the Spirit who gives the utterance (Acts 2:4), He will enable you to do it, however he can't unless you open your mouth and start talking. It might seem weird at first and you might only have a word or two but He will enable you to do it. So I encourage you to just pray and ask God for it and then try to operate in it. Step out in faith! You'll be glad you did!
I haven't written anything on this yet. However, here are some great resources to read about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and also speaking in tongues. These teachers are wonderful at explaining these truths!
Article on the Holy Spirit - awmi.net/extra/article/holy_spirit
Audio Teaching on both the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Speaking in Tongues - awmi.net/extra/audio/1040
Audio Teaching on How to Flow in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit - awmi.net/extra/audio/1031
Audio Teaching on Understanding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit - gregfritz.org/products.htm (Near the bottom)
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