BT7 – Tongues & Interpretation
BT7: Tongues and others gifts prove that God is accompanying and working with you to preach the gospel logos message of salvation
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At the Great Commission account in Mark 16:15-20 of Jesus to “Having routinely poreuomai ‘gone/journeyed port to port’ into all the world, [I strongly urge you to then] kerusso ‘proclaim, herald, or preach’ the ‘good news/message’ gospel [logos message] to the whole creation” after describing the necessary response of “routinely having trusting-relying-faith and/coupled routinely having been water-baptized to actually become saved” to escape “being condemned” with the rest of the world by default per John 3:16-17. Jesus then says: “Now these semeion ‘miraculous signs given to confirm, corroborate, or authenticate’ shall actually parakoloutheo ‘follow/join/attend along close-beside as a disciple would their leader’ one who precedes those having routinely had trusting-relying-faith: In My name/authority they shall actually cast out demons, they shall actually speak by-the-means-of kainos ‘completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, unique, superior NEW” glossa tongues/languages, . . . [Jesus ascended into heaven] . . . Now having routinely exerchomai ‘come out of to another place’ they definitively/wholly preached everywhere, the Lord routinely sunergeo ‘working/doing together-with’ [them] and/coupled routinely begaioo ‘making the ground under them solid, sure, fully reliable, thus confirming, ratifying’ the logos message [of the gospel they preached] dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the semeion ‘‘miraculous signs given to confirm, corroborate, or authenticate’ routinely epakoloutheo ‘follow/join/attend along closely fitting/in-connection-to’ [the logos message].”
Clearly glossa tongues/languages was a sure “proving-sign” that authenticated a preached gospel message. The supernatural enabling-power of the Holy Spirit thus produced amazing results because it was not quenched (a). Maybe the reason why more churches don’t experience this is that: 1) They are actually don’t have trusting-relying-faith, 2) They really are not disciples or followers of Christ, 3) They aren’t preaching the gospel but just about everything else, and/or 4) They are on their own without “God working with them” or “accompanying their message” because in some way they have quenched the Spirit, so that God’s Spirit won’t ‘show up’ to confirm some other message of theirs. Since I’ve played in 15 music ministries and been to many more churches than that, I can say that I have seen plenty of all this! It’s very disheartening to see this and they are clueless as to why they have had so little effect on the surrounding community! <Notes> a) Acts 2:47, 5:14, 9:42, 11:24, 13:12, 16:34.
Hebrews 2:1-4 also says, “It presently/ongoingly behooves us to presently/ongoingly give heed more abundantly to the things that we have been hearing lest ever we should drift away . . . a logos message . . . how then will we escape [just recompense] [if] we-have-been-neglecting such a great salvation, which you’all-having-routinely lambano ‘grabbed hold of for yourselves to receive’ arche ‘from the beginning, chiefly’ spoken [the message] dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the Lord [Jesus], [then] hupo ‘under the authority of’ those [disciples] having akouo listened/heard-to-understand/know [the message] eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ us, [the message] has been begaioo ‘confirmed/ratified, the ground under them made solid, sure, fully reliable’ [by] God routinely bearing-witness/testifying by-the-means-of [plural] semeion ‘miraculous signs given to confirm, corroborate, or authenticate’ te kai ‘and/coupled together with them’ wonders kai and/also by-the-means-of poikilos ‘various/diversified kinds of’ miracles kai and/also merismos ‘distribution of parts’ (a) kata down-from/according-to the will of Him (God).” <Notes> a) compare 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 diairesis ‘distinct-differences, distributed-divisions made dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of personal choice [of God]’ of grace-gifts [into us], services/ministries [thru us to others], and energetically-effective workings [by God inside others].”
Certainly that’s what Hebrews 6:5 is referring to when it says of these Jewish-Christians “having already routinely geuomai ‘tasted the flavor of, eaten for nourishment, partaken of, enjoyed, experienced’ the kalos ‘beautiful, excellently-useful’ (a) of [singular] rhema ‘directly-spoken/heard word’ of God te and-both [plural] dunamis supernatural-enabling-powers of/belonging-to [singular] eminently-ready Age.” Earlier before, Hebrews 1:3 says the “[singular] rhema ‘directly-spoken/heard word’ of/belonging-to the [singular] dunamis supernatural-enabling-power dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of Christ” is what “routinely phero ‘brings/carries along, maintains’ ALL things” in creation. None of this is referring to bible verses! <Notes> a) kalos: 1) to make beautiful physically or morally, this is distinctly the ‘beauty’ that comes from harmony or proportional symmetry and thus completeness, or 2) to make excellent in nature or character, thus well adapted for its use, and thus praiseworthy and noble.
After talking about how important it is to send out preachers of the gospel logos message for people to get saved, Paul humbly admits in Romans 10:17 “Therefore, trusting-relying-faith [is] ek out-from [genitive: of] akouo ‘listening/hearing to understand/know’ kai and/coupled this akouo hearing dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [a/the singular] rhema ‘directly-spoken/heard word’ of/belonging-to Christ.” In other words, they have become “sheep who akouo ‘listen/hear-to-understand/know the phone Voice of Christ to follow Him and be His disciple per John 10:3-4, 16, 27. There is nothing here about reading bible verses!
In the book of 1 Corinthians that focuses so much on the supernatural grace-gifts of the Spirit, Paul says in v. 1:17 “For Christ . . . sent me . . . to preach the gospel: absolutely-in-fact-NOT by-the-means-of wisdom of/belonging-to a logos message in order that the cross of the Christ in-possibility-NOT be kenoo ‘emptied out, rendered void without recognition of value’ for the logos message of the cross . . . to us presently/ongoing is-defined/exists-as [singular] dunamis supernatural, enabling-power of God.”
In 1 Corinthians 2:1, 4 Paul continues: “Having come to you brethren, I came absolutely-in-fact-NOT kata down-from/according-to huperoche ‘superior, pre-eminent, elevated, or authoritative-sounding’ of speech or wisdom, kataggello ‘declaring/announcing exactly/decisively down to a point’ to you the testimony of God. . . . The logos message of mine kai and/coupled the kerugma ‘proclamation, heralding, preaching of fundamentals’ of mine [were to them] absolutely-in-fact-NOT by-the-means-of peithos ‘persuasive to trust, enticing to place confidence in, skillful’ logos messages of/belonging-to wisdom but-instead by-the-means-of apodeixis demonstrable-proof of [singular] Spirit kai and/coupled/specifically of dunamis supernatural, enabling-power in order that your trusting-relying-faith might be in-possibility-NOT in/by/with [singular] wisdom of men but-instead in/by/with [singular] dunamis supernatural, enabling-power of God.”
Furthermore Paul said in Colossians 2:4, there were plenty of people going around with “pithanologia persuasive speech to delude” others. But how would they know Paul’s speech was legitimate? Even in Acts 18:24-26 the Jew named Apollos of Alexandria “was logios ‘eloquently gifted by learning/reason’ and dunatos powerfully-enabled in the scriptures and/also routinely fervent in spirit,” he nevertheless had to be katecheo ‘instructed for conversion purposes’ (a) in the way/road of the Lord . . . by Priscilla and Aquila who took him aside and extremely-accurately-expounded to him the way of God.” Why did they do so? Because was routinely epistamai ‘standing upon, grounded by knowledge acquired by close acquaintance, practice, or skill’ only of John-the-Baptist’s water-baptism, likely performing this for others after “speaking and/coupled earnestly teaching the thing concerning Jesus.” <Notes> a) katecheo: to sound down from or according to, thus to exactly learn ‘by sounds’ or repetition, to catechize or teach foundational truths for conversion purposes: Luke 1:4; Acts 18:25, 21:21, 24; Romans 2:18; Galatians 6:6; 1 Corinthians 14:19.
This was NOT good enough, so Priscilla and Aquila catechized Apollos most likely involving water-baptism in the name/authority of Jesus not only for salvation but also for grace-gifts of the Spirit to minister with God’s enabling-power to ‘confirm, corroborate, or authenticate’ the gospel message, just as Tertullian said was still being taught by 200 AD! John’s Baptism not being good enough to get the “free-gift of the Holy Spirit” had been the emphasis in Acts 1:5, 2:38, 41, 8:12-13, and 16 leading up to this verse and after in Acts 8:36, 9:18, 10:37, 48, 11:16, 13:24, 16:15, 33, 18:8, 19:3-5, 22:16. Context clearly indicates what they instructed Apollos about! Spirit-Baptism or Filling was expected to occur during water-baptism because there is only “One Baptism” per Ephesians 4:5. Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 4:20, “For the kingdom of God [exists] absolutely-in-fact-NOT by-the-means-of a logos message [of arrogant people] but-instead by-the-means-of dunamis supernatural, enabling-power.” In v. 13:2 Paul speaks of “prophetic dunamis enabling-powers.”
While supporting his own credentials in 2 Corinthians 12:12, Paul says: “Indeed the [plural] semeion ‘miraculous signs given to confirm, corroborate, or authenticate’ of the apostolos ‘sent-out, commissioned one’ were already performed among you by-the-means of all hupomeno ‘patient-endurance from remaining/tarrying behind subordinately-under the load/tensions of troubles’ by-the-means-of semeion ‘miraculous signs given to confirm, corroborate, or authenticate’ and/coupled wonders and/coupled miracles.” But earlier he says in v. 10:4 that “our weapons of warfare . . . have divine dunamis enabling-power to destroy [spiritual] strongholds.” It sounds like a lot of people today are preaching a powerless gospel because they are Cessationists by denying the dunamis supernatural, enabling-powers of God – see Tongues – BT14. How so?
In the parallel passage of Ephesians 6:10-19 in order to “dunamai be-powerfully-enabled [by the armor of God] to stand against the schemes of the devil,” Paul includes in vv. 17-18 to “dechomai ‘warmly-welcome . . . the sword of the Spirit, which presently/ongoingly exists-as/defined-as the rhema directly-spoken/heard word of God, thru-the-realizing-channel-of ALL proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication, be routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying in every season by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit.” We’ve seen this emphasis on “the rhema directly-spoken/heard word of God/Christ” above. We also know, this special kind of conversational-prayer that involves a lot of receiving of God’s rhema words is explained in 1 Corinthians 14:14-15, where Paul explicitly equates this to “presently/ongoingly proseuchomai conversationally-praying by-the-means-of glossa tongues/languages by-the-means-of The Spirit of/belonging-to him.” The same is true of “psalming” with instruments whether lyrics are involved or not, clearly distinguishing either of these 2 practices with instead performing them “by-the-means-of the mind of/belonging-to him,” and furthermore purposes to do ALL of this. The Cessationists would never do so, and so they preach a powerless gospel! Paul would have some words with them!
Again in 1 Thessalonians 1:5, Paul says: “The gospel of/belonging-to us did absolutely-in-fact-NOT come eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ you by-the-means-of a logos message only, but-instead also by-the-means-of dunamis supernatural, enabling-powers kai and/specifically by-the-means-of [singular] Holy Spirit kai and/consequently by-the-means-of [singular] polus much plerophoria ‘FULL coming-to-bear, carry-through assurance/confidence.’ Their great assuredness is the direct result of the supernatural powers of the Holy Spirit, not just the gospel message! Paul is reminding them where they have placed their faith – not on talk but God’s demonstrable power!
In summing up his gospel ministry to the Gentiles in Romans 15:17-19, Paul makes it clear: “In Christ Jesus I hold-to-have the kauchesis ‘boasting in achievement’ in the things pros ‘toward and interfacing with’ God, for I will dare absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly speak of anything except what Christ has already accomplished dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of me eis ‘toward and reaching to the goal of’ [singular] obedience of the Gentiles by-the-means-of [singular] logos message and/coupled [singular] ergo work – by-the-means-of [singular] dunamis supernatural, enabling-power of semeion ‘miraculous signs given to confirm, corroborate, or authenticate’ and/coupled wonders by-the-means-of [singular] dunamis supernatural, enabling-power of the Spirit of God – so that . . . I have already [with lasting results] peplerokenai ‘fully-to-completion proclaimed’ the gospel of the Christ.” Apparently a lot of people today can’t make that claim because they don’t preach “a full gospel!” The real work is the supernatural “accompanying, confirming, and authenticating” that God does when He “works with” our preaching. But do we even have the same message as He wants? Or the trusting-relying-faith for Him to work?
The proof to Peter that the Gentiles were being added to the kingdom of God “just as we have” in Acts 10:44-48 was that even during Peter’s preaching of the gospel logos message to them, “the Holy Spirit fell on ALL . . . they were amazed because the grace-gift of the Holy Spirit had been [with ongoing effects] poured out even upon the Gentiles, for they were continually akouo hearing-to-understand/know them routinely speaking by-the-means-of tongues and/coupled megaluno ‘making/declaring as great/conspicuous, magnifying, esteeming-highly, extolling, lauding, celebrating, giving glory/praise’ God.” Tongues was proof they were being chosen for salvation, so we see that Peter had them all water-baptized to insure their salvation! This also shows us what is in tongues going back to God – High Praise! Do we want this?
When Peter reports this event to Jerusalem church in Acts 11:15-17, “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning,” but the only common evidence to that occurrence in Acts 2:4 is “they began to speak by-the-means-of heteros ‘others-of-a-different-kind’ glossa tongues/languages kathos ‘down-from/according-to the extent/degree of, corresponding to fully/exactly as’ the Spirit edidou ‘[continually] was giving/granting-as-a-gift, supplying/furnishing, enduing’ to them to presently/ongoingly apophtheggomai to ‘speak/utter out/forth or pronounce/declare to make a generic/unintelligible sound resembling the whinny of a horse’.” Again, tongues was the obvious proof they were given the grace-gift of the Holy Spirit. “Then I remember the rhema ‘directly-spoken/heard [singular] word’ of the Lord, how He said, ‘John baptized by-the-means-of water, but you shall actually be baptized by-the-means-of the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave the same dorea ‘unmerited, unentitled, free-given gift’ to them as also to us, having had trusting-relying-faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” It sure seem like a lot of pastors are “standing in God’s way!”
This “gift” isn’t a one-time event throughout the early history of the Church either! The same Christians get Spirit-baptized again and again (a), just as the apostle Paul was (b). This was Normal Christianity! See how much of the Church has fallen away! In fact, Paul’s strong urgings use the Greek present imperative for being “completely-filled with all the abundant-fullness of God . . . [I strongly urge you to] presently/ongoingly become completely-filled by-the-means-of the Spirit” (c). And I bet they all expected tongues to ongoingly show up at these ongoing Spirit-Baptisms! <Notes> a) Acts 1:5, 2:2, 4, 4:8, 31, 10:47, 11:16, 13:52, b) Acts 9:17, 13:9, c) Ephesians 3:19, 5:18.
Jesus used as the concluding ‘action step’ of His Prayer model, as all good teachers leave their students with, the Greek present participle to express ‘routine, lifestyle habits’ for all Christians to “be aiteo asking for in order to receive” the agathos ‘inherently or intrinsically good as excellent, distinguished, salutary, upright, honorable, useful, beneficial, suitable, advantageous’ things from the Father to those who routinely aiteo subordinately-ask Him,” which in parallel definitely starts out with the “agathos ‘good’ doma ‘specific, beneficial bounty/present or gift’ of the Holy Spirit from the Father” (a). Expanding on this Jesus also uses the present participles for zeteo ‘inquiring by investigating to reach a resolution, searching to get to the bottom of the matter’ until you find and/also knocking until the door is opened” to further emphasize persevering prayer (b). Without persevering to lambano ‘grab hold for yourself to receive’ this special gift of the Holy Spirit, your previous prayers for “God’s kingdom to come and will to be done” (c) are just ‘wishing upon a star!’ And I bet Jesus expected tongues to regularly show up at these routine occurrences! <Notes> a) Luke 11:13 and Matthew 7:11, cf. James 1:17, b) Matthew 7:8; Luke 11:9-10, c) Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2.
Now that we have been “instructed in the way of the Lord,” let us stop doubting and instead embracing all free-gift of the Holy Spirit by getting water-baptized in the name/authority of Jesus Christ and expect to lambano ‘grab hold of to receive” His grace-gifts from the Holy Spirit “into us, thru us, and for God’s work in others” Let’s have the trusting-relying-faith to become empowered so that we can “work with God” by not only preaching His gospel logos message but with demonstrable-proofs of miracles, sign, and wonders, and grace-gifts, including the enabling-power of prophecy and tongues to the 3 audiences-purposes of: to ourselves to build us up (no interpretation needed), to others in the church-assembly to build them up (interpretation needed), or to unbelievers to witness/preach the gospel (no interpretation needed).
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