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A Scriptual Bible Pattern

      

    In this last day that we are living in, and with God pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh, many talk about the Holy Ghost.  There are many questions asked about the experience of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

    One of the main questions that always surfaces is:  Do tongues accompany the baptism of the Holy Ghost?  There is one group who do not believe in tongues, another group that says they believe in tongues, but do not believe you have to speak in tongues when you receive the Holy Ghost, so you can be filled with the Spirit without the tongues.

    There are many different opinions on the subject of tongues.  People running from one group to another, or one preacher to another, until there is confusion in a young believer's life.  God is not the author of  confusion.

    There is not only one place to look to get a Divine authorization and that is to the Word of the Lord.  I want what I have received from the Lord based on Scripture, anything short of the Word will not stand while the world is on fire.

 

Matthew 24: 35

(35)  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

 

    We can stand on and depend on His Word. The Bible says that out of the mouths of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 

 

II Corinthians 13: 1

(1)  ....In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

 

    Let us look in the Scriptures and see if there is a pattern established for us, about people being filled with the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

    The first account that we have is in the book of Acts on the day of Pentecost when the disciples were filled with the Holy Ghost.  The disciples were there to receive the Spirit at the command Of Jesus.  They gathered together in an upper room.

 

Acts 1: 14

(14)  These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

 

    There were about one hundred and twenty, and Mary the mother of Jesus was even there.

 

Acts 2: 1-4

(1)  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

(2)  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

(3)  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

(4)  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 

 

    We have in this record of the outpouring of the Spirit that the people were filled, then spoke in other tongues.  When this was spread about, a great multitude came together to see and hear what was going on.  You will notice that the multitude did not come together until after word got around that something was happening at the temple.

 

Acts 2: 7-8

(7)  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

(8)  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

 

    Everyone in the multitude that came together were from many different nations, and heard the wonderful works of God in their own native tongue.  these people spoke with other tongues and in the language of these nations, yet all of them were Galilaeans.

    They were filled with the Spirit as he gave them utterance by a vocal miracle.  Some say this was not tongues, but a language everyone could understand.  These people were Galilaeans and they spoke in  foreign languages and people heard and understood, yet the language was unknown to those who were speaking them because God gave the understanding.  They were about 3,000 souls added to them that day.

    The same thing happens in an assembly today.  Someone speaks in tongues or gives a message by the Spirit, but God still gives the interpretation so the message might be understood by everyone, even though the words to the speaker are unknown.

    Let's examine what happened.  First, they obeyed God; second, they were in one accord (or in unity); and third, they had prayed.  God responded with a sound like a strong wind and tongues of fire, then they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke in other tongues.

 

Acts 5: 32

(32)  Are we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, ........

 

PETER SAID

Acts 2: 33

(33)  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

 

Peter said He is at the right hand of God.

 

JESUS SAID

 

John 14: 20

(20)  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

 

THAT DAY

    

     The Holy Ghost is the power the people saw and heard.  They saw tongues of fire and heard them speak in other tongues.  Not only did they see and hear this power, but they felt the burning fire of the Holy Ghost.

    There was a man in a town called Caesarea whose name was Cornelius.  He was a centurion.  Cornelius was a devout man who feared God and gave alms and helped the people.  God sent Peter to Cornelius' house to preach to them.  Peter's sermon was about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, that he is alive and by the right hand of God.

    Peter also told them how Jesus Himself had been anointed with the Holy Ghost and went around healing all those who were possessed of the devil.  He also told them that whoever believed in Jesus would receive forgiveness of sins, and while Peter was preaching, the Holy Ghost filled the house.

 

 THE HOLY GHOST FELL

 

Acts 10: 44

(44)  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.  

 

    Peter stood and boldly preached the Word. We have written record where God went with them confirming the Word with signs following.

 

Mark 16:20

(20) And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, confirming the word with signs following......

 

    God confirms His preached Word.  Here Peter has preached and then, even as he is talking, the power falls.

    The Holy Ghost had fallen on the Jewish people, but as of yet, He had not fallen on the Gentiles.  Peter and his friends were astonished because the Holy Ghost was poured out on the Gentiles.

    How did Peter and his companions know that the Holy Ghost had been poured out on the Gentiles?  They heard them speak with tongues.

 

Acts 10: 46

(46)  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.

 

    They heard them speak with tongues.  Many good church people say tongues are of the devil.  In this verse it says the tongues magnified God.  They knew they had received because they heard the language of the Spirit.  Why?  Because they had received the Holy Ghost baptism for themselves.

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