Tongues: Human or Heavenly Language?

April 22, 2018 ()

Bible Text: Acts 2:4-13 |

Series:

NWBC - April 22, 2018 - Book of Acts - Alan Conner

Acts 2:4-13

Tongues: Human or Heavenly Language?

Intro

A. HISTORY OF THE PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENT.

1. The theological roots.

2. First Wave (1906-1960).

3. Second Wave (1960-1982).

4. The Third Wave (1982 - Present).

B. DIFFERENT VIEWS ON THE GIFT OF TONGUES.

1. Both Acts 2 and 1 Cor. 12-14 are known human languages.

Definition - the gift of tongues is the supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit to instantly speak in another human language not previously learned in order to become witnesses of Christ.

2. Acts 2 are human languages but 1 Corinthians are heavenly “tongues of angels”.

3. Both Acts 2 and 1 Cor. 12-14 deal with heavenly language, the tongues of angels.

C. TONGUES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS.

1. Acts 2

a. “other tongues” (Acts 2:4).

b. the word for “tongues/glossa” (Acts 2:4).

c. Miracle of speaking not hearing (Acts 6, 11).

d. the word for “utterance” (Acts 2:4).

e. the word for “language/dialektos” (Acts 2:6).

2. Acts 10:44-48.

a. Cornelius and those with him spoke in tongues (Acts 10:46).

b. Peter’s testimony (Acts 10:47).

c. Peter later explaining of this event (Acts 11:15, 17).

3. Acts 19:6. Luke uses the same words as in Acts 2.

D. TONGUES IN 1 COR. 12-14.

1. “tongues of angels” - 1 Cor. 13:1.

2. “the interpretation of tongues” - (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:26).

3. 1 Cor. 14:21, “strange/other tongues” - exact same words as in Acts 2:4.

E. OTHER CONCERNS ABOUT MODERN DAY TONGUES.

1. The evaluation by linguistics.

2. The pagan practice of speaking in tongues.

3. Can the gift of the “interpretation of tongues” be trusted?

CONCLUSION -