|The Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Speaking With Other Tongues
By Rev. Bobby Ford
"In the baptism with the Holy Ghost, and speaking with other tongues, as the Spirit gives utterance to be the
initiatory evidence of this experience. Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6."
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them
utterance" (Acts 2:4). The prophet Joel prophesied in Joel 2:28-29, "That in the last days the Lord would pour out
his spirit upon all flesh." The Baptism with the Holy Ghost is an experience of grace that is invaluable in the life of a
born-again Christian. Jesus prepared His disciples for this event and impressed upon them the importance of the
Baptism of the Holy Ghost. During the closing days of His life before the cross, Jesus told His disciples, "Behold, I
send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on
high" (Luke 24:49). ". . . and being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart
from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized
with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence" (Acts 1:4-5).
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is an experience following the New Birth and Sanctification. It is the Holy Ghost that
convicts a sinner's heart and works the work of redemption in the heart of those that believe in Jesus Christ and
accept Him as Savior. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, and the
endorsement of the power is an experience that can only come after an individual has been born again, made a new
creature in Christ, sanctified, set apart and fully dedicated to a life of Holiness.
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the heritage of everyone who believes on Jesus Christ. No follower of Christ should
be satisfied with anything other than the complete fullness of the Spirit. The Bible records three outpourings of the
Holy Ghost. The circumstances were not exactly the same, but the results were the same. Many enjoy the
experience who do not understand the doctrine. There are things in the natural that, if we waited until we
understood all the fundamentals, we would never enjoy them. The same is true in the spiritual. The early church
enjoyed the fullness of the power of Pentecost while the doctrine concerning the experience was still taking shape.
In Acts 2:1-4, "The 120 were in the upper room in Jerusalem as they had been commanded by Jesus. When the day
of Pentecost had fully come, there came a sound as of a mighty rushing wind and there appeared unto them cloven
tongues like as of fire and it set upon each of them and they were filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with
other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance." There was a great event taking place. Their shouts of praise
rolled out into the streets below and was noised abroad. There were devout men in Jerusalem out of every nation
under heaven and they were amazed saying one to another, "are not all these that speak Galileans? And how hear
we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born speaking the wonderful works of God?"
In Acts 10:1-2, "there was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a Centurion of the band called the Italian
Band, a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house and gave much alms to the people and prayed to
God always." One day while Cornelius was praying, he was visited by an angel from God and instructed to send to
Joppa and ask for one called Peter who would tell him things he ought to know. Peter also had a vision wherein God
was showing him that he should not call anything common or unclean that God had cleansed. In verses 44-48, we
see where those at Cornelius' house received the Holy Ghost and those that were with Peter were astonished
because the Holy Ghost was poured out on the Gentiles. They knew this because they heard them speak with
tongues and magnify God.
In Acts 19:1-6, approximately 20 years after the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, we find "Paul in Ephesus who there
finding certain disciples asked them if they had received the Holy Ghost since they believed." These disciples had
not heard about the baptism of the Holy Ghost but were only baptized with the baptism of repentance. Paul
explained that there was a deeper experience of baptism and when he had laid his hands on them and prayed, they
were baptized with the Holy Ghost and spoke with tongues and prophesied.
To understand the purpose of the baptism with the Holy Ghost we must look beyond the external manifestation. It is
essential to recognize that it required a dynamic inward experience to account for the outward demonstration. The
baptism of the Holy Ghost is to empower us to be witnesses of the Grace of God. "But ye shall receive power after
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in
Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth" (Acts 1:8). According to John 14:26, He imparts wisdom: "But, the
comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." The Holy Ghost empowers us to stand against the
wiles of Satan. He is that inner strength needed to face the difficulties, heartaches and disappointments of life. He is
peace in the midst of turmoil.
Now concerning speaking in tongues: first, it is the initial evidence, or outward manifestation of the Baptism of the
Holy Ghost, as mentioned in the previous scriptures. When the Holy Ghost was given, the evidence was that. they
spoke in tongues, magnified God and prophesied. Speaking with tongues edifies the believer (1Corinthians 14:4).
This makes speaking with tongues an important exercise in the Christian life and in his worship. Speaking with
tongues is a direct spiritual communication with God (1 Corinthians 14:2). The words, "Speaketh not unto men, but
unto God," "he speaketh mysteries" and "no man understandeth him" indicate that it is a private line of
communication between the believer and his God. Its incomprehensibility neither negates its genuiness nor
diminishes its value to the believer or to the church. Speaking with other tongues is a sign to the unbeliever (1
Corinthians 14:22). This supernatural manifestation of God has a particular significance to the unsaved person. It is
a sign to show him that God is present among His people. The Holy Ghost witnesses to his heart's need and makes
him aware that he is outside the fold and needs a Savior.
The promise and precious Baptism of the Holy Ghost of God is available to all, along with the accompanying
evidence of speaking with other tongues (Joel 2:28-39; Isaiah 28:11; John 7:37-39; Acts 2:4; Acts 2:28-39; Acts
10:46; Acts 19:6, Mark 11:8; Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:4-5); to all who ask God (Luke 11:13) for the gift of His Spirit and
obey Him (Acts 5:32), they will become the recipient of the most wonderful and never-to-beforgotten experience of
the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking with other tongues.
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