Today I was told that I have not received the gift of the Holy Spirit because it is only evident by speaking in tongues. I know the evidence of the Spirit in me and so I’ve done some research to have handy for when I am wrongly accused.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Jesus did not say all people would do all these things or how many times they would be repeated. Do you have to pick up snakes as evident or holy spirit. Missionaries have come upon deadly things and survived and it showed the natives that God was with them.
There was Purpose
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
Purpose. It drew men to Christ
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Purpose: prove Gentiles can receive what they had. No difference
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
I can only assume that same reason as acts 10
When the church in Corinth began they were baptized in the Holy Spirit but it appears that they did not grow in Christ only made new rules and confusion. Paul wrote to them about this in:
1 Corinthians 12:30
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
Purpose first time was when message was spoken to all in their language. Later given to Gentiles and others who believed. Then they began distorting it and making it confusing. The purpose had changed from outreach to pride.
Paul says move on to more excellent way.
Allow God to use whatever gifts needed to convince the world but don’t suppose take charge of it or be dogmatic and confuse the world.
I don’t doubt that God takes over a persons emotions and even the tongue when they fully release to the Holy Spirit. I don’t see where it would be necessary to seek tongues rather seek love. I have lived my whole life in church for the most part. I have seen people pray through and the Holy Spirit fill the room where no one could deny the fullness of the spirit. There was no confusion. On the other hand when I’ve been in places where they believed the only true filling of the Holy Spirit had to result in tongues I found only confusion and nothing that would draw a lost and dying world to their Savior.
This summary and research is not to argue but only as defense and understanding when I am told that I have not been filled or received the Holy Ghost. I most definitely have and He comes and takes full control and renews me when I need Him the most. Purpose.