|Descending like a dove from Heaven (John 1:32)
While Christ was here on earth, he spoke of the time He would go back to Heaven. And
He promised that He would send a "Comforter," to be with us, and that Comforter proved to be the Holy Ghost, also
known as the "Holy Spirit." Christ spoke of this in the book of John, verse 16, when He said, "And I will pray
the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever."
He continues in verse 26, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in
my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." This is why
the writers of the Bible were able to quote Christ extensively, when they wrote later.
was fulfilled in the book of Acts, chapters one and two. In Acts 2:4, Luke (the writer of the book of Acts) says, "And
suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
At this time, 120 people were gathered in one place for the Day of Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit came upon them, and people
of at least 15 language heard what was spoken, telling them about Christ. And these languages were being spoken by persons
who had not learned them, for those hearing all this said, "how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were
Of course there were unbelievers in the group, and they claimed those speaking
were drunk. A ridiculous charge, and the Apostle Peter spoke at length at this time, about Christ and that He had risen and
was alive. Read all of this Acts, chapters one and two.
The tongues were a sign
to those unbelievers, and later indications show that the Gift of the Holy Spirit is for every believer. Many persons now
think that the Gift of Tongues were given only to the Apostles, or at most, during that initial period when the Holy Spirit
However, there are a number of times throughout the Bible later, when
it's shown that tongues are a sign even now. Acts 19:1-2 is an example: (1)And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was
at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus; and finding certain disciples, (2) He said unto
them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there
be any Holy Ghost.. Then in verses five and six, we quote, "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the
Lord Jesus (6) And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
This offers another thought...that at that time, they were baptizing in the name of Jesus, but the "Great
Commission," given by Jesus just before He was taken up into Heaven at the time He was leaving earth...in that Great
Commission, He told the Apostles who were there, to "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit."
I offer a word
of advice, and I stress it strongly, that anyone who does not believe that speaking in tongues is for today, to be silent,
rather than to speak against it, because this brings up the unpardonable sin, spoken by Christ in Matthew, verses 31 and 32:
"Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the
Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men." (32) And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven
him; but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in the world, neither in the world
to come." The two are tied together so don't risk such a fate. Just be silent if you don't agree.