Being baptized in the Holy Spirit does not make one believer better than another. There are no inferior believers in GodБs Kingdom. But what the Baptism in the Holy Spirit does do is create an advantage. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit and more specifically, speaking in tongues, gives access to greater realms of God which benefits us deeplyбand those around us profoundly. This post is not an apologetic defending Spirit baptism but its for those who have experienced the fullness of the Spirit and want to go deeper inбunderstanding it s power and benefits. In this article, I ll share with you two lists. The first list defines five general, yet very important reasons, about what happens when we speak in tongues. The second list gives much more specific reasons why it s so important to engage the Spirit by speaking in tongues. 1. When we are speaking in tongues, we are speaking directly to God. This answers the, Бwho am I speaking to when I pray in tongues? Б. When we are speaking in tongues, we are speaking in a language God has given us to speak to him with. 1 Corinthians 14:2 БFor he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God,Б
2. When we speak in tongues, we are speaking mysteries. Mysteries are invitations into greater depths of GodБs heart and greater realms of revelation. We begin to get access to these mysteries by praying in the spirit. 1 Corinthians 14:2ББ in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 3. When we speak in tongues, we strengthen ourselves. When we speak in tongues we are given theб ability to strengthen, i. e. bulk up, the spirit man. 1 Corinthians 14:4 БHe who speaks in a tongue edifies himself,Б Jude 20 БBut you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 4.
When we speak in tongues, we build capacity for God. Praying in the spirit widens our capacity for the life of God and builds and strengthens our connection with our spirits and GodБs. Ephesians 3:16, 19 Бthat He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner manБ 19 ББ to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 5. When we speak in tongues, we experienceб personal transformation. The Holy Spirit has come to not only empower the believer but to make them more like the Jesus. SinБs influence weakens as we make room to strengthen our spirits ushering us into the Power of Christ within us. Romans 8:29 БFor whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Б Tongues were the visible proof that the disciples received the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). Tongues were the sign that ChristБs church had been born in both to the Jew (Acts 2) and the Gentile (Acts 10). Speaking in tongues is what convinced both Peter and the governing church authority (the Apostles) that the Gentiles are saved and could be saved (Acts 11). Speaking in tongues was a vital part of both the Apostle PaulБs life and teaching (1 Cor. 14:18). Speaking in tongues is tied to the Gospel of Marks great commission (Mark 16:14Б20).
Speaking in tongues is the supernatural language given by God to believers thus it is the language of the GodБs Spirit and His Kingdom. Speaking in tongues gives us gives us spirit to spirit communication with God (Rom. 8:26-27). Speaking in tongues allows us to access the mysteries of God (1 Cor. 14:2). Praying in tongues is the number one way believers strengthen themselves (1 Cor. 14:2). Speaking in tongues tames the tongue which James says in the most unruly member of the body (James 3:1Б12). Praying in tongues is always the perfect prayer (Rom. 8:26-27). Praying in tongues releases miraculous intercession for people whom we know and those we donБt. Praying in tongues is governmental because it accesses the heart of God and prays what He wants to do on earth (Rom. 8:26-27). The gift of tongues and interpretation of tongues is used by the Holy Spirit to both edify and strengthen the church (1 Cor. 12, 14). Speaking in tonguesб can actually lead people to repentance. Praying in tongues is the main way we fulfill the mandate to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). Speaking in tongues is part of our spiritual armor (Eph. 6:18). Praying in tongues brings our spirit into unity with GodБs purposes. Praying in the Spirit renews our minds. Praying in tongues builds the interior life of the believer. Hopefully, these two lists will help youб start and/or strengthen your journey in living out the Spirit-filled life. Question: How has praying in the Spirit benefited you? What has been your journey?
Are their questions you still have about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit? б One of the most influential and controversial events in the twentieth-century American church was the emergence of the charismatic movement. With its emphasis on the gifts of the Spirit, the movement brought elements of Pentecostalism to non-Pentecostal churches. By the early 1960s, Catholics, mainline churches, and many non-Pentecostal evangelicals were experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit through prophecies, divine healings, speaking in tongues, and various physical phenomena. The movement generated much debate about the purpose of these gifts and experiences in the Christian life. Were they legitimate expressions of worship, or just frenzied spiritual emotionalism? Today, evangelicals seem to have made peace with the charismatic movement, embracing many of its practices and agreeing to disagree on others. Indeed, it\’s not strange these days to find people lifting their hands in the most conservative of evangelical functions. Despite this evolution, many questions remain about the meaning of speaking in tongues. The phenomenon of tongues (or glossolalia) is identified by many as the supernatural utterance of foreign human languages (Acts 2:4,6); others contend that it includes speaking an angelic language (1 Corinthians 13:1) or some other verbal expression requiring interpretation (1 Corinthians 14). For many years, speaking in tongues was seen as the distinguishing characteristic of the Pentecostal and charismatic traditions within the church. Some Pentecostal Christians,.