Manifestations of the Holy Spirit Part I
Manifestations of tongues (Understanding the heavenly language)
Synopsis of Bible Study 09/30/15
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
We must first understand that there are differences of gifts, but they are of the same Spirit. 1 Cor 12:4-5 says- 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
Prior to Jesus’ ascension back into heave, He said he would not leave us comfortless. Jesus gives this word, but in a context for us to understand the dispensations of God in the earth realm. Dispensations in this context means “seasons”.
Before Jesus left, He promised that not only will we do what he did, we would also do greater things than he. In other words, the works Jesus did when he was on earth such as healing the sick and casting out demons are all things we should be able to do and more. We must realize that all the works that Jesus did, dwells within us.
Manifestation of the promise
The Day of the Pentecost:
This is 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Acts 2:1-4 – 1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. -The cloven tongues sat on their heads like fire. In the Apostolic religion and others like it, this is very significant. In fact, the hat that you see on the Pope is symbolic of the tongues that sat on their heads that day at Pentecost.
- They were in One place on one accord – This reminds us that unity is essential. Matt 18:20 – 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”-Wherever there is unity and communion in the Spirit of God, there will be the presence of God. God does not dwell in chaos.
- Divided or divers tongues – Acts 2:3 – 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.-To understand tongues, you must know the distinctions between the types of tongues. The Greek word for tongues in Acts is glossolalia which means tongue talking. Tongues are words uttered in speech usually in intense worship, without conscious control of the speaker. Some say it is a possession of the divine supernatural.
According to the New Testament, this first appearance of tongues came at Pentecost (glossolalia) Remember the bible says … as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Paul distinguishes between spiritual gifts and the private prayer language. 1 Corinthians 12 talks about how the gifts should flow in the house. In 1 Corinthians 13 he backs up and says you can’t have anything without love. In 1 Corinthians 14 he talks about order. Paul explains to the church that when there is somebody speaking in tongue (the gift) there must be an interpreter.
Act 4:31 – 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness., Acts 8:14-17 – 14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit., Acts 10 :44-48 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days. , Acts 11: 15-17 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘ John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit. ‘ 17 If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?”- When people got saved, often they immediately spoke in other tongues. Remember is the gift of tongue and no the heavenly language.
When you read the book of Acts, it is important to know that Acts is a book of history.- It is the “Acts of the Apostles “and the “history of the early church”. It is more historical than is a book telling you what God wants you to do. In Acts 1, Luke writes that the Disciples were to go to the upper room and wait for the comforter to come. They go and they are tarrying waiting for the comforter to come. In acts 2, the Holy Spirit came and manifested when they were together in one place. Many people today still think you have to tarry for the Holy Ghost. You don’t have to tarry for the Holy Ghost anymore, because the Holy Spirit is already here. It is not that you are waiting on the Holy Spirit, instead He is waiting on you. When you got saved, you got a packaged deal. You received the Holy Spirit in that package when you got saved. When you empty yourself and get you out of the way, then you give Him full control
Glossolalia (the Greek word for tongues) occurs throughout the 19th and the 20th century. Many people talk about the famous Azusa Street Revival of 1906, in Los Angeles, California which was facilitated by William C. Seymour  . Many people from different areas and different denominations came to this revival. One of the most memorable things that came from this revival was that many people begin to speak in tongues after such a move of the Holy Spirit. This outpouring of tongues began to be known as the Pentecostal Movement.
Understanding the heavenly language
What is Full gospel? We are Baptist with Pentecostal in us. Historically, Baptist had good structure, but no power. By this we mean that Baptist traditionally didn’t teach the gift of tongues or the laying of hands on the sick and etc… This is considered power. The Pentecostal on the other hand, had power but no structure. By this we mean that they believed in the gift of speaking in tongues and the laying of the hands on the sick, however, they were not really structured. Their services started around an approximate time and ended whenever they got through. There was really no particular order to their service either. When we say we are Fullgospel, it is a doctrine that unites the best of both worlds. No longer do we just preach that Jesus died and he got up; we preach that Jesus got up with all power in his hands!
Dialektos- means in the Greek “discourse or I speak”. It is a English term meaning dialect. Acts 2:5-7 says 5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? – This gift of tongues was the ability to speak a language that you had never been taught by the unction of the Holy Spirit,. For example, you made We don’t see much of this anymore.
Dialect is what you have learned. Having said this, we are mind, body, and spirit.
- My spirit is in my belly. Your mind learned a dialect, based on you geographical up-bringing. For example, you may speak English because of where you are from. You have a sub-dialect also, which tells where you came from. For example, you may speak English, but another may sound a little different speaking English, because of where they came from. You intellect taught you that.
- Your spirit has the dialect of the Holy Spirit. Tongues are the dialect of the Holy Spirit. For example, English might be the dialect of your intellect. Between you intellect and your spirit is yourself, your flesh. You mind is so strong, it often prevents you from tapping into the dialect of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 14:14-15– 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray without the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. -When we begin to pray in the Spirit of God, we’re seeking understanding of a revelation. Our mind or flesh can’t worship God; He won’t have it. God will only see it when we worship him in the spirit.
God’s language is a spirit. We must worship God in spirit and in truth, because God is a spirit.
God took dirt and made man. Man was formed, but he wasn’t living until God breath his breath (His spirit) inside of him. We being in the image of God refers to your spirit. In other words, the part of you that looks like God is your spirit. Because you are a spirit, the people you choose to marry should be married to your spirit instead of being married to you. The reason why is because you as a person may change. Your appearance may change, your dress may change, and even your outlook may change, but your spirit (the essence of who you are) won’t change.
God communicates with our spirt not us. When we pray, we must try to pray in the spirit.
You don’t have to be one that speaks in tongues to be saved. A truer statement would be, you get the privilege to speak in tongue when you get saved. Speaking in tongues is not a single qualifier to determine if one is saved or not.
Eph 3.3– 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, – God makes mysteries known to us when we pray in the spirit. What When we pray in the spirit, our prayer language sounds, which is called our heavenly language, also called tongues. Everyone that removes their mind and is saved, can pray in this language if they worship hard enough.
Your Pastor has to pray for you in the spirit, so that there is no demonic interference. When we pray in the spirit, we get revelation. Your Pastor prays in the spirit and revelation comes, then this inspires a sermon that talks about all the things that you have been praying about all week.
We grew up thinking of pray as a phone call. For example, we used to say, “Jesus is on the main line, tell him what you want!” Imagine then that praying is a phone call. Then you have to acknowledge that every phone call you make has the potential to be tapped. When you pray in your flesh and intellect, the devil comes in and tries to interpret and intercept your prayer. The devil is after that which is carnal.
When you pray in the spirit, then the devil can’t intercept it! Rom 8:26-26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.-The Holy Spirit takes what our mind doesn’t understand and takes it to heaven, because he understands what we don’t understand. Don’t fret if you don’t understand what you are saying, because you are not supposed to understand. Just know that it happens during prayer and worship.