How can you put spiritual gifts to the test. Is tongues the only sign of baptism in the Holy spirit?
We’re going to take an in-depth look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit today.
I want to start by taking a look at a story that took place in the 20th century.
It’s about a Dutch painter and portraitist . His name is Han van Meegeren
What makes Han unique from so many other portraitist was his unique approach to obtaining fame and wealth.
As a young lad, Han, was extremely interested to say the least in the paintings from the Dutch golden age. This lit a fire in young Han; which led to the young portraitist to make it his life long passion.
You can probably imagine as Han grew so did his talents and ambition.
However his dreams took a turn for the worst when art critics found his work only slightly better than mediocre .
Han felt as though the critics had destroyed his career. This made Meegeren even more determined and all the more desperate.
This ultimately lead to a string of forgeries for the ages. He forged paintings from a number of famed artists. His most famous was the forgery of the Supper at Emmaus in 1937.
A forgery of Vermeer ended up in the possession of Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring(Nazis) during World War II. Van Meegeren was arrested for the sale of national treasure on May 29, 1945.
This was considered treason of the highest caliber and the penalty was death. Van Meegeren confessed his forgeries . Now in a most bizarre change of events Han has to paint for His freedom.
He was convicted and sentenced to only one year in prison, which he never served because He died of a heart attack in December of 1947.
I think we can all learn a lot from Van Meegeren’s story. Han had even those in the highest positions convinced he was the painter of all those wonderful works of art.
Though his cunning and deceit lead him to being wealthy for a while, he was eventually exposed and sentenced because of it.
In these last days the bible warns us that there will be similar deceit in the church and many will be fooled but Satan and his minions will be exposed and sentenced to the lake of fire in the last day.
Let’s take a look a falsehood that has even many believers scratching their heads.
Questions I hear nowadays is ” Why are so many tele-evangelist and pastors in general speaking in tongues today?” “If I can’t do it does that mean I haven’t received the baptism of the Holy Spirit?”
Today, it’s very common to visit a Pentecostal or Charismatic church and many members, pastor included, are speaking in and uncertain utterance and proclaiming it as a gift from God.
The very definition of tongue is Language. For instance have you every heard someone say “He’s not from around here.” “He doesn’t speak our native tongue.”
Well friends that’s all it is. Also God doesn’t give gifts for fruitless reasons. When God gives gifts it’s always for edification of the church.
In Matthew 28:19 Jesus commanded the disciples to go into all the world teaching and baptizing. This is a reason God would give the gift of tongues; because everyone in the world didn’t speak the same language.
You can bear witness to this yourself in the book of Acts. The book of acts records the only examples of tongues in the bible and they’re not uttering gibberish that no one there could discern.
I purposely left the verses of acts out in the hope that you will open and read them for yourselves.
Do you know that the bible mentions tongues as the least spiritual gift, yet today many churches have made it as if it was the greatest gift of the spirit.
1 Corinthians 14: 3-9 makes it strikingly clear that tongues were given to help everyone in the room regardless of their nationality and home language to understand the sermon. Otherwise you will be speaking into the air.
So if you’re not speaking gibberish, no that doesn’t mean you haven’t received the Holy spirit.
Galatians 5 tells us the fruits of the spirit are: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control.
Therefore if you’ve given your life a living sacrifice to Jesus Christ and been experiencing the above fruits; it’s very likely that you have indeed the Holy Spirit in your life.
I truly hope this gives you some very valuable food for thought and that you will turn to the bible for the ultimate and final authority.
Tim Kyles is an enthusiastic studier of biblical interpretation that has an up to date outlook on the bible and how it’s still relevant in today’s ever-changing society. Tim’s official website is hiswillaccordingly.wordpress.com