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Because there are so many Christians who trust in their churches’ religious traditions, so many Christians who fear not being in control of what they say or do, and so many Christians who display various other prejudices against the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit, consequently, there also are countless believers who will disagree with the following statement: God intends for EVERY believer to be “sealed” with the Holy Spirit, which means He wants every believer to experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (experience being Holy Spirit filled with the evidence of speaking in tongues)! Regrettably, the majority of today’s believers who do not speak in tongues often heatedly disagree with every born from above and saved (justified) believer who defines “sealed” with the Holy Spirit as the observable, physical, outward sign of speaking in tongues. These naysayers disagree with other believers primarily because these skeptics do not think that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a second work—a separate event from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who takes up residence in a believer at the moment he or she is saved. Furthermore, these naysayers disagree with other believers concerning whether speaking in tongues is God ordained, and in fact these disbelievers will scoff at those who do speak in their heavenly language.                                                                                          

Be that as it may, the biblical truth is that the English word “sealed” is in several New Testament verses. Biblically speaking, a “seal” could be used for different reasons. For instance, in the holy Scriptures, a “seal” is usually a piece of wax with a distinctive design in it, like that of a signet ring; a “seal” is a stamp, an engraved device used for stamping; or a “seal” is a common visible, physical, external mark that preserves and attests that God’s “seal” authenticates the character and behaviors of an individual.

Thus, in the Holy Bible, a “seal” would guarantee that the “sealed” important documents’ authenticity has been preserved (cf. Esther 3:12), or would be a mark of ownership, or an impression of love (cf. Song of Solomon 8:6); or would provide protection against being tampered with, and would prevent the “seal” from being counterfeited or broken (cf. Matthew 27:66; Revelation 5:1), and/or would guarantee that a person’s character is genuine, that the “seal” is absolute proof, and an unbreakable demonstration (cf. 1 Corinthians 9:2). In the case of documents and letters, a “seal not only keeps a document or letter securely closed, which means the document or letter’s content is protected from being read by people who have no business reading it, but also the “seal” declares to everyone that the document or letter belongs to the sender.

In contrast, when the Apostle Paul speaks of a “seal” or being “sealed,” he is using “seal” and “sealed” as a metaphor for believers’ oral testimonials—those which confirm the fact that God’s “seal” authenticates a person’s character (moral and ethical nature) and behaviors (cf. 1 Corinthians 9:2). In the apostle’s case, the Corinthians’ conversations verify the fact that Paul is God’s apostle. That is why, for the Apostle Paul, the word “sealed” is equivalent to authenticity, authority or power, and ownership, and why, for Apostle Paul, God’s “seal” is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit,  which not only fills believers but also gives believers “new tongues.”

To the apostle, these “new tongues” (new languages) either can be of men (humanity) or of angels (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:1). In either case, it is evident that the Apostle Paul is saying in 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 and Ephesians 1:13-14, that the Holy Spirit’s “seal” manifests as “new tongues” via the supernatural power of the infilling Holy Spirit. For sure, he is saying that speaking in tongues is the outward evidence (seal or mark) that attests to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (life full of the power of God).

It is important to note here that in none of the verses in which it is implied or directly stated that believers are speaking in tongues is there one apostle (or any writer) who is saying that speaking in tongues is a requirement for salvation. What the apostles and other writers are saying, especially the Apostle Paul, is that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, brings a person into an intimate conversational communion with Father God. The Apostle Paul also is saying, especially in 1 Corinthians 14:21, that God first promises “new tongues” (strange languages) back in the Old Testament. The Apostle Paul writes:

It is written in the Law, By men of strange languages and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and not even then will they listen to Me, says the Lord. Thus [unknown] tongues are meant for a [supernatural] sign, not for believers but for unbelievers [on the point of believing], while prophecy (inspired preaching and teaching, interpreting the divine will and purpose) is not for unbelievers [on the point of believing] but for believers. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:21-22, AMP (this blogger has italicized and colored “men of,” because these words have been added to the original text, possibly to muddy the original meaning of the text)

The Apostle Paul, in the context of 1 Corinthians 14:21-22, clearly is emphasizing speaking in tongues—speaking in an “unknown tongue,” which he refers to as a heavenly language or the tongues of angels (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:2; and 1 Corinthians 13:1). To prove his point, the Apostle Paul uses the Old Testament Scriptures in which God promises that there are going to be “new tongues”—the kind of “new tongues” that even the Prophet Isaiah, via God, says will be both a “rest” and a “refreshing” that many people “…would not hear” (Isaiah 28:12; cf. Isaiah 44:3).

The apostle’s words in 1 Corinthians 14:21-22 are really a paraphrasing of an Old Testament Law. Once again, the  Apostle Paul is indirectly quoting the Prophet Isaiah. In an Isaiah 28 passage, the prophet is saying that because some of the Old Testament’s prophets did not treat the teaching of God’s Law appropriately, God promises to speak to His soon to be backslidden “religious” leaders, indeed, the whole backslidden nation of Israel, in a “new tongue,” in a “strange language”—this language, tongue is the one God intends to be His chosen people’s true “rest” and “refreshing.” The prophet writes:

For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people, to whom He said, ‘This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest,’ and, ‘This is the refreshing’ – yet they would not hear. ~ Isaiah 28:11-12, KJV21 (underlining is this blogger’s emphasis)

In context, in the above passage, God is speaking about those Jewish prophets who prefer to intellectualize their faith, and about those Jewish prophets who prefer to control their spiritual experience with Him by childishly yet systematically approaching the Law “…precept upon precept, precept upon precept, rule upon rule, rule upon rule; here a little, there a little” (Isaiah 28:10b, AMP). For sure, God is mocking these rebellious Jewish prophets. He tauntingly is saying that they too must be taught by using the same kind of concise and conceited method they use when they are teaching children about a language’s basics. Because these “religious” leaders refuse to listen to and accept God’s messages spoken to them in their native tongue, which He sent to them through authentic prophets, like Isaiah, God promises to punish their rebellion with the same kind of tedious lessons, and this teaching will make the Law to become their stumbling block—the Law will make them “fall backward,” backslide, and to go back into captivity. Isaiah prophesies to them, saying God wants them to know that:

…the word of the Lord will be to them [merely monotonous repeatings of]: precept upon precept, precept upon precept, rule upon rule, rule upon rule; here a little, there a little—that they may go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and taken. ~ Isaiah 28:13, AMP

Once again, in the above verse, God is saying that His Law would be to the rebellious Jewish prophets just what they say it is, which is a tedious never-ending lesson. They will receive this punishment instead of receiving the kind of “rest” and “refreshing” that is powerful, costs them nothing (is a comfort that comes from the gift of God, from the outpouring of the Holy Spirit), and has no harmful effects. This “rest” and “refreshing” are the results of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Indeed, the “…stammering lips and another tongue…” (Isaiah 28:11a) are the very “rest” and “refreshing” that God’s chosen people have rejected—are that which the Old Testament Hebrews refused—and that which many contemporary New Testament believers also are rejecting.

Nevertheless, the Apostle Paul states that this Isaiah 28:11 promise of a “new tongue” is fulfilled through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians, one of the last epistles yet the most developed epistle by the Apostle Paul, the apostle declares that the Holy Spirit of promise is that down payment, voucher or “earnest,” on believers’ future inheritance. Their entire future inheritance is life full of the power of God, and an eternal life in a glorious body. In other words, proof of God’s faithfulness to His promise to give believers their whole inheritance is the pouring out of the Holy Spirit—the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. This baptism gives believers supernatural power, the kind of supernatural power that comes unequivocally and directly from God.

For this last reason, the indwelling Holy Spirit is ONLY a deposit, a partial payment on the sign or promise of what is to come. The sign or promise of what is to come IS the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the “seal” that manifests itself AFTER believers are saved. Indeed, Jesus the Christ, Himself, defines the supernatural power and the miraculous signs and wonders that would accompany His disciples, like speaking with “new tongues” (cf. Mark 16:17), as that which His disciples would receive in Jerusalem, AFTER they are filled with the Holy Spirit—AFTER they receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. True to His Word, according to the writer of Acts, on the Day of Pentecost, the Lord’s disciples (His closest 11, plus an additional 109) are speaking in tongues!

What’s more, on the Day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter reaffirms that this gift, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, is that genuine “rest” and “refreshing” God promises. On this historic day, Apostle Peter not only makes a reference to the Prophet Joel’s outpouring of the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 2:16-18; and Joel 2:28), but also he makes a reference to the Prophet Isaiah’s message to God’s “religious” and condescendingly intellectual prophets. For sure, the Jewish people the Apostle Peter preached to not only witnessed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s fiery tongues, as they sat upon the 120 disciples, but also they HEARD these 120 disciples speak in the promised “new tongues” (cf. Acts 2:4; Acts 2:33; and Isaiah 28:11).

In the earlier cited Isaiah verses, God is addressing the “religious” leaders in Prophet Isaiah’s day who would be taught God’s Law in the same manner that they were treating it, which was like His Law is an endless series of trivial commands. As a result, this teaching would make the Law to become their stumbling block. Today, it is apparent that the Scriptures on speaking in tongues also have become a stumbling block for many believers—both “religious” leaders and their congregations. Indeed, too many of these Christians think that speaking in tongues is not only NOT for them, but also NOT for the institutional church as a whole, NOT for this world’s countless ministries, and NOT even for the genuine Body of Christ. In essence, according to the believers who scoff at the idea of speaking in tongues (those believers who also mock their brothers and sisters in Christ who speak in tongues), this Holy Spirit experience should be off-limits for ALL believers, whether carnal or spiritual.

Be that as it may, indisputably, what the Apostle Paul is saying, in the several Scriptures that he uses “sealed,” is that ONLY Holy Spirit filled believers will have unlimited access to their entire inheritance, which cannot be exhausted, even though this inheritance can be used in this temporal realm, as well as in the eternal realm. Furthermore, the apostle is saying that their entire inheritance is shut up, “sealed,” inside them as the promised rivers of Living Waters. Clearly, this sealing means their inheritance only can be accessed through the Faith that God gives to Baptized with the Holy Spirit believers.

The above definitions and understanding are apparent in the following quotation. The Apostle Paul writes:

In Him, you also, AFTER listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.  ~ Ephesians 1:13-14, NASB (caps are this blogger’s emphasis)

In verse 13, the Apostle Paul’s Greek New Testament word for the English word “sealed” is sphragizo. This Greek word actually means that a person has a COMMON, visible, physical, external mark, which proves or testifies to other people that he or she is who and what he or she professes. Put differently, a person who has been “sealed” by the “Holy Spirit of promise” has a visible, physical mark, like the “seal” on a letter or on important documents is observable, physical, and external. In believers’ case, God’s mark (seal) on believers proves, confirms, and/or attests to their authenticity, authority or power, and ownership (to whom these believers belong).

God’s mark also confirms, guarantees, promises, preserves, keeps, and/or attests to the fact that not only are believers’ redemption and salvation certain—a once and for all, a forever event, a done deal—but also that Jesus the Christ will release the promised heavenly inheritance (supernatural riches, treasures; the rivers of Living Water), through the Holy Spirit, who is every believer’s “earnest,” down payment, or guarantee. In other words, the Holy Spirit is a partial payment on believers’ inheritance, the whole of which is believers’ eternal life with God, and believers’ immortal glory. This “earnest” of the Holy Spirit—the indwelling of the Holy Spirit—is why God pledges (vows) that He will give believers everything He has promised would be their inheritance.

It is important to note here that the Apostle Paul uses “earnest” and “seal” interchangeably. As such, both terms indicate that the only way God could give the Holy Spirit as an “earnest” is if the Holy Spirit is able to provide definitive evidence of God’s good intentions to give believers their whole inheritance. Put differently, in order for believers to be “sealed” with the Holy Spirit, they would have to have received miraculous powers—powers of revelation and signs. Therefore, as definitive evidence of God’s good intentions and a sign of believers’ authenticity, the Holy Spirit “seals” believers with God’s trademark, which guarantees that believers are indeed the authentic eternal sons and daughters of God, and that the COMMON, visible, physical, outward sign of their authenticity, that which lets the world know their true identity, is believers’ supernatural ability to speak in tongues. Furthermore, by marking, branding, labeling believers with God’s “seal,” this sealing act protects believers from the demonic forces that otherwise would enter into them and possess them. In essence, the Holy Spirit “seals” IN Faith and “seals” OUT unbelief and apostasy.

In another part of this Ephesian epistle, the apostle also writes:

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin). ~ Ephesians 4:30, AMP

The fact that believers can grieve the Holy Spirit with their bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, or slander indicates that the Holy Spirit is not always in control, and He is not always in control because many believers do not make the Holy Spirit feel welcome, which is the sense of the word “receive” in Acts 1:8. More important, believers who grieve the Holy Spirit are not full of the Holy Spirit, because the Scriptures describe Spirit-driven believers as those individuals who allow the Holy Spirit to direct (control) and guide every one of their decisions, plans, and activities. Therefore, since believers can grieve the Holy Spirit, then this behavior is a clear indication that the Holy Spirit who indwells them did not spontaneously baptize (fill) them, as only the Baptism of the Holy Spirit results in believers being Spirit-driven believers—being full of the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 2:4).

In other words, if Apostle Paul has to tell believers to be “…filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18), then not every born from above saved (justified) believer automatically receives the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, or His subsequent initial infilling, at the same time salvation is received. Moreover, the apostle’s use of the Greek present tense of the verb “be filled” also denotes that the filling of the Holy Spirit is not a one-time event, but rather it is a continual experience.

Having said that, it is obvious that, in Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30, and Ephesians 5:18, the Apostle Paul is speaking of two Holy Spirit events taking place, once a person is born from above and saved (justified). At the time of salvation, everyone has received the gift of the Holy Spirit—that is, the Holy Spirit now lives inside of every believer. However, being indwelt with (or baptized in) and filled with (or baptized with) the Holy Spirit are not the same things. In other words, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit equals believers receiving the “earnest” on their inheritance, and receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (being filled with the Holy Spirit) equals believers being “sealed” (marked, branded, secured) by the Holy Spirit. The latter clearly is a SECOND work—a work that is in addition to the Holy Spirit living in believers.

The New Testament actually does distinguish between receiving the Holy Spirit and baptizing with the Holy Spirit. The former occurs at the moment believers are saved (justified), the latter can occur at the moment of salvation, but more often than not the Baptism of the Holy Spirit happens some time after salvation. Since this baptism is for the purpose of empowering believers for ministry, this is the reason why Jesus the Christ tells His disciples that they will “…receive power after the Holy Ghost…” (Acts 1:8, KJV21) comes upon them, and that this power would make them His witnesses “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8, KJV21).

The Divine Truth is the disciples already believed in Jesus the Christ, and they already had received the Holy Spirit, when Jesus the Christ, after His resurrection, “…breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22, AMP)! At that very second, they were born again of the Holy Spirit “…through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3), and this event happened some days before the Lord’s Ascension. For sure, this event is why the disciples already had the Holy Spirit dwelling inside them and present in their lives; moreover, no one can authentically confess Jesus as Lord without the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:3).

Furthermore, even though the disciples had achieved supernatural results without the actual Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which they were able to do only because the Lord, while still with them, had given them His power and authority, they would need the Baptism of the Holy Spirit before they could achieve any more miracles, signs and wonders, because the Lord was going back to the Father. In other words, between the time of the Lord’s Ascension and Pentecost, the disciples had not yet been empowered for Jesus the Christ’s Commission. This truth is why, some days before Pentecost, the Lord commands them to wait in Jerusalem until God “sealed” them with (baptized them with) the Holy Spirit.

Now, it follows that, in the case of the apostles, receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit AND the Baptism of the Spirit were (and for the most part still are) two separate events, because the born again and Holy Spirit indwelt disciples of Christ (see John 20:22) didn’t receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit until the Day of Pentecost, which was after the Lord’s Ascension! Therefore, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (being baptized with the Holy Spirit, or being filled with the Holy Spirit) more often than not will be a subsequent occurrence, which happens after salvation.

For the above reasons, believers must realize that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not the same thing as salvation (justification). Yes, the Holy Bible does give examples of people who are baptized with the Holy Spirit at the same time as their salvation (justification), but these instances are not the norm—they are not ALWAYS what happens. Moreover, only the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and this fullness brings great blessing and comfort to believers. Certainly, there are many believers who can testify that being filled with the Holy Spirit usually results in a renewed dedication to and an appreciation for God, a strong desire to share the Gospel of Jesus the Christ, an insatiable desire to read the Holy Bible, an insatiable desire to fellowship with other Christians, an insatiable desire to listen to praise and worship music, and a deeper sense of what it means to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.

For additional spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding purposes, it is important to note that in Acts, where the Baptism of the Holy Spirit does happen at the time of believers’ salvation, the Holy Bible is quick to emphasize this point: The apostles KNEW that these believers were baptized in the Holy Spirit, because the apostles “…heard them talking in [unknown] tongues (languages) and extolling and magnifying God” (Acts 10:46, AMP; cf. Acts 11:15-16). Without doubt, a believer who has been born from above and has received salvation (justification) doesn’t need to speak in tongues to verify that the Holy Spirit now lives inside him or her. However, in the Holy Bible, God does use believers’ speaking in tongues, as the ONLY COMMON, visible, physical, outward SIGN (His trademark, seal, brand, mark) that accompanies the Baptism of the Holy Spirit!

Furthermore, while believers are given the authority (exousia) to be children of God, which happens after they have received their new birth and salvation (cf. John 1:12-13), they only can receive power (dunamis) AFTER the Holy Spirit comes upon them and fills them with the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4). Therefore, the purpose of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is so that men and women will become not only children of God, but children of God who are very much like Jesus the Christ in nature, holiness, and power. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, thus, gives believers the same Father-child relationship possibilities like God and His only beloved Son have, and gives believers the same power ministry like Jesus the Christ had in His earthly ministry.

Put differently, being “sealed” with the Holy Spirit guarantees that the FULL amount of believers’ inheritance will be paid—that believers not only will receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit (life full of the power of God) but also subsequently will receive the TOTAL sanctifying work by which Jesus the Christ saves them from sin. In particular, they will complete the three stages of Salvation: Justification (saved from the penalty of sin), Sanctification (being saved from the power of sin), and Glorification (to be saved in the future from the presence of sin, which is the promised glorious resurrection).

That’s why it is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit that makes it possible for the Holy Spirit to “seal” believers with a sealing that confirms to the world that God’s child has other-world protection and other-world riches: supernatural power, spiritual gifts, spiritual fruit, new languages, and so forth, which God has poured into them. Indeed, these rivers of Living Water are preserved inside every baptized in the Holy Spirit believer. As earlier mentioned, only Jesus the Christ can open this “seal,” because He is Lord and Savior, and believers’ joint-heir to the promised heavenly inheritance. Through Faith in Him, believers can have access to their inheritance in this temporal world, as well as in the spiritual realm.

Once again, God wants EVERY believer to be “sealed,” baptized in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues. This speaking in tongues truth is understood best in the following verse. The Lord says:

And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; ~ Mark 16:17, AMP; (the underlining is this blogger’s emphasis)

Here, the Lord is saying that EVERYONE who is born from above and saved (justified) has received the authority (exousia) to speak in “new tongues” (a heavenly language or prayer language; a praise language; and/or a prophetic language). However, not everyone who receives the Baptism of the Holy Spirit will prophesy or give messages in various human tongues, and those who can, must have their tongues interpreted!

The three “new languages” (new tongues) that are evidence of believers having been “sealed” by the Holy Spirit (baptized with the Holy Spirit), once again, are: 1. Prayer Tongues; 2. Praise Tongues; and 3. Prophetic Tongues. See the chart below:

Three Kinds of Tongues

Prophetic Tongues

(Must Be Interpreted)

Prayer Tongues

(Doesn’t Need To be Interpreted)

Praise Tongues

(Might Need To Be Interpreted)

Mark 16:17

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Acts 2:4

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Acts 2:8

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Acts 2:11

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Acts 10:46

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Acts 19:6

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Romans 8:26

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1 Cor. 12:10

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1 Cor. 12:30

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1 Cor. 12:31

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1 Cor. 13:1

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1 Cor. 13:8

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1 Cor. 14:2

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1 Cor. 14:4

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1 Cor. 14:5

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1 Cor. 14:6

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1 Cor. 14:9

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1 Cor. 14:13

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1 Cor. 14:14

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1 Cor. 14:15

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1 Cor. 14:17

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1 Cor. 14:18

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1 Cor. 14:19

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1 Cor. 14:21

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1 Cor. 14:22

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1 Cor. 14:23

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1 Cor. 14:24

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1 Cor. 14:26

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1 Cor. 14:27

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1 Cor. 14:29

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1 Cor. 14:30

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1 Cor. 14:31

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1 Cor. 14:39

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Eph. 5:19

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Eph. 5:20
Col. 3:16

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Prayer tongues are messages in a heavenly language spoken by humans to God. These tongues are for private edification, prayers to, and praise for God. Obviously praying tongues (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:2) do not require any interpretation, since God understands all languages. Moreover, after believers receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Timothy 2:8), they can pray in tongues anywhere and at almost any time.

Praise tongues are messages in a heavenly language spoken by humans to God. These tongues are for speaking about the wonderful works of God  (cf. Acts 2:11), magnifying God  (cf. Acts 10:46; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16), or giving thanks to God (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:17; Ephesians 5:20). Praise tongues, the praying and singing in tongues, are used during worship services, as believers move from thanking God for His works to praising the God of works. Because praise tongues can be either individually spoken or corporately communicated, some praise tongues might need to be interpreted.

Prophetic tongues are messages in languages known to mankind spoken from God to man. These tongues are for the edification of other humans. If there are people in the church service who do not understand the human language used by the person speaking the prophecy, then that person’s prophetic tongues MUST BE INTERPRETED. If not, that person must stop speaking in other tongues. Now, this kind of tongues is a “special” spiritual gift, as the speaker is able to speak in other human languages that he or she NEVER studied! Moreover, this kind of tongues is the kind that could be spoken in church services, but, once again, ONLY if there is an interpreter.

The Scriptures show that believers were speaking in one or all three of these “new tongues,” in the following chapters: Acts 2, Acts 8, Acts 9, Acts 10, Acts 19, Romans 8:26; 1 Corinthians chapters 12-14, Ephesians 5:18-20; and Colossians 3:16. Moreover, even Jesus the Christ, Himself, deals specifically with this issue of believers speaking with “new tongues,” when He discusses the new birth with Nicodemus.

The “new tongues” Jesus the Christ speaks of in Mark 16:17b also is mentioned in John 3:8. Jesus the Christ says to Nicodemus:

The wind blows (breathes) where it wills; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from nor where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. ~ John 3:8, AMP

In this verse, wind = Pneuma (the Holy Spirit who is the third person of the triune God; moreover, Pneuma comes from Pneo); therefore, blows = Pneo (spirits); wills = Thelo (desires, wishes, purposes); hear = Akouo (to understand, perceive the sense of what is said); and sound = Phone (phonetic—Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech—as in the sound of language . . . tongue). Thus, John 3:8 can be paraphrased as follows:

The Holy Spirit spirits wherever He desires, and you Nicodemus can perceive the sense of the language (Divine Voice) He speaks, even though you do not know where the language comes from or where the language is going; nevertheless, the Holy Spirit gives every born again believer the ability to speak in new tongues (a new language . . . a heavenly language).

The point of this paraphrasing is that, in Mark 16:17, Jesus the Christ not only is promising “new languages” (“new tongues”) to His disciples, but also, in John 3:8, He is promising that every one of God’s NEW CREATIONS (those who believe in Him and are born again from above, justified, and saved) will be able to speak with “new tongues,” which so happens to be the same language as the Day of Pentecost’s “other tongues.” For the record, the phrases “new tongues” and “other tongues” pertain to a language that is NOT like any of the foreign languages of this world.

Having said that, it is important to note here that, contrary to popular opinions, the Day of Pentecost 120 Upper Room followers of Christ’s “other tongues” mean that they were not speaking in diverse tongues, or KNOWN human languages. The Day of Pentecost set the stage for two miracles to happen: (1) a supernatural speaking miracle, “and” (2) a supernatural hearing miracle. In other words, these 120 followers spoke in ONE heavenly language, and the Holy Spirit is the One who gave them the utterance. Then the Holy Spirit interpreted His own heavenly language into the 14+ different human languages that the Jewish pilgrims normally spoke, but ONLY those men from the 14+ different countries who were receptive to this move of the Holy Spirit HEARD the interpreted heavenly language in their native languages and, thus, were able to understand what the 120 were speaking. 

Lastly, in Acts 2:4; Acts 2:33; Acts 10:46; and Acts 19:6, the Scriptures are clear about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit being followed immediately by some specific supernatural sign. This surefire proof verifies that the Holy Spirit, as an “earnest,” is only the beginning of the inheritance believers have been promised, which means the rest of this inheritance only can be obtained if there is a collaborative effort involving both the Holy Spirit and every believer.

For sure, even Jesus the Christ declares that believers first must come to Him and drink from His Living Water (the Holy Spirit). After that the Living Water (the Holy Spirit) becomes the rivers (of eternal life) within believers, which flow out of them to others (cf. John 7:37-39). Put differently, after the Holy Spirit comes inside of believers, He then springs up like a fountain of Living Water and flows out of believers to others (John 4:14). 

Clearly, Jesus the Christ is saying that believers start with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and, if they do not quench or grieve the Holy Spirit, then they graduate to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This biblical truth is why, believers transitioning from having the Holy Spirit dwelling in them to believers being baptized with Him is what God wants believers to experience. He wants believers to begin with the “earnest” of the Holy Spirit and move on to the fullness of the Holy Spirit (the Baptism in the Holy Spirit), because the fullness of the Holy Spirit is the “seal.” As already stated and biblically proven, this event usually happens after Christians believe on Jesus the Christ for salvation.

There can be no doubt by now that the “earnest” of the Holy Spirit is inward (on the inside of believers; in their “innermost being”) and, therefore, is unobservable. This “earnest” of the Holy Spirit is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which happens the moment they are saved—the moment they believe on Jesus the Christ and drink from His Living Water (the Holy Spirit).

According to every biblical definition,  a “seal” is an outward, observable mark—a “seal” is a sign, a mark of ownership, a promise, a confirmation, a verification, the proof, or the  evidence. Where the Holy Spirit is concerned, the “seal” of the Holy Spirit is the fullness of the Holy Spirit (or the Baptism of the Holy Spirit), which is a subsequent work/event that can happen at the time of salvation, but, more often than not, this fullness (this Spirit-driven experience) happens some time AFTER salvation. Finally, the COMMON, physical, observable “seal,” which proves that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit has taken place is the speaking in tongues, which the Holy Spirit prompts and enables (cf. Acts 2:1-4; Acts 10:44-47; and Acts 19:1-7).

Speaking in tongues is for everyone who believes on Jesus the Christ. Though it is possible to live a born again, saved life without ever receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and, thus, without ever speaking in tongues, the Divine Truth is that a Christian life minus the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a powerless life, and a Christian life without speaking in tongues is a life without “rest” and “refreshing.” Therefore, contrary to popular opinions, the only biblically recorded observable, physical, outward sign that proves a believer has been baptized with the Holy Spirit is the evidence of speaking in tongues. For sure:

The Holy Spirit spirits wherever He desires, and [every believer] can perceive the sense of the language (Divine Voice) He speaks, even though [no believer knows] where the language comes from or where the language is going; nevertheless, the Holy Spirit gives every born again believer the ability to speak in new tongues (a new language . . . a heavenly language).

AMEN!

For more information, please read my “The Day of Pentecost’s Tongues: Evidence of Being Filled with the Holy Spirit