FULL GOSPEL CHURCH
OF THE APOSTOLIC FAITH
THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
It was not without significance that God made the disciples wait until
the day of Pentecost to receive the full new birth experience. Pentecost
literally means fifty. The number fifty is used in scripture to symbolically
represent liberty as in the year of Jubilee, every fiftieth year. Slaves
were liberated, debts canceled, and liberty was proclaimed throughout
the land. Paul wrote, "where the Spirit of the Lord is there is
liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Moreover, it was at Pentecost that Israel first received the Law of
God at Mount Sinai fifty days after departing from Egypt at Passover.
So also the disciples received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to write
His laws in their hearts fifty days after Passover (Christ's Death).
Hence the Law was given physically on the Old Covenant Day of Pentecost
as a type of what was to come when the Law would be given spiritually
on the New Covenant Day of Pentecost. Great and marvelous is the wisdom
of the Lord who masterminded so great a salvation for His people.
Pentecost was also known as "The Feast of Harvest" (See Exodus 23:16; 34:22) i.e. "wheat harvest. Spiritually speaking, Pentecost denotes a time of celebration and great joy for the great harvest of the souls of mankind which would be born into the New Testament Church.
THE HOLY SPIRIT WITH TONGUES
The Prophet Isaiah spoke of the promise of the Holy Spirit when he
prophesied in Isaiah 28:9-12: "Whom will he teach knowledge? And
whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from
the milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon
precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line. Here
a little, there a little. For WITH STAMMERING LIPS AND ANOTHER TONGUE
HE WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE, to whom he said, THIS IS THE REST WITH
WHICH YOU MAY CAUSE THE WEARY TO REST, AND THIS IS THE REFRESHING; yet
they would not hear."
Those who purport that a verbal confession alone automatically causes
one to receive the Holy Spirit must ask why the Bible is silent upon
such a belief. The scripture says that a believer is to "Repent
and be baptized . . . and he shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
(Acts 2:38)." It does not say the moment one believes he automatically
receives the Holy Spirit.
The scriptures plainly declare that all who would lawfully enter God's
Kingdom must "Repent and be baptized" and they "shall
receive the Holy Spirit." This is consistent with Jesus' own words
found in Luke 11:5-13."And He said to them, which of you shall
have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him; Friend, lend
me three loaves . . . I say to you, though he will not rise and give
to him because he is his friend, YET BECAUSE OF HIS PERSISTENCE he will
rise and give him as many as he needs. So I say to you, ask, and it
will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be
opened to you . . . how much more will your heavenly Father give the
Holy Spirit to those WHO ASK HIM!"
The context of the above passage indicates that a confession of Jesus
Christ as Lord or repentance does not automatically impart the Holy
Spirit. Jesus instructed his followers to have faith and persistence
in asking God their Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The teaching
of the apostle Paul confirms this to be true.
"Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus.
And finding some disciples, he said to them, "DID YOU RECEIVE THE
HOLY SPIRIT SINCE YOU BELIEVED? So they said to him, 'We have not so
much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.' And he said to them,
'Into what then were you baptized?' So they said, 'Into John's baptism.'
Then Paul said, 'John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance,
saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come
after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.' When they heard this, they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid hands on
them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and
prophesied." Acts 19:1-6
We must understand that the book of Acts is the only New Testament
book which gives us actual historical accounts of people actually getting
saved under the apostolic preaching. Just as in the four gospels, each
account does not always explain every detail of each historical event.
The following passage of scripture does not directly state that the
Samaritans spoke in tongues. However, the context demands it.
"Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria
had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who,
when they had come down, prayed for them THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE THE
HOLY SPIRIT. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only
been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on
them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through
the laying on of the apostle's hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered
them money. . ." Acts 8:14-18
"The Spirit breathes where it will, and you HEAR IT'S VOICE . . . THUS IT IS WITH EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN BORN OF THE SPIRIT." John 3:8
FULL GOSPEL SALVATION
We are not suggesting that we are not saved by grace through faith.
Faith and grace are vital to salvation, but to teach belief alone as
"whole salvation" is not scripturally founded. James said
in his epistle, "even the demons believe and tremble!" (James
2:19) True belief will lead one to "believe upon Christ as the
scripture has said," and thus receive "rivers of living water."
Genuine faith in Christ will cause a soul to obey the whole gospel message
of repentance and remission of sins in Acts 2:38. Therefore, true biblical
faith leads to true repentance, true water baptism, and true Spirit
No where does the Bible give credence to the notion that belief or
confession alone is whole salvation. However, belief and confession
are vital elements that lead to whole salvation.
There is no disharmony between scriptures that speak of the necessity of belief, grace and confession and the scriptures that speak of the necessity of being born of the water and Spirit. Hebrews chapter six verses one and two state that the Church of Jesus Christ is built upon the foundational doctrine of BAPTISMS, i.e. water and Spirit. Note that along with faith toward God, belief in the resurrection and eternal judgment, Hebrews chapter six does not state the doctrine of baptism, it says, "the doctrine of BAPTISMS - more than one. The New Testament only speaks of two baptisms, one of water and one of the Spirit. Hence, both are necessary for all true believers to receive.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS FOR US TODAY
"For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all
that be afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
Many think that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with the initial
evidence of speaking in tongues is not for us today. Many others think
that speaking in tongues only exists as one of the nine spiritual gifts
listed in 1 Corinthians chapters twelve through fourteen. Therefore
they contend that speaking in tongues is not for every believer. This
contention is proved erroneous by 1 Corinthians 14:27. "If any
man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three,
and that by course; and let one interpret." 1 Corinthians 14:27
First, we must acknowledge that Paul wrote by the inspiration of the
Spirit that the spiritual gift of tongues could only be in operation
but "by two, or at the most by three" in one particular church
meeting "and that by course," i.e. one at a time. Therefore,
according to 1 Corinthians 14:27, if four persons spoke by the gift
of tongues in one meeting someone would be out or order. Moreover, according
to this scripture, if many spoke by the spiritual gift of tongues simultaneously
in a given meeting of Spirit Filled Believers, this scripture would
also be violated.
Hence, it is clear that the Bible speaks of two different manifestations of tongues: one as the prayer languages given to all believers for their personal edification and one as a distinct spiritual gift to be interpreted for the edification of a local assembly. It is this gift of tongues which the apostle states, "ought to be interpreted."
Just as not all Christians have the operation of the spiritual gift
of tongues and yet all Christians can speak in tongues - so likewise
the same is true for many of the other gifts of the Spirit. All Christians
must have at least a certain degree of faith (for example: faith for
salvation), but clearly, not all Christians have the gift of faith.
All Christians have at least some wisdom, but clearly, not all Christians
have the gift of the word of wisdom. All Christians have a certain degree
of knowledge, but clearly, not all have the gift of the word of knowledge.
"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to
profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith
by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another
discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another
the interpretation of tongues: But all these work by that one and the
selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will." 1
Second, the apostle Paul makes it candidly clear that he was primarily
addressing the nine gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians chapters twelve
through fourteen, not the Baptism of the Holy Spirit which is clearly
promised to all believers.
"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren . . ." 1 Corinthians
Thirdly, the Greek word for "gift" is always the word "dorea" when pertaining to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with tongues. However, in referring to the nine gifts of the Spirit the word "charisma" is always used. There is no place in the New Testament where one of these words is substituted for the other. The word "dorea" is never applied to any of the nine gifts of the Spirit and the word "charisma" is never applied to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Hence we clearly have two different operations of tongues found in the Bible. One operation of tongues for all believers who have received the gift of the Holy Spirit and another operation of tongues for only certain believers having received the gift of tongues to be interpreted in the local church assemblies.
SCRIPTURAL REASONS WHY TONGUES CONTINUE TODAY
1. Why would God take away something He declares that He "SET
IN THE CHURCH?" "God has set in the church, diversities of
2. Why would God command us to "forbid not to speak with tongues"
in 1 Corinthians 14:39 if He intended for the churches to stop speaking
3. Why would God take away something that He declares edifies? "He
that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself."
4. Why would God suddenly change His New Covenant with His people?
It is unscriptural and outright disobedient to change the gospel in
". . . if any man shall take away from the words of the book of
this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life.
. . Revelation 22:18,19
"What things soever I command you, observe to do it: You shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it." Deuteronomy 12:32
Those who say that tongues are not for us today are "diminishing"
or "taking away" portions of New Testament scriptures. Since
when has God changed the New Covenant. Just as the Old Covenant could
not be added to or diminished from, so the New Covenant cannot be lawfully
added to or diminished from.
Finally, it is extremely difficult to believe that when the word "Amen"
was penned by the apostle John at the end of the book of Revelation
that the entire church automatically ceased speaking in tongues. This
is certainly not recorded in the history of the early church subsequent
to the first century time period of the original apostles.
Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons from A.D. 188 - A.D. 202, was a prolific
Christian writer who sat under the teachings of Polycarp, Bishop of
Smyrna (Polycarp having been well acquainted with the apostle John).
Irenaeus taught that those "who have received the Spirit of God
do speak in all languages . . ." Note that this record is dated
about one hundred years after the death of the last of the original
apostles. Irenaeus further records: "For this reason does the apostle
declare, 'we speak wisdom among them that are perfect, terming those
persons 'perfect' who had received the Spirit of God, and who through
the Spirit of God do speak in all languages, as he [Paul] used himself
also to speak. In like manner we do hear many brethren in the Church,
who possess prophetic gifts, and who through the Spirit speak all kinds
of languages. . ." The Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 1, Page 531
Notice that Irenaeus declares that those who received the Spirit of
God do speak in all languages through the Spirit. Then he differentiates
between receiving the Spirit of God with the initial evidence of speaking
in tongues and the possession of spiritual gifts, i.e., the gifts of
prophecy and tongues. In the selfsame chapter Irenaeus goes on to write:
". . . the man is rendered spiritual and perfect because of the
outpouring of the Spirit. . . But if the Spirit be wanting to the soul,
he who is such is indeed of an animal nature, and being left carnal."
The Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 1, Page 532
Those who teach that the Biblical experience of speaking in tongues
passed away with the first century church and the death of the original
apostles, often attempt to justify their position by stating that the
phrase "when that which is perfect has come" in 1 Corinthians
13:10 is to be interpreted to mean "when the New Testament scripture
is fully complete." Thus they assert that this verse of scripture
implies that all tongues, prophecies, and knowledge suddenly "vanished
away" when the New Testament book of Revelation was completed.
Yet this assumption is proved to be erroneous because the Greek word
translated "perfect" in 1 Corinthians 13:10 is "teleion",
which is neuter singular, but the Greek language always refers to the
Scriptures in the feminine plural. Therefore the apostle Paul must have
been referring to something other than the holy scriptures being completed
in 1 Corinthians 13:10. What then is the apostle referring to?
When we compare the words in verse nine, "we know in part and we prophesy in part," with the words in verse twelve, "now we see in a mirror dimly," we conclude that the apostle is speaking about the same "partial" or "dim" spiritual knowledge through the spiritual gifts of prophesy and tongues. The apostle clearly explains that this partial and dim knowledge "will cease;" "vanish away;" and "will be done away with;" when we shall see someone "face to face." At this time we "shall know just as we also are known." Can we rightly say that when the book of Revelation was completed that the church now can see "face to face?" 1 John 3:2 clearly explains that when our finite bodies have been redeemed to perfection, "we shall be like Him. For we shall see Him as He is" Like who? Like the Bible? Or like Jesus? The evidence overwhelming points to Jesus.
"Beloved now we are the children of God; and it HAS NOT YET BEEN
REVEALED what we shall be, but we know that WHEN HE IS REVEALED, WE
SHALL BE LIKE HIM, FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM as He is." 1 John 3:2
Who shall we see "face to face?" The Bible or Jesus? Jesus
shall usher in a new age of perfection in which our minds and bodies
shall be like the glorified Christ "knowing all things." For
Jesus Christ is "the first fruits of then that slept" (1 Corinthians
15:20). Hence we shall be like Jesus in knowing all things.
Just as Peter exclaimed to Jesus "Lord, you know all things"
in John 21:17, so we shall no longer know in part or see dimly by the
Spirits' power but we shall "be like Him," the Lord Jesus
Christ; "knowing all things."
Moreover, if one truly believes that 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 proves that
prophesy and tongues have ceased and have vanished away when the Bible
was completed, he must be consistent with this view. Since the Bible
is inspired [God Breathed] it cannot lie or contradict itself. If we
say that prophesy ceased or vanished away according to the Word of God
then prophecy can never operate any longer, or under any circumstances.
You may answer in the affirmative. Why then, if we are to be consistent,
does the inspired scripture prophecy of a coming day (prior to Christ's
return) when Christ shall send two prophets who shall prophecy 1,260
If prophesy has not yet ceased to exist, we can conclude that the "that
which is perfect" has not yet come. Hence, there is no scriptural
proof to assert that tongues are not for the Church today, nor gifts
of healing, nor miracles, nor words of wisdom, nor knowledge, nor faith,
nor discerning of Spirits, nor interpretation of tongues. Yes these
wonderful gifts are for us today.
Jesus shed his sinless blood so that you could receive this selfsame
promise of the Spirit with the selfsame miraculous signs that the first
century believers experienced and enjoyed. Those who state that the
promised outpouring of the Spirit with the speaking in other tongues
as the Spirit gives the utterance (Acts 2:1-4) is not for us today,
"do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God (Matthew
Let us take heed not to "neglect so great a salvation, which at
the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us
by them that heard him (Hebrews 2:3)." We must honestly ask who
confirmed unto us this great salvation? We all know that it was the
original apostles of Jesus Christ who confirmed true salvation unto
the Jews (Acts 2), Samaritans (Acts 8), and Gentiles (Acts 10). How
then shall we escape if we neglect to hear their words?
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to you children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. . . Save yourselves from this perverse generation (Acts 2:38-40)."
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