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Tongues in Regards to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
November 2016

Many devoted and loving Christian brothers and sisters are under the misunderstanding that Tongues in regard to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Gift of Tongues listed in 1 Corinthians 12:811 are one and the same; They are not! Even though they are both gifts, both given by the same Spirit, both supernatural, and even though the Gift of Tongues uses the initial tongue received at the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they are not the same! They are two distinct gifts. They are given for two totally different purposes.

The Gift of Tongues which is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:811 with the accompanying Gift of Interpretation is a gift given, not for personal use, but for unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:2025) to demonstrate that God is truly in the midst of His people (1 Corinthians 14:25b). This is in contrast to Tongues in regard to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is a personal gift. It is to help in personal edification (1 Corinthians 14:4). It is to help in our personal prayer life. It’s for personal communication with the Father 1st Corinthians 14:14). It helps us to glorify and magnify God. It gives us the words from on high to be witnesses for Him (Acts 1:8), and it gives strength to live a holy and fulfilling life.

Now, let us examine Tongues in regard to the baptism of the Holy Spirit more closely. This Gift according to the late Dr. R. A. Torrey is:

  1. An operation of the Holy Spirit distinct from, subsequent, and additional to, His regenerating work.

  2. An impartation of power and the one who receives it is fitted for service.

  3. Not merely for the apostles, nor merely for those of the apostolic age, but for all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call, as well; i.e. it is for every believer in every age of the church’s history.1

According to the late Harold Horton, the Gift of Divers Kinds of Tongues, or speaking with tongues, is: "The supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit in languages never learned by the speaker—not understood by the mind of the speaker - nearly always not understood by the hearer. It has nothing to do with linguistic ability, nor with the mind of man or intellect of man. It is a manifestation of the mind of the Spirit of God employing human speech organs. The linguistic skill of man is no more employed in speaking with tongues than the surgical skill of man was employed when at Peter’s word, “Rise and walk,” the lame man instantly arose and walked (Acts 3:6)"2.  Therefore, we believe that He, who desires to endue us with power from on high, has also provided an immediate means by which we can know whether or not we have received that endowment; i.e. by speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4)

The propagation of this doctrine has provoked a fierce, theological controversy in the ranks of Christianity. Many have urged Pentecostals to cease the spread of such a controversial doctrine, since it provokes so much strife, division, and unrest in the Body of Christ. What these brethren fail to realize is that in our insistence upon tongues (glossolalia, in the Greek), we are not contending for a pet doctrine but for that wonderful experience of which speaking with tongues is the initial, physical evidence. It is our sincere belief that without the evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, there can be no fully Scriptural baptism in the Holy Spirit. Now whether we are right or wrong in this belief—you will have ample opportunity to decide as you examine the facts contained in this teaching. Now let’s get to the “glossolalia” itself. As stated earlier, Tongues is the initial, physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit in languages never learned by the speaker - not understood by the mind of the speaker - nearly always not understood by the hearer. In John 7:3738, the Lord Jesus said, “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”           

John adds this note in verse 39, "But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” These verses definitely point to Pentecost, as the apostle Peter declared in his Pentecost sermon, “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear” (Acts 2:33). Accordingly, we read in Acts 2:1-4, “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  These verses make it fairly easy to see that tongues is the initial, physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s look at some different aspects in regard to Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues:  So that there is no misunderstanding with many Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal students of the Word, we agree that the primary (we did not say the only) purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues, is the endowment of believers with “power from on high.” However, we believe that this power was not given for any personal or private purpose. This power was given so that we, as God’s ambassadors, can be effective witnesses throughout the world.  We believe that;

1.      It is personal in nature. Tongues is a direct communication between God and man. John the Baptist showed the personal nature of this experience by saying, “He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16). Notice once again Acts 2:4, which says, “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Notice, speaking with other tongues was as the “Spirit gave them utterance.” Understanding that the Holy Spirit is a real person, the third person in the Godhead, demonstrates the personal nature of the baptism. Every believer throughout the Church Age who has received this promise can testify that it has conformed to that of the one hundred and twenty at Pentecost in this regard; i.e. it has brought them into personal contact with the Lord Jesus.

2.      It is for a specific purpose. Jesus established the purpose of the baptism or being filled with the Spirit in Luke 24:49: “Behold, I send the promise of my father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” In Acts 1:8, we read, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” We are to receive power from on high. This word “power” is the word “Dunamis” in the Greek and it means the power or ability, which resides in every person to do that which is beyond the physical ability of that individual, i.e. when performing miracles. Other meanings of the word are abundance, might, strength, and work. Notice what the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues is for, “and you shall be witnesses to me” (Acts 1:8).  So that there is no misunderstanding with many Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal students of the Word, we agree that the primary (we did not say the only) purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues, is the endowment of believers with “power from on high.” However, we believe that this power was not given for any personal or private purpose. This power was given so that we, as God’s ambassadors, can be effective witnesses throughout the world.

3.      It is the evidence of the Baptism.

A.    It is a matter of record that the experience at Pentecost was a charismatic one producing extraordinary effects, which were visible to onlookers, and where the initial baptism was shown to all as utterances never learned by them. It is our belief that speaking in tongues on that occasion formed the pattern for every similar baptism or charismatic endowment. For example, the reception of the Spirit by Cornelius and his household in Acts 10 was described by the Apostle Peter in these words, “...the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning” (Acts 11:15; 15:8). Also Acts 8:17–19; “Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, ‘Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.’” When the Samaritans received the Holy Spirit, a physical reaction was present because Simon, the sorcerer, saw that through the laying on of the apostle’s hands, the Holy Spirit was given. Notice, also Acts 19:6, which says, “And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.” Please notice there was another physical reaction; they spoke with tongues. Now, if the Scriptures just said, “they spoke” then there would have been no need for any mention of it. The Scriptures does mention however, that they spoke with Tongues. This “Tongues” if it were of normal speech would carry no significant value what so ever, especially one noteworthy of Scripture. This “Tongues” however, appeared so different and was so strange that it carried enough significance, or it was noteworthy enough to be mentioned prominently in this Scriptural account.

B.     The tongues spoken on Pentecost were no doubt used of the Lord to attract the interests of the “devout men, out of every nation under heaven,” that were at Jerusalem at that time (Acts 2:5). This we see as part of the historical record given to us in the Scriptures, but we do not agree, with the expositors who regard the Pentecostal outpouring as the Lord’s way of attracting a multitude of men from around the world. Our reason for this belief is that, in later instances recorded in the Scriptures, we find tongues being given without a multitude of people being present. Please refer to these scriptures: Acts 10:146, only Cornelius’s household, Acts 19:17, only about 12 were baptized. Also refer to 1 Corinthians 1214.

            What is the purpose of speaking in an unknown tongue as the Spirit gives utterance than.

1.      It is for men to speak supernaturally to God. Every consecrated believer must have felt at times a consuming desire to open his heart to God in unspeakable communication and adoration with words that cannot be uttered. That depth of love can only find its expression as Spirit anointed words of heavenly praise burst forth from our innermost being - Yes, even from the Holy Spirit Himself, who speaks directly to God mysteries too marvelous for us to comprehend in our own finite minds. Have you never wept because of how helpless your words are to express emotion in the presence of Him whom your soul loves? This marvelous Gift of Tongues will give you the words and expressions needed because they come from only the Spirit of God that dwells inside you. Notice 1 Corinthians 14:2, “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.”

2.      It is for every believer’s help in praying more effectively.  Have you never in the presence of Jesus felt inarticulate when prayer is so badly needed and the problem to immense to articulate properly, or felt so weak under the load of Satan’s attacks, that the words were just not available?  Look at Romans 8:26, “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 groanings which cannot be uttered.”

3.      It is for believers so they can magnify God.  In the house of Cornelius at Caesarea, the new converts “spoke with tongues and magnified God” (Acts 10:46). What glory there would be if all Christians spoke with tongues! What a great magnification it would also bring to the Lord who is so worthy of all our praise, honor, and glory. Does He not deserve all the praise, honor, and glory we can give Him? Cornelius’s household magnified God. They exalted God’s greatness as they broke into the Spirit’s rapturous expressions. There are no terms in natural speech appropriate to express God’s greatness, only in supernatural speech can we even attempt to come close to giving Him the praise, honor, glory and majesty that He deserves as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. How great is our God! How great is His name! 

4.      It is to help edify ourselves. 1 Corinthians 14:4 says, “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” You may edify (building up, promotion of spiritual growth) others by teaching, preaching, or prophesying. With tongues however, we edify ourselves. Who is there among us who does not need to be built up or promoted to spiritual growth? Speaking to God in the Spirit edifies us. Being filled with the Spirit and yielding to the sweet exercise of speaking or singing with other tongues (refer Ephesians 5:19) builds ourselves up, and magnifies the Lord at the same time, while making melody to Him in our hearts (1 Corinthians 14:15).

5.      It is to make our prayer life much more effective.  1 Corinthians 14:14, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” Notice you are praying in a tongue and your understanding is unfruitful. In other words, you do not know what you are praying for, all you know is by faith you are praying words of edification to yourself and magnifying God at the same time. The only way to pray with the Spirit is to pray in tongues that are anointed and inspired by the Spirit Himself. Do you pray with your spirit or with your understanding? I hope both. Praying with the Spirit is quite different from praying with the understanding (verse 16). While praying with your understandings is extremely important, praying in tongues, or allowing the Holy Spirit to pray through you is also extremely valuable. When we pray with our understanding, we pray for the things which we know to be important and needed for ourselves and others. However, our prayers are limited because our understanding is limited. They can also be misdirected due to sin, such as selfish desires, pride, greed, loneliness, and so on. However, when the Holy Spirit of God is praying through us, there is no sin, desire, or lack of understanding that can limit or hinder the prayer. God is then praying, and He knows what is best and the most beneficial for us, our situation, and the world. What better way is there then to allow the God of the universe to ask Himself to make changes in us and in the world?

6.      It is a gift from the Father in heaven.  Jesus told His disciples in John 14:1617, “And I will pray the Father, (all biblical references to the Son, Father or Holy Spirit are capitalized refer to the NKJV for references) and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” Also in John 14:2527, “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit. whom the Father will send in My name. He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.”

The apostle Paul speaking to the Corinthian church asked, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:1920, emphasis added). God in you [is] the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

We have now examined what the different aspects of why the Holy Spirit was given to man. Sometimes however, it is extremely valuable when investigating something to investigate what something is not for even better understanding. Understanding what something is not often helps in understanding what the something actually is. I believe that this is one of those times.

1.      “Tongues” is not human languages given to accelerate the spread of the Gospel. This theory simply states that speaking with tongues in the early church was the supernatural communication of the Gospel in languages unknown to the speaker but known to the hearers. This is perhaps the oldest and most widely known theory. It proponents say that without the Gift of Tongues, the disciples would have been faced with the task of mastering many languages before they could witness to the uttermost parts of the earth. Therefore, at Pentecost, God gave them the ability to preach the Gospel in a multitude of human languages they had never learned, so the Good News (Gospel) could be spread quickly all over the world.   

Though it is absolutely true that at Pentecost foreign languages were spoken by the 120 and understood by the bystanders, and it is equally true that this phenomenon has been repeated in many and varied circumstances since that day. For example, Stanley Howard Frodsham, in his book With Signs Following, has given a series of testimonies, which illustrate the fact that speaking with tongues has been used of God to acquaint foreigners with the Gospel in a supernatural and spectacular manner. Nevertheless, the objection comes when they say that this was the primary or only use of tongues in the early church. It is my opinion that the speaking in foreign languages on the day of Pentecost was the exception and not the rule.

When one reads the text closely, he finds that only the 120 were so endued with this power from on high. They continued to magnify God for quite a while, for it took time for the crowd of over 3,000 to arrive. The record of Acts 2 does not imply that any outsiders were present when the disciples began to speak in those unlearned languages. Only that these amazed spectators came because they overheard the pure worship of the 120 declaring the wonderful works of God. Now I ask you, does the scripture tell us that they were speaking in tongues because the crowd gathered or did the crowd gather because they were speaking with tongues? The scripture tells us that it was the latter. Also, no preaching was done by the 120 until after the crowd arrived.

This is the problem with this theory. The only preaching done on the day of Pentecost was by Peter after the miracle of tongues took place. Peter, “standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words’” (Acts 2:14). How could all these men of different tongues have anything made known to them or hearken to Peter’s words unless they all knew what Peter was saying? Or was it that Peter was speaking in a foreign language and they were hearing it in their own languages, making the miraculous sign of tongues one of hearing not of speaking?

When one examines closely the text of Acts 2 it becomes easy to understand that at Pentecost “tongues” was not needed for a clear comprehension of the Gospel. Hearing their native tongues spoken by the Galileans astonished the multitude. That astonishment forced them to gather together to see what was happening. Then Peter preached. It was Peter’s message, in a language known by all, anointed by God, and filled with the saving Grace of the Holy Spirit which conveyed the Gospel to them. Three thousand people received salvation through Peter’s message. Oh, God, give us this level of anointing and power, in order to reach this lost and dying world with exactly the same effect. Amen!

Finally, there is not the slightest implication anywhere in Scripture that the Apostles ever employed tongues as a means of preaching the Gospel to foreigners. Paul makes it very clear in 1 Corinthians 14 that when he was teaching or preaching, he never employed the Gift of Tongues. In fact, he spoke against using it for that purpose (1 Corinthians 14:6).

2.      “Tongues” is not utterances of the subconscious mind.  If it were true that the speaking with other tongues at Pentecost was a result of abnormally quickened memories springing forth from one’s subconscious mind, it might follow that a similar reason can be offered for other types of supernatural utterances in the Bible. Consider, for example the case of the tower at Babel (Genesis 11:69). Perhaps a still more amazing miracle of the talking donkey (Numbers 22:2830). Surely, the rationalist is in for a difficult time if they attempt to convince us that these words sprang from the subconscious mind of the donkey.

3.      It is not an accelerated ability to learn foreign languages. Paul plainly shows that “if I pray in an unknown tongue my Spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful” (1 Corinthians 14:14, KJV). How can we speak in an unknown tongue if we have already learned the tongue?

4.      It is not only the ability to speak in foreign languages never before learned. This idea states that on the day of Pentecost, the 120 in the upper room were filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak in foreign languages. Therefore, all subsequent infillings with the evidence of speaking in other tongues were of the exact same nature. When asked for a specific reason for this the proponents of this theory say that it was to help the disciples of Christ in the quick spreading of the Gospel worldwide (refer to number one).  But even with this argument, the doctrinal error persists. Why? Because just a general reading of the account of Acts 2:111, especially verses 6 and 11, leaves one with the idea that this could possibly be true. However, when we look in the Word of God and study to show ourselves approved unto God, rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15), we see some interesting information that helps us see that the idea that on the day of Pentecost the 120 in the upper room began to speak in foreign languages, and therefore, all subsequent infillings were of the exact nature, cannot be the case.

For example, in 1 Corinthians 14:2 (KJV), we read, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.  If God created all languages, how then, if we are speaking in foreign languages does no one understand? Is a mystery something that is known? Doesn’t the word no man include you? Remember, 1 Corinthians 14:14 (KJV), “If I pray in an unknown tongue my Spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful?  What about 1 Corinthians 13:1, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels.  What exactly are the tongues of angels, Latin maybe? How about French, Italian, or maybe Swahili?  Or could it be exactly what Paul calls it, “an unknown tongue.”

These verses together show that the Holy Spirit’s tongue or language is totally different and distinct from anything we have learned on earth. It is a language that only God understands. It is a personal, intimate language that God gave us to glorify and magnify Himself (Acts 10:46).

What about Acts 2:111? Were they not speaking in foreign languages? Do not verses 6 and 11 leave us with that exact impression? Then the question is why the different languages? How do we explain this seemingly obvious statement made in verses 6 and 11 that “every man heard them speak in his own language” and “we do hear them speaking in our tongues?”

I present to you two explanations. The first being they did speak in foreign languages unknown to them at the time of the infilling, but it was not for the quick spreading of the Gospel specifically as a result of preaching in these different languages, but rather this miracle was used for the attracting of the crowd in order for the Gospel to be spread. There are many incidences in scripture that point to miracles attracting people so that the Gospel can be heard (See Matthew 11:35; Luke 23:8; John 2:11, 23; 3:2; 6:2, 14; 7:31; 12:18; Acts 14:815; etc.). Even today, miracles, and healing crusades are advertised for the same reason, they attract attention, attention draws crowds, and many come to know Christ.

D.A. Hayes cites a modern manifestation of tongues which appears to be somewhat similar to this Pentecostal experience, he recalls that, during the Welsh revival of 1904, young Welshmen and Welshwomen who could not speak a dozen words in Welsh in ordinary conversation were remarkably and, as it seemed to them, supernaturally empowered to pray fervently and fluently for five or ten minutes in idiomatic Welsh. This enabling to speak, in what was supposedly an unknown tongue, was to many people the most remarkable feature of that most remarkable revival. 3

Also consider that they might not be speaking in foreign languages but different dialects they had never learned before. Please notice Acts 2:7; it says that all the men who spoke with tongues were Galileans. The Galileans, as well as, the Judeans spoke the very same language in Christ’s day, Aramaic. Aramaic is called Hebrew in the New Testament.

After the exile, the Aramaic language gradually became the popular language of Palestine, not only of Galilee and Samaria, but also of Judea. Christ and the apostles spoke it.” So, an explanation must be offered for the astonishment which the Judeans manifested when they heard the Galileans speaking in the Judean tongue. This fact most certainly suggests a linguistic difference of some kind.4

Matthew Henry’s comments will also help shine some light on this difficult passage, “Thence we come in order to Judea, which ought to be mentioned, because though the language was the same with that which the disciples spoke, yet before, they spoke it with a north-country tone and dialect, “thou art a Galilean, and thy speech betrayeth thee” (Matthew 26:73), but now they spoke it as correctly as the inhabitants of Judea themselves did. This speaking without an accent and this forming of a number of strictly Judean words was as impossible to the Galileans as it was for the Ephraimites to say, “Shibboleth” (Judges 12:6). It was as miraculous for their north-country tone and dialect no longer to betray them, as it was for their other glossolalic brethren to speak pure Latin, or Persian, or Arabic.” 5

Whatever you believe about the miracle of Acts 2 and what the foreign languages actually were, keep it within the context of your understanding of these two very important facts.

1.      The miracle was not and cannot be made the rule for all further infillings.

2.      Tongues was not needed for the rapid spread of the Gospel.

3.      Scripture is categorically opposed to these ideas.

Before we close, a word of exhortation is necessary.

  First: a Word to the Uu-nsaved. If you are among that number, we would urge you to delay no longer in becoming acquainted with Jesus. Will you not, this moment, fly to the bosom of Him who loved you enough to die for you, that you might be forgiven for your sin? For the wages of sin is eternal death. Will you not enter now into the presence of Him, who can save you from the guilt and power of sin and who can bring a deep, settled peace into your soul? Will you not this day surrender your all to Him who surrendered His all for you? Do it now! You will never regret it. A former pastor’s wife of mine, a very wise woman, once said, “no matter where you are on the ladder of success, God can always take you to the next step upward.” God told us to test Him and know that He is God. Will you take a step of faith today? Test God! He will bring you higher than you have ever been before.

  Second: a Word to Non-Pentecostal Christians. You have an opportunity now to examine in depth the Pentecostal view of speaking with other tongues. However, we would remind each of you that the reading of this study means that you must ultimately make a decision, either to accept the facts contained herein or to reject the facts regarding the blessed Gift of God we call “Speaking with other Tongues.” Even though you must decide, we would not encourage you to make a hasty decision, for the cost of your decision is extremely high. If you accept our belief concerning tongues, you face the possible loss of your religious reputation, ecclesiastical position, lifelong friendships, and even temporal comforts. On the other hand, if you reject it, you will be rejecting that which an overwhelming amount of evidence proclaims as truth and the spiritual heights that can only be obtained by the infilling of the Holy Spirit in His fullness. Brethren, we beseech you to count the cost carefully and prayerfully. Ask God for grace to suffer the loss of all things rather than to sacrifice this priceless Gift.

  Third: a Word to Pentecostal Christians. It is our sincere hope that this study has strengthened your belief in the Scriptural-ness of the Pentecostal experience of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking with other tongues. We would do well to remember that this blessed privilege also brings a solemn responsibility. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues was given for a specific purpose. That purpose is to give us power to be witnesses for Christ. Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” We must walk in the light that God has graciously shed upon our pathway. We must witness to the world around us as children bent on one purpose and one purpose alone. That purpose is to bring the Gospel of peace to the unsaved with all the zeal the knowledge of Christ’s soon coming and the eternal punishment for all who do not know Him brings to our hearts. This solemn responsibility can only be accomplished “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6 KJV). Therefore, brethren, let us pray for a constant, personal strengthening by His Spirit in the inner man and for a new outpouring of His Spirit upon the entire Church in these last days.


1.      Dr. R. A. Torrey, What the Bible Teaches, (Hendrickson Publishers; New Ed edition November 1, 1998).

2.     Harold Horton, The Gifts of the Spirit, (Radiant Books 1934).

3.     Doremus Almy Hayes, The Synoptic Gospels and the Book of Acts, (The Methodist Book Concern New York, 1919).

4.     Philip Schaff, J. J. Herzog, Albert Hauck, and Samuel Macauley Jackson, The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (13 Volumes) (Baker Book House, 1951).

5.     Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary, (MacDonald Publishing 1706).

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