AKING WITH NEW TONGUES
By Ivan L. Burgener
Scripture Reading: Mark 16:17
Christendom is all astir. It seems that the most vibrant, moving, active, alive people therein are "speaking with new tongues." I had a business acquaintance say recently that of all the gifts he had received from the Lord, he felt the gift of tongues to be most precious! Although he admitted that he did not know what. he was saying when speaking in tongues, it was such an exhilarating experience that it was the pinnacle of his spiritual life! His joy was dismay to me. What delusion - pawned off as blessing from God!- and His greatest gifts of grace go unappreciated. Where does Calvary fit into the tongues movement?
These pleas fall on deaf ears, unless we show the true meaning of tongues. These "new tongues" are really also called "other tongues" (Greek word hetros) in Acts 2:4. These were languages, not "new" or "different" in the sense that they had never been heard before or that they were new to the hearers. It is plain from Acts 2:8 that these languages were well-known to those who listened. These languages were new to the speakers - different from those they were accustomed to speak. This was a miracle, accompanying the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to Israel at Pentecost.
While these gifts and their exercise were genuine and miraculous, they are a fraud today; for that program and the gifts demonstrating God's dealings with Israel are long past. Apart from the demonstration of these miraculous powers to authenticate Paul's ministry, they have ceased with the completed revelation of God's program of pure grace-to and through Paul. When the perfect, completed revelation of God's grace was given to Paul in his later letters, that which was in part-tongues, etc.- was done away (I Corinthians 13: 10). The only thing new about tongues today is their use to mislead a new generation even more unfamiliar with the Bible. May God help us all to be true Bereans and search the Scriptures better! Better to listen with new ears than to attempt new tongues.
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