If we believe in "laying on of hands and they shall recover", do we also believe in "speaking in new tongues", and "they shall take up serpents"?
Certainly! The reference is to Mark chapter 16 specifically. Some Bibles have a note that says that these verses are not contained in the "best" manuscripts. Because I doubt both the motives and the methods of any who would try to diminish the authority of the Bible, or such passages as may displease them, I am more inclined to think that the best manuscripts are represented by these verses. And truly it would do nothing to the sense of the whole of scripture either to include or exclude them, since the subject matter is adequately dealt with in other passages, and to the same end.
Clearly if we receive the one phrase about healing, we must also receive the phrase about tongues and the one about serpents. They stand or fall together. Many have taught that all Christians must participate in tongues (which they have come to call the "baptism of the Holy Spirit"), but that only certain ones have the gifts of healing, and almost no one has the power to take up serpents, and to drink poison. A few (generally regarded as extremists) have taken a more consistent view that these various signs must be in every believers life. I say more consistent, because clearly these signs are all in the same context. If one of them is for all, then so must the others be. But what is said here about these signs? They shall "follow" them that believe.
Three important issues: "them that believe" refers to the body of believers, not to each of them as an individual. " "Follow" says that these signs shall attend this group, or follow near' not that shall always be in evidence. And the fact that they are referred to as "signs" indicates that they are given to and through the believer for the benefit of those who otherwise might not believe.
An example is found in Acts 28: 3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. 5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. 6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. The story goes on to show how Paul used their sudden and drastic change of opinion to lead them into a right relationship to God.
The tendency to make more of tongues than the Bible does, provokes an
opposite tendency in some to attempt to throw out altogether passages like Mark
16 16 through the end of the chapter. And that tendency tends to provoke an
extreme reaction in the camp of those who have experienced some of the signs
mentioned. Let us stop reacting to one another, and simply accept the word of
God for what it says.
If we believe in "laying on of hands
and they shall recover", do we also believe in "speaking in new tongues", and
"they shall take up serpents"?
According to the Word of God, I think we HAVE to believe it. The gospel of
Mark, in the 16th chapter, addresses this specifically. We, as self professing
believers of the Word, have to examine if we believe God's Word literally or
not. If we say we do, than this week's question, is not in question. We either
believe the whole Word or we do not. A friend of mine and I have often teased
that we are going to get a black magic marker and mark out everything that is
uncomfortable to believe or things we do not really want to follow in the Bible
just to see what is left of what we believe. How dangerous an exercise that
could be and though we laugh about it, we know, in our minds, we do just that.
"In Christ, all things are possible."
I believe in what the bible states as true and fact. Speaking in tongues is a gift from the Lord Jesus. If you were to go into a country say take Spain for instance, and you didnt know the language but you went according to the Spirit of God led you there. Do you feel that the Lord will limit your abilities to speak to these precious ones? When, we put limits on God we are trying to control him, we cannot control him, He controls us. So you go to Spain, you don't know the language, but you believe in your heart that God has led you there, then you pray and He allows you in Speaking in tongues the ability to speak the language through his Holy Spirit.
Altho, your earthly mind has no idea what you are saying, God does and you never know what beautiful words are being said to that person next to you, words that lead, heal and guide will led someone to the Lord. When, believers don't believe everything in the Bible as true, then they put limits on God's abilities. God will use whatever means He needs to bring someone back to him.
When, Moses listened to God, plagues fell upon the land, swarms of bees, serpents, etc...happened. How much more will He allow us to show others the wonderous deeds to bring them back to the Lord. We are instruments of God, if we limit God in His ability to bring someone through us to Jesus, then we are no longer listening with our spiritual heart to what He is calling us to do. That is why, we all need to be united together as one with Jesus, so that those who never knew about Jesus, can hear him speak to him and there eyes will be opened to the truths and love and mercy He has bestowed on all of us. Altho, there will be some that wont accept Jesus, as long as we are willing vessels to Our Almighty God, as we should, then and only then, will Wonderous Miracles Happen. God bless you
Before we discuss the "new tongues", let’s deal with these signs: Casting out devils, speaking in new tongues, taking up serpents; drinking of a deadly thing without hurt, laying hands on the sick and they shall recover. We see these signs throughout the Book of Acts. Jesus places no emphasis on any one sign. For someone to say that all believers should speak in new tongues, they would have to say also that the believers should take up serpents, drink deadly poison without harm, lay hands on the sick and see them recover. Jesus is merely prophesying of things that would shortly come to pass.
We see some of the signs that Jesus prophesied of in the Book of Acts. In Acts 28:1-6, Paul was bit by a viper and in verse 5, the bible declares, "And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm" In Acts 8:5-7, Philip cast out devils and healed the sick. Verse 7, "For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed". And in Acts 2:4, we see the gift of tongues manifest – breaking the language barrier for at least sixteen dialects of people! Verses 7-8, "Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? This was no muttering of words without meaning! Peter wasn’t chattering out words that no one could understand – He was preaching the Word of God and through the Gift of Tongues, his words were understood by all that heard him.
It’s amazing to me how far out of context many have taken the Gift of Tongues. Instead of it being a way for God to spread His word to every dialect, breaking the language barriers – many have made it this unintelligible language that no one understands. The only time the gift of tongues is associated with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is when people from more than one language group were gathered together, thus causing a communication barrier. (Info Taken from WOG Ministries)
MAY ALL BE BLESSED
Yes and if you believe without having doubt, you will be able to say to that
mountain, move and be cast into the sea.I have been healed of, high blood
pressure, type 2 diabetes, and hernyated discs by the laying on of hands, by my
pastor and other deacons of our church, and by my faith in our Lord Jesus that
He will do, and has done what He said He will do. I His name
Yes, I believe in the words of Jesus, that we shall lay our hands on the sick
and they shall recover. Therefor we shall shall also speak in new tongues and
"take up serpents". The issue of laying on of hands and speaking in other
tongues is covered in the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 14 says a lot about
speaking AND SINGING in tongues. Just read it and let the Spirit teach you.
Hi, I think what was meant in the passage, was that, we could understand the
tongues of the angels, as well as being so much protected by God and his angels,
that we would have power even over the serpents, that we could literally take
them up in our hands and they would not bite us.
When we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit after we first believed and received Jesus as our Lord and Saviour (Acts 19:2), speaking in new tongues is one of the evidences of being empowered with one of the gifts of the Spirit. Unfortunately, alot of Christians do not believe or agree with speaking in tongues. In 1 Corinthians, chapter 12 (read vs 4 - 11), it indicates speaking in tongues as one of the gifts of the Spirit. Speaking in tongues is very useful because this is what edifies us (1 Cor 14:4).
God does not give His gifts to us liberally because of "our goodness". If it were so, I would never have hope in receiving any of His gifts. All of Gods gifts to us, whatever He chooses to give us is for the very use of edifying ourselves, edifying the church (His people) and useful to encourage and ultimately, give God the glory (1 Cor 14: 1 - 5). God forbid if we should call anything that comes from God common or unclean (Acts 10: 13-15). Everything that comes from God is good, holy and perfect.
For the Christians who believe that speaking in tongues was only for Biblical times, God says that He never changes, He does not even change His mind, but He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). Also in the second last verse of 1 Cor 14, Paul says to forbid not to speak in tongues. But when perfection has come, tongues will cease (1 Cor 13: 8 - 10). This means that when Christ comes, there will be no requirement for exercising His gifts, or speaking in new tongues, because we will then be made perfect when He comes for us.
I came to realize long ago, that what ever God has, I want it, and whatever He had for me, I definitely need it!! If you are still convinced that you need to understand this, please read (Prov 3: 5 & 6) and trust in Him. When the Word says "I will pray in the spirit and with the understanding, and I will sing in the spirit and with the understanding", would that not indicate that praying and singing in the Spirit is on the other side of the coin from "the understanding"? (1 Cor 14: 13 - 15). I like the saying: If God says it, I believe it!! Whether or not I completely understand it or not may be a different story. But without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6).
We need to believe Him, so if He says to forbid not to speak in tongues, I think it is pretty clear what God is saying. Many christians who are opposed to the Gifts of the Spirit and speaking in new tongues, I urge you to please pray to God about this. Without the gifts of Gods Holy Spirit within us, we are simply relying to do Gods will for our lives in our own strength. God says, its not by might or by power, but by My Spirit. We had better pray about what we say about Spiritual matters, because I have come across christians who have said that speaking in tongues is of the devil.
Read what Jesus says in Mark 3: 20 - 30, when the teachers of the law mentioned about Jesus have the spirit of beelzebub rather than the Holy Spirit, Jesus mentions in vs 29 and 30 about commiting the unpardonable sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit because of what they had said!! Now regarding to take up serpents, I believe it means that when we are caught in a situation between a rock and a hard spot and we have no control over our situation, or if we committed an offence without knowing, I believe if we are put in a situation that would require supernatural conditions to get us out, I believe we could by the power of God through His Spirit in Jesus name could do it. I believe this to be figureative and spiritually speaking and not in a physical connotation.
It is like saying to a mountain "be ye cast in to the sea" and it will be done if you believe! Jesus said it in (Mt: 21: 21 - 22), Christ is talking not about the rocky mountains, the Andes or Himalayas, but in a spiritual sense of the mountain of sins in our lives. But, on the other hand, we are not to put ourselves purposely in a situation to "pick up serpents" by putting God to the test or use it for the purpose of entertainment. May God bless you as you read and pray for His guidance.
I believe that laying on of hands and speaking in tongues was relevant in Jesus' day, but not in ours. I think scripture is very clear on this.
Hello and the Lord richly bless you.
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