5. SURRENDER YOUR WILL TO THE HOLY SPIRITGOD SAYS, BUT I THINK… #1
Read 1 Kings 13:1-24. You will find in this passage that God sent a prophet with an important message to the King Jeroboam. The king was furious and stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Arrest him!” Then the king’s hand withered, so that he could not pull it back to himself. The altar also was split apart, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD.
The king cried out to the prophet of God, “Please ask God to restore my hand again!” So the man prayed to the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored. Then the king said to the man of God, “Come to the palace with me and have something to eat, and I will give you a gift.” But the prophet said to him, “Even if you gave me half of everything you own, I would not go with you. I would not eat or drink anything in this place. For the LORD gave me this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’”
So he left Bethel and went home another way.
This story tells us that a false prophet came and said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.” And he refused saying: I cannot do this because ”I have been told by the word of the LORD, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.’”
Then the false prophet said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (He was lying to him.)
So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water.
But when they sat at the table, the word of the LORD came to the false prophet and he cried out to the man of God, saying, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD,
and have not kept the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you, but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the LORD said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.
’” After the man of God had finished eating and drinking, he started off again. But as he was traveling along, a lion came out and killed him. The major point in this story is this: The one who is deceived by someone else is held accountable for being deceived.
The spirit of God is freely bestowed to enable every man to lay hold upon the means of salvation. Men fail of salvation through their own willful refusal of the gift of life. The reason anyone is deceived is that he doesn't search and study and find out for himself. What am I saying? That God has made each person his or her own king/queen, and that it is the responsibility of each of us to search, dig, pray, and study for ourselves. No one can search and pray and study and dig for another. It cannot be done any more than we can eat for another or sleep for another.
A story is told about a man who worried all the time. He worried so much that his friends began to worry about his worrying. Then one day one of his friends met him on the street and discovered that the man had ceased worrying.
"What has happened?" the friend asked.
"I quit worrying," the man said.
"How did you do that?" his friend asked.
"I employed someone to do my worrying for me."
"What do you pay him?"
"I pay him one thousand dollars a month."
"How can you pay that?"
"I can't," the ex-worrier said. "That's the first thing he
has to worry about."
This story is funny because it's so ridiculous. But we take the same thing and transfer it over to the realm of religion, and then we think it's OK. Although we don't say so, we often find it easy to depend on someone else to do our studying (our spiritual eating) and our praying (our spiritual breathing) for us. And we don't think that's funny. We think it's all right, it's real, it's normal. We think this is acceptable. Yet it's just as foolish as letting someone worry for us.
People depending on people can be a real problem. In fact, Do you depend on people for your beliefs? Do you depend on certain leaders or certain charismatic types who know how to influence the masses to tell you what to do? In the days of Christ there was a heavy debate about this. It was common in those days to ask, "Who has believed?" "Which of the leaders has accepted?" (John 7:47-49 etc.).Then what are leaders for? What are preachers for? The leaders' job is to encourage and motivate people to study and search and think for themselves. People are not to believe anything that preachers say unless they have searched it out on their own and have come to their own conclusions.
You saw in the other post that we must surrender ourselves and our will to the Holy Spirit. But WHAT or WHO is the Holy Spirit? Many are not sure what is the truth in this regard, and very many, though they know the truth, they still have a wrong attitude to Him. The Bible speaks a lot in this regard, but I will put down here only a few references.
The Holy Spirit is a Person because He:Has intelligence, teaches, testifies
John 14:26; 15:26; Luke 12:12; 1 Cor 2:13Speaks
- Acts 8:29; 10:19, 20; 28:25; Hebrews 3:7Commands and forbids
- Acts 8:29; 16:6, 7Intercedes
- Romans 8:26Loves
- Romans 15:30Has a mind
- Romans 8:27Has a will
- 1 Corinthians 12:11Can be vexed and grieved
- Ephesians 4:30; compare Isaiah 63:10Can be insulted
- Hebrews 10:29Can be lied to
- Acts 5:3
The Holy Spirit is God
Acts 5:3, 4 - Then Peter said, 'Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit
and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.'
Therefore, lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God. The Holy Spirit is God.
The Holy Spirit is Yahweh
2 Samuel 23:2 – The Spirit
of the Lord spoke.
2 Samuel 23:3 – The God
of Israel spoke.
Sometimes people think of the Holy Spirit as a mere power, influence, or energy, but nothing could be further from the truth. You can't grieve an influence, for an influence has no feelings, but a person does have feelings. Mere power does not think, nor hear, nor speak, but a person does. The Bible refers to the Holy Spirit in ways that could only apply to a person.When we realize that the Holy Spirit is GOD, and that He is a Person, then we realize that we must relate to Him as we relate to Jesus and the Father -- by reason, principles of truth, and SUBMISSION to His will for our lives. In conclusion, if the Holy Spirit is GOD, somebody must give up his will… But who? Myself or even the Holy Spirit”? THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYS, BUT I THINK… #2
The Holy Spirit said through Paul: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men…. And He Himself gave SOME to be apostles, SOME prophets, SOME evangelists, and SOME pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST. … And BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND.” – Eph. 4:188.8.131.52
Notice some points about the spiritual gifts:
1. SOME people are given one gift
, and SOME another
2. And the MAJOR PURPOSE of the spiritual gifts is for edifying of the body of Christ [the church].
3. “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Paul spoke these words in the context of the spiritual gifts. God works through the MIND.
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant… There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries,
but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities,
but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
for TO ONE is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, TO ANOTHER the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, TO ANOTHER faith by the same Spirit, TO ANOTHER gifts of healings by the same Spirit, TO ANOTHER the working of miracles, TO ANOTHER prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, TO ANOTHER different kinds of tongues,
to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills
…. But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.”
– 1 Cor. 12:1-18Think about this summary:
1. There are different spiritual gifts.
2. Not all believers receive the same gift.
3. The spiritual gifts are given “for the profit of all”
4. The spiritual gifts are given “as He (the Holy Spirit) will” and “just as God pleased.”
5. That means every gift is given according to Spirit’s initiative, choice and will.
Then there is a summary in the last part of the chapter, beginning with verse 28, where Paul lists again some of the gifts of the Spirit:
And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
The unspoken answer to each one of these questions is NO.
Does everybody have the same gift? NO.
THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYS, BUT I THINK… (!?!?!?) Many people believe:
=The COMMON denominator is speaking in tongues as an evidence of having received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (FALSE! See above 1 Cor. 12: 29-30 and 8-11)
=The speaking in tongues is thought to be for the purpose of private worship. (FALSE! See above 1 Cor. 12:7 and Eph. 4:12)
=A person goes to his room, finds another power taking the control of his/her mouth, and speaks in a language that the speaker himself does not understand, but which he/she assumes that it is praise to God. (FALSE! See above Eph. 4:12. The spiritual gifts are given for edification of the body of Christ [Church], but the speaking in tongues of our days is not edifying or instructive for anybody).
=The believers a taught to insist on asking the gift of tongues till he/she will receive it. (FALSE! See above 1 Cor. 12:11.18)
My INSISTENCE on such modern tongues (very often even an all-night pleading with) shows that:
(a) I don’t believe the above verses are inspired;
(b) I try to correct the work of the Holy Spirit;
(c) I try to force the will of the Holy Spirit.
My Bible says, “WRONG WAY, GO BACK! DON’T TRY TO FORCE THE WILL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
But what is happening if I don’t give up my insistence on getting the gift of tongues? Notice 2 Thess. 2:9-12 NIV. It says, “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”
“Do you mean if I insist on praying for tongues, I will receive ‘a powerful delusion’? Can you prove that?” Of course. Let’s study together what your Bible says: (I will give you only a minimum of knowledge in this regard!).The first NT reference: Mark 16:17, 18.
Jesus was telling His disciples about their future work. So by Jesus' own words the gift of tongues was predicted. If you go back to the original language on what these "new" tongues are, you find that it meant that the tongues were new to THEM. It is not talking about some tongue that has never been known or heard of before by anybody. It's like buying a "new" car, that is, a car that is new TO YOU!The next reference: Acts 2.
From this time forth the language of the disciples was pure, simple, and accurate, whether they spoke in their native tongue or in a foreign language."The next instance: Acts 10.
Verse 46 says, "They heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God." Then Peter said, "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost AS WELL AS WE?"
Peter and the other apostles had received the Holy Ghost manifested in tongues at Pentecost, which, as we have seen, were known languages. Now he says, "As well as we." And later back at Jerusalem, in his report to the leaders, he said, "As I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, AS ON US AT THE BEGINNING."Acts 11:15.
So the indication from Scripture is that this was the same manifestation that had been experienced by the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.Acts 19:5.6.
"When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied." There is nothing in the context here to say whether this is speaking in known languages or ecstatic utterances, but on the basis of our study so far, there would be no reason to conclude that it would be anything other than a known language. We have noticed four of the five references to speaking in tongues, and four out of the five so far have indicated known languages, rather than ecstatic utterances.Now 1 Corinthians 14.
Now we look at the chapter where some believe the best evidence for ecstatic utterances is found. But on the basis of the weight of evidence, we already have a majority vote, don't we?
There is a Greek word that means ECSTASY, but it is not used in 1 Corinthians 14. The word that is used, GLOSSA (also used in Acts 2), means nothing more than "tongue or language." But the King James translators have inserted the word UNKNOWN. You will notice that in the older editions, the word “unknown” is in ITALICS,
which indicates that it was added by the translators.
Now do you remember the verse we already read in Ephesians 4, about being renewed “in your MIND”? Compare it with Romans 12:2. "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your MIND." God ALWAYS works through the MIND. The mind controls the whole man. All our actions, good or bad, have their source in the mind. It is the mind that worships God. The mind worships God, not the feelings or the emotions.
With that thought, let's go quickly through 1 Corinthians 14, noticing the key words. Verse 2, UNDERSTANDETH. Verse 3, EDIFICATION.
Verse 4, EDIFIETH.
Verse 6, BY REVELATION, BY KNOWLEDGE. Verse 9, UNDERSTOOD. Verse 11, THE MEANING. Verse 12, EDIFYING.
Verse 14, UNDERSTANDING. Verse 15, UNDERSTANDING. Verse 16, UNDERSTANDETH. Verse, 17, EDIFIED.
Verse 19, UNDERSTANDING. Verse 20, UNDERSTANDING. Again and again the point is made not to do anything in the church that cannot be understood or that does not edify.
The word “edify” mean means "to instruct, to improve spiritually." The whole message of 1 Corinthians 14 is that if nobody understands what is being said, nobody is edified. Verse 2: "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him." Verse 9: "Except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air." Verse 11: "Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me." Verse 19: "In the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in the unknown tongue." And so on. Paul repeats it again and again. If no one understands what you are saying, you do not edify them or help them spiritually.
The next conclusion. If I am praying in a private room, and there I start to pray in a language unknown to me, I wouldn't be edified either! Isn't that obvious? If I have been given the gift of speaking in a foreign language, such as Mandarin Chinese, and I speak Mandarin Chinese in an English worship service, nobody is going to be edified. If I want to pray to God in Mandarin Chinese, I should do it in the privacy of my own closet. But if I was speaking to God in a language that even I did not understand, then there would be no edification. And words spoken without understanding are useless.
Let's remember that even the genuine manifestation of the gift of tongues is not the Spirit's greatest work. The greatest manifestation of the Holy Spirit's power is seen in human nature brought to the perfection of the character of Christ. The only purpose, therefore, in any of the supernatural working of the Spirit of God, would be to help communicate the gospel of Christ that lives may be changed.
GLOSSOLALIA AND THE TESTING OF TONGUES
Dr. Kildahl has run such tests based on a tape recording of a tongue-speaker which he played independently before several persons who were known to have the supposed gift of interpretation. Here are the results of his experiment:
“In order to investigate the accuracy of these interpreta¬tions, we undertook to play a taped example of tongue-speech privately for several different interpreters of tongues. In no instance was there any similarity in the several interpretations. The following typifies our results: one interpreter said the tongue-speaker was praying for the health of his children; another that the same tongue-speech was an expression of gratitude to God for a recently successful church fund-raising effort.” – [Kildahl p. 63]
An interpreter of glossolalia responded to the Lord's Prayer that was spoken in a Pentecostal meeting by one who wished to test the interpretation. The Lord's Prayer was spoken in an African language. The interpreter said that "it is a message about the imminent second coming of Christ." [Kildahl, 63] Here again there is no consistent correlation in the testing process of interpretation. Is this not another indication that glossolalia is no normal human language and that the interpre¬tation does not correspond to what has been said?Think about it: If God desires to give the church a special message, why does He give it through an unknowing speech that need to be interpreted, and not directly in the known language of the church?
GLOSSOLALIA IN CONTEMPORARY NON CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS
Some studies have indicated that glossolalia is not a uniquely Christian practice. Glossolalia is practiced by a large number of native non-Christian living religions around the world.
R. P. Spittler writes in the 1988 edition of the Dictio¬nary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, "Whatever its origin, glossolalia is a human phenomenon, not limited to Christianity nor even to religious behavior among human¬kind." [R. P. Splitter "Glossolalia," Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Move¬ments, eds. Stanley M. Burgess and Gary B. McGee (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1988), p. 336].
There are many examples of unintelligible sounds or glossolalia from all continents
and the native religions prac¬ticed on them. [L. Carlyle, May, "A Survey of Glossolalia and Related Phenomena in Non-Christian Religions," Speaking in Tongues: A Guide to Research on Glossolalia, pp. 53-82].
In Ethiopia in the zâr cult, "the shamans talk to the zârs (spirits) in a 'secret language'." [Goodman, p. 565]. In this instance the picture seems to involve spirit-worship.
Goodman notes, "Possession is one of the most frequent ritual occasions for the use of glossolalia. In possession, an entity from the sacred dimension of reality is experienced as penetrating the respective person.”
[Ibid.]. She points out that the Spirit is experienced "as power, not as personality, but other spirits--for instance, those of the dead of the Trobriand Islanders, ancestral spirits in Africa, and various spirits in Haitian Voodoo--have pronounced personality traits that are expressed in glossolalia. . . . The voice of the possessing being differs from that of the possessed practitioner." [Ibid.]. This sounds much like the phenomena associated with séances in spiritualism. "Spiritualistic glossolalia and related phenomena among spiritual mediums were among the first studied by psychologists
near the beginning of the twentieth century," writes R. P. Spittler. [Spittler in Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, p. 336].
These are but a few of the many known examples of glossolalia from modern non-Christian religions. [For a fine study of glossolalia in a non-Western culture, see A. F. Anisimov, "The Shaman's Tent of the Evenks and the Origin of the Shamanistic Rite," Studies in Siberian Shamanism, ed. Henry M. Michael (Toronto, 1963)].
GLOSSOLALIA IN CONTEMPORARY LINGUISTIC STUDYThe highly respected 1972 study of John P. Kildahl concludes that "from a linguistic point of view, religiously inspired [glossolalic] utterances have the same general characteristics as those that are not religiously inspired."
[Kildahl, p. 81]. We should be reminded at this point that Kildahl compares religious glossolalia with non-religious glossolalia. We are informed of the fact that glossolalia is practiced by non-religious people, including atheists and agnostics.
[See Spittler, pp. 336-337]. In other words, the modern practice of glossolalia is not restricted to religious persons alone. It is a "human phenomenon, not limited to Christianity nor even to religious behavior."
[Spittler, p. 340].
Experts in the field of linguistics have taken much pains to study the phenomenon of glossolalia over a period of many years. One of the early investigations was made in the early 1960's by Eugene A. Nida. He provided a detailed list of reasons why glossolalia cannot be human language.
[Eugene A. Nida, "Glossolalia: A Case of Pseudo-Linguistic Structure," unpublished paper delivered at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in New York, Dec. 28, 1964]. Another early study, that of W. A. Wolfram in the year 1966, also concluded that glossolalia lacks the basic elements of human language as a system of coherent communication.
[W. A. Wolfram, "The Sociolinguistics of Glossolalia" (Master's thesis; Hartford Seminary Foundation, 1966)].
Professor William J. Samarin of the University of Toronto's Department of Linguistics published, after more than a decade of careful research, a massive study of glossolalia from a linguistic perspective. [Samarin, Tongues of Men and Angels]. In 1972 study Samarin, together with other linguists, rejected the view that glossolalia is xenoglossia, i.e. some foreign language that could be understood by another person who knew that language. Samarin concluded that glossolalia is a "pseudo-language.”
Samarin defined glossolalia as "unintelligible post-babbling speech that exhibits superficial phonological similarity to language without having consistent syntagmatic structure and that is not systematically derived from or related to known languag¬es."
[William J. Samarin, "Variation and Variables in Religious Glossolalia," Language in Society, ed. Dell Haymes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972) 121-30]. And the list of investigations continue…
Based on the conclusions of scholars and researchers who studied glossolalia from a variety of angles and methods of research, we may have no other recourse than to admit that the phenomenon of "speaking in tongues," or glossolalia, is an experience other than speaking in a known human language of the present or the past.
On this point the studies of Samarin and those of earlier and later researchers coincide.The general conclusion of the scholars is that glossolalia among Christians and non-Christians is the same. There is no distinction between Christian and non-Christian glossolalia.
Glossolalia is not a spoken language, and if you do not know what you are saying, then, how can you pray to God in it? How can you glorify God in this way? 1 Corinthians 14:28 – “But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.”
If you know and speak Spanish as a spiritual gift, you can speak to yourself and to God”, but if what you say is not a true language, and if your mind and will don’t keep your mouth under the control and you are say syllables without sense, you cannot “speak to yourself and to God.”In this case, can satan use my mouth? Mark 5:6-10. But if everyone in the room spoke the same language would it be necessary to use another language? It would be foolish to speak another language if everyone understood English because "he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me" "and you will speaking into the air." 1 Cor 14:11,9.
It seems very strange for me! It seems that one Spirit has inspired the Bible, but the other one is contradicting Him!... My will or Holy Spirit’s will? Who must give up his will? It is evident that glossolalia of non-Christians comes in conflict with the second commandment (Exodus 20:4-6). Is this the true Spirit of God? Does the Spirit of God encourage the transgression of the second commandment?