Apostles Not Included
by Ronald W Robey
So many in the Charismatic/Pentecostal faith today like to say that “Unless you speak in tongues, you can’t have the Holy Ghost.”
But, is that true? Is speaking in tongues needed or the Holy Spirit is not present in a persons’ life? If we are to believe the Bible, (and we should) then the Holy Spirit can indwell a person and that person not speak in tongues ever.
Something to think about concerning the tongues. There is no evidence in the Bible that any of the apostles other than Paul spoke in tongues.
The promise of “new tongues” was not for the apostles…it was for those to whom the apostles would speak. If they believed the Gospel…they would speak with new tongues.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
“These signs shall follow THEM that believe…THEY shall speak with new tongs” It doesn’t say “You shall speak with new tongues.”
Those who heard the Gospel that was preached by the apostles would speak in new tongues. They, the believers of the Gospel preached would cast out devils; speak with new tongues; take up serpents; not be harmed by poison. The believers would lay hands on the sick and the sick would recover.
In Acts 2, when the men began to scoff those who spoke in tongues, Peter said, “THESE MEN are not drunken as ye suppose…” He did not say, “We are not drunken as ye suppose…”.
Acts 1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
Acts 1:17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
Acts 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
Acts 1:19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
Acts 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
Acts 1:21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
Acts 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Acts 1:23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
Acts 1:24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
Acts 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
Acts 1:26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The “these men” in Acts 2 were the 120 disciples that Peter had been preaching to beginning in Acts 1:15 and reading through to the event in Acts 2. Those referred to as “these men” were not the apostles, they were disciples…students of the apostles.
The “sign” gifts promised by the Lord Jesus Christ were for those in the immediate audience of the apostles who believed the Gospel.