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Has Tongues Ceased? – List of Bible Verses and Points

Has Tongues Ceased?

1.      Purpose of tongues

a.      A sign to the Jews

1 Co 14:21-22

21 In the Law it is written, “BY MEN OF STRANGE TONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF STRANGERS I WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE, AND EVEN SO THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME,” says the Lord.

22 So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe.

1 Co 1:22

22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;

b.      A foreign language

Ac 2:6

6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.

Ac 10:46-47

46 For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered,

47 ” Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”

1 Co 14:9-11

9 So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.

10 There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.

11 If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me.

c.      In general, the gifts are given to edify for the building up of the body of Christ.

1 Co 12:7-10

7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;

9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,

10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.

Eph 4:11-12

11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as  evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,

12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

1 Pe 4:10

10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

2.      Reasons that show or indicate that tongues has ceased:

a.      Scripture says it will cease (in and of itself) based on the verb tense used.

pauo

pauo (pow’-o); a primary verb (“pause”); to stop (transitively or intransitively), i.e. restrain, quit, desist, come to an end:

1 Co 13:8

8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

The verb tense here indicates that it will end abruptly by itself without any outside causative agent. Whereas knowledge and prophecy will end when the perfect comes, tongues has already come to an end.

b.      It confirmed the apostles and their teaching. That need was fulfilled.

Heb 2:3-4

3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,

4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

c.      It is inferior to prophesy

·     1 Co 14:2-4

2 For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.

3 But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.

4 One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.

·     1 Co 14:14-15

14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

15 What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.

·     1 Co 14:19

19 however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

·     1 Co 14:23-24

23 Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?

24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all;

d.      It is not mentioned as occurring even once in the Bible after 1 Corinthians which was written in 55AD. Nor is it even mentioned in any early post biblical writings.

3.      Historic Evidence

Ac 28:8-9

8 And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him.

9 After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured.

·   This is the last divine miracle of this sort through a human agent recorded in Scripture. Others will be performed after the rapture, but for now, these signs have ceased. Probable date of this occurrence was around 60-62AD

Heb 2:3-4

3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,

4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

·   This is spoken of in the past tense, not the present tense. Hebrews was written about 67 or 68AD, after the sign gifts had ended.

Dates NT Books were Authored

James

Galatians

Matthew

Mark

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Romans

Luke

Ephesians

Colossians

Philemon

Acts

Philippians

1 Timothy

Titus

1 Peter

2 Timothy

2 Peter

Hebrews

Jude

John

1 John

2 John

3 John

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44-49

49+

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51

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56

60-61

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a.      Justin Martyr, a great second century Christian writer does not include tongues in any of his lists of spiritual gifts.

b.      Origen, a brilliant third century scholar makes no mention of it, but argues that the sign gifts were temporary and not exercised by Christians of his day.

c.      Chrysostom (347-407), one of the greatest post-New Testament Christian writers, said that tongues and the other miraculous gifts had not only ceased, but could not even be accurately defined.

d.      Augustine said, “In the earliest times the Holy Spirit fell on them that believed and they spoke with tongues. These were signs adapted to that time, for there behooved to be that betokening of the Holy Spirit. That thing was done for betokening and it passed away.”

4.      What about the instruction not to forbid to speak in tongues?

1 Co 14:39 Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.

Though prophesy was superior to tongues, the church was to also allow the legitimate exercise of tongues as well as prophecy. It was not to be banned even though it was inferior to prophecy.

This instruction might be comparable to permitting a woman to give her testimony in the church. Even though women are not like men allowed to teach the Word, they may be permitted to share in this way.

5.      Satan is a counterfeiter

2 Co 11:14

14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

6.      You guys have an exceptionally easy way to prove your point. All you have to do is produce one person who can speak in tongues as they did in the book of Acts. Can you even list one person that can speak in tongues as they did in the book of Acts? That should be simple if the gift still exists today! And how about the gift of interpretation of tongues mentioned in 1 Cor 12:10. Surely you can supply a list of the people you know or have even heard of who have the true gift of interpretation of tongues. You can’t produce one, because gibberish can’t be interpreted. It is meaningless. If tongues existed today, surely you could produce at least one person that had the gift!

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