Do you know what God gave you? Do you know how to make it a never ending fountain of joy in your life?
There is a difference between two Greek words for our English word, received. There are, in total, seventeen forms of the two words translated into one English word “received.” An advanced Bible student can detect the shades of difference easily by going through each of the contexts where it is translated. I’m not going to do that today, but it goes to show how we can develop the wrong interpretations and miss the true meaning of the sentences or promises of the Word.
To most people the word receive means “to take” and that’s all, but there are more meanings of this word. Spiritual gifts, the only kind God gives because He is Holy and He is Spirit, can be received inside a man/woman. It is invisible, just as God is. There is also a receiving spiritual gifts into manifestation, which means receiving something and it coming forth into the senses world as evidence of the receiving of that gift. Manifesting God’s spirit means, we must operate it.
Here are the two Greek words for receive:
- Dechomai — receiving from God spiritually within oneself. This is subjective reception.
- Lambano — is receiving the gift into manifestation after having received it spiritually. This is an objective reception to the end of manifestation.
From the day of Pentecost on, whenever anyone had received salvation he also had received the gift from the Holy Spirit into manifestation with two exceptions. Acts 8 when Philip was preaching in Samaria and the crowd received or dechomai, unto themselves, the new birth. But notice in verse 14 that Peter and John heard that Samaria had the new birth but they came down because the group didn’t manifest the Holy Spirit right away.
If you go back to verse 5 when Philip got there, you see what he had to confront. There was great joy in the city when Philip came in casting out devils and healing people. But then he came across in verse 9, a “man called Simon which before time in the same city used sorcery and bewitched the people of Samaria giving out that he was some great one. To whom they all gave heed from the least to the greatest saying, This man is the great power of God.” These people were blinded by the devil’s sorcery and witchcraft. When Philip preached, they listened but the control over them was clearly still in the devil’s hands. John and Peter came down to see what was going on. It was odd to them that someone didn’t manifest the power and operate the gift of holy spirit right away. In verse 17 they laid hands on them and prayed they would receive into manifestation the Holy Spirit. Simon the Sorcerer saw this and asked to buy that power from them. (This guy didn’t understand at all.)
Why am I telling you all this? To show you that the manifestation of speaking in tongues usually occurred after being born again except in cases of beguiling or ignorance. In Paul’s case in chapter 19 the twelve disciples in Ephesus had dechomai, received unto themselves, salvation but he asked them haven’t you lambano, received into manifestation, the Holy Spirit. Have you spoken in tongues yet? This was the norm and when it didn’t happen it got noted as a problem or a lack of understanding to the Apostles. Why? Because Jesus told the apostles to stay in Jerusalem until they were imbued from on high with power from the Holy Ghost. (Acts 1:8, Mark 16:17 “and you shall speak with new tongues” Why wouldn’t they think this was normal, Jesus himself declared it as something they should be doing after they receive the promise of the Father.) How could they tell they got the power? They manifested it by speaking in tongues and prophesying.
Let’s go back to our series study on prevailing mightily in Acts 19.
“Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance saying unto the people, that they should believe on Him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6) And when Paul had laid his hands upon them the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues and prophesied.” Acts 19: 4-6
This was also one of two times when an apostle laid hands on the person in order for them to speak in tongues. Why? My only answer is so the person’s believing would go up. Believing is always required by the person who has the need. If the devil stole their believing or tricked them out of it, then of course they would struggle.
“In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people and yet for all that, will they not hear Me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign not to them that believe, but to them that believe not…” 1 Corinthians 14:21
If the devil can trick you out of this amazing operation then he can steal your believing. Have you found it hard to believe God for your need being met? Have you had a tough time hearing God’s voice? The devil would love to steal and destroy this powerful operation out of people’s lives, because if he can cut off the clear focused access to the Father, he wins in distracting you into his snare. There are twelve huge benefits to speaking in tongues. Below is a handout that has each one listed clearly and directions from the Bible on how to begin speaking in tongues. If it was expected of Jesus Christ for those who receive salvation, corrected if not done by the Apostles, and written in the Bible, which was Authored by God Himself, it is time to show others how.
God bless you today and have fun!