In the New Testament, did Jesus teach his people that, through the laying on of hands, the
Melkizedek or Aaronic Priesthood would be passed through one person to another? Did He teach that only through the Priesthood would one receive the gifts of the holy spirit? Did he teach that one would have to hold a Priesthood to receive all the blessings God has to offer?
Was Adam considered a Prophet?
One will not find this idea in the New Testament. You may find this teaching in the Doctrine and Covenants of Joseph Smith.
Which Prophet saw the ax-head floating in the water and where is it
located at in the bible?
The prophet was Elisha, and the account is found in 2 Kings 6:5,6.
What are the different type of tongues used? When are we suppose to use them and how? (I hear public tongues all the time with no interpretation)
1. There are similarities between the home and the church (Eph.5:22-30). Christ, of course, is head of His church (Eph. 5:23; 1:22). Christ is perfect and His instructions are divine. His authority is final (Matt. 28;18). If the church is to function properly she must submit to His instructions (Heb. 5:8-9). Should we change the structure of the church, we would be disobedient to Christ, the head. Christ is head of the church universal. Local congregations under Christ and His Word are led by men with certain qualifications (1 Tim. 3:1-7) who are known as pastors, elders, bishops of the local church.
2. "Tongues" in the New Testament means "languages". Some in the early days of the church had miraculous gifts enabling the to speak "languages" they had not studied (Acts 2:6-8). These gifts were temporary and were removed when the revelation of the New Testament was completed (1 Cor. 13:8-13).
Is there tongues today like there
were in Acts & in Corinthians? People
speaking in unknown tongues. Now that the Bible is finished, does God speak through HIS WORDS'.
I appreciate your question about tongues and whether or not they still
exist today. The reality is, many people who claim to be Christians still subscribe to this belief and practice. It seems like every time I turn on
the television I see a man or woman claiming to be "filled with the Spirit" speaking in a language that I can't understand. I believe that the Bible
teaches that tongues have been done away with as a method of worship and
To understand why they are no longer used, we must first understand why they WERE used. On the day of Pentecost, in Acts chapter 2 when Peter preached the first Gospel sermon there were people from all over the world gathered in that place. When there are people from many different regions, one can also expect to encounter many different languages. I believe that this is the reason that the Holy Spirit gave the apostles the ability to speak in tongues on that occasion. Not just "tongues", but "other" tongues, implying that they were speaking in other languages and not just babbling. It says in verse 7 of chapter 2, "....how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?.....we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"
In other passages concerning tongues (I Cor. 14), Paul tells the
Corinthians that there are certain guidelines for speaking in tongues. "...what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or
knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?.....if you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not
understand say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you
are saying?.....I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue." We see here the specific purpose of tongues and that it was to teach and edify. Tongues were also meant as a sign to unbelievers (v.22).
So does God still use them today? Well, let's think.....is the Word of God sufficient for teaching people today (II Tim. 3:16,17)? Yes. Has the Bible been translated into all languages? Yes. Does God still need tongues to tell us what we need to know? No, we have the Bible. I Cor.13:8 says: "...but where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears." Perfection. Some say this refers to the second coming of Jesus, in which case, tongues won't cease until judgment. But no one prophecies anymore, do they? So why don't people make a case for that? "Perfection", in this instance is from a Greek word that is non-gender specific. That means it wasn't referring to a person, but a thing. That thing is the perfect Word of God. Since we have the complete and perfect Word of God, we no longer have need for tongues or prophecies.
What are the gifts of the Spirit? What is speaking in tongues all about? Should our church teach about speaking in tongues and what are all the scriptures detailing this topic?
The gifts of the Spirit were special endowments by the Holy Spirit that enabled certain Christians to do extraordinary things. Listings of them are found in Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:6-10. As one can see by looking at these lists the gifts would have served various purposes. One of the gifts is that which is referred to in the question, that of speaking in tongues. Most often the translation used is "tongue," but the actual reference is to a language.
Those who had the gift of tongues could speak in a language previously unknown to them. Such would have been of tremendous benefit to those who traveled to various parts of the world spreading the gospel message. However, these gifts were only temporary. 1 Corinthians 13:8 speaks of the gifts passing away. In Acts 8:18 Simon the sorcerer sees the gift of the Holy Spirit being passed on by the laying on of the apostles hands. Philip, who had been preaching in Samaria, had performed miracles, Acts 8:6-7. However, he could not pass that gift on because he was not an apostle. When the last apostle died the ability to pass on gifts died. When the last person who had received a miraculous gift, such as speaking in tongues, died, the miraculous gifts were gone. There is no harm in the church studying about such things.
1) It is in the Bible.
2) It helps us to understand how God aided the 1st century church in her work.
3) There are religious groups today who claim to posses such gifts and church members need to have a knowledge about this in order to not be led away themselves and also to enable them to teach others.
Scriptures that can be studied in regard to Spiritual gifts include: Acts 1:2, 5, 8, 16; 2:2-4; 4:31; 8:15-19; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14.
Among the nine spiritual gifts of the apostolic age were tongue-speaking and
prophesying (I Cor. 12:4-11). to prophesy was to edify in a language all present could
understand; to speak in tongues was gift enabling the speaker to teach in a language other
than that native to him, or learned in the usual manner.
In congregation where people of different nationalities assembled, it was necessary, for one to be able to understand in one's own tongue or language. The New Testament had not then been completed, much less translated into the various languages of the ancient world, as it is now; so the Lord miraculously endowed men to address those of other races in their own languages.
Before the Bible was committed to writing, tongue-speaking was essential to the rapid promulgation of the gospel. Eventually, inspiration was transferred to a Book - the New Testament - and the Book was immediately translated into the languages of the ancient world. Tongues, no longer useful, ceased. (I Cor. 13:8)
The incident referred to here occurs in 1 Samuel 28. The Israelites and the Philistines are lined up for battle. Saul is greatly afraid and seeks an answer from God as to how the battle might go. However, God does not answer him, verses 5-6. To show how far Saul had fallen, he will seek a witch, or spirit medium, to call up Samuel from the dead so that he might inquire of him. Witchcraft had been condemned by God, Deuteronomy 18:10-12. Saul himself had banished them from the nation, verse 3.
Nevertheless he will go by night to the woman at Endor. When the woman "summons" Samuel he appears. Saul will get his answer, but not what he would have wanted to hear the Philistines will be victorious and Saul and his sons will die. The woman screamed when Samuel appeared, verse 12, showing she was not really expecting anything to happen. She would have relied upon her usual trickery to give Saul some message. Because Saul would never repent, God allowed this to happen that Saul might receive the news of his and the nations impending doom.
Do faith healers really perform miracles?
Healing was one of the miraculous gifts of the Spirit of which we read in the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28, 30. These gifts were given for the purpose of confirming the message that was being preached, Hebrews 2:1-4. These gifts were originally possessed by the apostles, but were conferred upon other Christians by the laying on of the apostles hands, Acts 8:17-18. (If this was not the case, why did none of the Christians in Samaria receive the miraculous gifts prior to Peters coming either through Philip laying his hands on them or the Holy Spirit coming upon them miraculously?) The Bible even says such things were destined to pass away, 1 Corinthians 13:8-10.
Those who claim to be faith healers today may temporarily "heal" someone because in the emotion of the moment the mind convinces the body that it is healed. However, within hours or days the feeling passes and the person is back in the same state as before. The so-called faith healer would blame it on that persons lack of faith. Other people may actually be healed" because their illness was induced by their mind in the first place. Once the mind is convinced that the illness is no longer there, the person is "healed." This, of course, is not really healing. The illness was psychosomatic, or induced by the mind, in the first place. Once the thinking was changed the person was well. It wasnt a miracle, merely a change in thinking. Again, miracles in the Bible werent used for show nor to prove ones faith, but merely to convince those who had heard Gods word preached that it really was the word of God. The apostles didnt go around holding "healing campaigns." It is an odd thing that those who claim to be miracle healers today cant restore a severed limb or raise the dead. The age of miracles has passed, and there are no true faith healers today.