The following articles are related to the topic of TONGUES

The Spiritual Person

The English word "spiritual" translates a Greek adjective, pneumatikos, which occurs twenty-six times in the New Testament. It is employed in several senses, each of which must be determined by the context. The following list, which is not designed to be exhaustive, reflects some of these nuances. The Term "Spiritual" "Spiritual" may be used of that which is characterized by ... read more »

The Intercession of the Spirit

Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmity: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God ... read more »

2 Samuel 23:2 — Verbal Inspiration

Scholars frequently argue about the "degree" of inspiration characteristic of the Bible. Some, of liberal persuasion, suggest that only the "thought" of Scripture - a sort of mystical essence - is inspired. It would be interesting to hear someone explain how this "essence" is conveyed to man! The position of the Bible itself, however, is this. The very words of ... read more »

New Book: Seven Things A Loving God Hates

An old proverb quips, "bad people need to be good, and good people need to be nice." At times, a mountain of truth can be packed into a cup of words. That is the case with "proverbs." They are small packages of wisdom; pearls of compressed truth. The book of Proverbs is a library of such gems. In one segment ... read more »

Proverbs 6:17 – Hands that Shed Innocent Blood

In this blunt context, there is a brief catalog of traits which the Holy God of heaven abhors. One of these is "hands that shed innocent blood." "There are six things which Jehovah hateth; Yea, seven which are an abomination unto him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that deviseth wicked purposes, Feet ... read more »

The Tower of Babel: Legend or History?

The book of Genesis is a narrative dealing with "beginnings," as the title of the document indicates. One of the beginnings in Genesis is the record of how human beings came to speak different languages. According to the Bible, originally "the whole earth was of one language" (Genesis 11:1). An ambitious humanity congregated in Shinar (Babylon) and set about to ... read more »

The Power of Speech, for Good or Evil

On the first day of Earth's initial week, at some point following a primary creation, the inspired Genesis record declares: "And God said. . . " (Gen. 1:3). This expression is found no fewer than ten times in Genesis 1. The reader is thus introduced to the power of speech. Later the psalmist would write: "He spoke, and it was ... read more »

1 Corinthians 14:26 – Presentation Worship

It is becoming increasingly popular to assert that the New Testament contains the authority for "presentation worship" in the church assembly. By this it is meant that activities like solo and group singing are sanctioned in the Scriptures. First Corinthians 14:26 is cited as proof. The fact is, 1 Corinthians 14:26ff offers no such support. The apostle asks: "What is ... read more »

Languages of the Bible

The original languages of the Bible are three: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. If one wishes to be a careful student of the Scriptures, he will want to do some research concerning the biblical languages, always keeping in mind that Jehovah chose words as the medium of his special revelation to mankind. Hebrew The Hebrew of the Old Testament is a ... read more »

Translating Bapto

The Greek word baptizo means to "dip, immerse." It is so defined by virtually every New Testament language authority. The verbal form occurs some eighty times in the New Testament. In most modern versions the verb is not translated at all. Rather, it is anglicized from the Greek language into English, almost letter-for-letter. Why do you suppose this non-translating procedure ... read more »