Will I speak in tongues when I receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit? The answer is yes! Some have debated this, and many will say I am wrong. I, however, prefer to be like Kenneth Hagin. When asked a question such as this, he would always respond with, “What does the Bible say?” I have found myself many times repeating this question when faced with a hard question.
Seven times in Acts, someone received the Holy Spirit. Here they are in order:
- And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4)
- And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31)
- Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. (Acts 8:14-19)
- And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 9:17)
- While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? (Acts 10:44-47)
- And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. (Acts 11:15)
- And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. (Acts 19:6)
Seven times in the book of Acts we see the Holy Ghost was received. In Acts 4:31 the disciples had just had an encounter with the council at Jerusalem because a lame man had been healed and they were preaching in the name of Jesus, a practice the Pharisees despised. Their prayer was for a greater annointing, so they could speak “the word of God with boldness.” Since their initial filling had already taken place, speaking in tongues was not necessary as evidence that the annointing had come. In Acts 2:4, 10:46, & 19:6, the Bible states the Holy Ghost was received for the first time, and they spake with tongues. In these instances, we have explicit evidence that speaking in tongues immediately proceeds the initial filling.
In the next three instances, it is implied. For instance, in Acts 8:14-19, a great revival had come to Samaria, and many were saved. Peter and John arrived, laid hands on the people, and they received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Bible does not say they spoke with tongues. However, some type of physical evidence was present, for Simon had to hear or see something; otherwise, he would not have offered money for this power. Therefore, we can only assume that tongues were present. In Acts 11:15, Peter recants what transpired in the house of Cornelius when “the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word” (10:44). He states the Holy Ghost fell on them just like it did on them at Pentecost. Therefore, they spoke with tongues (10:46). In Acts 9:17, Ananias laid hands on Saul, and he is baptized in the Holy Spirit. It does not explicitly state he spoke in tongues immediately, but we do know he spoke in tongues. This Saul who later became the Apostle Paul told the Corinthian church, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all ” (1 Corinthians 14:18).
As I stood at the front of that church in Lithia Springs, I watched as others were having great emotional experiences as they received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. I, unfortunately, felt nothing, but all of a sudden I started to shout, and then I started speaking in other tongues as the spirit gave the utterance. To this day, I still speak in tongues (my wife says I speak in tongues in my sleep). I know I received, for I have the evidence.
Will I speak in tongues when I receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit? Yes!