Louise was a dedicated Christian woman. She had a strong biblical foundation and she knew
Jesus since early childhood. She
grew up in a warm, loving Christian environment. Her parents loved God with all their hearts and were very
involved in their local church. They
faithfully attended every service and bible study the church sponsored. They
taught Sunday school and had a vast understanding of the bible. There was one
major flaw in their belief system they did not pay income taxes. They thought it was robbing God of money He should
get. Louise, in her adult life, carried on the same practice until the IRS caught up to her practices and
levied a heavy penalty against her for all those years of not paying taxes.
Oh this is just great! Why should I pay
taxes? This income belongs to God not the IRS.
She was dumfounded by the IRS
notice she clenched tightly in her fist. Anger flustered her beautiful face and
her green eyes flamed with fury as she wrinkled her beautiful olive complexion
into a distorted dried looking prune. How in the world was she going to come up
with $40,000 dollars within 6 months?She vowed she would not pay the back income taxes anyway. She was not about to pay taxes which she
thought were wrong to pay in the first place.
She consulted her parents (Who counseled
her to not pay the taxes because it was Gods money.) She talked to her
financial advisors, her closet friends and her fiancée. She spoke to members in
her choir and her bible study companions. They all accept, her parents,
strongly advised her to pay her taxes and figure out a way to pay back the
$40,000 she owed the government. By now she was extremely upset, confused and
she did not know where to turn for help. She decided to talk with her pastor
about this looming financial crisis. Surely, being a man of God he could give
her some solid counsel. She went to visit him at the church.
She sat in Pastor Wilsons office fidgeting
with her purse as she looked nervously around the office. Just then Pastor
Wilson came in and warmly greeted Louise. What can I do for you? Pastor I am
in deep financial trouble and I need to hear from God on my circumstance. She explained all that was transpiring in
her life at the moment Pastor Wilson
listened compassionately for 35 minutes as Louise told him a history of her
financial woes with the IRS. She told him how she was taught by her parents to
not pay taxes because that money belonged to God. Pastor Wilson sat quietly for
several minutes thinking about what to say.
Louise lets pray and ask the Lord to come
into this circumstance and give you wisdom on the right course of action to
take in this crisis. (Pastor Wilson knew she should pay her taxes because it is
taught in the bible they that she is supposed to pay her taxes. But he felt she
would not listen to his counsel because she was so against the idea of paying
taxes.) So they prayed the Lord would give her wisdom about what do and that He
would give her peace.
That night Louise came across Romans 13:6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the
authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. The
Lord opened her mind and revealed to her that her beliefs she held from childhood were wrong. He wanted to her
to pay her taxes every year and pay off her $40,000 tax penalty. Now Louise
knew Why should I pay taxes! This Christian woman had reached another
maturity level in Christ.
This is also
why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full
time to governing. Romans13:6
âTongues then are a sign, not for believers but for
unbelieversâ (1 Cor. 14:22).
Itâs commonly believed
that speaking in tongues is a private prayer language but that idea
is read into the text. Not a single verse states that tongues is for
private prayer, however, 1 Cor. 14:21-22 clearly say that speaking in
tongues was a sign. In 1 Cor. 14:21, God said, âthrough
men of strange tongues âŚ I will speak to this
peopleâ. This is a quote from Isa. 28:11-14
in which God said that through âforeign lips and strange
tonguesâ He was going to speak to, that is judge,
people in Jerusalemâ. Then 1 Cor. 14:22
continues on to say, âTongues, then, are a sign,
not for believers but for unbelieversâ. From
this we can see that speaking in tongues was a sign of judgement for
âthis peopleâ, the unbelieving Jews who had
rejected their Messiah. That judgement came in 70AD when the Romans
Foreign languages were
first used as a sign of judgement against the people who were
building the tower of Babel. Gen. 11:1-9 tell us that, because they
refused to spread throughout the world, God confused their languages
and scattered them over the face of the earth.
Next, in Deu. 28, after God
promised Israel that He would bless them if they were obedient, He
said that if they were disobedient He would bring against them âa
nation whose language you will not understandâ (v.49).
So, just as foreign languages were used as judgment against a
disobedient people at Babel, they would be used as a sign of judgment
against Israel if they were disobedient.
The Old Testament shows
tongues being used as a sign of judgement against Israel on two
In Isa. 28:11-14, Isaiah prophesied that the Assyrians, a people
âwith foreign lips and strange tonguesâ,
would be God's instrument of judgment against Israel.
In Jer. 5:15-17, Jeremiah prophesied that the Babylonians, âa
people whose language you do not know, whose speech you do not
understandâ, would be God's instrument of judgment
Both of these prophecies
were fulfilled confirming tongues as a sign of judgement.
Moving on to the New
Testament, 1 Cor. 1:22 says that Jews demanded signs.
John 20:30-31 we are told that Jesus did signs in the presence of His
Jewish disciples to prove that He was the Christ, the Messiah, and
eternal life was in His name.
Heb. 2:2-4 tell us that God used signs to bear witness to salvation
in tongues was a sign to the Jews that salvation was in Jesus, the
One they crucified. There are three mentions of tongues in Acts and
on each occasion Jews were present and people believed in Jesus.
Looking at the three events
in Acts, we see -
In Acts 2, the Jews were amazed to hear God being praised in foreign
languages and three thousand were cut to the heart and believed when
they heard they had crucified their Lord and Christ (Act 2:36-41).
In Acts 10-11, at Corneliusâ house, Peter and the other Jews who
had come with him were astonished when the Gentiles believed in Jesus
and spoke in tongues (Acts 10:43-47).
In Acts 19:1-7, twelve Jewish disciples of John the Baptist spoke in
tongues after they had believed and were baptised in Jesusâ
In all three passages, Jews
were the target of the sign of speaking in tongues and each time it
pointed to belief in Jesus so it is obvious that tongues were a sign
to the Jews that salvation, even for the Gentiles, was in the One
they had crucified â and they would be severely judged for it.
In Matt. 24:1-2, Jesus
spoke of judgement saying that the Temple would be destroyed. It was
further prophesied about in 1 Cor. 14:21-22 which say that through
âmen of strange tonguesâ God would speak to
âthis peopleâ and it would be a sign to
them. As already said, this quote comes from Isa. 28:11-14 and this
connection to previous judgement against Israel makes it obvious that
speaking in tongues was a sign of future judgement against them for
crucifying their Messiah. Judgement came when God used the Roman
army, a âmen of strange tonguesâ, to destroy
Jerusalem. The sign of speaking in tongues was not likely needed
beyond that point because tongues had served their purpose â
judgement had come.
Finally, many believe that
speaking in tongues is for private use despite 1 Cor. 12:7 and 1 Pet.
4:10 saying that all gifts are for serving others, for the common
good. There is no suggestion of tongues being for private use but, as
shown in this article, the Bible tells us that speaking in tongues
was a sign of judgement against Israel. When Paul wrote 1
Corinthians, about 55AD, he said not to forbid speaking in tongues
and this was simply because tongues were still being used as a sign
to the Jews but once judgement came, in 70AD, the sign had served its
purpose and the gift of tongues ceased. Many ignore the clearly
stated purpose of speaking in tongues and force fit a âprivate
prayer languageâ into the text, at the expense of sound
following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge
are free to download.
Tongues And Face To Face
What does face to face mean in 1 Cor. 13:12?
Regarding 1 Cor. 13:12 and
the term "face to face", in Ex. 33:11
we are told that God talked to Moses "face to face, as
a man speaks with a friend". We know this is
figurative language because Ex. 33:20 tells us that Moses did not
actually see Godâs face. The same thing happens to us today when
God speaks to us through His Word. Heb. 4:12 tells us that the Bible
is living and active and that it judges the thoughts and attitudes of
our hearts. As we read the Bible, even though we donât see Godâs
face, we feel and know that we have personally come "face
to face" with Him.
To understand 1 Cor. 13:12,
we first need to look at James 1:21-25 and 2 Cor. 3:18.
James 1:21-25 liken reading the Bible to looking into a mirror. Just
as a mirror reflects our physical condition, the Bible reflects our
spiritual condition â a mirror is being used as a symbol for the
James 1:21-25 refer to the Bible as "the perfect law
that gives freedom" and, in the next paragraph, there
is a link to a PDF showing that "the perfect"
in 1 Cor. 13:9-10 is speaking about the Bible also.
iii) 2 Cor. 3:18 also speaks figuratively about looking into a mirror
(the Bible) and being changed into Jesusâ image. The Holy Spirit
changes us from glory to glory as we continue to look into the
This tells us that Mirror = the Perfect = the Bible.
1 Cor. 13:12 is a
continuation of the discussion on the cessation of prophecy and
knowledge and it uses figurative language similar to James 1:21-25
and 2 Cor. 3:18. It says, "Now we see but a poor
reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know
in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known".
This verse speaks of "now" and
"then" - "now"
being the time when Paul was writing 1 Corinthians and
"then" being the time when "the
perfect" was to come. Therefore, our interpretation
of this verse depends upon what "the perfect"
is. In the following link, I show why I believe that the coming of
"the perfect" refers to the time when
God would give His final revelation for inclusion in the Bible,
making it complete; this revelation being the book of Revelation - http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/blogarticles/tonguesandtheperfect.pdf
The following interprets 1
Cor. 13:12 in the light of "the perfect"
being the completed Bible - "Now [with an incomplete Bible] we see but a poor
reflection as in a mirror [prophecy was limited]; then [when we have the completed Bible] we shall see face
to face [figuratively speaking]. Now [with an incomplete Bible] I know in part [because
knowledge is in part]; then [when we have the completed Bible] I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known".
"mirror", the polished metal mirrors
used in Paulâs day gave a poor reflection. This speaks of the
poorer understanding of things like our spiritual condition, Jesusâ
sacrifice, End Times etc., that we get when we only read the Old
Testament. But, just as todayâs glass mirrors give a clear
reflection, the New Testament gives us a clear, "face
to face" understanding of Godâs Will.
Knowing fully is not
referring to knowing God fully as even in our eternal state we will
not know Him fully or be all-knowing like He is. We will never be
omniscient. Knowing fully simply means having a full knowledge of
Godâs Will, Plans and Purposes as revealed in "the
perfect", complete Bible. Through the New Testament
we can come to a much deeper knowledge of these things than through
reading the Old Testament alone. Godâs Will for man is fully known
from the beginning to the end, from Genesis to Revelation. With this
in mind, the verse is saying,
an incomplete Bible] I know in part [because knowledge is in
part]; then [when the completed Bible comes] I shall know [Godâs
Will] fully, even as [that is, in the same manner as] I am fully known
[by Him]". [I will fully know Godâs Will just as He fully knows
So, through the Bible, we
can figuratively come face to face with God and as we continue to
look into this spiritual mirror we will come to know His Will fully
and be transformed into Jesusâ likeness, going from one degree of
glory to another (2 Cor. 3:18).
The following books on the
cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.
Regarding speaking in
tongues, what is 1 Cor. 13:11 saying? The verse says, "When
I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I
reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways
behind me". In this verse, the putting away of the so
called childish ways of speaking, thinking and reasoning is parallel
to the cessation of the gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge
spoken of in 1 Cor. 13:8. The following points make this connection
I) 1 Cor. 13:11 is right in the middle of 1 Cor. 13:8-13 which is
about the cessation of the three spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy
II) In 1 Cor. 13:11, the word translated "put away" (G2673
- katargeo) is the same word that is used in 1 Cor. 13:8 where it
talks about prophecy and knowledge ceasing. So, in saying "put
away", Paul is talking about the cessation of speaking, thinking
III) Because verses 8 and 11 are both talking about the cessation of
three things, it is obvious that speaking, thinking and reasoning are
parallel to the gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge.
Speaking = tongues
Thinking = prophecy
Reasoning = knowledge
Therefore, 1 Cor. 13:11 is saying, "When I was a
child, I talked like a child [tongues], I thought like a child
[prophecy], I reasoned like a child [knowledge]. When I became a man,
I put childish ways behind me".
Paul figuratively refers to tongues, prophesy and knowledge as
"childish ways" because they were for the infant church and
were put away, ceased, as he became a man, that is, as the church
matured. Tongues, being a sign of judgement (1 Cor. 14:21-22), ceased
with the early church, some time after Jerusalems judgement in
70AD and God stopped giving biblical prophecy and knowledge to men
when Revelation was written (around 96AD) because He had nothing
further to add to His written Word.
Some suggest that 1 Cor. 13:11 is about abuse or love or moving on
spiritually but the context of the verse rules these out. The verse
is right in the middle of three chapters on spiritual gifts and,
further still, it is firmly anchored in the middle of six verses
which are talking about the cessation of tongues, prophecy and
knowledge so the context is clearly about the cessation of the
spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge and not about
things like abuse, love or moving on spiritually.
Another suggestion is that becoming a man, in 1 Cor. 13:11, is
talking about maturing when Jesus returns but this cannot be as, at
the Rapture, we will not become a man but be totally
transformed into spiritual beings, no longer even human (1 Cor.
15:50-53). Sudden change from a flesh and blood human being into an
immortal, spiritual being can hardly be called maturing.
All this, I believe, shows that tongues, prophesy and knowledge
ceased with the early church.
A final point for thought:
Some believe that, in 1 Cor. 13:9-10, the perfect is Jesus and
that all gifts cease when He returns but this cant be true for two
I) the perfect is neuter gender, not masculine, so it cannot
be referring to Jesus.
II) Even if the perfect was Jesus, 1 Cor. 13:9-10 say that
only prophecy and knowledge cease at the coming of the perfect,
not all the gifts.
The following books on the cessation of tongues, prophecy and
knowledge are free to download -
All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
Sola Scriptura very good, author unknown -
The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the
Other books and articles -
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