Just a small question, did Jesus use signs and wonders? I believe He did. Mat 12:15 But when Jesus knew [it], he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; Pretty simple, Christ is the Gifted One.
He also said, "Only an evil and adulterous generation (seeks) a sign. If given by the Holy Spirit, not sought, it is valid.
Sign: 4592. semeion
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shmeion semeion say-mi'-on
neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of 4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally:--miracle, sign, token, wonder.
Don't seek a token or sign of baptism in the Holy Spirit by speaking in unknown tongues.
If Christ is the Gifted One and He is our Spirit, can we boast of any gift? I don't believe so.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
Administration of the Gifts is of the Lord Jesus Himself for He is the Gifts.
God The Father is the Operations manager and All works by Him.
The manifestation of the Spirit is to all, and the operation and power of the Gifts is by the Holy Spirit when He chooses to use them as He wills.
What is "divers tongues"? It is certainly not a babbling of unknown tongues. To another divers kinds of tongues. The power of speaking various languages. See Ac 2:4,7-11. This passage also seems to imply that the extraordinary endowments of the Holy Spirit were not conferred on all alike.
To another the interpretation of tongues. The power of interpreting foreign languages; or of interpreting the language which might be used by the "prophets" in their communications.
Divers kinds; 1085. genos
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genoV genos ghen'-os
from 1096; "kin" (abstract or concrete, literal or figurative, individual or collective):--born, country(-man), diversity, generation, kind(-red), nation, offspring, stock.
Tongues; 1100. glossa
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glwssa glossa gloce-sah'
of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication, a language (specially, one naturally unacquired):--tongue.
The only unknown tongue is one not acquired from birth by language spoken by kindred. I speak in tongues of America. I don't speak in tongues of Greek, unless the Holy Spirit gifts me to do so as He wills for the upbuilding of the Body of Christ. Paul says it only takes three words.
Jesus is Lord. Only two in Greek: IhsouV kurioV
In Christ: Phillip :-o IhsouV kurioV