Acts 2:4 (KJV)
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
One reason Kayode was initially not interested in speaking in tongues was because he knew many people who spoke in tongues but were not true Christians. On campus, he once had a roommate who was very selfish and mean. This same roommate would be the first to speak in tongues if they had to pray together in the room. Kayode also knew that this roommate was a chronic womanizer, and a very deceitful fellow.
We see in today’s Bible verse that it is after the Holy Spirit filled the believers that they began to speak in tongues.
Of those who are known to speak in tongues, but are not known [to be followers of Christ] by their fruits, there are two categories. There are those who were indeed born again and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but refused to grow and remained spiritual babes who are now either spiritually dead or deeply asleep spiritually (see Rev 3:2, Rom 8:13). Then there are those who were never born again, but merely received a spiritual gift through impartation because of their proximity to those who have this gift. Both categories of people should not expect to be raptured because that day will come as a thief in the night for those who are asleep (see 1 Thes 5:1-7).
Those who are spiritually dead or not awake, but pray in tongues will pray fruitlessly. Just like those who perform miracles in the name of Jesus but are not known by Him (see Matt 7:23) because they do not love God. It is those who love God that are known by God (see 1 Cor 8:3). If a person loves God, it is shown in the way he relates with God’s children (see 1 John 4:20).
God’s gifts are irrevocable (Rom 11:29). God does not withdraw His spiritual gifts because a person is spiritually asleep (by remaining a spiritual babe), or even spiritually dead (see Rev 3:2, Rom 8:13). What happens is that the gift will not lead to any form of Kingdom fruitfulness (which is the purpose gifts are given). And fruitfulness is the purpose for which we are ordained (see John 15:16).
-Pastor SD Abraham
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