Two or Three Witnesses
Any time that we want to establish a doctrine from the Word of God, it should have at least two or three scriptures that speak about it. Even the doctrine of having “two or three witnesses” needs to be established by two or three witnesses.
#1 Deuteronomy 17:6 NKJV “Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.”
#2 Deuteronomy 19:15 NKJV “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.”
#3 Matthew 18:16 NKJV “But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’”
#4 2 Corinthians 13:1 NKJV “This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”
#5 1 Timothy 5:19 NKJV “Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.”
#6 Hebrews 10:28 NKJV “Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.”
Let’s apply this rule to the doctrine of being filled with the Spirit and speaking in other tongues. Do we have two or three witnesses?
The prophets of God do not predict the future. They speak about something that is already finished in God. For example: in Isaiah 53:4-5 The prophet Isaiah tells the Hebrews that they are healed by the stripes of Jesus. (“And by His stripes we are healed.”) This is present tense nearly a thousand years before Jesus walked on the earth. Now remember John 1:1 NKJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God?”
The Word of God is God and it was completed from the very beginning. Isaiah is just revealing something that was already completed in God. (“And by His stripes we are healed.”). Notice, the Word of God was completed before the beginning. The Word of God tells us about the crucifixion of Jesus; therefore, Jesus was crucified in the beginning of time, (Revelation 13:8 and 1 Peter 1:18-24 tells us this).
With this in mind, lets look at Isaiah Chapter 28.
Isaiah 28:10-12 NKJV “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.”
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue
He will speak to this people,
12 To whom He said, “This is the rest with which
You may cause the weary to rest,”
And, “This is the refreshing”;
Yet they would not hear.”
Again, take note, Isaiah is talking about speaking in other tongues. He is telling the Hebrews that when they pray in other tongues that God will speak to them. Let’s say that a different way: when I pray in tongues, God gives me revelation through my tongues; He literally speaks to me when I pray in tongues.
Why does God do this? “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear.”
God speaking through the prophet Isaiah tells us that when we pray in other tongues that it will be a refreshing to us and it will give us rest.
The word rest is from the Hebrew word ‘Navah’ and it means to be at rest, rest at home, or rest in God, a pleasant place.
Notice, Isaiah also tells us: “Yet they would not hear.” God wants His people, believers to be filled with the Spirit and pray in other tongues but guess what? THEY, (The church), WOULD NOT HEAR.
Paul says the same thing in 1 Corinthians 14:21 NKJV 21 In the law it is written:
“With men of other tongues and other lips
I will speak to this people;
And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,”
says the Lord.”
The church, people in the church, will not hear!
We have many people to day who speak against the infilling of the Spirit and praying in other tongues, they say there is no scripture evidence for it. Well, we are on a journey to find out.
1 Corinthians 14:39 NKJV “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.”
Oops! If you try to prevent someone from speaking in tongues you are going against God: “do not forbid to speak with tongues.” Notice something very clear, if you are teaching or preaching against speaking in tongues you are in effect forbidding someone from speaking in tongues and you are going against God. If you are the head of a ministry, church, or online group etc. and you speak against praying in tongues or prevent teaching about praying in tongues then you are in effect preventing others from praying in tongues; you are going against God.
When you pray in the Spirit, other tongues, you pray out the mysteries of your life and ministry.
1 Corinthians 14:2 NKJV “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.”
1 Corinthians 14:5 NKJV “I wish you all spoke with tongues…”
1 Corinthians 14-15 NKJV “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.”
I personally do what Paul tells us that he did. I pray in the Spirit, another tongue and I frequently sing in the Spirit, another tongue. Paul tells us in verse 18 that he prays in the Spirit more than the rest of them. When I pray in the Spirit, another tongue I will ask the Lord for interpretation of my personal prayer, and He frequently gives it too me. Sometimes while I am praying in the Spirit the Lord will bring to my remembrance (put a thought in my mind) to pray for a specific person or situation. There have been many times that the Lord has given me all the verses for a new message and often He just down loads the entire message. I sit down at the computer and write it out!
How does the Apostle Paul feel about praying in other tongues?
1 Corinthians 14:18 NKJV “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all.”
I suspect this is how the Apostle Paul got all his revelation from the Lord and it enabled him to write 2/3 of the New Testament. Why is Paul telling us that he prays in the Spirit more than the rest of us, if praying in tongues is bad or wrong?
In Chapter 14 of Corinthians Paul is admonishing the Corinthian church because when they got together in a meeting all they did was pray in the Spirit and there was no preaching or teaching of the word. He tells them to do things in order. Pray in the Spirit, have interpretation and preach and teach the Word of God. He is not talking about individuals praying in the Spirit or a prayer group getting together and praying in the Spirit. He is specifically admonishing the Corinthian church.
What does Jesus say about praying tongues? Remember, He is the Word of God. We wouldn’t expect Him to say anything different than what we have already read, in the Word of God.
Mark 16:17 NKJV 17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.”
Whoa! Jesus commands believers to speak in tongues. Notice, Jesus says if you believe in Him you WILL speak with new tongues! If I tell one of my kids that “you will get in there and clean your room.” I am not asking them; I am commanding them to go clean their room.
Jesus says: “they will speak with new tongues.” Who will? Those that believe in Him!
Praying in the Spirit, another tongue, isn’t a limited spiritual gift that only a few should have; No, it is for everyone who believes in Jesus! 17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.”
What did Paul say? “I wish you ALL spoke with tongues…” “and do not forbid to speak with tongues.”
What did Jesus tell His followers to do? He tells those that have been following Him to wait in Jerusalem for the infilling of the Spirit. Remember, He is talking to those who are already born again. This is a separate experience from being born-again.
Acts 1:4-5 NKJV “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
Why do His followers need to be filled with the Spirit and pray in other tongues? Verse 8: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
It will give his followers power to be effective witnesses. The church at large today is a poor witness for the Lord. Statistics show that only 7% of Christians lead another person to the Lord! Why? The church at large is not filled with the Spirit and they do not pray in other tongues. They simply do not have the power to be a witness.
What happened when His followers, those who were already born-again, were filled with the Spirit?
Acts 2:1-4 NKJV When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Notice, the only Biblical evidence of being filled with the Spirit is: speaking in other tongues: “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (As we go along I will give you another witness, reference, for speaking in tongues being the only evidence of being filled with the Spirit.)
What happened after the disciples were filled with the Spirit and spoke in other tongues? They became very effective witnesses for Jesus! Multitudes were saved and healed.
Acts 5:14-16 NKJV “And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.”
Acts 2:14-17 NKJV “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh”
Royal One, again notice: the infilling of the Spirit is for ALL FLESH, not a limited gift for a few.
Acts 19:1-7 NKJV “And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”
So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7 Now the men were about twelve in all.
Notice, it doesn’t say that the Holy Spirit took over their tongues and made them speak in tongues. No, it says: “they spoke with tongues.” They spoke, the men spoke!
We see here again; the Apostle Paul comes across 12 men who are born-again, they are already disciples, (they had repented and believed on Christ Jesus) but they have never heard about the Holy Spirit. He lays hands on them (a separate experience from being born-again), and they are filled with the Spirit and speak in other tongues.
And once again we see that the evidence of being filled with the Spirit is speaking in other tongues (this is the second witness for this aspect of the infilling). This is witness #2 for the evidence of being filled with the Spirit is speaking in other tongues.
How do I receive the infilling of the Spirit?
Luke 11:9 NKJV “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread[d] from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
We see here in verse 13 that you simply have to ask for the Holy Spirit and the heavenly Father will not deny you!” Again, please note: this is not a Spiritual gift for just for a few people. “How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” He will fill anyone who asks!
Everything we get from God; we get by faith. We were born again by faith. We were not there when Jesus was crucified, but we heard about it or read about it and we believed that He was and we asked Him to be our Lord and Savior by faith. It is the same with the infilling of the Spirit you believe and then receive it by faith; and begin to speak in other tongues by faith.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross and rose again from the dead on the third day. I believe that His shed blood is the only way to have my sins forgiven. I ask you Father right now to forgive me of all my sins, cleanse me with the shed blood of your Son Jesus. I forgive all those who have ever done me wrong. I ask that Jesus come into my heart, into my life, and be my Lord and Savior. I ask this in Jesus Name. Father I chose to follow Him all the days of my life and I will never change my mind, in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Father, Jesus is the baptizer of the Spirit. I ask you right now, to fill me with the Holy Spirit and Fire and give me my own heavenly prayer language. Fill me now Lord, in Jesus mighty name! I receive the infilling of the Spirit and my own prayer language right now, in Jesus name.
Now, by faith, you start praying in another tongue!