The Eight Appointments of God, Part VIII
And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. I Corinthians 12:28
The apostle Paul told the Corinthian church that tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers and that there are different kinds of tongues. The first church at Pentecost experienced the dynamic power of the gift when they spoke in the many different languages to those who had come to Jerusalem for the festival.
The results of this first miraculous outpouring led 3000 people to get saved by hearing the gospel in their own language, spoken from Jews who only spoke in their native tongue! This appointment, although not used as much today in the modern church is as important today as it was in the past and it has the same effect on people when they hear it spoken from one person and receive the interpretation from another. The body of Christ needs to employ this powerful gift again in their endeavor to reach the lost with the supernatural gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are a variety of gifts such as tongues and interpretations available for the church to exercise and these eight appointments of God are necessary for the church to operate in the power of the Holy Spirit. The reason we don't experience the power of God anymore is because the church is not utilizing the gifts and appointments that God has given them, being satisfied with a mundane and mediocre weekly service led by someone not even mentioned in scripture.
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. I Corinthians 12:29-31
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin