Dear Rumely and AHA, I believe AHA is correct =)
I believe the fruit of the Holy Spirit appears in Galatians 5:22-24. Well when we read the Bible we can't take one thing over another, none of the Bible is suppose to contradict.
Let's look at the case of Cornelius (Acts 10):
And lastly, there is very strong correlation between receiving the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues throughout the entire Acts of the Apostles. Through Chapter 5 of Galatians, this was all intended for believers to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), and when we do have the Holy Spirit we will naturally display the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
- Cornelius was a devout man, one who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always (Acts 10:2)
- In the least, Cornelius showed love, kindness, and goodness which is 3 of the characteristics of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24). Then if that is the case, why did he not have the Holy Spirit?
- And when did Cornelius receive the Holy Spirit? Was it not at Peter's preaching? How did Peter know? Peter knew because he heard them (Holy Spirit can be heard), spoke with tongues and magnify God.
Numerous places have showed that people had the spirit had other gifts and not tongues. That's a bit of a problem for you. Galatians 5:16 says if you walk by the spirit..... which would be hard if you weren't "spirit filled", you won't give into temptations of the flesh. SO if you claim to speak in tongues, but still give into temptations of the flesh, either you are wrong, or the bible is wrong. Guess which one I'm sidint with?
Romans 8:9 says if the Spirit indwells you, then you are no longer in the flesh. If you still have that flesh, and claim to be indwelled by the Spirit, then you are wrong, or a liar, or scripture is wrong or a liar.
What edification does tongues have for the Church?
If it is divine revelatory speaking in tongues, then there will be a translator gift as well. If not, someone is just pretending so they can posture how they got the spirit and other's don't. I.O.W. its a power play. If someone prays in tongues, and can do it on call, then they are posing, THAT DOES NOT MEAN WITH MALICIOUS INTENT, as having "more of God" than others. Ultimately, that's a claim from weakness trying to show "proof" of God in their lives. Which means they feel there is something to prove, which will ultimately show that He's probably not there else you wouldn't care about how you appeared....
Jesus told the Apostles they were blessed for seeing the miracles, and believing. But that other people would not see the miracles, and would believe, and would have a greater blessing. So if I am wrong above, then take this, from Jesus, to the bank, if you speak in tongues, then you have a diminished blessing, not an increased blessing. All it would prove is you had to touch Jesus' holes to believe. You had to have one of the miracle gifts to believe.
And THAT is counterintuitive to the claim, I speak in tongues and you don't! I have the spirit and you don't, neener neener.