The Word of God is our light
On this page it is my goal to explain passages or Word of scriptures for the purpose of study, I rely on the help of the Holy Spirit to reveal the deep Spiritual meaning of the passage.
As a reference I’ll be using bible study tools such as, dictionary, cross references, word study, and commentaries. But above all will let the bible interpret itself, not relying on my own understanding.
The bible software I use are Accordance Bible Study with English Learner modules and Olive tree Bible Study Software with different bible translations and commentaries.
The gift of speaking in unknown tongues
“to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of tongues, to another, interpretation of tongues.”
(1 Corinthians 12:10 CSB17)
This is a gift by the Holy Spirit to each believer, the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues. When we say tongues it means speaking in a language that is not learned or known by the speaker. The tongue here may refer to earthly language or of Heavenly language.
In the following passages, the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and begun speaking in different kinds of tongues. It is very clear that different people from different nationality were able to understand what they are saying.
“When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were Jews staying in Jerusalem, devout people from every nation under heaven. When this sound occurred, a crowd came together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded and amazed, saying, “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? How is it that each of us can hear them in our own native language?Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts),Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the magnificent acts of God in our own tongues.”
(Acts 2:1–11 CSB17)
Speaking in Tongues is a sign of a follower of Christ Jesus
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes; if they should drink anything deadly, it will not harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”
(Mark 16:17–18 CSB17)
However, it doesn’t mean that if we don’t speak in tongues we are not save. Speaking in tongues is a gift from God, and only God determines to whom He will enable to express this gift. But it says that we should eagerly desire the best gift.
“Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in other tongues? Do all interpret? But desire the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.”
(1 Corinthians 12:30–31 CSB17)
Desiring greater gifts will benefit first ourselves and more importantly those who do not believe yet. Why? because they will be witnesses that God’s power works in us. As a result they will glorify the Father for His generosity