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TALK IN TONGUES
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Talk in Tongues study on Talk in Tongues verses. This Talk in Tongues Bible study on Talk in Tongues quotes looks at Talk in Tongues message and asks what is the Talk in Tongues meaning, who is able to Talk in Tongues, why do some Talk in Tongues, what is the Talk in Tongues source, what is the Talk in Tongues purpose, why is the Talk in Tongues truth important, what is the Talk in Tongues message and how does the Talk in Tongues message affect your Christian walk. Let us seek and find the truth within the Bible of the Talk in Tongues truth together in this Talk in Tongues Bible study, shall we?

 

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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS

CHAPTER 14


TALK IN TONGUES

          Happy to have you back again to enjoy more Daily Bread together. The topic that Paul writes about next is quite interesting ... And quite misunderstood by many. Letís try and clear things up a little bit about speaking in tongues, shall we?

WHAT DOES TALK IN TONGUES MEAN AND HOW DOES TALK IN TONGUES AFFECT YOU?

          To talk in tongues is a spiritual gift but not everyone will have this talk in tongues gift. If the ability to talk in tongues isnít one of the spiritual gifts that God gave you, it doesnít mean that thereís something wrong with you. It doesnít mean youíre a spiritual nit wit, or inadequate, or anything like that. Paul explained that to us a few chapters back, remember, in Chapter 12, that we are many parts, but one body of Christ and that there are different gifts for different administrations.

          To set your mind at ease even further, letís go back to what Jesus said about the ability talk in tongues.

Mark 16:17-18
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

           Jesus is saying that these are the signs of His people, NOT that every person will possess EVERY gift. Does that mean that if you donít talk in tongues, youíre not a believer? Heavenís no! It simply means that it isnít the gift that the Holy Spirit gave to you to perform His will through your administration. There are churches where people claim to talk in tongues every week when they attend, and you may find it curious that all the people who attend any one of those given churches, speak the same language. Whatís my point?

TALK IN TONGUES TRUTH WITH TALK IN TONGUES FACTS AND TALK IN TONGUES EVIDENCE

          First off, what is talking in tongues? The whole purpose of talking in tongues is for the Holy Spirit to speak to another person, through you. Look at Acts 2:4-11, the first time that this mysterious spiritual gift of talking in tongues ever happened. The disciples that did talk in tongues werenít speaking gibberish they were speaking in a universal language where ALL could understand though they spoke different languages.

          Now, people who belong to these congregations where talking in tongues (supposedly) is a regular practice, believe that if you have never talked in tongues, that you must not be saved yet. This simply isnít TRUTH. Look at Jesus' words above again, and I ask you, how many of those people go to their church every week and cast out devils, play with snakes, drink poison, and heal the sick?

          Okay, hopefully your mind is at ease now if youíre not gifted with talking in tongues, but youíre still wondering in the back of your mind, Gee, I donít know anybody who has ever talked in tongues. Why is that? Well, perhaps there has been no need. There are many people who speak more than one language who interpret things for others. Itís probably a good guess that the Bible is written in every language known to man in our day and age, whereas back in biblical times, the availability of the written Word in different languages was quite scarce, if it was even available at all. Greek and Hebrew were probably the only two that were readily available. Another good question to ask ourselves is this: Are we testing the Holy Spirit by asking this?

         Keeping in mind now, that talking in tongues was a more common occurrence in Paulís time than it is nowadays, you can probably assume that people back then wanted this amazing gift of talking in tongues to be one of their spiritual gifts. Paul sheds some light on the subject:


Follow after charity (keep love as your number one priority),
and secondly desire spiritual gifts,
but chiefly that you may prophesy.
For he that speaks in an unknown tongue
doesnít speak to men (as prophets do), but to God:
because no man understands him;
although in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
But he that prophesies speaks to men to enlighten,
and for instruction, and comfort.
He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies (builds up) himself;
but he that prophesies improves the church.
I wish that you all spoke with tongues
but even more that you prophesied:
because he that prophesies is greater than he that speaks with tongues,
unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.

TALK IN TONGUES TRUTH REVEALS TALK IN TONGUES BLESSING AND TALK IN TONGUES HOPE

          In other words, Paul is saying it is better to prophesy  from God so people can hear HIS message than to walk around speaking in a language that nobody understands. It only makes the one speaking appear as though he or she were something special instead of God getting the credit and praise.


Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you?
Unless I speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge,
or by prophesying, or by teaching, what good does it do?
And even things without life giving sound,
whether pipe or harp,
unless they give a distinction in the sounds,
how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound,
who will prepare himself for war?
So, in the same way,
unless you speak words easy to be understood,
How will anyone know what youíre saying?
You will be speaking for no reason.
There are so many languages in the world,
and none of them is without meaning.
Therefore if I donít know the language,
I shall be a foreigner to him that speaks,
and he that speaks shall be a foreigner to me.
So, since you are enthusiastic about spiritual gifts,
seek excellence in edifying the church.
Therefore let him that speaks in an unknown tongue
pray that he may interpret.
For if I pray in an unknown tongue,
my spirit prays,
but my understanding is unfruitful.

 

TALK IN TONGUES LAWS AND TALK IN TONGUES RULES

          Did you catch that? If you pray in an unknown tongue, you may understand it, but your understanding isn't benefitting anyone else. When a message comes to you in "tongues" it is also referred to as a message with the Spirit or by the Spirit. The message must be understood by someone to be useful. So Paul says:
 

What should I do then when I get a message by the Spirit?
I will pray and sing so everyone can understand.
Else when you shall bless with the spirit,
how shall he that isn't familiar with the tongue you're speaking in
say Amen at your giving of thanks,
seeing he doesnít understand what you say?
For you truly give thanks sincerely,
but the other person is not edified.
I thank my God, that I speak with tongues more than all of you:

Yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding,
that by my voice I might teach others also,
than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.


           Now that is cool and very clear ...


Brethren, donít be as a child in understanding:
although in evil be as children,
but in understanding be men.

In the law it is written,

Isaiah 28:11-12
For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

 Therefore tongues are for a sign,
not to them that believe,
but to them that donít believe:
but prophesying doesnít serve the unbeliever,
it is for them which believe.
If then, the whole church gathers together into one place,
and all speak with tongues,
and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers,
wonít they say that youíre crazy?

           ☺ ... Can you imagine that? Everyone talking in Tongues and nobody having any idea what the others are saying ... What gain is there in this other than the ones speaking ... Thinking highly of themselves.


But if all prophesy,
and an unbeliever comes along, or one unlear
ned,
he is convinced by all that he hears.
And in this way the secrets of his heart are made manifest
(he will see the light of TRUTH about his life);
and so falling down on his face he will worship God,
and report that God is truly in you.
Prophesy brings forth salvation.

How is it then, brethren?
When you gather together,
every one of you has a psalm,
has a teaching, has a language,
has a revelation, has an interpretation.
Let all things be done for betterment.
If any man speaks in an unknown tongue,
let it be by two, or at the most by three,
and in an orderly fashion; and let one interpret.


          Itís not in a coliseum where many people witness it, but Paul says, at the most, three people, and it is orderly, not everyone talking at once, and one person will be able to interpret. It seems, that in order to speak in tongues, you must be moved by the Spirit ... Controlled by the Holy Spirit. So, that would mean that a person couldnít simply speak in tongues (authentically) just because
they wanted to. They would have to be led by the Holy Spirit.

          If anyone appears to be in control of their gift of speaking in tongues, then chances are, theyíre faking it. (A good test is whether or not someone is there who can interpret the language that theyíre speaking in.) The Holy Spirit is the one who decides when and where itís going to happen, so if every Sunday at precisely 10:47 A.M. tongues are spoken in a congregation where there are no foreigners that are unbelievers who can understand the Word that is spoken, and it is not interpreted ... Then itís a good bet that somebody is either pretending to speak in tongues for their own self edification or should be directing these words to God in secret as it is written.

But if there be no interpreter,
let him keep silence in the church;
and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Let the prophets speak two or three,
and let the other (prophets) judge (whether their message is authentically from the Lord or not.
If any thing be revealed to another that sits by,
let the first keep silent.
For you may all prophesy one by one,
that all may learn, and all may be encouraged.
And the spirits of the prophets cooperate with each other.
For God is not the author of disorder,
but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Let your women keep silence in the churches:
for it is not permitted for them to speak;
but they are commanded to be under obedience,
as also says the law.
And if they wish to learn any thing,
let them ask their husbands at home:
because it is a shame for women to speak in the church.


          Now THIS is a topic many ignore or pretend away. It is said that if youíre a woman and you want to serve the Lord within your church, there are plenty of things you can do that donít involve speaking to the assembly. You can cook, or baby sit, or start a womenís club where you do things like make quilts for the needy. You can teach the children in a Sunday school class, start a womenís Bible study group or countless other things that donít involve speaking or usurping authority over men. 1 Timothy 2:11-12

         BUT ... In Acts 2:17-18 it says: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy ...

          This means that what these females speak will not be their own words or teachings but rather ... God's Word revealed by the Holy Spirit through these female vessels. Lets get back to Paul's Study now shall we?
 

What? Did the Word of God originally come from you?
Or did it come to you only?

If any man thinks heís a prophet, or spiritual,
let him acknowledge (agree) that the things that I write to you
are the commandments of the Lord.
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Therefore, brethren, desire to prophesy,
and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Let all things be done properly and in order.


          To be sure that we understand what Paul has said, he sums it up here. Heís not accusing anyone of anything, heís simply trying to teach the righteous way of the Lord. He doesnít want any of us to think we know everything. He just wants us to be righteous. He says, Hey, if you think youíre gifted in prophecy or spiritual matters, check for yourself with what Iíve written to know for sure. If youíre without knowledge (ignorant) of these gifts, then so be it. (You donít have to pretend.) So, itís good to wish for the gift of prophecy and donít forbid people to speak in tongues, if some are sincerely speaking in tongues youíd never want to stifle the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20). And last but not least, God likes order.

          You have to admit, speaking in tongues is a fascinating spiritual gift. But I must say one more thing. If you feel like youíre missing something by never having spoken in tongues, or never having heard it before, remember what Jesus said to Thomas ... Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed (John 20:29).

          Weíre getting close to the end of this first letter from Paul to the Corinthians already, and itís been a very enjoyable study. Canít wait to see you next time when we share another chapter, right here at Daily Bread.

 

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