THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS
CHRISTIAN SPEAKING IN TONGUES
THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES
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CHRISTIAN SPEAKING IN TONGUES & BIBLICAL SPEAKING IN TONGUES - THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES TODAY
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. Let's
try and clear things up a little bit about speaking in tongues, shall we?
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 isn't one of the
spiritual gifts that God gave you, it doesn't mean that there's something
wrong with you. It doesn't mean you're a spiritual nit wit, or inadequate,
or anything like that. Paul explained that to us a few chapters back,
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, let's go back to what Jesus said
about the ability talk in
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 don't talk in tongues, you're not a believer? Heaven's no! It
simply means that it isn't 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. What's my point?
CHRISTIAN SPEAKING IN TONGUES & BIBLICAL SPEAKING IN TONGUES - THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES TODAY EXPLAINED
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
weren't 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 isn't 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?
your mind is at ease now if you're not gifted with talking in tongues, but
you're still wondering in the back of your mind, Gee, I don't 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. It's 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 Paul's 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
doesn't 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.
CHRISTIAN SPEAKING IN TONGUES & BIBLICAL SPEAKING IN TONGUES - THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES TODAY IS REAL
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
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 you're 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 don't 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.
CHRISTIAN SPEAKING IN TONGUES & BIBLICAL SPEAKING IN TONGUES - THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES TODAY TRUTH
Did you catch that? If
you pray in an unknown tongue, you may understand it, but your understanding
isn't benefiting 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 doesn't 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, don't be as a child in understanding:
although in evil be as children,
but in understanding be men.
In the law it is written,
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 don't believe:
but prophesying doesn't 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,
won't they say that you're crazy?
CHRISTIAN SPEAKING IN TONGUES & BIBLICAL SPEAKING IN TONGUES - THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES CONCERN
☺ ... 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 unlearned,
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.
It's 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 couldn't simply speak in
tongues (authentically) just because
wanted to. They would have to be led by the
CHRISTIAN SPEAKING IN TONGUES & BIBLICAL SPEAKING IN TONGUES - THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES TODAY FACTS
If anyone appears to
be in control of their gift of speaking in tongues, then chances are,
they're faking it. (A good test is whether or not someone is there who can
interpret the language that they're speaking in.) The Holy Spirit is the one
who decides when and where it's 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 it's 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
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
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.
CHRISTIAN SPEAKING IN TONGUES & BIBLICAL SPEAKING IN TONGUES - THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES TODAY BLESSING OR CURSE
Now THIS is a
topic many ignore or pretend away. It is said that if you're a woman and you want to serve the Lord within
your church, there are plenty of things you can do that don't involve
speaking to the assembly. You can cook, or baby sit, or start a women's club
where you do things like make quilts for the needy. You can teach the
children in a Sunday school class, start a women's Bible study group or
countless other things that don't involve speaking or usurping authority
BUT ... In Acts 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
What? Did the Word of God originally come from you?
Or did it come to you only?
If any man thinks he's a prophet, or spiritual, CHRISTIAN SPEAKING IN TONGUES & BIBLICAL SPEAKING IN TONGUES - THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES TODAY SUMMARY
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. He's not accusing anyone
of anything, he's simply trying to teach the righteous way of the Lord. He
doesn't want any of us to think we know everything. He just wants us to be
righteous. He says, Hey, if you think you're gifted in prophecy or spiritual
matters, check for yourself with what I've written to know for sure. If
you're without knowledge (ignorant) of these gifts, then so be it. (You
don't have to pretend.) So, it's good to wish for the gift of prophecy and
don't forbid people to speak in tongues, if some are sincerely speaking in
tongues you'd 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 you're 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
close to the end of this first letter from Paul to the Corinthians already,
and it's been a very enjoyable study. Can't wait to see you next time when
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