After hearing different men and women of God speaking in different tongues in different ways this evening I would like to share what I have learnt on tongues
Firstly Tongues are a gift of the spirit as we see in 1 corithians 12 vs 10 where he was mentioning different gifts of the spirit
1 Corinthians: 12 : 10 – To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues
Secondly Jesus in the book of mark prophesied that those who will believe in him shall speak in new tongues
Mark : 16 : 17 – And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues
So before it happened Jesus had talked about it
The third thing is we find the history of people starting to speak in tongues in
Acts : 2 : 1 – And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Acts : 2 : 2 – And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Acts 2:3 – And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them
We also have history of people starting to speak in tongues in :-
Acts 19:6 – And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied : Now in the book of 1 Corinthians 14 we are given the basics of how to speak in tongues
Firstly Our God is the God of order , wherever the is disorder we may not find the presence of God.
1 Corinthians : 14 : 27 – If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three and that by course; and let one interpret.
So from this I understand that we can not have a scenario where many people will be speaking in tongues at the same time in an orderly manner .
Not what we see in different churches we’re everyone will speaking at the same time without giving each chances .
Secondly and what I think is the most overlooked concept of tongues is : The concept of interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians : 14 : 12 – Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
So this means speaking in tongues must give edification to the church , that is how it can be of any importance to the body of Christ.
* 1 Corinthians : 14 : 13 – Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.*
1 Corinthians : 14 : 14 – For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
Apostle Paul clears it out the,it’s even unprofitable to the one who speaks in tongues if he himself cannot interpret the tongues.
1 Corinthians : 14 : 19 – Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
It is better to speak few words that people may understand and be served than to speak in tongues that people don’t understand.
1 Corinthians : 14 : 27 – If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; *and let one interpret. *
1 Corinthians : 14 : 28 – But if there be no interpreter, let him keep SILENCE in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
How many times in your church have you heard people or the man of God speak in tongues without getting them interpreted
How many time *Man of God * have you spoken in tongues without getting them interpreted ??????????????.
By Sharing this I don’t seek to break churches or to influence people to leave their churches but Paul says in.
1 Corinthians 12:1 – Now concerning SPIRITUAL GIFTS,brethren, I would not have you IGNORANT.
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