Gift of Tongues - what does Bible say? biblical speaking? Correction to Doctrine of men.
Speaking in tongues in hebrew bible is refered to as "glossolalia," made up of two Greek words, glossa (language or tongue) and lalia (speech). Which means language. Either language of men, angels or of God.
Misconception 1 : Speaking in tongues is ONLY understandable to men. - Wrong!
Bible does not say tongues is language of men only! Rather Bible speaks both!
Tongues can be language of Angels or of Holy Spirit or of Men. (3 Different Entities)
1 Corinthians 13:1 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, if I do not have Love..." (here talks about men and ANGELS language which Paul is neither making things up and lying or exaggerating about it) There clearly is Heavenly Language!
Normally tongues are not understood by men because their spirit speaks to God. Proof:
1 Corinthians 14:2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. (NO ONE! ONLY GOD understands this Heavenly language! )
1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don't understand what I am saying. (Even the person speaking, do not understand tongues of Holy Spirit Or of Angel language or of men's language that they have not learned.)
Clearly Holy Spirit language, or angelic tongues is not understandable by person speaking it or others. Only 2 exceptions:
1.those who have gift of interpretation can understand
2.in the case of men's language: only someone who knows that language can understand.
"Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. (Acts 2:6 and 9-11) lists the sixteen languages which were spoken initially as a sign to unbelievers! This is the language of Tongues spoken in MEN's Language!
There are over 6500+ languages around the world, and they sound all totally different from each other! from Norway, German, to Ethiopian, and far tribes of Africa, to Thailand, Vietnamese. If someone who had the gift of tongues in Liechtenstein or Nauru or Tuvalu, no one would understand it and think the person is just "babbling", or making it up. That is only an ASSUMPTION because most never heard such language before! How many languages can you identify today? 3? 5? 10? Well, there are over 6500+ languages in the world! You cannot propose to us that you can distinguish all languages and know if one is speaking language or not!
Misconception 2 : Gift of tongues was only valid gift in the early First Century churches, and NOT for today. - Wrong!
There is No Scriptures that says tongues was only for first century churches period. It is the gift of Holy Spirit who is still here on earth today. The only verse that doctrines of men use to support their claim Speaking in Tongues is not for today is:
1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
"whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away."
#1 People claim that the cannons(bible) is fully collected, and therefore all theses are vanished. However, unfortunately there is NO Bible Supporting that when cannons are full these are gone. (tell me please where if there is such verses)
#2 Prophecies must fail, there are Still Unfulfilled prophecies in the Bible! in order for any prophecy to fail, Earth time period must be finished, saying Jesus Christ has to return from heaven! then we can say some prophecies failed and some came through!
#3 Knowledge must also VANISH! This is ridiculous, knowledge is not vanishing but rather being gathered more.
#4 So if Prophecies hasn't all failed, and knowledge isn't vanished, Why would tongues alone cease? Obviously tongues did not cease. neither knowledge isn't gone and prophecies are yet to be fulfilled.
#5 These are all gifts of Holy Spirit, tools which we NEED to evangelized unto the whole world! The gospel is Not preached yet to the end of the world and our tools will not vanish or cease until Jesus Comes back.
Now looking at Verse "9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away."
Says when "PERFECT" has come, these "will be Done Away". What is perfect? perfect scriptures? NO! Perfect is when we are in heaven with Jesus Christ as King! where No sorrow, nor tears, nor suffering, diseases or deaths, NO DEVILS! But only Everlasting Joy with God Almighty! That is PERFECT.
Now, verse 11 "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known." "Now we see in a mirror dimly" but then "Face to Face"
Now we don't see Jesus clearly because He is in heaven and inside us by Holy Spirit! Anyone see Jesus FACE TO FACE??
All the time?
It's "we" not "I" so everyone must see Jesus FACE TO FACE.
WE don't see Jesus face to face. therefore This "PERFECT" time We will ALL SEE Jesus Christ FACE TO FACE and EVERYTHING will be known that was not revealed! and every question and doubts will All be answered because we are FACE to FACE with the King Forever! No need for Knowledge, prophecies, nor tongues anymore.
We don't have this face to face relationship with Jesus right now. The perfect has not come yet Jesus did not return yet. 1 Cor 13:10 "But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away." We are in the "in part" time not "perfect" Jesus Christ has not returned to rule and we live in time where we need the Holy Spirit to help us keep our faith.
Paul spoke in tongues long after the day of pentecost came. If Paul was waiting for the "when perfect comes" then we do not have the perfect time right now. Nothing is perfect if you know the world is full of imperfections and we are also imperfect and still sinning, being tempted by devil everyday. we still need repentance and blood of Jesus to cleanse us daily. Only when "face to face" with Jesus in heaven we will not be speaking in tongues nor needing prophecy nor knowledge. For we will be with Jesus without the devil the perfect Heaven and Paradise to come!
Remember Paul received the gift of tongues way later then the day of pentecost and he also laid hands on others and they received the gift of tongues. (Acts 19:6) There is NO SCRIPTURES that claim TONGUES IS NOT FOR TODAY! Don't be deceived!
There are 10 gifts of Holy Spirit. Faith, Healing, Miracles, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues, Prophesying, Discernment of spirits, knowledge, wisdom and Loves. (1 Cor 12:7-10)
Don't we need ALL OF THEM TODAY? Yes! and we can have them whosoever seeks God with all their heart and ask Him.
Speaking in tongues is referred to as "Praying in Spirit" 1Corinthians 14:14 "For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding."
1 Cor 14:16 says "if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?" This clearly shows Tongues is NOT understandable to men, unless its interpreted or its in the language of men.
If you speak in tongues you are worshipping God in the spirit. It is Holy Spirit power given to worship God in Spirit! who can speak from spirit except by help from God? We are to worship God in spirit and in truth.
John 4:24 "For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth"
Also this tells us we are to BOTH pray in words, AND in tongues!
Also Sing in tongues AND in Words!
Misconception 4: Speaking in tongues is Only for unbelievers as a sign? WRONG!!!
What does tongues do for you?
#1 Holy Spirit helps us praying when we don't know what to pray for. Romans 8:26" And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words."
#2 You get to pray perfect prayer according to will of God. Its like you're getting A+ on your prayer because it is done 100% according to the Will of God. Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
#3 Edifies yourself 1Cor14:4 "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself"
#4 Tongues Increases Faith! Jude 1:20 "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit"
#5 Tongues keeps you in the Love of God! Jude 1:20 "praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God" Because your spirit prays according to the perfect will of God which is to save you and to have you Love God, when you pray in spirit, your spirit also prays that you continue to love God.
-Did Jesus Christ say anything about tongues? Yes! 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;18 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.
Did Jesus Christ say that gift of tongues is only temporary for the first church? No! then we shouldn't lay hands on the sick, nor cast out demons either! God is same yesterday today and forever!
The verses many doctrines of devils have against gift of tongues are on this 1 Corinthians 13:1 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing" Yes. LOVE should be the center of all good deeds. However, is this condemning gift of tongues is USELESS? and therefore not needed? GOD FORBID Paul to condemn Holy Spirit's gifts! This means tongues without love is useless. But Tongues + Love, or knowledge + Love is very useful! We are to Earnestly desire the gifts of the Spirit. 1 Cor 12:31 "But earnestly desire the best gifts"
Also Paul clearly states "do not forbid speaking in tongues" DO NOT FORBID! 1 Cor 14:39 "Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues."
Prophesy is also a gift, where Holy Spirit is speaking through a person just like tongues but in actual understandable language. It is NOT just speaking Bible scriptures as some bible scholars claim. Else it is NO LONGER A GIFT, but everyone is able to do! Everyone can just read Bible aloud! is that gift of prophesying? NO NO NO!!! don't listen to these modern day Pharisees! no Spirit of God in them!
Some say you cannot control speaking tongues because they say "as the spirit gives utterance" and that you cannot speak on your own will. partly true but FALSE. the tongues language is not controlled by us, But if you have the gift already given to you, you can pray in tongues when you want to. For God's will is that we pray without ceasing! (1Thess 5:17) You cannot pray without ceasing without your spirit praying to God.
Are we not to speak tongues in church? Paul says do not speak in tongues in church because it brings confusion. 1 Cor 14:21-33 This is because they did not have speakers nor mics like today it was not easy to control big crowds when all were speaking in tongues and not letting the speaker speak the message of God. So unless its a prayer meeting where tongues is controlled by the speaker being able to tell everyone pray or stop, we are allowed to pray in tongues where ever just use wisdom from God.
Misconception 5 Can tongues be taught and learned? No!
Acts 2:4 they began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance" Bible does not say one learns how to speak in tongues it is the act of Holy Spirit. also by learning it that way one might receive a wrong spirit other than Holy Spirit!
Then How do I receive gift of tongues? BY asking and seeking God diligently, praying fasting giving up your life to God. A powerful minister of God why prays diligently in tongues can lay hands and you can receive this gift and baptism of Holy Spirit as Paul gave unto others. However, I don't support this because if they receive easily they usually don't pray that much in it. Also you cannot trust every man for we do not discern them well. You can get it by seeking God and I received after fasting 1 day out of every week for 4 weeks and on the 4th week I received at home by seeking God alone. this similar experience happened to also my wife, student and others. I also laid hands on others to receive the gift and they did, however, they soon did not pray that much because they never had the real experience of seeking God. So they fell away easily since they lacked godly discipline of seeking the Lord.
Ephesians 6:18 "praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints." This is praying in tongues although some devil scholars have said its not. It is.
Jesus rebuked his disciples for not being able to pray one hour. Matthew 26:40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Praying in tongues will enable you to pray more than hour with no problem. Just be willing! and let God fill you with His Holy Spirit daily until our time to go to God! Jesus was known for always praying in the mount of Olives away from people. He by habit prayed always! (Mark 1:35; Matt 14:24; John 6:15)
Be like Paul doing the most work for God as he also prayed alot more than all 1 Cor 14:18 "I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all" So pray a lot so that you can work for the Lord as Paul did!