Today’s message is on the gift of tongues. This is not the ability to learn foreign languages easier than other people and then be able to interpret different events for people, but the tongue of angels. And this message is written for members of Christ’s church and not unbelievers. For only believes in Jesus can obtain such a gift as this from God. Now, my reason for writing this is because I of a specific movement I am seeing on YouTube. Where people feel that after a person is baptized, that person should be speaking in tongues. I have also watched ministry videos on YouTube where a person will start speaking in tongues randomly without any interpretation. Are these things of God? Of course not. And we will go through 1 Corinthians 14 to understand the truth. Paul said, 1“except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.” (1 Corinthians 14:9) 1“Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (1 Corinthians 14:13,14) 1“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. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.” (1 Corinthians 14:27,28) Therefore, unless we understand what people are saying, their gift of tongues is meaningless to us. Without an interpretation, this person should be silent.
So we know that a person with the gift of tongues should always have an interpreter, or else they should speak like everyone else. Paul spoke on this as well and said, 1“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.” (1 Corinthians 14:19) And did you know that the gift of tongues for Christians is meant for unbelievers, where prophesy is for believers? Paul taught this as well and said, 1“In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.” (1 Corinthians 14:21,22) We also learn, 1“how is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” (1 Corinthians 14:26) So we are to be edified by hearing the gift of tongues and then getting its interpretation along with it. People should not be confused or wonder what it all means. Lastly, 1“brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:39,40) There is nothing wrong with the gift of tongues, and we should not tell people otherwise. This we know, for it does edify people when an interpreter is around, especially to unbelievers as a sign from God.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that every person who has the gift of tongues will always use this gift for edifying the saints and for bringing souls unto You. Surely, this gift is used to showcase Your signs from heaven, but it can do nothing good unless an interpreter is with them. I believe what the Bible says and that we should keep quiet or speak normally if people cannot hear and also understand us. Sure, this may not be the norm of evangelical Christianity today, but if people are keeping to their own beliefs that don’t agree with Your words, then they should be counseled to one on one. Even with the desire to lead our brothers and sisters into the saving knowledge of Your words in the Bible and not their own. It is my desire that people would read the entire Bible and never stop reading it. Then, would Your words be written in our hearts. We will be able to give a word of knowledge to people because we are carrying with us what has been spoken in scripture. And Lord, so often do people fill their minds up with the junk of this world, where Your teachings are now clouded and cannot take root in their hearts. Therefore, I pray that these same people will eventually find freedom from all their junk, which is very sinful in Your sight. That they will be willing to give it all to You and be forgiven. The same goes for people who feel they are ultra spiritual and can speak with the tongues of angels. Let them be humbled down a little as they read what this gift is for and when to use it according to 1 Corinthians 14. I am grateful to have read this chapter so many times in life. I love it, for Your Words are alive and active to those who read and cherish them. I love You, Lord. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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