What is speaking in tongues about?
In the Acts of the Apostles, in three instances, the gift of tongues was the most common visible sign of receiving baptism with the Holy Spirit. The following excerpts also show that the gift of tongues was not just reserved for a lucky few. Rather, the Bible shows that all or the vast majority of those baptized with the Holy Spirit received it. It should be noted that the gift of tongues was given to converts! The Bible mentions the ability to speak different languages in two places: (1 Corinthians 12:10 and 1 Corinthians 12:28)
The personal gift of tongues
The first type of gift mentioned in the Bible is the “personal gift of tongues,” which allows you to pray in the spirit, talk privately with God, sing in the spirit, and be strengthened. This kind of language has no practical value to other listeners, the church. Paul claims that he speaks these languages more than anyone else, he considers it an advantage. He would also like everyone to speak in tongues. The church is not a political organization, but rather a spiritual one. It is not a political organization, but rather a spiritual one. It is not a political organization, but rather a spiritual one. When we read the Bible, we will not experience tongues in practice. The ability to speak multiple languages may resemble an existing language or consist of syllables. This is probably why some believed the disciples were intoxicated when they heard them (Acts 2:13). A person with the ability to speak in tongues can pray with them „on call.” Its intention is to begin and end. I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God to save everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16).
Tongues to translate
The second category is of speaking in tongues in the Bible are „tongues to iterpretate” that are gifted (1 Cor. 12:10, 12:30, 14:5, 14:13) and not learned in school, foreign language skills, or as a linguist. These languages promote the church (1 Cor. 14:5, 14:12-13, 14:26-27) are similar to prophecies, the translator conveys the words of the Holy Spirit. These languages should not be banned. The apostle Paul’s teaching on this is found in 1 Corinthians 14:26-27, 14:39. If we completely ban speaking in tongues in church or meetings, no one will know whether the language is for personal development or for translation. This will prevent us from learning to distinguish them, and a person who can translate languages will not be able to take advantage of this. The gift of tongues may involve speaking in a language the other person understands (as in Acts 2). The Holy Spirit inspired the „speech” of the disciples in such a way that, not knowing these languages, they began to speak them. They probably did not understand what they were saying themselves, but to the outsiders it was a signal that they had heard about the great works of God.
Why don’t you speak in tongues?
You may not have been baptized with the Holy Ghost. Perhaps you do not want the gift of tongues or refuse to participate in the work of the Holy Spirit. The ability to speak many languages is a gift that can be used to promote faith and strengthen the church. Paul wrote that he wanted everyone to speak in tongues, but he himself most often prayed in this way. Anyone who wants to follow Jesus must surrender control of his life to the Holy Spirit. We should not question His methods. Because of religious restrictions, erroneous teachings or harmful traditions. Perhaps you are afraid of this gift. Because of your own experiences, heard stories, and overuse of a particular spiritual gift, you may be closing yourself off from it. Remember not to throw the whole baby out with the bath water. The purpose of the world of darkness is to confuse and discourage people from using the power of the Holy Spirit. You may not have received the full story (repentance, water baptism). This is not always a requirement for receiving the gift of tongues, but it may apply to you. One more reason – do not be discouraged, grow in faith, follow God with all your might!