How does speaking in tongues work?

Asked by: Sis. Julia Veronica Kelly Biskine from Limon, Costa Rica

Answered by: Bro. Eli Soriano by verses in the bible

I am speaking in tongues. That is why I need an interpreter just like Bro. Bryan because I can not speak very well in Spanish. Sometimes I mixed up Spanish with Portuguese with English and with Tagalog. That is why most of the times I need to speak in tongues or languages, language which is another language of yours. Because you are spanish speakers while I am not a spanish speaker. That is why there is a need to speak in another language, from english to another language, there is a need for interpretation. Let us read. 1 Corinthians 14:9 –

1 Corinthians 14:9

So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.

If I will be speaking in a language which in non-intelligible words in your tongue, how will anyone know what I am saying? This was said by apostle Paul. You will just be speaking into the air. That is why the instruction of the apostles in 1 Corinthians 14:27 let us read –

1 Corinthians 14:27-28

27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

That is true. Speaking in tongues was permitted by Paul for the Corinthians because Corinth was a city in the port. It is a city with habitants of varioius nationality. That is why Paul permitted the Corinthians to speak in tongues. Speaking in tongues means speaking in another language apart from your mother language.

Apostle Paul permitted the Corinthians to speak in tongues when they were in a reunion, using two or at most three languages –

1 Corinthians 14:27-28

27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

If there will be no interpreter, nobody will understand or learn what you are speaking. Just keep quiet in the church. Speak to yourself and to God.

Because speaking in tongue, sister, is speaking in other language. Let us read in Acts 2:1 –

Acts 2:1-11

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”

When the apostles received the Holy Spirit in a form of tongues, each on of them had a language and started speaking another language. Languages of other nations which were in Jerusalem. Because The days of the pentecost according to chapter two verse 5 –

Acts 2:5-7

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?

… because the apostles are Galileans, chosen by the Lord Jesus Christ when they were on the sea shore of the sea of Galilee. That is why they are Galileans. The people asked –

Acts 2:7

… “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?

Acts 2:8-11

8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[a] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—WE HEAR THEM DECLARING THE WONDERS OF GOD IN OUR OWN TONGUES!”

 

When the apostles spoke in tongues, they did not speak like as if it was foolish. They spoke in another languages and it was understood by the people who are speaking the same language.

 

Did you understand, sister?

 

Sis Julia: Yes!

 

God bless you!

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3 thoughts on “How does speaking in tongues work?

  1. Gracias a Dios en la iglesia de Dios se habla lenguas que son como nos habla en el libro de: Hechos 2:8-11 ¿Cómo, pues, les oímos nosotros hablar cada uno en su lengua en que somos criados?
    partos y medos, y elamitas, y los que habitamos en Mesopotamia, en Judea y en Capadocia, en el Ponto y en Asia,
    En Frigia y Panfilia, en Egipto y en las partes de Africa que está de la otra parte de Cirene, y romanos extranjeros, tanto judíos como convertidos,
    cretenses y árabes, les oímos hablar en nuestras lenguas las maravillas de Dios.

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