The Language Of The Spirit

The Mystery of Tongues

1 Corinthians 14:1-5(NKJV) - Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 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. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

Of all the spiritual gifts, The Apostle Paul told us to desire prophecy. However, he purposefully coupled that with a teaching on speaking in tongues and interpretation. This is important because the point he made cannot be lost in any debate on the legitimacy of speaking in tongues. We are supposed to speak in tongues because it builds us up and by it we speak mysteries to God in a language only He understands. However, we should also prophesy because by it we edify others. One should not be separated from the other and neither should be rejected.

The gift of tongues came with the gift of The Holy Spirit in The Upper Room on The Day of Pentecost. It is quite similar to the gift of prophecy because it is an expression of heavenly wisdom through the mouth of a human being. The only difference is that God alone understands it. Even though that’s enough for your personal situation, it helps if you can interpret it for your understanding and to build someone else up. Just like The Apostle Paul, I wish that the entire Body of Christ spoke with tongues but even more that we all prophesied. If you want it for yourself, just ask for it and The Father will give it to you.

Luke 11:13(NKJV) - If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
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