12 Pentecostal Gift - Tongues - Marcellus D'Souza

posted May 17, 2018, 8:48 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 17, 2018, 8:48 AM ]
The Gift of Tongues is precious. It is an out-of-this-world experience. It is a spiritual gift or a miraculous charism that manifests itself, either as a human language or a heavenly supernatural language.

Those who have the gift of tongues say, "it is a trusting God experience." The use of tongues is one positive way that many Christians find experience to back up their faith, given that Christianity is often based more on the Word, than on experience.

The Bible reveals five main things that happen when believers pray in tongues:

1. The communication is direct with God. 1 Corinthians 14:2 - "For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men, but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit."
2. God's wonders, mysteries and majesty are declared. Acts 2:11 - "We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"
3. They are praising God. Acts 10:46 - "For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God."
4. They are edifying themselves. 1 Cor. 14:4 - "He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the Church." Praying in tongues is like a spiritual workout; it builds you up and makes you stronger spiritually.
5. The Holy Spirit is praying through them, declaring God's will. Romans 8:26-27 - "We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express... because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will."

Speaking in tongues is the praise of God in a language given by the Holy Spirit. It goes beyond the earthly "Hallelujahs" and "Hosannas". It is spiritual utterance. It is used to glorify God. Tongues have unlimited value as a supernatural avenue of transcendent praise, if the worship, the praise, the adoration of Almighty God is the chief concern of one's life.

But isn't the gift of tongues only experienced by a few? Does it not create a separate class of people? To praise God, we have our own mother tongue. We have our hymns and prayers which are sung and recited liturgically or spontaneously. Speaking in tongues is going beyond natural speech and entering upon the extraordinary praise of God in the language of the Spirit.