And these signs shall follow them that believe; … they shall speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17).
The Bible tells us that on the day of Pentecost, the Believers that gathered, were filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke in other tongues (language). All languages are made up of syllables. We just put those syllables together in different ways. Speaking in other tongues is a cooperative act between the Holy Ghost and the Believer. The Holy Ghost fills us and gives us the utterance or language. He is the Source of this language that comes into our spirit instead of our learned language that comes to us from what is stored in our brain. We cooperate by beginning to speak. He does not give us new mechanisms of speech (a new physical tongue, voice box, and lips) nor take ours over. It will be our voice, and our moving our tongue, and our lips. The miracle of speaking in other tongues is not in the fact that you can speak because you can speak in your native language. The miracle is in speaking a language you have not learned or acquired. The Source is supernatural, the Holy Ghost, rather than our brain.
Next to getting saved, this is the second most important spiritual experience all Believers are commanded by Jesus to receive (Ac. 1:4, 5). God only gives good and perfect gifts (James 1:17) and though a gift may be considered a spiritual gift He gives them to meet very practical needs. This is true of speaking in other tongues (languages) from receiving supernatural power from on high (Acts 1:8; Luke 24:49).
This supernatural sign of speaking in tongues has been the cause of much controversy with Jesus’ church. The Holy Ghost is not “tongues” and “tongues” are not the Holy Ghost, but they go together. The tongue on our shoe is not the shoe, and the shoe is not the tongue, but they both come together.
Someone always asks, “Can I be filled with the Spirit and not speak in tongues? You can be full of the Spirit by being full of the Word (John 6:63) and full of prayer (Acts 4:31), but that is not the same as being baptized with the Holy Ghost. When you get baptized with the Holy Ghost, you speak in tongues. The Bible evidence (five recorded instances) seems overwhelmingly clear that when one is initially baptized with the Holy Spirit they speak in tongues. Look at Acts 2:4; 8:14-19; 9:17; 10:44-46; 19:6, and you see that in three of the five instances, it is plainly stated they spoke in tongues (Acts 2, 10, 19). In the other two instances (Acts 8, 9) it is implied. I say that it is implied because what did Simon the former sorcerer see that caused him to want the power of laying on of hands? Most likely, speaking in tongues. Paul also stated in 1 Corinthians 14:18, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.” It is safe to assume he received when Ananias laid hands on him in Acts 9:17.
FIVE DIMENSIONS SPEAKING IN TONGUES EMPOWERS YOU TO OPERATE IN
1. TONGUES FOR PERSONAL PRAYER & EDIFICATION
1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
Jude 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost
2. TONGUES FOR HELP FOR OUR INFIRMITIES BY THE HOLY SPIRIT’S INTERCESSION
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t do this apart from us but with us as we pray in the spirit when we know not what to pray for as we ought.
3. TONGUES FOR SUPPLICATION & INTERCESSION FOR OTHERS
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
4. TONGUES FOR MINISTERING UNTO MEN IN THE VOCAL GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
1 Corinthians 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another
divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
26 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.
27 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.
28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
5. TONGUES FOR ENHANCING OUR WORSHIP & PRAISE
1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God….
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
UNDERSTANDING SPEAKING IN TONGUES