Gifts of the Holy Spirit 9

The Gift of Tongues

by Pastor John Hamel


We are studying the three Utterance Gifts. The three Utterance Gifts say something.


We have now come to the second Utterance Gift.  


This Gift is called the Gift of Tongues.  


There’s much confusion and even ridicule concerning this precious Gift of the Holy Spirit.  This should not be so.  This Gift is clearly outlined in the Bible. 


Think about the following. 


There are only two subjects in all of Scripture that have an entire chapter devoted to them. The first subject is love and that is found in First Corinthians chapter thirteen.  


The second subject is praying in other Tongues.  The entire fourteenth chapter of First Corinthians teaches on that subject and that subject alone.  


If the subject of praying in other Tongues is that important to Holy God, no one should ever oppose it for any reason.  Those who do, find themselves opposing Almighty God.


Supernatural Utterance Inspired by God


The Gift of Tongues is a supernatural utterance inspired by God and spoken in an unknown, Heavenly language, or at least a language that is unknown to the speaker.  


Some have been known to speak other earthly languages, which they were not trained in.  However, speaking in an unknown Heavenly language is most often the case. 


The Holy Spirit has been in the Earth since even before Creation. (Genesis 1:1-2) 


However, the Gift of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in other Tongues, did not come into the Earth until the Day of Pentecost. 


Pentecost means “Fifty.”  The Day of Fifty came fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead.  On that day there was a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit, which was promised by Jesus before He returned to Heaven. (John 7:37-39; 15:26; 16:7; Acts 1:8)  


On the Day of Pentecost the Earth was filled with the roaring sound of a tornado.  People came running from every direction to see what was happening in Jerusalem.  When they arrived they found that 120 of Jesus’ disciples were engulfed in Holy flames of fire and were speaking in languages they had never spoken before. 


"And when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:1-4)


Isaiah Prophesied the Rejection of Tongues


Everything written in the Book of Acts is a blueprint for the New Testament Church of all ages.  Therefore, the pattern the whole Church should follow is to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and speak in supernatural Tongues.


One may ask, “Well then, why do so many Believers reject this supernatural experience?”  


The Prophet Isaiah answered this question about 800 years before it was even asked.


“For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people … This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” (Isaiah 28:11,12)


Many who truly love Jesus regretfully reject this experience as Isaiah prophesied they would.  This is such an unfortunate indictment of Holy Scripture!


Through this Gift one may commune with God in ways that only God understands.  It is actually the Holy Spirit praying through the Believer. 


The Apostle Paul Made Much of Praying in Other Tongues


"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (inability to pray the way we should): for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He (Jesus) 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. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:26-28)


Here the Apostle Paul makes it perfectly clear that although we do not always know how to pray, the Holy Spirit always knows how to pray through us in other Tongues. Praying in other Tongues is always praying according to the perfect will of God.


Have you ever known that you need to pray, but you didn't know how to pray?  


This is when praying in other Tongues comes into play, for it is always praying according to the perfect will of God.  We may not know what we are praying as we yield to the Holy Spirit.  However, the Holy Spirit always knows what we are praying when we are yielding to Him in this manner.  


Oftentimes He even gives us the interpretation of what we are praying.    


Paul also makes it perfectly clear here that when we yield to praying in other Tongues, allowing the Holy Spirit to pray through us according to the will of God, the end result will be all things working together for good.  


I always say, “If the Holy Spirit is allowed to pray through an individual, that prayer will never go unanswered and things will always work out.”


"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." (1 Corinthians 14:2)


Here the Apostle Paul reveals that praying in other Tongues is praying directly to God the Father. 


Paul also reveals that praying in other Tongues is praying out "mysteries."  Although what the yielded vessel is speaking in Tongues may be mysterious to him or her, there is nothing mysterious at all about what they are speaking to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  


As we just read, praying in other Tongues is always praying according to the perfect will of God in any given situation.  So although what we are praying may be mysterious to us, it is by no means mysterious to God.


Praying in other Tongues is a "Hotline to Heaven."  It is a direct line of communication to God the Father which cannot be understood by Satan and demon powers and is thereby impossible for them to thwart or to interfere with.


This Gift was vitally important to the Apostle Paul.  He said, “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.” (1 Corinthians 14:15) 


He also said, “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than ye all.” (1Corinthians 14:18)


If Paul spoke that much in other Tongues we should all take the hint and at least incorporate some praying in the Spirit (Tongues) into our daily praying with our understanding.


Through this Gift one can confidently pray during a crisis when they would not know how to pray otherwise.  


Again, the Holy Spirit is actually doing the praying through them. (Romans 8:26-28; 1Corinthians 14:2)  


The Holy Spirit knows all things and, therefore, knows exactly where one’s faith and prayer needs to be directed when the Believer does not.


Praying in Tongues Lifts, Brings Joy & Wisdom 


This Gift in operation also brings joy and wisdom to the Believer who yields to it during times of confusion, depression or sorrow.


"He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself." (1 Corinthians 14:4)


Although one certainly does not have to be confused, depressed or sorrowful to pray in other Tongues and receive its benefits.  For decades I have prayed in Tongues under my breath off and on during the day just to keep my spiritual battery charged up and energized. It really works!


"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." (Jude 20)


If you are Born Again, ask God to baptize you with the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the speaking with other Tongues.  


You will find help receiving this precious Gift of God by clicking on “Receive the Holy Spirit. One Good Thing Leads to Another.”


We have studied the operation of the Gift of Tongues that is for use only in the Believer’s private and corporate prayer life.  


There is another operation of the Gift of Tongues that is a special and a separate Gift intended for use only in public gatherings. 


We will briefly touch on how to interpret both operations of Tongues in the tenth and final lesson of this series, “The Interpretation of Tongues.”   


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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