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Gifts Of Tongues Needed

Do you think people who have not got the gift of tongues are any less blessed by the Holy Spirit?

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"Those who do not have the gift of tongues are not less blessed than those who do have the gift. However those without the gift are definitely operating with less tools than those who do have the gift.
The gift of tongues carries with it power, urgency, and prophecy, soulwinning prophecy that is". Mima
mima according to you power urgency prophesy and soulwinning prophecy are not blessings?
The people in the Bible had every Spiritual blessing Ephesians1,3 according to you non-tongues speakers are missing out on a whole host of blessings.
I agree with this
1Th 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance,
---Rodney on 1/10/10

Exzucuh, if you knew all that then why did you make your statement? There would have been no need to say what you did. If He is in you he does not have the power to keep the indiviual enduring, but if He is upon you, you have the power to do many things.
Why make that statement, if He is everywere talking to everyone? That should answer many of the answers that Rodney put down about where the Spirit is. Kind of solves his problem.
---MarkV. on 1/7/10

I have never heard anyone who had the gift of tongues say they're sorry they had to gift. I meet many people who do not say anything to me but I somehow sense that they speak in tongues when I tell them this most say yes and some say but I don't broadcast it. I believe they say this in order to gain approval among those they associate with. Because they're afraid people will accuse them of thinking they're more blessed.
---mima on 1/6/10

It occurs to me that did not tell how one can stir up the gift that is within them so here is one method to use.

Get in your prayer closet, where you're by yourself, now with God listening began to worship and praise his name, worship and praise what he has done for mankind by the shedding of his son's blood on the cross of Calvary(which is actually God's own blood). Stay right there, continue to praise him and his actions towards to us.
As you praise God for the shedding of Christ blood the spirit within you will witness to that testimony(testimony about the precious blood of Christ) then the spirit will manifest itself through you.
And so you have stirred up the gift of the spirit that is within you.
---mima on 1/6/10

Those who do not have the gift of tongues are not less blessed than those who do have the gift. However those without the gift are definitely operating with less tools than those who do have the gift.

It is my belief that second Timothy 1:6 refers to the gift of tongues. Scripture second Timothy 1:6 "Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands."

The gift of tongues carries with it power, urgency, and prophecy, soulwinning prophecy that is.

I am also convinced that at least one of the moderators on Christianet has this gift (speaks) in tongues.
---mima on 1/6/10

Hi all Acts1,5 11,16 Baptised with HS 19,2,10,47 Received HS 2,4 filled with HS 1,8 Hs come upon you 2,17 pour out HS 2,33 receive promise of HS 2,38 receive gift of HS 10,44 11,15 HS fell on them 10,45 poured out the gift of HS 19,6 HS came on them
All these terms are talking about the same experience The Bible uses them interchangeably,
In Ac 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. The Holy Spirit hadn't left them because Jesus said it wouldn't John14,16 No doubt it means that there enthusiasm and appreciation of the Holy Spirit was filled. God is a constant it is man who varies
---Rodney on 1/6/10

Your right there is only one Holy Spirit but you are very childish in your understanding of How God's Spirit works. The one Holy Spirit of God can be in millions of people at the same time. The Holy Spirit can talk to millions of people at the same time and hold millions of different conversations. The Holy Spirit can be in you or Upon you are be with you. There is no limit to what the Father can Do because he is a Spirit.
---exzucuh on 1/5/10

Exzucuh, I was not questioning that we endure or must endure, I was questioning your understanding of what you said about the Holy Spirit. If you had read it correctly you would have answered correctly.
There is no two Holy Spirits. One. And if you have the Holy Spirit inside, you are saying the person has to endure in order to keep the Holy Spirit after he has been sealed by it. And then you turn around and say if the Holy Spirit is upon you not inside, you have the power. The Holy Spirit had no power to help you endure while inside of you, but if its upon you it does. Just not biblical.
---MarkV. on 1/5/10

---MarkV. on 1/5/10 I did not say those things
Jesus did. Why do you people always say I say those things? Don't you know that if the words of Jesus do not live in you that your prayers will not be answered. (John 15:7) Don't you know that his words are Spirit and Life?
Jesus said: he that endures to the end will be saved. He was talking about the works of the Gospel, not the works of Judaism. Jesus said: if he comes back and finds you doing the works of unrighteousness he will judge you with the unbelievers. If you bury your talent rather than put them to work he will judge you with the unbelievers. We are commanded to obey the Gospel. These are the works we must do, find out what they are by studying his word.
---exzucuh on 1/5/10

Exzucuh, what you just said in your last post is just not Scriptural at all. If you are a genuine believer you don't go around seaching for the Holy Spirit. You had just said a believer was sealed by the Holy Spirit and later say that in order to keep Him you have to endure (works)." We are saved by Grace through faith and that not of ourselves, it is a gift of God"
Second, the Holy Spirit once in us, does not later come upon us. Just nonesense. You are changing the Word by proclaiming there is two Holy Spirits. In other words you keep inside if you endure and He works better if He is upon you. Even. Finney didn't teach that.
---MarkV. on 1/5/10

Hi all Exzucuh and Mark my apologies you are right they did understand the 120 speaking the wonderful works of god and were convicted by this What they did'nt understand was what they needed to do this is what Peter explained to them
Mark it was the Holy Spirit which gave the utterance which you call nonsense The same Holy Spirt which Jesus said would lead us into all truth You are either being very brave or very foolish to call it nonsense
Exzucuh i'd always thought of the sons and daughters prophesy to be the speaking in the common language part of the pentecost story but it could be the tongues part or both Thanks for that thought
---Rodney on 1/5/10

The Holy Spirit was poured out only once. It is still here and in operation. It is up to people to seek the Holy Spirit and then the Holy Spirit will come upon them. If you are not continually seeking you will find yourself without the Holy Spirit UPON you. All people that are Born again are given the gift of the Holy Spirit INSIDE of them and are sealed as children of God. To keep it INSIDE of you you must endure to the end. The only way to have the power of the Holy Spirit is to have it come UPON you and then it manifests the power to deliver and heal and preach the Gospel with the witness of signs and wonders. Most do not distinguish the difference in the H.S. in you or the H.S. upon you.
---exzucuh on 1/4/10

Rodney, in the Bible no two tongues were ever used to preach the gospel. Only one does. The other is nonsense. Means nothing and does nothing. Also, In Acts 2:10-11, I don't know where you get, they were speaking in tongues the wonderful works of God and they didn't understand. What's up with that? If they heard the wonderful works of God they understood what was been said. These people were from different countries spoke different languages and they heard the Word of God and understood it in their language. Verse 12 does not mean they didn't understand what they were saying, but what was making them speak in different tongues.
---MarkV. on 1/4/10

---Rodney on 1/4/10 Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your SONS AND DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY,

Acts 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

They were preaching/Prophesying the Gospel in every language and fulfilled the prophecy that Peter quoted to them.

From what they heard they became convicted and asked Peter how they could be saved.
---exzucuh on 1/4/10

Hi Mark and Exzucuh
Mark In acts 2 tongues was never used to preach the gospel They simply heard them speaking the wonderful works of God but they didn't know what it meant.(Acts2,10-11) Peter had to explain what it meant in the common language ie., Pouring out of Spirit promised by Joel v16-17 and recieving the promise of the Holy Spirit which you now see and hear Acts2,33
The word gibberish is not mentioned in my bible in relation to tongues but the question I'd like you to answer Mark is where does it say in the Bible that the way the Holy Spirit would be poured out would be different now to what it was in Pentecost? (from the Bible not from a theoligical book)
Thanks Rodney
---Rodney on 1/4/10

I have spoken in other tongues when it was by the Holy Spirit to reveal something to a person of another language. I did not know it at the time but found out later. I also speak in the tongues of Angels and have the ability to interpret what I say. Most of the time I wait and see if someone else will interpret as a conformation. I receive information and prophecy through tongues word of knowledge and word of wisdom.
---exzucuh on 1/4/10

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Rodney, then tell me, how many people have heard the gospel when you speak in tongues? Or have you known anyone who has spoken in tongues and people came to Christ? It's easy to figure out. The tongues that people speak in this days is gibberish. And gibberish is not understood. You cannot speak the gospel by gibberish. And without the gospel no one can be save.
So tell me, how many do you know?
You see Rodney, if you were in Russia, and didn't know their language, and you suddenly begin to speak their language and proclaim the gospel, then you would have the gift of tongues. Because they would be able to understand what you were saying even if you didn't. That is the gift of tongues. Love you Rodney. Keep the good work going.
---MarkV. on 1/4/10

Exzucuh, I am not trying to provoke something, but trying to get the truth from you since you posted Isaiah 28. And didn,t quote languages or gibberish talk. And since you quoted it, and since you seem to suggest you speak in tongues I was wondering which languages you do speak. Of course you don't have to answer. No one does. And nothing will happen to you. Nothing to get angry about. I will not come looking for you where you live or anything like that. I am old, and don't have much money. And besides, my wife won't let me travel without her so I would have to take her.
---MarkV. on 1/3/10

Hi Mark and Exzucuh,
Mark I'm sorry but your lexicon and many other books like it which say that the age of tongues has gone without providing any evidence besides "we don't have it therefore it doesn't exist" is wrong Exzucuh is right when people receive the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues it changes them from people who although not beleivers were prepared to believe and find out if the gospel was true ie you will receive power and amongst other thing you'll speak in tongues. sceptics will never get this gift unless they are willing to become more open minded and "prove Me now" Malachi3,10 and then see God confirm His word with signs following Mark 16,20
---Rodney on 1/4/10

Markv what good will come if I tell you what languages I can speak. You see you are trying to provoke another fight with unprofitable questions, that you cannot prove nor can I because of the limitation of this blog. You want to start people fighting again and Attacking people just like you did on the angel blog. You are not trying to bring any enlightenment. If you were you could produce scriptures. But you can't. I can speak in tongues so naturally I believe in them. I cannot walk on water but it would not keep me from believing on it if other Christians could.
I believe I am saved but God never told me I was. And I cannot prove it to you.
---exzucuh on 1/3/10

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Exzucuh, what kind of languages have you been able to speak with? For the gift of tongues was to speak different languages. In the passage you gave in Isaiah 28:10-11.
28:7 in context it was talking about priest and prophet err's. Drunkenenness had infected even the religious leadership of the nations, resulting in false spiritual guidance of the people. So much that the prophet said when leaders wallowed in filth, what hope that the nation has? The drunkards sarcastically were mocking corrective advice from the prophet. Since the drunkerds would not listen to God's prophet He responded to them by predicting their subservience to Assyrian taskmaster who would give them instructions in a foreign language.
---MarkV. on 1/3/10

Rodney, thank you for your wishes for this new year. Also Happy and wonderful New Year to you and family and everyone who answers. There is nothing more exciting then to talk about the Word of God everyday. Everyday God has something new for us. It never ends.
Concerning 1 Cor. 14, my Lexical Aids from my Wordstudy Bible on the word Tongue in (1 Cor. 14:2, 4, 13, 14, 19, 26, 27) refers to the Corinthian practice of speaking in ecstatic utterance not comprehended by anyone and therefore, not a spoken language as was the gift of the Spirit to witness. The Tongues (languages) were given to witness the good news to all.
---MarkV. on 1/2/10

Tongues is a sign to the unbeliever. Every person I ever knew that did not believe in tongues instantly became a believer after they spoke in tongues. I have known a preacher who preached against the tongues and found himself speaking in tongues. Tongues does not make you a better christian but they are rest they are the refreshing That the Holy spirit speaks to his people. BUT AS IT SAYS, YOU WILL NOT HEAR

Isaiah 28:11-12 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, --THIS IS THE REST-- wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest, and this is the --REFRESHING--: yet they would not hear.
---exzucuh on 1/2/10

Hi Mark and Jack and everyone I hope you all had a happy and safe new year Mark I have looked at Corinthians 14 and the other references to tongues/tongue and its all from exactly the same greek word there is nothing there which suggests to me that it is anything different and the experience of me and my family tells me it is all the same Why would the word translated tongue in one sentence have a completely different meaning to the same word translated tongues in the next sentence? This would seem very unlikely and highly contradictory Jack Have you read John 13,20 What Did Jesus send ? John15,26 What did they receive at the day of pentecost?
---Rodney on 1/1/10

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Dave, the gift of "tongues" Plural, is the gift of languages. In the early church when big gathering were done, many from different nations were assembled, and when someone spoke in different languages anyone from that nation language was astonished. Some in the gatherings did not understand the language they were speaking so they needed interpretors. The one speaking in Tongues, other languages, knew he could only do it through the Holy Spirit's gift, to bring in the gospel of Christ.
What we have today is "tongue" singular. What is considered gibberish" gibberish is not understood by no one. Not even God. No where in Scripture are we told that God understand gibberish.
---MarkV. on 12/30/09

What a shame it is that God sacrifices his only Son to give us eternal life and those who are supposed to reflect his love, patience, kindness, forgiveness and mercy only use Jesus Christ as a means to exalt themselves above others.

The gospel wasnt supposed to make people proud because God is working great things in us, it was supposed to make us humble because we know we dont deserve it.

Isnt the Bible very clear that we all have different gifts by the Holy Spirit. Different strengths and weaknesses? One person a hand, one person a foot, etc etc. We're supposed to rely upon one another as a family, not knock each other down because one person sees their gift as better than the rest.

This is enough to make me ill.
---JackB on 12/29/09

Acts2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent,and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
---angea4937 on 12/28/09

Part2 Jesus gives the Holy Spiriy complete with every gift (Col 2:10) And ye are complete in him and Paul encourages us to use all the gifts
Eph1,16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Eph4,13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Paul certainly has all of the gifts and He told us to 1Corin11,1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
---Rodney on 12/11/09

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Hi all,Part1
When Jesus gave His life on the cross it wasn't partial No more than the opening of the red sea they walked across on dry land noone had to wade swim or put on their gumboots
1cor1,7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph1,3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ
1Peter1,3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
1Corin12,6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
---rodney on 12/11/09

The Pharisees enjoyed being pious in public (in front of each other) because their worship didn't include humility. Their piety (love for God) was not genuine, it was motivated by ego.

Jesus tells us that we should not pray in public. He said that we should practice our piety in a way that preserves our humility (pray in private). NOBODY is better than another (brethren or not) no matter what gift is given. If you really do have a gift and do not remain absolutely humble, you will also be given a "thorn" in the side in order that you remain humble.

2 Corinthians 12:7
"And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh,...".
---more_excellent_way on 7/6/08

I know for a fact that I am not less blessed than some tongue talkers I've known.

What does that mean?

That means that blessings aren't just gifts of the spirit; I have many, but the greatest gift is what I receive in my spirit from God by walking with him.
Answered prayers, confirmations of his working in my life to mold, guide, and protect me.
Jesus being with me always is all the gift I'll ever need, that's the true blessing, the intimacy and care of our faithful God.
---Pharisee on 7/4/08

I don't think that they are any less blessed because they have not received the Holy Spirit. I feel that when the individual is ready to be blessed fully, then God is always ready to bless and give them a spiritual increase. A decrease in the flesh is a must, and as the Holy Spirit increases, then that person will bear the fruits of the spirit in his/her life. The Holy Spirit is freely given!
---Susan on 5/3/07

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There are greater gifts from the Holy Spirit, and I thank God for them.

Read 1 Corinthians Chapters 12 to 14. The gift of tongues is not one of the greater gifts and it is unfruitful unless paired also with one with the gift of interpretation.

Bottom line, those without that particular gift are still blessed if they have received the Holy Spirit.
---lorra8574 on 4/29/07

if you dont have the gift of tongues dont be worried or feel badly. the greatest gift from the lord is his Grace. the greatest gift for a deciple is his or her capacity to love God and fellow man. thats just my opinion... shawn :0)
---shawn on 4/29/07

Thank you, Jeffrey! I've copied your notes and I'll look up the verses in an "English" translation(!) That KJV stuff goes right by me - lol.

Sorry to hear you've been having a difficult time. I hope you're feeling better!
---DoryLory on 9/6/05

SiT is (when interpreted) a message from God to edify the people:

1 Cor 14:5:
I would that ye all spake with tongues; but rather that ye prophesied: for greater {is} he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

1 Cor 14:13:
Wherefore let him that speaketh in an {unknown} tongue pray that he may interpret.

'Unknown' is added. See #2.

Notice the person speaking in tongues is the one to interpret.
---Jeffrey on 9/3/05

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SiT is a sign to unbelievers:

1 Cor 14:22:
Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying {serveth} not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

Mark 16:17:
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
---Jeffrey on 9/3/05

SiT is rest to the soul:

Isaiah 28:11-12:
For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
To whom he said, This {is} the rest {wherewith} ye may cause the weary to rest; and this {is} the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

1 Cor 14:21:
In the law it is written, With {men of} other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
---Jeffrey on 9/3/05

SiT is to renew you and strengthen you with might in your inner man:

2 Cor 4:16:
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward {man} is renewed day by day.

Eph 3:16:
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
---Jeffrey on 9/3/05

SiT is to give thanks well:

1 Cor 14:17:
For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

SiT is for (1) The Spirit (God) to bear witness with our spirit (the gift) and (2) to know we are joint heirs with Christ:

Rom 8:16-17:
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with {him}, that we may be also glorified together.
---Jeffrey on 9/3/05

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Our weakness is that "we know not what we should pray for as we ought."

This is our spirit (the gift God gave each of us when we were saved), which is subject to us (1 Cor 14:32), making intercession to God for the saints. In v.26, "maketh intercession" is the same word as "he maketh intercession" in v.27, but with "super" in front of it.

When we SiT, our spirit makes super intercession for the saints.
---Jeffrey on 9/3/05

SiT is for intercession:

Rom 8:26-27:
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.
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.

In the original Greek text, "infirmities" is the word "weakness" (singular).
---Jeffrey on 9/3/05

Sorry, Dory. I didn't intend to be "AWOL". I've just had a real heavy workload and I've had surgery. I know that's not an excuse for not holding forth the Word of Life to those who want to hear it, but it's what happened. Sorry!
---Jeffrey on 9/3/05

No people that do not have the gift of tongues are no less or more blessed than those who do. This kind of thing can be very damaging to a young christian particularly those that have mental or emotional problems. It is interesting that a chapter of the FGBMF in Illinois has condemned the Roman Catholic tongues movement because of its lack of scriptural support. One should bless others by praying for the gift of discernment.
---lee on 8/30/05

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1 corinth 12:28-31"God has appointed these in the church:first apostles,second prophets,third teachers,after that miracles, then gifts of healings,helps,administrations,varieties of tongues.Are all apostles?Are all prophets?Are all teachers?Are all workers of miracles?Do all have gifts of healings?Do all speak with tongues?Do all interpret?But earnestly desire the best gifts.And yet I show you a more excellent way."Not everyone is given the same gift.Seek the one that is best for you.
---Ann5758 on 8/26/05

Jeffrey, did you go AWOL?! Summarizing from your notes plus with a few I've added, I've got a list of 9 benefits to speaking in tongues so far. Anyone have anymore to add? I'd like to know what the other 7 are.

1. Speaking in tongues will edify you or build you up, spiritually (1 Corinthians 14:4 & Jude 1:20)

2. Speaking in tongues is to pray perfectly (1 Corinthians 14:14)

3. To speak in tongues is to speak divine secrets (mysteries) to God (1 Corinthians 14:15)
---DoryLory on 8/24/05

4. Tongues are a sign to unbelievers (Corinthians 14:22)

5. Speaking in tongues is to speak the wonderful works of God (Acts 2:11)

6. Speaking in tongues is to magnify God (Acts 10:46)

7. When we do not know what to pray, the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:26)

8. Praying in tongues gives you power (ability, efficiency, and might - Amplified Bible) (Acts 1:8)

9. Praying in tongues helps you witness (Acts 1:8)
---DoryLory on 8/24/05

They say that people who pray in tongues really do not know what they are talking about; but that is typical with many Christians that do not study their bibles.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.
---lee on 8/23/05

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Don't forget that scripture says to ask God for this gift. Ask him and trust that you will recieve. praying in tongues can refresh you, strengthen you and build up your most holy faith. God withholds no good thing from his children.but he won't give it to someone who doesn't want it. Ask and recieve.
---Tsuanne on 8/22/05

SiT is to pray perfectly:

1 Cor 14:14:
For if I pray in an {unknown} tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

"Unknown" is added. Take it out. (See #2.)

When you SiT, you don't understand what you say. But the words come from the spirit God gave you (Acts 2:38, 10:45), which is holy. So the words are perfect for the situation. I often SiT when the thing I'm praying for is important.
---Jeffrey on 8/22/05

SiT is to speak the wonderful works of God:

Acts 2:11:
Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

SiT is to magnify God:

Acts 10:46:
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
---Jeffrey on 8/22/05

SiT is to speak to God divine secrets (mysteries):

1 Cor 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.

Notice SiT is speaking in the spirit.

"Unknown" is added. Take it out. (See #2.)

"Him" is also added. Take it out because in Acts 2 someone understood "him", however, the person speaking does not understand what he speaks.
---Jeffrey on 8/22/05

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In Jude 20, "praying in the Holy Ghost" is speaking in tongues. You can also pray with your understanding. (1 Cor 14:15)

When you speak in tongues, you speak a language you don't understand. In 1 Cor 14:4, in KJV, "unknown" is in italics to show it was added. Take it out because sometimes, like in Acts 2, it will be a known language to someone present.

Notice both verses say that speaking in tongues edifies you or builds you up.
---Jeffrey on 8/22/05

Dory, I knew if I opened my big mouth, someone would call me on it. :) But this will be a good review for me. I'll give you what I can remember, some now and some later, ok?

Speaking in tongues (SiT) is to edify you (or build you up, spiritually):

1 Cor 14:4:
He that speaketh in an {unknown} tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

Jude 20:
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
---Jeffrey on 8/22/05

Good point, Jeffrey. There needs to be a distinction between the "Gift of Tongues" and "speaking in tongues." The Gift of Tongues is for the benefit of an entire congregation or group and other than being used of God to be a blessing, has no special benefit to the one speaking forth in the tongue.

How about listing those 16 benefits to speaking in tongues? :)
---DoryLory on 8/21/05

It depends what you mean by "blessed". Many churches HAVE A FORM of godliness, but they DENY THE POWER thereof. Scripture says, unless you have the spirit of Christ, you are none of his. If you truly believe and love God completely, then you will want all that God has for you, in order to be the best servant for him. We need to be endued with power from on high in order to effectively war against the enemy. Please read Mark 16:17,18.
---Eloy on 8/20/05

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Aside from the instruction in 1 Cor 12, 13, and 14 on how to use it in the church, speaking in tongues is mentioned specifically in Acts 2, 10, and 19, and by reference in several other places. Use an interlinear to see the words added or changed from the original, and you'll discover that, besides being a manifestation (not a gift) of the spirit and available to all believers, there are about 16 different benefits of speaking in tongues. - jeffr5976
---Jeffrey on 8/20/05

Jerry, let's not mislead people. I am NOT a liar! From what I understand, speaking in tongues is a special language that only God can understand. Therefore, when we speak in tongues, we are speaking directly to Him. It isn't something one can just "do" either. I very rarely do it. Only on the occasion, when the Lord prompts me to. Also, when I received the gift, I asked the Lord if it was of Him, and if not, to take it away. Well, I still have it.
---Melissa on 8/20/05

Definitely NO! However,today it is said baptism of the spirit is manifested in the speaking of tongues,according to the BIBLE this is incorrect.Upon salvation one is blessed with THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD,the infilling depends upon our communion with HIM,the bible tells us quench not...the bible also tells us to desire the best gifts and yet I show you a more excellent way.Next time someone ask you about the gifts,YOU ASK him what about the FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT according to the book of Galatians.
---joanna on 8/20/05

"Tongues" are nothing more than languages, Spanish, english etc.

Ac:2:5: And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Ac:2:6: Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

Not at all complicated... :)
---Dave5343 on 8/20/05

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Tongues are gifts and in a family if one is given a pair of socks and the other is given a woolen hat by their father they are all blessed. Who says there is a scale of blessings and gifts? Who weighs the blesings of the Lord? Is it man ? If it is, then what scale are you using I would want to know.What measurement is being used? We have all been blessed the same for God is not partial. He loves us the same.
---Steve on 8/20/05

I Cor.13th chapter is often called "The Love Chapter", Christian means Christlike, 'supposedly' so are christians.

I've found this is not always the case!

"Be angry, sin not...."

Bottom Line on Gifts Of The Spirit? [Mk.3:22-26].

It's Getting Like Ephesus Here, Wonder Why? I Cor.15:32-33.
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 8/20/05

To him who said tongues shall cease.Don't read the Bible in parts.Understand the context the verse has been taken then ask the Holy Ghost to reveal what it means to you .Don't judge the Man of God.Benny Hinn is a Man of God. Remember, Miriam when she spoke evil of Moses, the Lord heard it and she was struck by Leprosy . You need to repent b4 God .Leave the Man of God alone, Whatever he has done wrong its btwn him and God. There is only one Judge,His name is Jesus of Nazareth, Son of The Living God.
---Steve on 8/20/05

Pharisee: I really liked your response. I personally do not speak the Babylonian language which some tout so highly, but I know the sweet communion with God of which you speak.
---Jerry on 8/20/05

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1 Corinthians 13:8-10, states that the gift of tongues will cease, that which is perfect has come. The Lord Jesus Christ being perfect has come all the partial gifts has stopped. All those who have the so call gift of tongues are liers, as well those people like Benny Hinn and Oral Roberts. So they are NOT blessed by the Holy Spirit. Either believe the scriptures or reject it, your choice.

Moderator - So knowledge has ceased?
---jerry on 8/20/05

"Heavenly" languages do have advantages, as they confuse "the adversary", edifying the soul simultaneously!

No matter the gift, when filled, you'll know it, nothing like it, you won't care what others think, IF you have it!

Be encouraged, "wait, wait I say on The Lord", as "to whom much is given, much will be required"!


---bob6749_[Elishama] on 8/20/05

Well said Melissa.

There's diverities of tongue's as well as diversities of gifts also [I Cor.12:1-31, 14:1(4-5)40]. Unknown, heavenly, diverse, other, new, stuttering tongues to name a few.

God's greatest gift? YeSHUA/Jesus/Messias The "giver" of eternal life & of gifts [I Cor.12:5]. Cp.I Cor.13:1-12, Gal.5:22-26.
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 8/20/05

No. I have the gift of speaking in tongues, and my husband does not, yet he is truly blessed in other ways that I am not. For instance, his gift is the understanding and teaching of God's Word. God has special gifts for everyone, and He knows who to give what gift.
---Melissa on 8/19/05

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Dave, the Holy Spirit is not partial; He gives spiritual gifts to each of us. There are no favorites. The gift of tongues just happens to be one of the gifts; albeit a very important one, but it certainly does not determine our salvation. GOD LOVES US ALL EQUALLY!!! Just keep singin' and lovin' in His Name, Jesus our Lord! Blessings!
---Elsie on 8/19/05

It really depends on the particular situation one would find oneself in. If I were called to serve as a missionary to a country where people speak a language I don't know and it obviously would enhance the quality of my service, then that gift would be both necessary and welcome!
---Pierr7958 on 8/19/05

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