Summary: Showing the kinds of toungues in the Bible.
Title: Three kinds of Tongues
Theme: To show the three kinds of tongues in the Bible and show the importance of each.
Text: 1 Cor 14:1-2
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 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 14:1-2 AV)
On Wednesday night we have been looking at some of the “Mysterious Ways of God”. Areas like faith, his word, symbolic action, grace and the law. Many of these areas we do and walk in obedience but they are surrounded in mystery.
Well if there has ever been a topic that has been surrounded in mystery it has to be this Speaking in tongues. When people ask you what church you attend you usually get two responses: 1) oh that tongue talking church or 2) do you speak in tongues.
Then most of the time we attempt to explain it from our experiences. Usually justifying or defending ourselves. Then we get this curious look like huh. I call it the Wednesday night curl “eyes curled up”.
The range of belief when it comes to speaking in tongues stretches from one extreme to the other. I have some people tell me, “It’s not in the Bible”. They are so ignorant of the word or so wrapped into what they don’t want to believe that they miss it all together.
Then the other extreme as one pastor told his congregation “Ok now let us all speak in tongues.”
Although the Bible tells us that this gift has a certain level of control by the person it can only be initiated by the Holy Spirit.
So let us look into scripture and look at what I call, “Three Kinds of Tongues.” For some of you may remember parts of this message. But for many of you, you need a better understanding of speaking in tongues and its uses in the Bible.
Three types of tongues:
1) Spiritual (from God) 2) Psychological (from flesh) repetition of what is heard from others 3) Demonic (from Satan)
I. Initial Evidence 5 of 6 times mentioned in Acts
Speaking in tongues as the Initial evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 2) Samaritan Acts 8:14-19 How did Simeon know that they were filled with the Spirit?
Acts 8:18-19 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost
3) Paul’s filling Acts 9:17-19 Paul wrote in 1 Cor 14:5, 18
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 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Other fruit that comes from the Spirit Baptism
a) personal boldness and power to accomplish mighty works in the name of Christ (Acts
1:8; 2:14-41; 4:31; 6:8 ROM 15:18-19; 1 Cor 2:4) b) prophetic utterances and praise (Acts 2:4,17; 10:46; 1 Cor 14:2 c) sensitivity to sin and desire for holiness (John 16:8; Acts 1:8) d) life which glorifies Christ (John 16:13-14; Acts 4:33)
e) new visions (Acts 2:17)
f) manifestation of the various gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:4-11)
g) greater desire to intercede and pray (Acts 2:41-42; 3:1; 4:23-31; 6:4; 10:9; ROM 8:26)
i) an increasing awareness of God as one’s Father (Acts 1:4; ROM 8:15; Gal 4:6)
II. Devotional Tongues
Speaking in tongues as a devotional tongue. It is done in private.
a) praying in tongues a deeper devotion with the Lord a heavenly language
Eph 6:18a Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
Jude 1:20b praying in the Holy Ghost,
1 Cor 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.
Most important making sure that our prayer comes in perfect harmony with that of the Spirits.