Summary: A five part series on the Manifestational-Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Part 3 covers divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit – part III
1 Cor 12:1-11
12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
The Inspirational Gifts, also known as the vocal gifts
God flows blessing through you to others by edification, exhortation and comfort.
Introduction – The gift of tongues
Probably the most misunderstood of all the gifts
The gift of divers tongues and its counterpart, the interpretation of tongues are the only two gifts specifically identified with the church age
Prophesied by Isaiah, Isa 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue he will speak to this people,
Prophesied by Jesus, Mark 16:17 "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
Much of the church today has turned its back on these gifts. (Rom 8:7 Carnal mind, enmity w/God)
We must understand the following scriptural truths:
a. Speaking in tongues is must be done
1 Cor 14:18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; 19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
1 Cor 14:26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
1 Cor 14:37-40 If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. 38 But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39 Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
b. A sign to unbelievers
1 Cor 14:22 Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
c. The miracle of tongues
1 Cor 14:2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.