Summary: DESCRIBES THE THREE PURPOSES OF TONGUES IN THE SCRIPTURES
THE PURPOSE OF TONGUES
1. ONE OF THE NINE SPIRITUAL GIFTS OF ADRESSING THE CHURCH-
2. THE WITNESS OF ATONMENT OF SIN- EVIDENCE OF H.S. INFILLING.
3. PRAYER LANGUAGE-
HAVE TONGUES CEASED?
1 Cor 13:8-10
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
1. THE WITNESS- EVIDENCE OF H.S. INFILLING.
1100 glossa (gloce-sah’);
of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication, a language (specially, one naturally unacquired):
34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.
35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
*** Is it any wonder that Christians speak praises and adoration in other tongues since praises flow from the heart where Jesus now lives?
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
*** This language of the spirit is a truly undeniable initial sign that one has received a new heart.
*** Everything that God created has a communicative language.
*** Wind has a language, Water has a language, Is it hard to believe that the spirit has a language.
2. ONE OF THE NINE SPIRITUAL GIFTS OF ADDRESSING THE CHURCH-
1 Cor 14:13-28
13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
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?
17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
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.
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.
23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
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.