Are tounges a mystery language known only by God or anther language?

rfields's picture

During the pentecost Peter is said to speak in anther tounge, could this just be the Greek language. Also in 1Corthinians where it is talking about spiritual gifts it says that if one is speaking in tounges in must be interperted or it is for nothing. If the spiritual gift is anther language can't anyone learn it and that is not a gift from God. Does anyone have some insight on the subject of tounges.

RichWh1's picture

Prayer tongue vs Prophecy tongue

Jeff

What occurred in the book of Acts 2 is not what Paul was referring to when he wrote to the Corinthians since the tongues they speak are unknown to everyone except God. The person is PRAYING in the Spirit
In Acts 2, the apostles were PREACHING in tongues at first. They spoke and others heard them in their own languages, not as the prayer language of 1 Cor. 12-14

Acts 2:4-8 " And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?"

Paul writes of the gift of tongues

1 Cor. 14: 2-4 "For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. 3 But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. 4 One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church."

“It is a necessary basic assumption of biblical interpretation that attention to the plain meaning of the text is the door to healthy understanding of the Bible.” (Paul Karleen Ph.D.)




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