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.

JeffLogan's picture

Tongue = language

Hey RichWh1,

In another post of yours about Ephesians you made a good point i.e. that people forget to quote verse 10 "we are created for good works" --which they do because verse 10 would disprove the very point they are trying to make.

Well, here in 1 Cor. 14 you are forgetting to quote verse 5 "I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified."

Notice it says unless someone interprets. This means that the tongues (or language) of which Paul speaks could be, and should be, interpreted by someone who understands that language if that person were among the assembled. Of course God understands all languages and if no one is there to interpret then the one speaking in a tongue unknown to the others in the group is understood only by God--so he speaks only to God because only God can understand that language.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible has this to say: The object of this chapter is to show them that the ability to speak in a plain, clear, instructive manner, so as to edify the church and convince sinners, was a more valuable endowment than the power of working miracles, or the power of speaking foreign languages.

This becomes more obvious when we read Paul's remarks about musical instruments needing to make distinctive sounds in order to be understood. This may mean simply that we are not to mumble, or ramble, or whisper, or use rhetoric or impressive words. It doesn't mean what some would like it to mean.

Here's the entire passage, verses 1-5.

1 Corinthians 14
New International Version
Intelligibility in Worship

1Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. -Proverbs 18:2 NIV



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