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

Hi Jeff,I agree that in 1

Hi Jeff,

I agree that in 1 Corinthians 14 Paul wrote that he wished all would speak in tongues but more that they would prophesy. Why did he add that? I would have to assume that he is saying tongues are good for self edification unless there is someone to interpret the tongue. So we see here tongues without interpretation is for self edification. He also mentions that those who speak in a tongue should also pray for interpretation so all may be edified. (not just self)

1 Cor. 14:18,19

I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Paul had already stipulated and shown that these tongues are NOT recognizable languages; in fact he calls them prayer tongues b/c he says the one who speaks in a tongue speaks NOT to man but to God. 14:2
Then he said the one who prophesies speaks to man not to God, since the message is from God.

Actually, the Corinthians has a problem with their gifts. One was saying "I am a prophet so I am better and the rest are nothing!" Paul had to correct that and asked them in Chapter 1 if Christ has been divided. They were divided over this issue and it took 6 chapters for Paul to correct them.

Matthew Henry Commentary on 1 Cor. 14 1-5

He directs them which spiritual gift to prefer, from a principle of charity: “Desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy, or chiefly that you may prophesy.” While they were in close pursuit of charity, and made this Christian disposition their chief scope, they might be zealous of spiritual gifts, be ambitious of them in some measure, but especially of prophesying, that is, of interpreting scripture.

Matthew Henry Commentary

“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.)