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,

You said " I know of people who "babble" and call it baptism in the spirit when in reality no one knows what they are saying, not even the speaker. That is indeed an unrecognizable tongue because it is no tongue (not a language), it's non-sense."

I do as well and I must say that that kind of babble is not biblical nor is it supported by Scripture. What we do know that at Pentecost the apostles had spoken in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance and each person heard them 'in his own tongue' Afterwards, when Peter addressed the crowds, he was speaking to all and he probably used the Greek language, which was the trade language of the times.

In 1 Cor. 14, Paul refers to order in the church when he addresses the issue of tongues. So are the tongues Paul wrote about the same as what they experienced in Acts 1? I doubt it.

Paul himself said he would rather speak 5 words in a known language to instruct then 10,000 in a tongue. To me, that means Paul was more interested in instruction in the congregation than he was in tongues.

The Corinthians had been caught up in their gifts so much they were comparing one another and some saying their gift is better than others'. They were getting big heads b/c they had a "better" gift than someone else.

Paul addressed that partially in I Cor 1:10-12 "Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you."

“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.)