As we read through scripture we find a few interesting verses in
1 Corinthians 12
v4 says “There are diversities of gifts but the same spirit”
v6 says “There are diversities of activities but it the same God who works all in all”
v10 says “….to another different kinds of tongues”
These verses are telling us that tongues are not all of one kind but there are different kinds of tongues. This will lead us to the question – What are the different kinds?.
Here are some worth thinking about:-
(1) As we refer to the account of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 we see that 120 people were baptized in the Holy Spirit
- The 120 were with one accord (Acts 2:1)
- They were all in one place, the upper room (Acts 2:1)
What were they doing?
- They all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication (Acts 1:12-14)
- They were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit and BEGAN to speak with OTHER TONGUES (Acts 2:4). We need to also notice that they didn’t speak once and stop. They began to speak..and it still goes on…in the life of believers
What did they say?
- They spoke about the “WONDERFUL WORKS OF GOD” IN TONGUES (Acts 2:11)
- This means they were praising God
THIS IS THE FIRST FORM OF “TONGUES”-TONGUES TO PRAISE GOD
- This manifests during worship
- These are to praise God
- If it is God’s will others around the worshipper can understand (Acts 2:6-11)
- If a person who has the gift of interpretation is at hand – these can be interpreted.
(2) Lets now refer to 1 Corinthians 14:2. It says “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God”
THESE ARE THE SECOND FORM OF TONGUES – TONGUES TO COMMUNE WITH GOD
- These are not given to praise God but are for COMMUNING with God
- These cannot be interpreted because here the “speaking” is to God and not to man
What happens when one communes with God in tongues?
- There is an exchange of mysteries (Acts 14:2)
- The one who speaks edifies himself (Acts 14:4)
Meditate prayerfully on the above material. Read the scripture quotations. Look at previous posts on the Holy Spirit, Tongues , etc to learn more
Watch out for the next post to see more kinds of tongues revealed in scripture
GOD BLESS YOU !