Speaking in a tongues is the believer’s external manifestation in the senses world of the internal reality and presence of the power of the holy spirit.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Jesus Christ declared that believers would “speak with new tongues.” It does not say “only apostles”. It does not say “only in the first century.” It says “them that believe.” God’s Word was written for those who want to believe, we need to get back to the simplicity of this truth.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Is it God’s will for us to speak in tongues?
1 Corinthians 14:5
I would that ye all spake with tongues …
1 Corinthians 14:14-15
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth… What is it then? I will pray with the spirit…
1 Corinthians 14:18
I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.
1 Corinthians 14:37
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
Do we have to speak in tongues?
No, but anyone who studies God’s Word regarding tongues should have a great desire to speak in tongues and to operate the other manifestations of the spirit once they are born again.
What are the benefits from speaking in tongues?
To edify you and to build yourself up – 1 Corinthians 14:4, Jude 20
1Co 14:4 NKJV
He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
Jude 1:20 NKJV
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit
To speak to God and he speaks mysteries – 1 Corinthians 14:2
1Co 14:2 NKJV
For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
To speak the wonderful works of God – Acts 2:11
Acts 2:11 NKJV
Cretans and Arabs — we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.“
To magnify God – Acts 10:46
Acts 10:46 NKJV
For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,
To pray perfectly, making intercession according to the will of God – Romans 8:26-27
Romans 8:26-27 NKJV
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
To give thanks well – 1 Corinthians 14:17
1 Corinthians 14:17 NKJV
For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.
To have the Spirit bearing witness with our spirit – Romans 8:16
Romans 8:16 NKJV
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God
To know you are a joint-heir with Christ – Romans 8:17
Romans 8:17 NKJV
And if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
To strengthen you with might in your inner man – Ephesians 3:16
Ephesians 3:16 NKJV
That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
To be a sign to unbelievers – 1 Corinthians 14:22; Mark 16:17
1 Corinthians 14:22 NKJV
Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
Mark 16:17 NKJV
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
Rest to the soul – Isaiah 28:11,12; 1 Corinthians 14:21
Isaiah 28:11-12 NKJV
For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear.
1 Corinthians 14:21 NKJV
In the law it is written: “With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord.
A believer operating the manifestation of the spirit called tongues will be edified spiritually, spiritually built-up. He can operate this manifestation in two situations: in public and in private.
- The bulk of a believer’s speaking in tongues is in his own private life. As such, speaking in tongues in private will be prayer or praise to the Father and, therefore is never interpreted. This prayer and praise is spoken of as “praying in the spirit.” When you speak in tongues it is the spirit in you which is in direct communication with your heavenly Father, and as such your spirit is edified.
- A believer can speak in tongues publicly in a believer’s meeting. When a person publicly speaks in tongues, he must always interpret.
Please note, if you see in a ministry or church or you manifest the spirit, all must be done, decently and in an orderly fashion. God does not throw you on the floor, and you end up laughing like a hyena. God has given us instructions about the manifestation of the spirit in His word, and as believers we are to be obedient to His instructions. If you are in place or ministry whereby they are not adhering to these instructions, which God has given, you have the choice to go up to the elder of that ministry to speak and correct that elder, with scripture, and if he does not want to hear you, I would suggest you leave.
From my own personal experience, I have met many people who have walked away from the manifestations of the spirit because of these disobedient ones, who do not manifest the spirit, in an decent and orderly fashion, in accordance to God’s instructions.
1 Cor 14:39-40
Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
ASK God – and ACT.
This was based on a Cortright Teaching. If you would like to read up more on speaking in tongues, you can read the following teaching in more depth at the following links: