The gift of diverse kinds of tongues: Verse of the Day

Tongues of fire


‭‭I Corinthians 12:7-11 NKJV‬‬
[7] But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: [8] for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, [9] to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, [10] to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. [11] But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

The gift of diverse kinds of tongues is the supernatural ability given to some Believers to speak in languages they have never learned. It is not the ability to rapidly learn another language that is foreign to you. This is a special ability given by the Holy Spirit to an individual to speak fluently in another language. It could be in the language of men or in the language of angels (1 Corinthians 13:1), but it is the same Spirit of God at work.

It is different from our prayer language of tongues which we received when we were baptized in the Holy Spirit. This gift of diverse kinds of tongues need to be interpreted through the use of the gift of interpretation of tongues, for it to be understood and be edifying to the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 14:1-5).

These are Paul’s instructions on the public use of this gift.

‭‭I Corinthians 14:26-28 NKJV‬‬
[26] How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. [27] If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. [28] But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.

This gift, as with the gift of prophecy, releases the manifest presence of God and inspires people to draw closer to God, become strengthened, and move with faith and in power to touch others for Christ. If you love God and want to be an inspiration to the body of Christ, this is the gift to covet.


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