Monday, April 12, 2004

Speaking in Tongues?

And in the fulfilling of the day of Pentecost, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly a sound came out of the heaven as borne along by the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And tongues as of fire appeared to them, being distributed; and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And dwelling at Jerusalem there were Jews, devout men out of every nation under heaven.

But this sound occurring, the multitude came together and were confounded, because they each heard them speaking in his own dialect.

And they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, Behold, are not these who speak all Galileans?

And how do we each hear in our own dialect in which we were born?

Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya around Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

Cretans and Arabians, we hear them speaking the great things of God in our own languages.

And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying to one another, What does this mean? Acts 2:1-12

Plainly, the text says each person in the audience heard and understood the speaker in the native language of the listener. They understood what was being said, they were not hearing some strange unknown language or gibberish. Again, the speakers spoke of things pertaining to the Kingdom of God in their language and the listeners heard the message translated into their native language. That's what happened at the first Pentecost and it has not happened since. It was a miracle in the hearing.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. I Corinthians 14:33

I had to write this after seeing a show on MSNBC just now.

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