Gift of Tongues Accounts in the Holy Scripture
The mention of the Gift of Tongues did not first appear in the New Testament. It was prophesied as early as the New Testament. The idea of speaking in different languages has been prophesied in the Old Testament (Smith, 1999). 11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, 12 to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”— but they would not listen. (Isaiah 28:11-12, NIV)
This prophecy has been fulfilled in the New Testament. Paul talked about even when people speak in a different language, the hardened hearts of people will prevent them from understanding. 21 In the Law it is written: “With other tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 14:21, NIV)
The fact that the phenomenon of speaking in tongues has been prophesied in the Old Testament reveals the significance of this gift. The gift serves as a sign by which this gift of the Holy Spirit, as well as the other spiritual gifts, holds an important role in Bible history. According to Strauss (1997), the term “glossa” appeared in the New Testament at least 50 times. It pertains to the physical organ of the tongue, but it was also used to refer to flames shaped like tongues (Acts 2:3). Tongues also depicted speech, as well as language.
The gift of tongues did not just appear in the beginning of the early church. It was also mentioned in the Book of Mark. Jesus Himself predicted that this gif will be made available to the believers.
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Understanding what the Bible has to say about the Glossolalia provides proof that this gift is from God. The different accounts in the Bible shows the context by which believers in the early church experienced this gift. It is significant to understand the context of this gift because by nature it is supernatural. When a person is able to speak in a language that one did not learn, then it is a supernatural phenomenon. Studying the Biblical accounts for Glossolalia provides security in the fact that experiencing this gift can be used to empower the Christians. Furthermore, it will also allow the believers to understand the mysteries behind this spiritual phenomenon.