Speaking in tongues? Why?
Read: Acts 2: 1-8, 10:34-48
Additional readings: 1 Corinthians 14: 26-28, Isaiah 66: 18, Psalm 86: 9-10, Revelation 15: 4, Galatians 3:28
Have you heard about speaking in tongues?
It is using an unknown language to pray and worship God.
God has given this gift to some people.
Today, let’s think about why God has given this gift.
(3) One time, many, many years before the time of Jesus, God created many languages so that people could spread all over the earth.
(the tower of Babel, more than 2000 years before the time of Jesus)
Those who understand each other get together and live together.
In this way, they ended up living different parts of the world. (Genesis 11:1-9)
But after Jesus has done a great work on earth, God is confident to help the students of Jesus to use all languages to glorify Jesus.
That was what happened in Acts 2: 1-12.
When the students of Jesus received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they were able to pray in new languages that they had not learned.
Then, other people noticed this miracle. (Acts 2: 17)
Then the disciples of Jesus explained to them about what was happening, because of Jesus.
Then many people repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus: Acts 2: 14-42
Now let’s move to Acts 10: 34-48.
There was a non Jewish family in Israel.
But they worshiped God and help the poor as well.
Then one day, they invited the disciples of Jesus to come and speak to them.
Then when they heard about Jesus, the Holy Spirit came on them.
Then they were praising God and worshiping God speaking in tongues.
But it was not something strange for them any more, because many Christians were speaking in tongues.
They even used this gift during their worship.
So the church leaders gave guidance on how to use this gift during public worship: 1 Corinthians 14: 26-28.
During the worship, they could speak in tongues quietly only to God in public worship.
But they could speak in tongues only when there is its interpretation.
Because those who understand what is said in tongues can share their understanding, all may be benefited.
Now let’s think about why God has given this gift.
What does God want to teach through this gift?
What is the spiritual meaning of this gift?
What does it signify?
Many places in the bible and Revelation 7: 9-10 prophesied something like this:
Many people from every nation, tribe, people and language, will stand before God and before Jesus who died for them.
Then they will cry out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God.
Salvation belongs to Jesus who died for our sins.”
Then they will worship Jesus who has done good, healing all people.
They will celebrate that Jesus is the judge of the living and the dead.
So, giving this gift, God is showing us that one day, all people will glorify God using their languages in worship.
So, when the Holy Spirit is poured out, people worship Jesus using their own languages and even unknown tongues.
God is ready to call all nations to worship Jesus.
God likes to gather people like this because God can give them new heart of peace and shalom. (Isaiah 11:6 and Isaiah 65:25)
Everyone will live out God’s heart toward them.
Then they will rejoice, pray and worship God who loves them all.
God can help them to be respectful of each other.
Then they will be hospitable, welcoming each other.
So, we also need to get ready to welcome all people of the world.
We need to get ready to worship Jesus with all nations!
In this way, we get ready to see Jesus coming back.
We are going to join together in worship, because Jesus has done great and marvelous works so everyone can receive forgiveness of sins through him.
Jesus has shown how God is holy and righteous.
So, God is so confident that God calls all to worship God together.
Jesus will love everyone and we will also love each other because all are the children of God.
Thank you God for this wonderful plan.
May we be part of this.
In Jesus name, we pray.