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The Gift of Tongues

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In early New Testament days, the gift of tongues was possessed by Apostles (Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 14:18), and Some  of the early church (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).

Not every Christian spoke in tongues.

This gift came in one of two ways:

1)    Directly  from the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4; Acts 10:44,45).

These are the only recorded incidents of the Spirit being "poured out" on individuals and empowering them to speak in tongues.  Both occasions were special.

2)    By the Laying on the Apostles’ Hands by an apostle (Acts 19:6; Acts 8:14-17).

This gift allowed those who possessed it to speak by the Holy Spirit in other Languages (Acts 2:6-11).

There is no reason to think that the gift of tongues is anything other than a language when it is spoken of in other passages.  

The word "unknown" used in the KJV (1 Corinthians 14:2) causes some confusion.  This word is added by the translators and refers to a language in which the speaker was heretofore unskillful, hence unknown to the speaker.

The ones who spoke in tongues were to speak a portion of God’s will— either a revelation, knowledge, prophecy, or doctrine (1 Corinthians 14:6).



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