“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
There has been quite a bit of discourse and writings about this first appearance of Spirit-enabled tongues in the New Testament, as well as a lot of controversy and confusion.
I don’t know all the answers or ramifications concerning this gift that came with Power, but I know a few over-riding truths that lead me to want to know more. I am willing to keep an open mind because I want absolutely everything the Holy Spirit wants to empower and bless me with. Do you?
This in fact was prophesied about 700 years earlier in Isaiah 28:11 – but also see Isaiah 28:1-15 for context with the entire chapter. Verse 12 indicates there is rest and refreshment for us!
Isaiah 28:13 implies knowledge from His Word accompanies it, and I imagine this includes the “Rhema”, God-spoken Word referred to in Romans 10:17, where we are told that “faith comes by hearing…”. Isaiah 28:15 talks of protection. Jude 1:20-21 talks of being built up, or edification.
Rest, refreshment, knowledge, protection and edification – do you think these may all be part of the many benefits of tongues?
Tell the Father you want Him to progressively reveal why He and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit with the gift of tongues.
God has all the answers. Ask Him.
Dive Deeper: Study Acts 2:1-22; Isaiah 28:1-15; Jude 1:20-21; Romans 10:17.