There is a lot of controversy around the gift of Speaking in Tongues, spoken of in first Corinthians chapter 12. In some Christian circles Speaking in Tongues has been totally dismissed as a demonic language, or the kundalini spirit. For the most part, the people who say this do not understand the gift and this is why they come to the conclusions they have.
In this article, I am going to demystify the gift of Speaking in Tongues and break it down into easy to understand parts.
You see, the Bible speaks about four different types Tongues and these four types can be put into two categories. One category is called public Tongues and the other one is personal or private Tongues.
Public Tongues type 1
The first time we hear about this gift of Speaking in Tongues was in the book of Acts chapter 2:4-14, when the 120 Believers came down from the Upper Room speaking in other Tongues.
Everyone who heard them speak in strange languages thought that they were drunk with new wine. But then there were others that could hear the 120 speaking to them in their own native tongue.
The Apostle Peter then explained to the crowd of 3000, that this was a fulfilment of the prophecy of Joel.The Tongues with which the 120 spoke when they left upper room, were Tongues that were for a sign to the Unbelievers, hence why they could speak in an earthly language that they’ve never heard or learned. This language was translated by the Hearer or the Unbeliever who heard it.
Public Tongues type 2
Now this type of Tongue is also a public Tongue that is spoken within and to the church for all to hear. But the Apostle Paul gives us some guidelines on how to use this gift.
He tells us that if you speak in an unknown Tongue to the church loudly for all to hear, you must have an interpreter. If you do not have an interpreter then you must keep silent.
Private Tongues type 1
1st Corinthians 14:2
Now this is where it begins to get Powerful. The Apostle Paul is telling us that when someone speaks in an unknown Tongue, he is speaking mysteries in the spirit. Now, if someone understood the language that the speaker was speaking in, then it would not be a mystery because somebody would understand it.
Speaking in unknown Tongues is the only way that you can edify yourself or build yourself up in the spirit (1 Corinthians 14:4). Jude says in his epistle that we must build ourselves up on our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.
My question has always been, how do you do that? Praying in unknown Tongues is how you build up your most holy faith.
You’ll always find that Saints who pray in unknown Tongues for extended periods of time, are always on a high level when it comes to their walk with God and revelation of the things of God.
Another observation of mine over the years is that those who do not speak in unknown Tongues also do not move in the nine gifts of the spirit, and if they do, it’s on a very very limited basis.
I could speak more on the subject of unknown Tongues but I have created a few videos on the subject so I will put the link at the end of the article.
Private Tongues type 2
Now, this is when the Apostle Paul is speaking about how the Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered. This type of Tongue, also personal, is what is done in private.
When you are praying in unknown Tongues, sometimes the Spirit leads you into deep intercession and the Unknown Tongue turns into a grown. This is when you know that the Spirit is interceding for you or for someone else.
I hope this short article demystifies Tongues, as a lot of Believers get these four types mixed up and think that there is only one type of ‘speaking in Tongues’. The Tongues which the 120 spoke when they left the Upper Room were an earthly language, but the Unknown language that the Apostle Paul speaks about is heavenly.
Don’t be afraid of speaking in unknown Tongues. You will not be able to understand them, why, because your spirit is talking to God. Remember, the carnal mind cannot receive the things of the Spirit because they are foolishness unto him. To some Believers, unknown Tongues are foolishness, this is because they are always trying to Logic it out.
I’ve learned over my 22 years of being saved that you cannot logic out the moves of God, they’re supernatural and out of the realm of human understanding or logic.