Being Baptized in the Holy Ghost and Speaking in Tongues Bible Study
Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 12:28). New believers who cannot pray in the tongue should pray to God to give them this gift. You can also ask your pastor to pray for God to give you the gift of speaking in tongues. Jesus said that God will give his Holy Spirit to anyone who ask (Luke 11:13). To receive the Holy Ghost, you must believe in Jesus and repent of your sins. After that, you must get baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
Interpretation of tongues is a different gift of the Holy Ghost. Someone who has the gift of the interpretation of tongues can interpret the meaning of the tongue language that the person is speaking. Christians should constantly speak the tongue language and pray in the Spirit. Speaking in tongues build yourself up (1 Corinthians 14:4).
Interpreting the tongue language enables others to be edified (1 Corinthians 14:5). In 1 Corinthians 14:23 - 24, when you speak in tongues, other non believers won't understand what you are speaking unless someone interprets it. If someone interprets the tongue language, the non believer can understand and become convicted so that he will worship God as well.
When you speak in tongues, no one can understand what you are saying including the devil except God. The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf by telling God all our problems through the tongues when we cannot pray in words according to the will of God (Romans 8:26 - 27).
The gift of speaking in tongues was first given to the disciples of Jesus who were gathering at a house. While Jesus' followers were gathered in the house, the Holy Spirit came and rest on each of them like tongues of fire (Acts 2:1 - 4). Then, they started to speak in other tongues. In Mark 16:17, Jesus said that those who believe in him will cast out demons in his name and speak in tongues.
Praying in tongues is not necessary for salvation. A Christian can be filled and baptized with the Holy Spirit without having the gift. When you pray in your mind, others can say Amen and give thanks. This will build others up. When you speak in tongues, you are building yourself up but others are not built up. Therefore, Christians should pray both in their mind and speak tongue language.
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