Is Everyone Able to Speak In Tongues?
This is a very common question for which the bible has very definitive answers.
I suggest you read I Corinthians chapters 12 through chapter 14.
You need to read up on the lists of gifts in Romans 12 and Ephesians 4.
I Peter 4:10 implies that each believer ( for that is to whom the book is written)
has a spiritual gift.”
As each one has received a special gift , employ it in serving one another…”,NASV.
That is A gift not one in Particular, This is not a talent such as music etc.
which we are born with. But a spiritual gift.
Ephesians says in 4:7-8 that He gave us gifts
and verses 11-16 lists some of these gifts.
Tongues is not even mentioned here.
The purpose of these gifts is to help each other grow.
All the way to the end of chapter 5 teaches that the most important thing
is to walk in love just as in I Cor. 13, where it is also speaking of gifts.
Romans 12 presents gift in the context of sacrifice, service and humility
and speaks of a spiritual gift as a measure of faith
allotted to us or given to us by God.
Here is a key verse which is very important in considering any gift.
Verse 4 -9 Tells us that as we given to us, are all members of Christ,
yet we are different so are our gifts , and I quote,
“And since we have gifts that DIFFER according to the grace given to us,
let each exercise them accordingly.”
It goes on to explain several gifts specifically and the goes on
to speak of the importance of love.
Read on in the context to see how we are to love, so practical and amazing.
There is no mention of the gift of tongues here either.
For that you need to go to I Cor, 12-14.
Verse 4 says there are varieties of gifts. Verse 7,
Now to each one is given>the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
He then says the to ONE is given this gift and to Another a different gift,
Not all the same. The context of the passage is just what your question is asking,
should we all speak in tongues. Verse 11 says,
“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing
to each one individually as HE wills.”
He links this to the human body with many examples to make it clear,
Verse 18 says he has placed us in the body just as He desired for the common good,
to say that we are not all hands, or eyes etc.
or we would not function well, so in the body we need
to have different gift to function as we should and grow as believers.
Then He lists the gifts, in order of importance not by its value as to person
but by need by using the words, first, second, third and the listing
the others and ending with kinds of tongues.
By the way the first use of tongues was at Pentecost where each heard in his own language.
He ends by asking retaurical question, you know the answers too.
“All do not speak in tongues, DO they.” The answer is NO! I love verse 31,
“ Earnestly ( the king James says, Covet ), the greater gifts.”
We couldn’t do that if we didn’t know which were greater, could we.
Then the discourse on LOVE. Then 14:1 says,
“PERSUE LOVE YET DESIRE EARNESTLY SPIRITUAL GIFTS
ESPECIALLY“, THE FIRST ONE LISTED.
He then explains why prophecy is better because, it edifies,
exhorts and consoles ( verse 3 ).
In verses 18 and 19 Paul says he would rather spoke
they spoke 5 words of prophecy, that’s what he’s talking about,
than ten thousand in a tongue.
Please read the whole chapter.
In short, you do have at least one spiritual gift,
given to you by the Spirit when you were born again,
but you may ask or seek others. You can’t learn them.
They are gifts given by the Spirit.
Why start at the bottom for others when you should covet the best gifts.
Someone I heard teaching on gifts said that if you don’t know
what your gift is start serving in ways which are comfortable,
for instance teaching or even giving , and it will become apparent.
Maybe you are and encourager or show mercy or
are an apostle ( means missionary) or an evangelist.
Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,
you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?
Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.
Those who fall asleep in Jesus
shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.
Those you've laid in the grave in tears,
you shall meet them again with joy!
Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...
never to part again!
Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.
There is no pleasant way to say it.
The Scripture says,
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
~ Romans 3:23
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved."
~ Romans 10:9
Don't fall asleep without Jesus
until you are assured of a place in heaven.
Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life
first you must believe in the Lord.
You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven
and put your trust in the Lord.
To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.
There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.
That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.
You can begin a personal relationship with Him
by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:
"Oh God, I'm a sinner.
I've been a sinner all of my life.
Forgive me, Lord.
I receive Jesus as my Savior.
I trust Him as my Lord.
Thank you for saving me.
In Jesus' name, Amen."
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