The Purpose of Tongues
A few weeks ago we looked at the gift of tongues and said:
“’A message from God in a language unknown to the person through whom the message comes.’ This gift is the manifestation of tongues and not tongues as a prayer language. There are three reasons for tongues: (i) Initial evidence for the Baptism of Holy Spirit, (ii) Prayer language and, (iii) A message in tongues.”
The gift and experience of speaking in tongues in the life of a believer is one of the most debated Christian experiences. Today, we’ll look at speaking in tongues through the writers of the Bible. Speaking in tongues has scriptural foundation (1 Cor. 14:2), is ordained by God, gives strength, and builds faith in those who experience it (Luke 24:49).
Speaking in tongues is not required for salvation, as we are saved by grace through faith in the finished work of the cross. You can’t become more saved by speaking in tongues.
So what’s the purpose of tongues?
(1) Tongues are primarily for the devotional life of the believer. It is an important day by day exercise of the Christian.
(2) Tongues help us grow spiritually, bringing attention to Jesus (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:14).
(3) Prayer in the Spirit draws us into an intimate relationship with God. Jude 20 states, “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the HOLY SPIRIT.”
Tongues eliminate the distance between the one who prays and God. Do you feel at times you don’t know what to say when you go to God in prayer? Try praying in tongues. You’ll leave prayer feeling edified.