Does the speaking in tongues refer to the spiritual gifts in 1 Cor 12:10-11?
In the bible, what does speaking in tongues refer to? Is it the spiritual gifts in 1 Cor 12? Or do you mean to say that without speaking in tongues we cannot be saved?
➠ Neither the Bible nor the True Jesus Church ever commands anyone to speak in tongues to be saved. Speaking in tongues is given by God rather than an action to take. We cannot command anyone to speak in tongues to receive salvation.
➠ But the Bible does promise that everyone who believes in the true gospel and is baptized will receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38,39; Eph 1:13). The believer also needs to pray and ask for the Holy Spirit (Lk 11:13). When he receives the Holy Spirit, he will speak in tongues.
➠ It is our duty to preach the full gospel according to the Bible. We are not in the position to conclude whether anyone who has never known the full gospel or heard of the true church will be saved. If we deny the words of the Bible based on people’s experience, then we could even go as far as saying that believing in Christ is not necessary because countless good people in history had died without believing in Christ; are they not saved? What is important is personal accountability. If you have heard of the gospel but refuse to obey it because someone else had never heard of it or received the experience, you are still personally accountable to God.
1 Cor 12 says that not every believer must speak in tongues.
How do we explain this?
➠ In 1 Corinthians 12:10, Paul is referring to preaching in tongues, which must be interpreted (see 14:26-28). The gifts mentioned in this passage are for the edification of the church. Speaking of tongues here does not refer to the speaking of tongues when receiving the Holy Spirit which need not be interpreted.
➠ “Do all speak with tongues?” (v. 30) also refers to preaching in tongues because it is followed by “do all interpret?” In other words, not everyone has the gift to preach in tongues.
➠ Though not every believer can preach in tongues to edify the church, everyone who has received the Holy Spirit speaks in tongues. Speaking in tongues is definitely the sign of receiving the Holy Spirit. The apostles received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and spoke in tongues (Acts 2:1-4). Peter and the other disciples were certain that Cornelius and his relatives and friends received the Holy Spirit because “they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God” (Acts 10:44-47; see also Acts 19:6).
➠ If Paul regarded speaking in tongues as insignificant, why did he thank God that he spoke in tongues more than all the believers? (see 1Cor 14:18).
Speaking in tongues refer to when a person has received the Holy Spirit. It is a sign. We do not insist that every believer should preach in tongues but it is important to know the difference. When a person receives the Holy Spirit, they will naturally be able to speak in tongues in prayer.
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