When a person gets born again of God’s spirit, at that moment they receive the spiritual seed which enables them to manifest our heavenly Father’s image. They also receive the power to minister supernaturally.
1 Peter 1:4 KJV – Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Acts1:8 KJV – But ye shall receive power, after that Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me [the resurrected Christ] both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
In the above verse Jesus Christ is speaking to the apostles. However, on the day that they received this promise, Peter declared by revelation that it’s available to all who are willing to believe on the name of Jesus Christ.
Acts2:38-39 KJV – Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many the Lord our God shall call.
Every Christian is supernaturally empowered via the manifestation of the spirit. Nine are listed in 1Corinthians 12:7-10. Speaking in tongues is one of them.
1Corinthians 12:10b KJV - …to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues
On the day of Pentecost speaking in tongues was the supernatural proof to all present that the twelve apostles had received the gift of holy spirit. God gave them supernatural utterance that magnified Him and astounded those present. They were shocked to hear these twelve Galilaean men utter languages that they didn’t know.
Acts2:7 KJV – And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, “Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?”
In other words, how are they speaking these languages. Verses eight through eleven lists all the different languages they were hearing and in verse eleven they exclaim, “we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.”
Speaking in tongues will be a language of men or of angels as mentioned in 1Corinthians 13:1. However the speaker himself will not know the language for it comes by the spirit not by the intellect.
1Corinthians 14:2 KJV – For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue [unknown to the speaker] speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man [the man speaking] understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
The King James Version of the Bible puts words that have been added into the English text that weren't in the Greek text in italics. These words were added to make the English more readable. However in some cases their addition changes the meaning of God’s word. The word “him” in the above verse is one such case. It makes it read as if "no one can understand tongues". We already know from Acts chapter two that that is not true. If you leave the word “him” out it reads correctly.
We know that speaking in tongues is supernaturally speaking a prayer language that God energizes. God giving you the words to speak to Him is like a Dad giving his five year old son money to buy his Dad a birthday gift.
Next up: Why speak in tongues? 1 Corinthians 14:4 says it edifies you, meaning it builds you up. We know it doesn’t build you up via your mind intellectually, It has to be a building up by the spirit. God’s word tells the Christian that he has all spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3) and that Christ is the foundation of our faith (1Corinthians 3:11). This God given prayer language plays a part in helping us grow up into Christ.
When I finally got serious about praying in the spirit (speaking in tongues) much more in my private prayer life, I began receiving break throughs in different areas of my spiritual walk that before seemed very difficult.
Regarding spiritual growth lets take the apostle Paul as an example. He said,
I Corthians14:18 KJV – I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.
Keep in mind that when Paul got born again, there wasn’t any written revelation to the body of Christ; Paul himself received it years down the road. It seems obvious that speaking in tongues played a part in Paul’s spiritual growth. Now if the wonderful apostle Paul (formerly the not so wonderful Saul) was tremendously built up by speaking in tongues; it certainly behooves me to follow suit. I want to be all that God wants me to be.
Here it is plain and simple; speaking in tongues is a manifestation (1Corinthians12:7-10) A gift must be received from the giver before you can benefit from it. A manifestation requires no waiting, but it does require faith obedience.
Acts2:4KJV – And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
They did the speaking; they moved their own lips etc. God didn’t take them over. However, as soon as they began the mechanics of speech, God fulfilled His part and gave them the utterance. You don’t have to worry about God; it’s His idea to begin with. I’ve heard it said that it’s your business that you speak but it’s God’s business what you speak.
When I first spoke in tongues, I was by myself. When I took the step of faith via the mechanics of speech a few words of a language did come forth and immediately my flesh told me I was making it up. But a friend of mine told me beforehand that that would probably happen. She'd suggested that if it did to just keep on speaking until it flowed. Well, I did just that. Then the reality finally hit me; I’m supernaturally bringing forth God energized words! That is Abba Father personal. At that moment it was no longer God so loved the world,...it was God so loves Joe La Valley.
If you are saved and haven’t yet spoken in tongues, I encourage you to do so or more importantly God wants you to do so. If the scriptures I’ve listed here aren’t enough to convince you, and you need more; I have a more extensive Biblical explanation at my web site; www.comewalkwiththefather.com
God bless you as you grow in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.