What is the Purpose of Tongues?
In the previous studies we took a look at every verse in the New Testament related to tongues/languages. We have also taken a look at every verse related to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the terms related to this phrase (based upon Scripture defining Scripture). So what is the purpose of tongues? We will summarize with each purpose and the verses that show this is the purpose for tongues. If anyone reading this study believes there are different or other purposes, go ahead and post a comment with Scriptures to defend your position.
Evidence of being Baptized in/with the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:4-6; Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:6
As a sign to the unbeliever that they might believe
1 Cor 14:22
As a gift to edify the Church when the gift of tongues are interpreted
1 Cor 14:5
To praise/worship/magnify God, to speak to God, to prophesy
Acts 2:11; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6; 1 Cor 14:2; 1 Cor 14:17; 1 Cor 14:28
To be edified
1 Cor 14:4; Jude 1:20
To pray in the spirit
1 Cor 14:2; 1 Cor 14:14-15; Eph 6:18; Jude 1:20
To give a message in tongues with an interpretation
1 Cor 12:10; 1 Cor 14:5; 1 Cor 14:13; 1 Cor 14:26
Supernatural can accompany tongues
To give our tongue over to God
Isaiah 6:5-7 says we all are people of unclean clips
James 3:1-8 says the tongue cannot be tamed and talks about the damage that can be done with the tongues.
So, is it not interesting that God takes unclean lips and an unruly tongue and brings forth praises, worship, and praying in the spirit with the same tongue when a person receives tongues through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. When we are praising, singing, or praying with tongues and have a pure heart, we have given over the part of our body that the Bible describes is one of the most unruly parts of the body. He turns evil into good.
As can be seen, there are a multitude of reasons why as Christians we should speak in tongues. We can edify the church, edify ourselves (again edify is not a bad word), and lift up God through our praises. Miracles can accompany tongues (tongues itself is a miracle). We can submit our unruly tongue to God.
In our next lesson we will look at various objections against speaking in tongues.