(BERT FARIAS)Many Christians speak of tongues, they call it a gift. But the word “gift” is not associated with tongues until the 12th chapter of Corinthians when Paul begins his discourse on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We must differentiate between the private and the public use of tongues. If you want to get technical about it, there is no such thing in the Bible as the gift of tongues. Now don’t misunderstand me, generally speaking everything God gives is a gift, but specifically, no.
The initial physical evidence of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues. These tongues are attached to the baptism of the Holy Spirit and are for our devotional use. They belong to every born again Christian, but the tongues is not the gift. The Holy Spirit is the gift (Acts 2:38-39). The gift of tongues is first mentioned in 1 Cor. 12:10 and is called divers kinds of tongues. There is much ignorance in the church world today concerning the topic and private use of devotional tongues and even more ignorance concerning the public gift and use of divers kinds of tongues. And yet if you think about it, diverse kinds of tongues with interpretation of tongues, are the only two gifts that were not operative in the Old Testament. CONTINUE