Speaking in Tongues

To read the Bible in a year, read First Corinthians 14:21-40 on September 5, AD 2008
In the first century, God gave certain members of the church the ability to speak fluently in another tongue, a language, without having studied that language previously. Why did He do that? Paul wrote,
In the law it is written:
“With men of other tongues and other lips
I will speak to this people;
And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord.
(First Corinthians 14:21)
He gave some of the early Christians the ability to speak another language instantaneously, that is, miraculously, because He sought to get people’s attention that the speaker might preach the good news of Jesus Christ and His kingdom to them.
Paul explained further, “Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe” (First Corinthians 14:22).
A preacher could go to a country where the people did not know the truth of Jesus Christ, and the preacher did not have to waste time learning the language or use an interpreter, both of which we have to do now, but he could immediately speak to those people in their native tongue. Knowing that the preacher was a foreigner, they would be impressed with his miraculous ability and want to hear what he said.
By this means, God jump-started the kingdom and now it progresses through our natural abilities that He has given us.
Are you using your natural abilities to spread the borders of the kingdom throughout the earth?

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