Tongues as a Sign Gift 6

52242704ynpnhy_th3rd, this 1 gift is not for all believers. Paul asked rhetorically, “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret” (1 Cor. 12:29-30, NKJV)? The answer is clearly, no.

4th, as a corollary to the 3rd, this 1 gift is not to be sought by all believers. Paul discouraged the Corinthians from seeking this gift, except the gift of prophecy (1 Cor. 14:1-19). Nowhere in Scripture are we told to seek the baptism of the Spirit or speaking in tongues. Nowhere does the New Testament stress tongues-speaking as the main menu in the spiritual lives of believers.

5th, the presence or absence of this gift in one’s life or church is not a sign of spirituality. The Corinthians elevated this gift above the other less spectacular gifts. Yet the apostle Paul rebuked them (See 1 Cor. 14). Tongues-speaking is never the test of spirituality in the New Testament. But love is (1 Cor. 12:31; 13).

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