I knew alot about it already, but a friend of mine didn’t really know anything and wanted me to enlighten her on the knowledge I had.. and my beliefs about it So I did some extra research… I thought I’d share it
So speaking in “Tongues”
Tongues, in greek is “glwÜssa” don’t ask me how to pronounce that, I can give you a website if you want to know how though.
and by the way the new testament was written in Greek, and the Old testament was written in Hebrew and some Aramaic.
so, “glwÜssa” is the Original greek word, the transliterated word is “Glossa” depending on how it’s being used it can mean two different things,
1. the tongue, a member of the body, an organ of speech
2. a tongue
1. the language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations
The New American Standard Bible has this greek word listed 50 times in the New Testament, 25 being used as the noun, being the body part, and 25 as being the language or dialect.
In the book of Corinthians Chapter 13 it talks about tongues, and specifically in 13:8 it says “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” (like I had already shared with you) in that version (which is the “New International Version, which is a really common bible) it uses the word “stilled” in reference to tongues, all other versions uses the word “cease”
I looked up the greek.. I found two different greek words for the same exact verse, I’m not sure why, I’d have to ask someone… they are
Original greek word “katargeÑw” … transliterated word is “Katargeo”
The Definitions are as follows:abolished, abolishing, bring to an end, did away, do away, done away, fades away, fading, fading away, nullified, nullify, passing away, released, removed, render powerless, severed, use.
ANd the other word Original Greek is “pau/w” and the transliterated word is “Pauo”. This greek word is used once in the Bible and it’s in this passage I just refered to. the other word is used 27 times in the New Testament. this “pau/w” definition is cease, ceased, finished, incessantly, keep, kept right, stopped
So that is all the technical jargin. But as you can see, the word tongues is practically another way of saying a foreign language. NOT babbling, and making up your own words, or language.
Here is the verse in context, 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 in the NIV (New International Version)
(8) Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part, (10) but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
It’s my belief that “perfection” in verse 10 means the written word of God. See those 3 things, are Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles used them along with other people at the start of the church (in the book of Acts) to teach and preach about Jesus, also confirm the message using these. Does that make since? God gave these guys those gifts to validate His Words, to people would believe. Back then in the times of Jesus and after his death, those people only had portions of the Old testament floating around (which included many prophesies about Jesus coming, and even dying). An example of this is found in Acts 8:26-40.. you can read that if you want, but it summary, Philip who was an Apostle if I remember correctly was travelling on a road… a carriage so to speak slowly passed him with an “Ethiopian Eunich”. Which an Eunich is an important official in charge of the treasury of his state or city or whatever… is what the verse says.. anyways this Ethiopian was read some scripture he had outloud.. this Ethiopian was actually coming back from worshipping in Jerusalem, the Bible says that God’s Spirit told Philip to go to that chariot and stay near it… when this guy read the verse outloud, Philip asked ,do you understand what you are reading, the guy replied how can I unless someone explains it… so Philly boy jumped in and started explaining it to him, and explaining Jesus.. it must have been a decent trip… later in the verses the Eunich noticed water as they passed by and asked to be baptized.. and so it was done..
So anyways.. that was sorta a side note.. but I believe that the reason the Gifts of the Holy spirit like those 3 mentioned in the above verse have stopped is because God’s Word has been made known to us, we have, he left it for us to read, understand and obey. On the FLIPSIDE… God of course is all powerful, I believe that there is nothing God can’t do.. that isn’t inline with his previous teachings or revealings.. (meaning he won’t and can’t contradict himself) So what I’m trying to say is that, I think tongues could still possibly be used in a matter of someone trying to preach/ teach Jesus to people in crazy foreign languages. That is what a good friend of mine does, him and his wife are bible translators, they went to school specializing in linguistics, and they go to wherever the Bible hasn’t been put in someones language. They learn the language and translate it for them.
So that’s it, that’s what I got. I hope it helped. I Know it’s long, But hopefully I simplified everything, and everything is easy to understand.