In Mark chapter 16:17-18 when Jesus speaks about signs following people who believe the gospel He mentions signs or abilities which believers should be aware they are now able to do. These signs are supernatural as they could not be a part of one’s life prior to believing the gospel. Why, of all abilities God could have given to believers as Holy Spirit abilities did He choose these? My purpose in this teaching is to focus on only one of them… ”They shall speak with new tongues.” Why would God give an ability to speak in a language we could not speak prior to our becoming new creations in Christ and when we speak it we cannot understand what we are saying?

We see this happening in the Book of Acts on at least four separate occasions. We also learn from 1 Corinthians 14 we should recognize this to be a spiritual gift.

There are several interesting facts about speaking in new tongues.

  • The speaker does not understand without interpretation.
  • The hearer may or may not understand without interpretation.
  • In one type of new tongues there is no speaking to man only to God.
  • Speaking in tongues edifies, builds up or encourages the speaker without his understanding.
  • Speaking in tongues helps us pray the will of God when we have no idea what His will is.
  • New tongues are for both private and public speaking.
When we speak in new tongues who is actually speaking? Paul says that our spirit prays and our understanding is unfruitful. So where do the “words” come from? Acts 2:4 says the Holy Spirit gave them utterance or words to speak. If we do not understand what is said how can new tongues be profitable? It is only by faith in the word of God that we recognize the value and reality of speaking with new tongues. We can be confident that as we

speak with new tongues and pray

in tongues (notice the distinction) we are doing the will of God because the word of God says we are.

In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek. There are only three groups of people according to 1 Corinthians 10:32, the Jew, the Gentile and the Church. Jew and Gentile speak the “utterance” or language of their father’s nationalities. In the same manner the Church speaks the language of the ”nationality” they are born into, the Kingdom of God. This is why you cannot speak in new tongues unless you believe the gospel and become born again as a New Creation child of God translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son. (Colossians 1:13) What language did God and Adam speak? How did Adam learn to speak it? Over time or at the time he was created? Just a thought!

When our New Creation spirit born of God speaks in new tongues, how much death, negativity or unbelief do we speak? How about when we speak or pray with our understanding? Do you think we may speak any worry, fear or anxiety? (Philippians 4:6 Amplified)

In a room full of believers from all nations in the natural we would not understand one another speaking to God. Neither will we if all in the room are speaking in new tongues but we could all be preparing ourselves to profit the Church by speaking revelation, prophesying, knowledge or doctrine by interpretation having prayed in new tongues together. (1 Corinthians 14:6)

Jesus said when you

pray go to your closet. He also said speak

to all nations. (Matthew 6:6; 28:19-20) Making and understanding this distinction will help to clear some of the confusion concerning speaking with new tongues.
To make it simple:

Prayer in new tongues is for your edification. Speaking in new tongues is for the edification of others

My prayer language new tongue is

my spirit praying

and I edify myself. (1 Corinthians 14:4)
My speaking with new tongues is

the Holy Spirit giving me utterance

to edify others in their tongue directly or by interpretation. (Acts 2:6-8; 1 Corinthians 14:13; 27)

Adam’s fall is having the understanding darkened by natural senses; why we must renew our mind by revelation light; Isaiah 60:1-2

Carnal or natural mind is enmity against God

Romans 8 we do not know how to pray as we should. Is this job a good one? Is something keeping this healing from me?

Pray in the spirit for wisdom and God’s will. Walk in peace that your steps are being ordered of the Lord.