KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:4″ Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”
In our previous study we said the Bible reveals to us nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. These nine gifts could be further divided into three groups. They are:
1. Gifts of utterance
2. Gifts of Revelation
3. Power Gifts.
We would first consider the Gifts of utterance. This group of gifts has to do with saying or giving a message to others. They include divers kinds if tongues, interpretation of tongues and prophecy. We would consider the gift of Divers kinds of tongues. This kind of gift is very different from what we find the Bible speaking about in 1st Corinthians 14:2, 14. 1st Corinthians 14:14 reads “For if I pray in an unknown tongues, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful”.This is a special prayer language that the Holy Spirit imparts to any Christian who desires to have, to enhance his spiritual life. It is not meant to be used to give a message to others. It is used in praying to God.
In 1st Corinthians 14:27, 28 the Bible said the following “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two or at the most by three and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church and let him speak to himself and to God”. The gift of divers kind of tongue is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit meant to give a message to the whole church in tongues, so that he or she that gave the massage may interpret or another person interpret it.. We see in the scripture above, that is 1st Corinthians 14:27, 28, the apostle says in the church there should be about two messages for the church given in tongues or at most it must be three. If there is no one to interpret then that person must stop giving his message for the church in tongues.
The gift of Divers kinds of tongues needs someone to interpret it. It is always a message meant for the whole church. It is not a prayer unto God or speaking unto God. It is a sign to all unbelievers who join the brethren (1st Cor. 14:22) every such message must be interpreted. There should be someone with the gift of interpretation of tongues to interpret it into the common and known dialect of the congregation.On this note I wish to add that the gift of interpretation of tongues goes alongside the Divers kind of tongues.
The gift of interpretation of tongues is a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit that enables one to interpret a message given in tongues for the congregation of believers..
Heavenly Father I pray that the Holy Spirit will stir in the hearts of all believers to desire earnestly for these gifts of the spirit.
1 Corinthians 14:21″ In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord”.
1 Corinthians 14:27-28” If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God”.