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Questions and Answers about Speaking in Tongues

C. Alan Martin

Copyright Low Tide Press - 1997

10. Question:

Can all believers speak in spiritual tongues?

As pointed out in question 9, anyone can speak forth from out of a spirit and produce spiritual tongues. That all believers can speak in spiritual tongues is a logically sound idea, howbeit not recognized by all groups and denominations.

The statement of Jesus in Mark 16 implies that the ability to speak in "new tongues" is inherit in all those who are "believers", and not just those who have been baptized with the Holy Ghost.

Mark 16:
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

1 Corin 14 shows that "devotional tongues" originates in the spirit of the believer:

1 Cor. 14
14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Paul stated that when the spirit in him spoke, it was the spirit of Christ speaking:

2 Cor. 13:
13 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

Paul says in Ephesians 5:19 that when one speaks in spiritual songs, he is speaking to himself:

Ephes. 5:
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Paul states that when we allow "spiritual songs" to live in us, that these "spiritual songs" are actually "the word of Christ". A "spiritual song" is the word of Christ dwelling in us:
Col. 3:
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

The idea being presented by Jesus in Mark 16 requires thought. The believers will speak in "NEW" tongues as opposed to any form of tongues they may have spoken in before. They are "NEW" because they are the product of a new man, a new nature, and a new creature. They are fresh, genuine, and unique.

  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Why do I feel I am qualified to present a FAQ on the topic of tongues?
  • Why do we need a FAQ on tongues?
  • What are tongues?
  • From where do NT "Christian" tongues originate?
  • What is the difference between "merely spiritual" and "supernatural"?
  • Who can speak in spiritual tongues?
  • Can all believers speak in spiritual tongues?
  • When can believers begin to speak in tongues?
  • Are there scriptural examples of the newborn spirit of Christ speaking in the believers in new tongues
  • If all believers can speak in tongues, why do all believers not actually speak?
  • Is "speaking in tongues" (spiritual tongues) a real language
  • What do researchers say about the nature of spiritual tongues?
  • What examples are there of tongues existing outside of Christianity?
  • Can believers speak in tongues (spiritual tongues) at will?
  • What is diversities of tongues mentioned in 1 Corin 12?
  • What about Acts Chapter 2?
  • What is the practical difference between "diversities of tongues" and "spiritual tongues"?
  • What is the significance of the word "new" in the phase Jesus used: "they shall speak in new tongues"?
  • Did Jesus speak in tongues?
  • Are the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Christ separate and distinct from each other?
  • Who and what is the spirit of Christ:
  • Why do some believe that speaking in tongues is a result of being baptized with the Holy Spirit?
  • What is the difference between "Christian Tongues" and heathen tongues?
  • If all men can speak in tongues including all believers, then why do I not speak in tongues?
  • What about 1 Corin 13 and "tongues of men and angels"?
  • Can I speak in tongues now?
  • Who am I that I can speak with new tongues?
  • Why is Acts two prophecy and not "new tongues"?
  • Do we need to be baptized with the Holy Spirit to be believers?
  • Does failure to be baptized in the Holy Spirit invalidate Mark 16?
  • What does the OT say might tongues sound like?
  • Where does the utterance in new tongues come from, and what moves us to speak?
  • What are the two kinds of tongues?
  • Does the Holy Spirit Pray in tongues?
  • What is "singing in tongues"?
  • What factors effect fluency in tongues?
  • Why is speaking in tongues important?
  • What is the reservoir of information from which the spirit of Christ in us draws "spiritual tongues?"
  • What prompts or triggers "spiritual tongues"?
  • Why Are the tongues of Acts 2 not new tongues?

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