The gift of tongues, the uses for it, and the necessities of it has not been met with too much consensus amongst Christians. Instead of basing our ideas on traditions and opinions let’s have a biblical study of what the bible says about tongues and why it is so crucial for the modern church to emphasize its use.
A Short History on Tongues
The first time we see believers being filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is in the New Testament in the book of Acts. As Jesus was preparing to be crucified He forewarned His disciples of His imminent death yet He also promised them that upon His return back to Heaven God would send The Spirit of Truth, or the Holy Spirit, whom would act as a helper to them (John 14:16). Even after He resurrected, Jesus confirmed that the Holy Spirit would indeed still be coming to encounter them and even instructed them not to leave the city to preach until the Holy Spirit came to baptize them, assuring them that they would receive power once the Spirit came upon them.(Acts 1:5) Not too long after Jesus ascended into the heavens this prophecy came to pass in the second book of Acts.
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues of fire, and one sat upon each of them. and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:2-4
After this Baptism of the Holy Spirit the disciples were now empowered to boldly preach (even Peter, the uneducated disciple who denied Jesus three times), speak in tongues, move in miracles, signs, and wonders, and the church grew at an exponential rate through the power of God working through them as the Holy Spirit.