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Has the gift of tongues ceased, or does God still distribute it through His Spirit to those He chooses to glorify Him in the way He wants?

Well, the Bible says that not everyone has it, and that there are different parts of Christ’s body, each having a particular gift and function.

”Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” (1 Corinthians 12:30)

The gift of tongues of which we read in Acts 2 when the believers received the Holy Spirit was manifested in that particular way to glorify God’s name and to reach out to those people surrounding them at that time – Parthians, Medes, Elamites, etc.

Nevertheless, the scripture teaches us that the gift of tongues is mainly used for personal edification.

“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:4)

It is a way in which the Spirit of God connects with us, scrutinizes the depth of our soul and heart, and helps us to pray in a way that the exact need we have is presented in front of God. Therefore, this gift is also for personal edification and not only for reaching out to people from a foreign nation. Otherwise, why would Paul ask for someone to interpret them when we pray in tongues amid the congregation? (1 Corinthians 14:27)

Chapter 14 of Corinthians doesn’t fully prohibit using the gift of tongues. It just tells us to use it with understanding and to be more interested in reaching out to people than edifying ourselves only. Nevertheless, if we have this gift, we can use it when praying by ourselves or together with other believers in the midst of certain services according to the situation.

To me, 1 Corinthians 13:8, when saying that whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease, talks more of the gift of the tongues in the personal life of the believer, and not that the gift will cease in itself.

There are many different parts in a body, and if we are believers, we need to practice what we have received from God and serve the rest of the community and those in need.

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