B. Keith Chadwell
Why tongues? God ordained this gift, in part, as a bridge to facilitate the Kingdom of Heaven coming in earth and the earth being filled with the knowledge of the glory of God. This gift, to be used in faith by believers, was the way God chose to bridge a progressive transition from the Kingdoms of this world to the Kingdom of God being fully manifest in the earth, in spite of the interim inadequacies of flesh and blood.
This is a cooperative project which God has established.
God will not do it without us and we cannot do it ourselves. As we willingly give to Him our unclean lips, He will sanctify them with a coal off of the alter.
7 Salient points From 1st Corinthians 14:
- To speak in an unknown tongue is to speak not unto men.
- To speak in an unknown tongue is to speak unto God.
- Praying in an unknown language is your spirit praying.
- To speak in an unknown language is to speak in the spirit.
- No man understands this unknown language.
- Men, speaking in the spirit, speak mysteries.
- To speak in an unknown tongue edifies the one speaking
Plus, Paul said that he thanked God that he spoke in tongues more than all of his contemporaries.
Obviously, he didn't pray in tongues “more than ye all” in a public meeting or a public place....1 Corinthians 14: in total context is clear enough about that. NO! In his private prayer life!
So...“WHY, Paul, would you speak with tongues more than any of your contemporaries?”
Why? Just to hear his head rattle with words he couldn’t understand? Or, was there some extremely important spiritual basis for him to pray in tongues "more than you all"?
It is obvious from his writings that he knew it was because God was praying through him, bypassing the weaknesses of his carnal mind and flesh. Paul had received the Spirit of God who would at anytime, anyplace, as Paul would humble himself and permit, pray through him. Paul knew such prayer in tongues would be in the Spirit and always would be in accordance with the will of God.
The question is not why he did it...but rather why he or any other Christian would not humble themselves under the mighty hand of God and defer their lips to their maker as was God's intention?
The Psalmist wrote, that the rebellious against God have and would say; Psa 12:4 . "With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?"
Yes… we should, progressively, come to the maturity level Paul spoke of where the need for tongues will pass away; “When that which is perfect is at hand”.
However, until we all come to that perfection; that is....to the stature and measure of Christ, even unto manifest mature Sons of God. Until then, we must not yet be so presumptuous as to set aside the bridge God has provided to circumvent our fleshly infirmities or inadequacies to fully know and pray His perfect will........every time....all of the time.
Look around.... The world has little or no fear of the Lord, little acknowledgement and almost no respect for Christians and the Christ in us. As a whole, even the church knows little of the true hope of their calling which is; "Christ in us, the hope of Glory”.
Creation is in travail, waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God.
We have drunk from the cup of trembling for our iniquities. Too long we have had famine in the land for the hearing of the true word of God.
Awake Church….”And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Eph 6:17-18
What are we waiting for…The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
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B. Keith Chadwell, 2017
High Country Ministry