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Tongues, Gift of


In Mark 16:17, Jesus had foretold the disciples, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues.” With the coming of the Holy Spirit, they were gifted with new languages. We shall understand this in diverse ways:

(1) They could speak with better understanding of the scripture,

(2) They could speak different languages that they had not learned before, or

(3) Others who did not know their language could follow what they spoke.


Missionaries go all over the world to preach the gospel as Jesus had instructed. They meet people with diverse languages and cultures that are foreign to them. However, the language all know is love expressed in action. Infants do not know adults’ language. However, they understand the love the family and others express to them. Let us attract others to Jesus and his gospel through the universal language of Christian love and service.


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