Tongues at Corinth: Languages, not Ecstasies!

 

Paraphrase of I Corinthians 12:8-30

Paul made it clear in I Cor. 12:8-30 that not all but only some Christians had the gift of (lingual or multilingual) tongues. Indeed, even the gift of speaking in tongues was quite distinct from the different gift of interpreting tongues.

Explained Paul: "To one is given by the Spirit…diversities of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the selfsame Spirit keeps on working all of these, distributing to each his own — as He [the Spirit] wills…. God has set some in the church…[to exercise] diversities of tongues…. Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?" No! I Cor. 12:8-11,28-30.