Words from the Heart for Saturday July 4th, 2020
…to another [is given] speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:10d (NIV)
Tongues and Interpretation
Under the Official Languages Act of 1969, both English and French have official federal status throughout Canada. New Brunswick is the only Canadian province that has both English and French as its official languages to the same extent, with constitutional entrenchment. Quebec’s official language is French, although, in that province, the Constitution requires that all legislation be enacted in both French and English, and court proceedings may be conducted in either language. Similar constitutional protections are in place in Manitoba.
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in power, resting on and filling the lives of God’s people who were gathered. The main result was that those who were watching and listening heard these early followers of Jesus speaking in their own language. It was instant language school. These early disciples would take the Gospel throughout the known world. Everyone that was present that day was given that gift and no interpreter was needed. In 1 Corinthians 12:10d we read something different. It says: “…to another [is given] speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.” In this case, not everyone is given the ability to speak in a variety of tongues but there are those who are. And when they speak, there needs to be someone who can interpret. Sadly, there were those in the church in Corinth who had made this gift a source of pride and it caused division in the Church. In response, Paul would teach about the body and then write the beautiful 1 Corinthians 13, calling all of us, whatever our view of glossolalia to focus on the fruit of the Spirit, to focus on love. No wonder Paul would call it the most excellent way.
These have been words from the heart.