Speaking with (or in) tongues is “the supernatural gift of speaking in another language without it having been learned.” The Greek word underlying this phrase is glossa, which means a tongue, either as the organ of the body or as a language. Hence, a modern theological term for speaking in tongues is glossolalia. Some modern translations render the KJV phrase “speak with other tongues” as “speak in foreign tongues” (Moffat), “speak in foreign languages” (Goodspeed), and “speak in different languages” (Phillips).
Tag: Holy Spirit
In a New Year’s Eve watch night service on December 31, 1900 a group of 40 Bible school students gathered in Topeka, Kansas to pray for God to fill them with the Holy Spirit as He did in the book of Acts. Dissatisfied with the powerless Christianity they had seen, they had concluded that there was no reason that God would not fill believers today in the same way He had done in the first century.
The baptism by the Holy Spirit must not be confused with the initial regeneration work of the Spirit, which takes place in a person that accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He can be regenerated and indwelt by the Spirit, but miss the actual baptism.