Did Jesus Speak in Tongues
PSSBC School 8
The Holy Spirit and You
(Illumination note 1)
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
Question: Did Jesus speak in tongues when he was on earth?
Answer: Okay. There are two important reasons. The first one is that speaking in tongues was reserved for the New Testament. It was designed to be a sign of the arrival of the Holy Spirit to begin his full ministry in the earth. Now, you have to understand that even though the Holy Spirit functioned in the Old Testament with certain people—there are people who were anointed by the Holy Spirit; they had the presence of the Holy Spirit with them—his full ministry had not taken off so he functioned behind the Father in the Old Testament. And when Jesus came, Jesus received the Holy Spirit; he was full of the Holy Spirit but the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the earth – the full ministry of the Holy Spirit – had not taken off. And so, speaking in tongues at this time had not been given. It was not given to Jesus nor to the prophets of old, because it was to be a sign of the fulfillment of the prophesy of the Holy Spirit’s coming, and he hadn’t come. Jesus said, “I will pray the father;” he said, “when I go to heaven I will pray the father and He shall send you another comforter, even the spirit of truth” [John 14: 16-17], talking about the Holy Spirit. So, the Holy Spirit had not been sent even though Jesus had the Holy Spirit. He said he would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit. So, though he had the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit had not been sent to carry out his full ministry and so when he came to carry out his full ministry, the sign of his full presence in the earth had to be given to us and speaking in tongues is that sign.
Now, I will read to you from 1 Corinthians 14 from verse 21: “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.  Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. [1 Corinthians 14:21-22]” So you can see that tongues are for a sign to them that believe not so that they would know. What sign is it? It is for them to know that the Holy Spirit has come to begin His ministry, and He is here. So, when you hear someone speaking in tongues, you know that what he said, “In the last day, saith God, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;” [Joel 2: 28]. Now, before that prophesy, the Spirit was only given to certain people. Now, the Holy Spirit has come to the earth and everyone can receive the Holy Spirit, who obeys God. The bible says, “He gives the Holy Spirit to them that obey him. [Acts 5:32]” So, you obey the gospel and you receive the Holy Spirit, and you will speak in other tongues.
The second reason to argue that Jesus didn’t speak in tongues was that speaking in tongues was for the believers’ edification – the believer’s building, self-building of the Christian – and this was not what Jesus needed, because Jesus did not require to build himself. He was the Word made flesh. He didn’t require to build; no, He didn’t need that. Remember something that they said that Jesus knew all things having never learned. They never knew Jesus to go to any school, and yet, He knew all things. Where did He know from? Not from any school. The bible says [that] they knew He never learned, and yet, He had all information because He was the embodiment of all knowledge [John 7:15]. So, he didn’t receive the Holy Spirit for the same reasons that we receive the Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit because He is the one to make us children of God. But, Jesus was born the son of God and then He needed the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to carry out ministry. And, we need, not only empowerment but first, we have to be made the sons of God. So, there is a difference between us – how we had to receive Holy Spirit and how Jesus had to receive the Holy Spirit.
Now that we have received the Holy Spirit, what accompanies salvation is required of us and that’s why we have to be built continually through that power of the Holy Spirit; that, Jesus did not require. So, we need to speak in tongues. Let me read that to you. 1 Corinthians 14 says, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church” [1 Corinthians 14:4]. This is, specifically, a New Testament blessing. Not even the Prophets of Old had this and there is a reason for that. They were not people who were born of the Spirit; they didn’t require this. They were not made Sons of God in the Old Testament; they couldn’t have, because Jesus had not come. So, always remember Jesus occupied a very different class. You know, He was not an ordinary man; He occupied a very different class. So, though we are born again and we have been brought into His class as to having the same nature with Him, remember Jesus Christ is the son of God and co-equal with God. We are sons of God and joint-heirs with Christ.
Finally, ...Talitha Kum, Ephphratha, Eli Eli Lamashabaktani..., and other phrases that had to be left in the scriptures the way they were spoken because they were neither Jewish, aramaic, greek or Latin spoke to Jesus often speaking some strange tongues.
Remember Jesus never traveled out of Jerusalem on mission work, the only record of Jesus leaving Israel was when his parents took him to Egypt as a child
Jesus prayed all night in many scriptures
He was alone and whenever he came down from the mountain, great exploits would follow him.
On the mount of transfiguration, light came out of him that covered an entire mountain and the disciples literally witnessed His communion with
Elisha and Moses (Seeing into His light, his heart, his vision and his power)
We can therefore argue that Jesus spoke in some tongues with evidence
of great power demonstrated afterward
Talitha Kumi led to the raising of Jairus daughter from the dead
Ephphatha led to the healing of the dumb
Eli Eli Lamashabaktani led to him giving up his spirit
They couldn't have been mere words....
We are just like Jesus. Being born again, we have His life and nature in our spirits. This has effectively removed us from the class of ordinary men and placed us in the class of God; we’re associates of the God-kind; partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).
You’re not an ordinary person. To consider or perceive yourself to be ordinary is to say Jesus is ordinary, and He’s not. He’s the glory of God. He’s the righteousness and perfection of God revealed. He’s Himself God. The Bible says “…it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell” (Colossians 1:19). Colossians 2:9 says, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” But here’s the part that’s so mind-blowing: the Bible says of His fullness have we all received, grace heaped upon grace (John 1:16).
We’re full of God as Jesus is full of God, because we’ve received of His fullness, and that’s not all. Colossians 2:10 says we’re complete in Him. How glorious this is! When Jesus walked this earth, He was God tabernacled in human flesh, full of grace, glory, and truth. He lived and manifested the supernatural. He walked on water, tamed the wind and the waves, such that His disciples, in awe, exclaimed, “What manner of man is this” (Mark 4:41).
He talked to deaf ears, and they opened. He spoke to blind eyes, and they responded. He talked to lame legs, and they revived. He talked to the dead and they came alive. Now the Bible says, “As He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). That means you can think, walk, talk, and act like Jesus! You’re supernatural and extraordinary, just like Jesus.
When you say to blind eyes, “Open,” they’ll open up. When you command the lame to walk, they’ll walk. You’ve received of His fullness. No wonder He said in Matthew 10:8, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Hallelujah! -
The Lord Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth. He said in Matthew 28:18-19, “…All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” By that statement, He gave His authority to us, the Church. Everything that exists in this world and beyond is subject to His Name.
The Name of Jesus means much more than an identity; it refers to His authority and His character. Being born again, you were born into Christ; you inherited His Name; therefore, you have His authority and His character. You function in His place. Understand this: when you talk, move or act, it’s literally Jesus talking, moving, and acting! All of heaven, hell, nature, living, and non-living things, respond to you as they would to Jesus! What a blessed reality!
You have heaven’s respect; you can go anywhere and be heard; you can pray to God Almighty, and He’d answer, all because of Jesus. In His Name, you have authority over devils; you can speak with new tongues, take up serpents, if you drink any deadly thing, you’ll not be hurt, and you can lay hands on the sick, and they’ll recover. Blessed be God!
No demon, sickness or trouble can stand against that Name! In His Name, you’re more than a conqueror, a champion forever; eternally fruitful and productive. Use that Name today. Hallelujah!
Dear Father, I thank you for the power you’ve granted me in the Name of Jesus. In His Name, I live triumphantly, over and above circumstances, and the perils of this world. I live in perpetual peace, prosperity, health, success and greatness. Hallelujah!
Blessed Father, thank you for your Word that has lifted and placed me on a pedestal beyond the ordinary. I acknowledge my special place in Christ and declare that my life is a manifestation of your glory! I live in, and manifest the supernatural today and always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.