Speaking in Tongues

There is, however, another dimension to this unusual phenomenon of speaking in tongues, if the tongues in view here and in the church at Corinth were in the nature of foreign languages. In discussing the question of tongues-speaking in 1 Corinthians 14, Paul cites Isaiah 28:11-12 (‘Through men of strange tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me’) and indicates that tongues are ‘a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers’ (1 Cor. 14:21-22)

Sinclair B. Ferguson, The Holy Spirit – Contours of Christian Theology, 61.

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