Apostle Grace Lubega
Acts 2:6-11 (KJV); Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
The miracle of Pentecost was not merely the experience of men speaking in tongues.
Our theme scripture reveals firstly that all the people gathered in the upper room were Galilieans. When the Spirit of God descended upon them, they spoke in other tongues.
This upper room experience was extremely extraordinary. When some people read this scripture, they assume that this was about several people speaking in different languages, that is, Peter speaking in Parthian dialect, James speaking in Medes or John speaking in the language of the Elamites. This is far from the experience. The language of the scriptures is this, “And how hear we EVERY MAN IN OUR OWN TONGUE, wherein we were born?”
What happened was that as each man spoke, the Parthians heard those words in their language, the Medes heard those same words in their language, the Elamites heard those exact words in their language, the Cretes heard the same words in their language, and the Romans and Arabians heard that one man speak in their own language.
Such is the power of the utterance given by the Holy Ghost!
When the Spirit of the Lord speaks through a man, the words of that man are capable of being translated into various languages to as many as should hear him. Language is not a barrier to the Spirit.
FURTHER STUDY: Zephaniah 3:9, Genesis 11:1-6
GOLDEN NUGGET: When the Spirit of the Lord speaks through a man, the words of that man are capable of being translated into various languages to as many as should hear him. Language is not a barrier to the Spirit.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I thank You for the gift of the Spirit and His utterances. My language agrees with His language. I speak with His conviction and carry the power in Him to translate to whoever must hear me. By this wisdom, I minister to multitudes, in Jesus’ name, Amen.