Speaking in tongues (Acts 2:4)

“All of them

Were filled

With the Holy Spirit.

They began

To speak

In other languages,

As the Spirit

Gave them this ability.”

καὶ ἐπλήσθησαν πάντες Πνεύματος Ἁγίου, καὶ ἤρξαντο λαλεῖν ἑτέραις γλώσσαις καθὼς τὸ Πνεῦμα ἐδίδου ἀποφθέγγεσθαι αὐτοῖς.

The author of Acts indicated that all of the apostles were filled (καὶ ἐπλήσθησαν πάντες) with the Holy Spirit (Πνεύματος Ἁγίου).  They began to speak (καὶ ἤρξαντο λαλεῖν) in other languages (ἑτέραις γλώσσαις), as the Spirit (καθὼς τὸ Πνεῦμα) gave them this ability (ἐδίδου ἀποφθέγγεσθαι αὐτοῖς).  Acts is the only Greek biblical writing that has this word ἀποφθέγγεσθαι, that means to speak forth, speak out, or declare.  The Holy Spirit came to all the individual apostles.  They began to speak out in other languages.  Was this the gift of tongues or only the ability to speak another language?  Are you able to speak in more than one language?


There have many revivals of Christianity.  One of the latest 20th revivals was Pentecostalism that has a vitality in its worship.  Pentecostal Churches have loud and lively music, hand clapping, testimonials, speaking in tongues, and prayers in the Spirit.  There is an emphasis on the Holy Spirit that has often been forgotten in mainline churches.  The fastest growing Churches are precisely these charismatic Pentecostal churches.