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God’s gift of language enables us to preach the gospel and communicate His plan of salvation. That’s the key to the miracle we see in the book of Acts.

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[Gary Petty] Communication. You and I communicate with each other all the time through what? Through language. Without language we would be very limited in how we could communicate, how we could share life with each other. But sometimes language can be a barrier. Try to have a conversation with someone who speaks a different language, and you might be able to communicate a little bit, get a few things across, but you’re never going to have a deep meaningful relationship.

You know there was a time when language was a barrier for the preaching of the gospel because the world was filled with different languages, but the Bible, what we call the Old Testament, those scriptures were basically in Hebrew. And in the first century, the first followers of Jesus Christ for the most part spoke Aramaic. But you had a whole world that He told them to go to.

In Acts chapter 2 we have the case where on the day of Pentecost God poured out the gift of languages, the gift of tongues (Acts 2:1-12 Acts 2:1-12 [1] And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat on each of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. [5] And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. [6] Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. [7] And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? [8] And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? [9] Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, [10] Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, [11] Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. [12] And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What means this?
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). And it says people from all over the world heard the wondrous words of God in their own languages.

Now, many people look at this and really zero in on, oh, the gift of tongues, and how that’s just the power of God. But you know, God doesn’t do miracles just to show off. When God does things He has a reason. The real important part of this passage is why He gave them this gift of languages. He gave it to them so that they could take His words, His message, and they could take it to the world. All these different languages.

You and I live in the benefit of that time, and it’s so easy to not recognize what God is doing. We can pick up this book. We can read it in almost every language on the face of the earth. We can talk to each other and find somebody, someplace who knows our languages and can translate. We’re able to partake of the gospel because there was a point in time when the gospel was held back because of language, and the Almighty God stepped in and gave the gift of tongues.

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