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Question and Answer

Is it true that if you have the Holy Ghost in you, you will speak in tongues? I put my faith and trust in Jesus but I don’t speak in tongues. Do I not have the Holy Ghost?
You do indeed have the Holy Spirit. But He manifests His presence in you in other ways than by miraculous speech. That gift was never intended to validate a believer’s relationship with the Lord. It was given for a different purpose: as a sign to unbelievers (1 Cor. 14:20–22). It is one of several gifts, and by no means the most useful. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul asks, “Does God give all of us the ability to speak in unknown languages?” He answers his own question with a resounding “No!” and adds, “And in any event, you should desire the most helpful gifts” (vv. 30–31, NLT). Apart from worrying about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, all Christians are urged to concentrate on the fruit of the Holy Spirit, as seen in Galatians 5.

BY C. Donald Cole

C. DONALD COLE hosted Moody Radio’s Open Line for 26 years before retiring in 2008. Before joining the team at the Moody Bible Institute in 1971, Pastor Cole and his wife, Naomi, served the Lord as missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966. Pastor Cole then served as a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque and as editor of Interest magazine.

Pastor Cole authored several books, and was married to his wife Naomi for 65 years before he went home to the Lord in 2012.

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