Speaking in Tongues Part 19
Hermeneutics is a word translated from the Greek word hermeneuo. The word means to interpret. The word is used to mean to translate words from one known language into another known language. In John 1:38 the scriptures state: “Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said unto them, ‘What seek you’? They say unto Him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest Thou? Verse 42 shows the same instruction: “And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, He said, ‘Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas,’ which is by interpretation, A stone. You can see this in John 9:7, Hebrews 7:2, and Acts 9:36. There is only one place this is used to mean something else and that is in Luke 24:27 where the scriptures say: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Here, it is used to explain the content-meaning from one known language into the same known language! Never is the word used in the Bible to mean to interpret an unknown language INTO A KNOWN LANGUAGE!!
The word hermeneuo used with glossa shows the truth that Paul’s subject in 1 Corinthians 14 is a KNOWN foreign language which is translatable. “For he that speaketh in tongues speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” It is nonsensical to think someone could understand what the brother was saying IF no one, anywhere, or in some language could understand him. So the brother’s message could be checked out by many who KNEW the language in which he spoke. In this passage the glossa was a KNOWN tongue and was not used to speak about some language which had not been discovered, or was being used in isolation.
Some have cited 1 Corinthians 13:1 to relate to something not of this world, the tongues of angels. One first has to question IF angels, spiritual-non-bodied beings, have a language in which they speak?? Angels as used here and in many other places (the context has to decide) are God’s messengers, men, who are preachers of the Gospel. See Revelation 2:1, 12, 3:1,7,14 also Galatians 1:6, Hebrews 1:4,7, and 14. MAN WAS COMMANDED TO ‘GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL’, NEVER A SPIRIT-BEING CALLED AN ANGEL!! When those who are Spirit Beings which are also called angels were used of God to communicate a special message, as far as I can read, these Beings ALWAYS spoke in the language of the men or women to which the communicated the message!! Also, one has to assume angels, spirit-beings HAVE physical bodies and these bodies INCLUDE vocal cords, tongues, and mouths with which to express words; hence a language!! I know some of those Pentecostal pastors know more than what the Word of God teaches (or to hear them lie about it), BUT do those spirit-beings called Angels NEED to speak to each other?? THEN, we would have to PROVE these non-bodied, spirit beings have a NEED to communicate with higher spirit beings called Arch angels, or the Godhead, itself!! Every time a Spirit communicated to man or woman they had already theophanized, that is taken upon themselves a temporary, physical form!! Then again, it is assumed that the tongues of angels are SUPERIOR to the tongues of men and since these tongues are UNKNOWN who could prove that??