Today our topic is about being filled with the Spirit and speaking in other tongues (glossolalia).
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. (Eph 5:18-19)
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Ac 2:4)
And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Ac 9:17)
The Bible encourages us to be filled with the Spirit and to praise the Lord and sing hymns and melodies to Him. What an joy and an honor!
To be filled with anything indicates that all of a person’s faculties are pervaded by it, engaged in it, or under its influence. We, as believers and followers of Jesus, are to allow the Holy Spirit to have such a mighty influence and impact upon us that He is able to pervade and engage literally every area and portion of our being.
When the Bible says that they spoke with “other tongues” it means that they spoke in languages that were not their own. Acts 2:9-11 lists which languages were heard that day.
To speak with other tongues – At the building of Babel the language of the people was confounded; and, in consequence of this, they became scattered over the face of the earth: at this foundation of the Christian Church, the gift of various languages was given to the apostles, that the scattered nations might be gathered; and united under one shepherd and superintendent (επισκοπος ) of all souls. (Source: Adam Clarke Commentary – https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/acts-2.html. 1832)
As the Spirit gave them utterance – The word αποφθεγγεσθαι seems to imply such utterance as proceeded from immediate inspiration, and included oracular communications. (Source: Adam Clarke Commentary – https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/acts-2.html. 1832)
There are believers who still speak in tongues today, and who usually operate in the fruit of the Spirit as well as in the gifts of the Spirit. They typically believe that miracles still happen all over the world because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb 13:8) Hallelujah!