Why Speaking in Tongues is strange

Whether you speak in tongues or not, one thing is certain; speaking in tongues is a strange phenomenon. Oddly enough, as someone who possesses the gift of speaking in tongues, sometimes I find people who speak in tongues to be very strange.

I have also experienced startling encounters while at it. So, why is speaking in tongues quite a mystery?


God created things in dimensions. For instance, the world we live in is three dimensional (3D) which simply refers to the three spatial dimensions; length, width and height. However, we have higher dimensions where spiritual beings such as angels and demons operate. God Himself dwells in the highest realm, which is the infinite dimension because He is above all creation.

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:13

As you go upwards in dimensions, the level of understanding increases. For example, an angel who operates in the 5th dimension is able to know a lot about human beings and other spiritual beings in the lower dimensions.

Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit and it is bound to seem strange and confusing because it is an expression that originates from the infinite dimension; which goes to explain why it is an act that is perceived to be beyond the human experience.

When we pray in understanding, we engage in an earthly language that only captures issues in the three dimensional (3D) point of view. That’s why in the Lord’s prayer we say, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to mean physical food, but as we move to higher dimensions, the bread is no longer the wheat product but the word of God. In an even higher dimension, the bread represents Jesus Christ, the bread of life.

Speaking in tongues is a language that enables us to express ourselves to God, who dwells in infinite dimensions.

For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:2

In 1 Corinthians 13:1, Apostle Paul talks about the tongues of men and tongues of angels, indicating that men have the ability to speak the language of angels at a dimension where angels can understand. When a man prays above this dimension, angels and every other being that dwells in lower dimensions cannot understand him; only God can. This is because the language can only be understood or interpreted from the highest level where God is seated.

This explains why the devil cannot understand when we speak in tongues. Although the devil operates at a higher dimension than human beings, he doesn’t operate at higher dimensions than God and angels. So when we speak a language that can only be interpreted by angels or God, the devil who resides in a lower dimension cannot perceive the message. Speaking in tongues is truly a powerful gift from God that should be highly treasured.

I hope this explanation brings more clarity around the mystery of speaking in tongues. It may sound complex but I pray that God helps you understand. Blessings.

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