Speaking Their Language

As I recently read Acts 2:5-12, I discovered an encouraging new perspective on the Holy Spirit: He enabled people to understand spiritual truth in their own language. I think differently about what this could mean in a broader sense.

We read this about the arrival of the Holy Spirt at Pentecost.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

When the Holy Spirit came, each disciple spoke a special, native language unique to the person listening. It occurred to me to ask the Holy Spirit to somehow give me words that translate into the heart language of the listener or reader. While not a literal foreign language or dialect, it nevertheless functions as a special way of speaking. I want to talk about the Lord and have the listener hear it in an intimate and perfect way, in a way that strikes the heart as only the Holy Spirit can do.

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