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Were Paul and Jude both referring to speaking in tongues?

Submitted: 2/18/2009
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Question: Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:4 reads 'he that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prosphesies edifieth the church.' Jude reads in verse 20, 'But ye beloved building up yourselves on your most Holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost.' Paul is expressly speaking to a benefit of speaking in tongues, which is building up oneself. However, can we assume that Jude is saying speak in tongues to build up yourself as opposed to pray in the power of the Spirit? Verse 19 speaks of false teachers who 'have not the Spirit.' Could Jude simply be continuing his charge to encourage Christians not to waver or loose faith? What is the proper exegesis of Jude 20?

Answer: We believe it is possible to pray in the Spirit in one's own language. This means that Jude is speaking of something broader that praying in tongues. While it may include praying in tongues, it also includes praying in one's own language, not in the flesh or just in the mind, but in the Spirit.