Monday, October 12, 2015

God wants everyone to hear in their mother tongue

Pentecostés by El Greco, 1597
I was reading in Acts 2 this morning, where it relates what happened at Pentecost when the disciples started speaking after the Holy Spirit came upon them. In verse 8 it says:

"And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?" (NASB)

There was a large crowd there listening, and as the verses that follow clarify, they were from many different places. However, everyone heard the language to which they were born, which is what we at Wycliffe call their mother tongue. It wasn't just Greek, or another language that they might know, but instead they heard about God in the language they knew best. God cared about each one of them, and made His message as clear as possible.

We also believe that no one should have to learn another language to hear about the gift of eternal salvation through faith in Jesus.


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