Most of What We Know About This Gift is Written By Paul
Much of what is written in Scripture about the gift is written by Paul to the Corinthian church. Apparently many of them had received this gift but did not understand the proper use of it in their gatherings. Paul attempted to help them understand its purpose: “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:4-10). The gift of speaking in tongues was one of many given to believers to aid in the building up of the body of Christ, which is the Church.