Spiritual language

And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one [unified] people, and they all have the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be impossible for them.  Come, let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) go down and there confuse and mix up their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”  So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the surface of the entire earth; and they stopped building the city. – Genesis 11:6-8

Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language,…. These words are not spoken to the angels; for, as Philo the Jew observes, they are said to some as co-workers with God, which angels could not be in this work of confusing the language of people; it being above the power of creatures so to work upon the mind, and on the faculty of speech, as to make such an alteration as was at the confusion of tongues, when people were made to forget their former language, and had another put into their minds, and a faculty of speaking it given; or, however, the first language was so differently inflected and pronounced, that it seemed another, and various; all which could not be done but by Him who is almighty, even that Jehovah, Father, Son, and Spirit, said to confuse people’s language; and the first of these speaks to the other two, with whom He consulted about doing it, and with whom He did it. – Gill’s Exposition

There are two other verses in Genesis previous to this one that have already introduced us to the Trinity.  This is the third one.

Genesis 1:26
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

Genesis 3:22
And the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become like one of Us [the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit], to know [how to distinguish between] good and evil and blessing and calamity; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever–

Belief in the Trinity is simply affirming three important ideas or fundamental facts. This captured in the following statement:

When we have said these three things, then – that there is but one God, that the Father and the Son and the Spirit is each God, that the Father and the Son and the Spirit is each a distinct person – we have enunciated the doctrine of the Trinity in its completeness.

Confusing humanity’s language was the God the Father’s way of protecting us until He would one day restore our unity and communication with Him and one another through the return of the Holy Spirit.

On the day of Pentecost differing languages were involved – remember that this was an obstacle addressed by the Holy Spirit. The message was not tailored for the language, but the language tailored for the message. In that case, everyone heard the same message. Ordinarily, this would not have been possible. If people would have had the control of speaking in other languages, everyone would not have understood the same thing. Differing dialects and manners of expression would have hindered conveyance of the message to the people. Any translator will tell you that there are great obstacles to moving the Word of God from one language to another, and much effort involved in overcoming that circumstance.


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