What Language Will We Speak in Heaven?
I love questions like these. It is an interesting thing to think about; and its certainly, if you're a Christ follower, something to look forward to. What language will we speak in heaven?
To try to answer what is to come I think we should first take a look at the beginning. We read in Genesis 1 that God created all things. God created Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. In verse 28, God blesses them and speaks to them, saying “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” So God spoke words, a language, that was understood by Adam and Eve. Later on in Genesis 11:1 we read that "...the whole earth had one language and the same words." I think it would be safe to assume that this is the same language that God spoke to Adam and Eve with.
However as we continue to read in chapter 11, God confuses the languages of the people while in their attempt to build a great city and tower. Gen 11:7-9 reads "7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth." This is the birth of what we now have in thousands of different languages all over the earth. Each one, a fragment of the first language that Adam once used to speak with God while in the garden.
So now we might wonder, when we get to heaven will we remember that language of old? Or will we continue to speak in our native tongue yet be able to understand all the other languages as well? We do see this ability shown in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit gives the disciples to speak other languages. Acts 2:5-8 reads "5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?" To further our thought, there is an important promise in Revelation 21 that gives us a clue of what is to come. As John witnesses seeing the new heaven and new earth, he hears a loud voice coming from He who sits on the throne: Rev 21:5 "... Behold, I am making all things new"
All things. Would that include language? I believe so! We must know that God is holy and without sin. Since the fall in Genesis 3, (when sin entered the world) we have lived as broken people in a broken world. We speak a broken language, one once pure but now tainted and stained with words of filth, envy, gossip, pride and vengeance. James tells us regarding our tongue in James 3:9-10 "...With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so." These things should not be so, nor will they. There will be no foul talk nor cursing in heaven. It will be unfit for holy lips to speak and holy ears to hear. I believe it will be a new language.
With that being said, I think this language, though being brand new, will not be something we find foreign and unknown. It will be a language we find intamitely familiar, known, lovely to speak and pleasing to hear. It will be the blessed, pure, holy language that we, all redeemed saints under the banner of Christ, will forever praise and worship the Holy name of Our Lord God forever and ever in eternity. Amen!