God's Word for Today 1 Corinthians 13b and 14a
July 14, 2012
Paul gives us some disadvantages of having the gift of tongues. No one
else can understand you unless there is an interpreter, so you build up
yourself, make yourself look good and it doesnt help the rest of the church.
Also unbelievers who visit may think you are crazy. Even the one speaking
in a tongue may not understand what they are saying so it isnt even helping
them in their prayers or in their knowledge of God.
We do find on the day of Pentecost that tongues served as a sign for those that
hadnt believed yet. For on the day of Pentecost when they heard them speaking
in the various languages, languages from all over the world, using these
languages to praise God and to glorify the Lord. As Peter then explained to them
the phenomena that they were observing, giving them the scriptural basis, when
Peter was finished with his message and the Holy Spirit had convicted their
hearts, they said, "What shall we do since we have crucified the Lord of glory?"
Peter said, "Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, for the
remission of your sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, for
the promise is to you and your children who are far off." About two thousand of
them believed and were added to the body of Christ that day/
Prophecy or preaching on the other hand is of benefit both to fellow believers
in the church and to those who havent believed yet. So better, he
says to desire to be able to preach or teach, speaking forth God's truth to the
people. As we speak forth God's truth to the people, they are built up in their
faith. They are built up in their relationship with Jesus Christ. They are built
up in their fellowship with the Lord. As we speak forth God's truth, they are
exhorted in their walk with the Lord, in their commitment to Jesus Christ, in
their abandonment of the flesh to live and to walk after the Spirit. And they
are exhorted to trust the Lord, to commit to the Lord, to believe in the Lord.
They are comforted as we speak forth God's Word, as they realize it is all in
God's hands and God will take care of it, and God is going to work. There are
those who in hearing the teaching of the Word are convinced in their own hearts
of the reality and the truth of God. Prophecy serves a wonderful place within
the church to edify, to exhort, to comfort. Unbelievers hearing it don't go away
and say, "You are crazy," they go away saying, "There is something there that's
real." He concludes the chapter with some further instruction on order
within the corporate worship of the church body. Probably what
was happening in the church in Corinth, was everyone or nearly everyone was
speaking in tongues at the same time, with no interpretation and no preaching.
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