a. There seems to be a contradiction between 1 Corinthians 14:22 and 1 Corinthians 14:23-25. ii. It is wrong to assume anyone perfectly hears God, so it is also wrong to put too much trust and faith in a prophecy. If they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home: In the ancient world, just as in some modern cultures, women and men sat in different groups at church. The word of God did not come from the Corinthian Christians; it came to them from Paul. i. Yet I would not speak unkindly or with contempt even of them. By Paul's "rule of thumb," the beautiful abstract must take second place to the practical. When Peter preached on Pentecost ( Acts 2), he spoke God's message. In the late second and early third century, early church leader Tertullian (160-215) describes how it worked in their church services: We have now among us a sister whose lot it has been to be favored with sundry gifts of revelation, which she experiences in the Spirit by ecstatic vision amidst the sacred rites of the Lord’s Day in the church; she converses with angels, and sometimes even with the Lord; she both sees and hears mysterious communications; some men’s hearts she understands, and to those who are in need she distributes remedies. Musical instruments must use a certain pitch and beat to communicate a song. When thou shalt bless - When thou shalt bless God, or give thanks to him. “How was the meeting?” the one asked. College Press, Joplin, MO. My understanding does not benefit when I speak in tongues (it is unfruitful), but my spirit prays. The hunger for this has also led to the great growth of the home church or house church movement in our generation. All religious services should be so performed in Christian assemblies, that all may join in, and profit by them. i. Again, to God reminds us of the audience of the gift of tongues: God, not men. A word of prophecy will strengthen, not weaken someone. i. d. But even more that you prophesied: As good as the gift of tongues is, Paul sees prophecy as better for the church as a whole. That is, he presents the promises and the “hopes” of the gospel; the various considerations adapted to administer comfort in the time of trial. Lay aside such childish things. c. It is shameful for women to speak in church: Again, because Paul assumed the right of women to pray and prophesy under proper authority in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, the context suggests speak refers to either the judging of prophecy (something for the leadership of the church to do) or to disruptive speaking. We could say that in their enthusiasm and excitement, they went beyond Scriptural order. 1 Corinthians 14:19 “Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”. To what is said there on the nature of this office, it seems necessary only to add an idea suggested by Prof. Robinson (Greek and English Lexicon, under the article, Προφήτης Prophētēs), that the prophets were distinguished from the teachers (διδάσκαλοι didaskaloi), “in that, while the latter spoke in a calm, connected, didactic discourse adapted to instruct and enlighten the hearers, the prophet spoke more from the impulse of sudden inspiration, from the light of a sudden revelation at the moment (1Co_14:30, ἀποκάλυφθη apokalupthē), and his discourse was probably more adapted, by means of powerful exhortation, to awaken the feelings and conscience of the hearers.” The idea of speaking from “revelation,” he adds, seems to be fundamental to the correct idea of the nature of the prophecy here referred to. All preaching should be plain, simple, perspicuous, and adapted to the capacity of the hearers. It “may,” however, be “mental” - a silent assent to what is said, and a silent uniting in the act of thanksgiving. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. All of these we do unto the Lord, not unto man, with the gift of tongues. But he that prophesieth - See the note at 1Co_14:1. No one knew anything and we all taught each other!”. If someone is perfectly satisfied with their ability to relate to God through their understanding, they really have no need for the gift of tongues. d. Let all things be done decently and in order: However, the order should always be the order of the living, not of the dead! Bloomfield renders it, “Let there he as many kinds of languages as you choose.” Macknight, “There are, no doubt, as many kinds of languages in the world as ye speak.” Robinson (Lexicon) renders it, “If so happen, it may be; perchance, perhaps;” and says the phrase is equivalent to “for example,” The sense is, “There are perhaps, or for example, very many kinds of voices in the world; and all are significant. to the heart, the will, the disposition, the feelings, as contradistinguished from the understanding; and the sense is, “My feelings find utterance in prayer; my heart is engaged in devotion; my prayer will be acceptable to God, who looks upon the feelings of the heart, and I may have true enjoyment; but my understanding will be unfruitful, that is, will not profit others. 18I give thanks to God that I speak in tongues more than any of you, Of course, if a person has a wrong heart or chronically speaks wrong words of prophecy, they need to be confronted. Preaching the word of God, on the other hand, is a sign of God’s power to those who do not believe rather than to believers. Five words that teach others are more valuable than thousands of words in strange tongues!!! a. It is tragic that some think of faith as: "something you believe, even though you know it isn't so." range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed The strange tongues in this quotation would be punishment. iii. General Epistles Paul, therefore, says that he would so celebrate the praises of God as to excite the proper affections in his own mind, and so as to be intelligible and profitable to others. - Universal Beginnings (Chuck Missler), Daniel 9-10 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith). Possessing a prophet’s phone number was like having a storehouse of treasured guidance. No man could be useful to the church except he delivered that which was understood, any more than the sound of a trumpet in times of war would be useful, unless it were so sounded as to be understood by the army; 1Co_14:6-11. We may request cookies to be set on your device. Some Christians think cheerfulness a very dangerous folly, if not a ruinous vice.” (Spurgeon), ii. Unless there was something that was suited to excite thought or emotion; unless what was spoken was made “intelligible,” no matter how important in itself it might be, yet it would be useless. 2* For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to human beings but to God, for no one listens; he utters mysteries in spirit. f. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men: Not only is the gift of prophecy directed towards men, it is also largely positive in its character. The object of Paul here is, to show that it was really an endowment of less value, and should be less desired by Christians than the gift of prophetic instruction, or the ability to edify the church in language intelligible and understood by all, under the immediate influences of the Holy Spirit. The Old Testament The gift of tongues, however, as it was the most striking and remarkable, and probably the most rare, was most highly prized and coveted. If man invented language on his own, it would make sense for some language to use that sound. Who shall prepare himself… - The apostle selects a single instance of what was indicated by the trumpet, as an illustration of what he meant. The sense of this passage, therefore, is clear. He then required all to submit to his authority, and to admit that what he had spoken was from the Lord; 1Co_14:36-37. None are used by those who speak them without meaning; none speak them without designing to convey some intelligible idea to their hearers.” The “argument” is, that as “all” the languages that are in the world, however numerous they are, are for “utility,” and as none are used for the sake of mere display, so it should be with those who had the power of speaking them in the Christian church. 14[For] if I pray in a tongue, my spirit* is at prayer but my mind is unproductive. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible They did not receive the word of the prophets who spoke to them in Hebrew, so now they will hear the voice of men with other tongues and other lips. In the Jewish synagogues, men and women sat apart. So, in 1 Corinthians 14:23-25, Paul seems to indicate that tongues are not beneficial in ministering to unbelievers, while prophecy is beneficial to unbelievers. Concludes with directing them to desire to prophesy, and not to forbid speaking with tongues on proper occasions, but to do all things in decency and order; 1Co_14:38-40. i. It may satisfy curiosity to hear someone else speak in tongues, but it does not edify spiritually. . b. If he should come among them speaking foreign languages, it could be of no use unless it were interpreted to them. vii. As John said in 1 John 4:1, Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. It is “safe,” but there is no life. Beza and others suppose it means, that there may he as many languages as there are nations of people. The gifts of the Spirit are never to be made the focus of congregational life. Spiritual gifts - The endowments conferred by the Holy Spirit; See the note at 1Co_12:1. They can never be benefitted by such teaching. The issue is if they can speak publicly in tongues during a church meeting. And I will pray with the understanding also - So that others may understand me. “Propriety very greatly objects to the praise which is rendered by the Primitive Methodists at times; their shouts and hallelujahs are thought by some delicate minds to be very shocking. Speaking in tongues in a church meeting that does not observe these Scriptural guidelines is wrong. Minor Prophets Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. Why? This was done in understandable language. MacKnight ties it in with 1 Corinthians 14:14. 1 Cor 6:6; 7:15; 10:27). Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. (1Cr 14:39-40) A fitting summary of the chapter. Passwords should have at least 6 characters. Speaking with tongues - Speaking foreign languages; that is, speaking them “only,” without any interpreter. (1Cr 14:29-33) Prophecy must also be conducted in order. On Sunday these loafers must be well fed. Minor Prophets i. But we must also consider Miriam, the first prophetess (Exodus 15:20), Deborah, a prophetess who judged Israel (Judges 4:4), Huldah, the prophetess, who taught men (2 Chronicles 34:22-23), Phillip's daughters (Acts 21:9), et. But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. Whether it be in the reading of the Scriptures, or in the chanting of psalms, or in the preaching of sermons, or in the offering up of prayers, in all these religious services matter and opportunity are afforded to her of seeing visions… After the people are dismissed at the conclusion of the sacred services, she is in the regular habit of reporting to us whatever things she may have seen in her vision; for all her communications are examined with the most scrupulous care, in order that their truth may be probed.
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