SUNDAY July 1, 2018
Clear and Simple
I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
1 Corinthians 14:18-19
Paul told the Corinthians that he exercised the gift of tongues, and spoke more in his spiritual language, given to him by the Lord, more than anybody else. He was not boasting or being prideful. Paul just wanted to give the Corinthians an important comparison and perspective of what spiritual gifts really edified the Church.
Paul stated he would rather speak five words in the normal human language than ten thousand words in the language God had given him. Why? If Paul spoke in tongues to other people, then no one listening would understand and be edified. He would bring disorder in the Church, and any non-believers present would be confused.
Paul was forbidding the use of speaking in tongues in a normal Church service. He taught us, as believers, that the only way to allow the gift of tongues to be exercise doctrinally and biblically was either in an afterglow service or in private. Paul clearly explained the order of using spiritual gifts, line upon line, and precept upon precept.
We really do not need to the look at the Scriptures in the original Greek language to understand what Paul was saying to us. Christians need to examine how he taught and learn from the Scriptures. Paul expounded the Scriptures to us clearly and simply––I love it!
The Church right now has more fashion than passion, is more pathetic than prophetic, is more superficial than supernatural.
~ Leonard Ravenhill~
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