THURSDAY July 12, 2018
Decently and in Order
Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.
1 Corinthians 14:39-40
The Apostle Paul ended 1 Corinthians 14 with a final therefore. He once again placed emphasis on the gift of prophecy; it is a principle gift because it is used in the teaching of God’s Word. Paul also taught the Corinthians a whole theology on the gift of tongues. But notice how Paul finished this chapter by saying not to forget to speak in tongues. The gift of tongues should continue to be manifested in the Church.
Let me bring up an important point about those who are called Dispensationalists, those who do not believe the gifts of the Spirit are for today. They believe the gifts ceased in the early church. Yet Paul clearly taught that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today. The gift of healing, the word of knowledge, the gift of tongues, and all other gifts are needed in the Church. They need to be fully exercised in order for the Church to continue Christ’s work. When Christ comes back, we will not need any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, because we are going to be just like Him.
Paul had set everything in order, biblically. What did Paul begin with?
He started with love. What did he finish with? Order. The Church needed order. If there is no order in the Church, there is disorder, chaos and confusion. Paul gave us the key to the whole matter of spiritual gifts in chapters 12-14 of Corinthians. He made sure everything was done decently and in order in the Church.
May God manifest Himself in our lives and, through the Holy Spirit, work through us––fully and completely.
Those who deny that the gifts are for us today and those who insist upon making a hobby of one gift are both wrong, and we are all suffering the consequences of their error.
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