MONDAY July 2, 2018
Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature. In the law it is written: “With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; and yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord.
1 Corinthians 14:20-21
What does Paul mean in these verses? He literally defined and separated the Corinthians into two categories––those who were mature and those who were immature. Paul taught that in a main church setting, it would be a sign of immaturity to start speaking in tongues. It would show which Christians were not rooted and grounded in the Word of God––those who did not understand the Scriptures.
A mature Christian who was grounded in the Scriptures would know that when a non-believer or carnal Christian was present in the Church, they should not speak in tongues. A mature believer in Christ knew that by doing so, they would quench the work of the Holy Spirit. They did not want to bring confusion to the body of Christ. They made sure proper order was kept in the Church.
Paul quoted a very important prophecy from Deuteronomy 28, and from Isaiah 28:11-12 written in the Old Testament that referenced all the different languages Israel would hear. The prophet Isaiah gave a prophecy that God would use people such as the Babylonians, Medes, Persians and the Romans––those having different native languages other than Hebrew––to bring His judgment upon His people Israel.
Yet some people mistakenly try to use Isaiah 28:11-12, to say that Paul was encouraging people to speak in tongues. They believe Isaiah taught about the gift of tongues, and that it would come to pass. They also believe the gift of tongues was given as a sign that God’s presence was in the Church, so those backslidden or a non-believer could come to repentance.
Repentance is something that is brought about in the human heart by the work of God the Holy Spirit.
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