TUESDAY July 3, 2018
Conviction of the Holy Spirit
Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
1 Corinthians 14:22-23
Clearly there is something not right in this verse. Paul had previously told the Corinthians not to speak in tongues in the presence of non-believers in the Church. J. B. Phillips, who translated the New Testament into Greek, has said this is a copyist error. The translation should read: Therefore tongues are for a sign to those who believe but not to unbelievers… Then the Scripture makes complete sense.
Understand, Paul was not putting down the Corinthian believers; he was correcting them and teaching them the right interpretation of what they should be doing in the Church. Paul wanted the Corinthians to recognize there would be nothing but confusion if people spoke in tongues in the main church service. People were not being spiritual when they spoke in tongues in this setting; they needed to stick to the Scriptures.
Paul brought order to the Corinthian church. If a believer spoke in tongues, instead of bringing a non-believer to Christ, they would push them away. However, if they heard God’s Word spoken to them in their own language, then what would happen? They would understand what was spoken, and, because of the Holy Spirit’s conviction, they would be saved.
Remember, salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit.
Many people have come to Christ as a result of my participation in presenting the Gospel to them. It’s all the work of the Holy Spirit.
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