SUNDAY June 24, 2018
Edification of the Church
He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church
may receive edification.
1 Corinthians 14:4-5
Paul knew the Corinthians had issues with the gifts of tongues, but building up the Church, using the gift of prophecy was their greater purpose. Paul clarified that a person who uses the gift of tongues builds up themselves, whereas those who exercise the gift of prophesy build up the Church. How does this happen? It happens when a person teaches God’s Word. They automatically use three gifts to build up the Church: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and prophecy.
Paul also explained that when a person interpreted tongues, it was to edify the body of Christ with a Psalm––a praise to God. This is what happened in Acts 2, when about 120 disciples were baptized by the Holy Spirit. People from about thirty nations heard the disciples speaking in their own dialect––praising the Lord (Acts 2:1-11). Notice, they were not saying, “Thus says the Lord,” to give a message, but they were speaking about the wonderful works of God––I love it.
Paul’s teachings on the gifts of the Holy Spirit are important because there are dispensationalists who do not believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today. They teach that most of the gifts stopped with the Apostles. As a result, they teach biblical knowledge to God’s people, with steady on course points. They are not anointed or open to be led by the Holy Spirit to teach; this is not what God intended.
Although these men are good teachers, they lack the anointing of the Holy Spirit, unlike Paul or the apostles who were men full of the Spirit.
When the Gospel of Jesus Christ is presented with authority––quoting from the very Word of God––He takes that message and drives it supernaturally into the human heart.
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