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Speaking in Tongues

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“Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.” 1 Corinthians 14:12


The reason we come together is so that we may receive edification. That’s the idea behind all our gatherings, it is that we may give each other meaning of the great truths of God – that all of us may be helpful and useful to each other, and that we may talk or minister to each other in that same language that everyone understands.

“But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?” 1 Corinthians 14:6

Church is a place where everyone should feel at home – even strangers. It’s a place we also speak plainly the things that we know, even if it’s tongues, interpret! “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2

“…if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?”

When one comes to church he or she comes saying, “I need some help,” and if someone tells them God’s word in the language they understand most, you’ve then served a soul. In church everyone’s mindset is set one towards the other asking this question, today “what shall I profit you?” We seek each’ welfare!

“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, [2] Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. [3] Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. [4] Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:1-4

Is Paul forbidding us to speak in tongues? No! He’s saying, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” As 1 Corinthians 14:39-40 says, “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.

Order is what he advocates for if while in church you speak in tongues – pray that you interpret also.
Otherwise “speak in tongues” privately. “Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” 1 Corinthians 14:19

I like verse 28, “But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

In church, you must not speak out loud in tongues if no one is present who can interpret. Rather talk silently to yourself and to God in the unknown language but not publicly.

To be continued ….

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