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Bible Challenge – 1 Corinthians 14

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.” v. 33 (NLT)

WOW, what a chapter!!!! From using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, tongues and prophecy, to an order of worship … which includes the instruction for women to remain silent in a church gathering.

Now, before we go into a great debate as to what is being said and how it applies to us today, we have to understand that Paul is calling the Corinthian Church to unity. There are somethings that are being done that are causing disruption, conflict, and making the Church not as effective as it should be.

So lets tackle the first one – Speaking in Tongues! I have already confessed that I believe in this gift, but have seen it used in ways that are not described in the Bible.  This has caused me to be cautious when someone begins to speak in tongues around me.  Maybe you are like me, or maybe it’s just something that I deal with and the Holy Spirit is teaching me to grow in this area.  But here, Paul confronts the self-oriented use of the gift of tongues. People were using the gift to satisfy their own needs instead of using the gift as a sign to unbelievers.  The way they were using the gift of tongues was causing unbelievers to look at them like they were crazy people. This is why he says, “If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space.”

Speaking in Tongues is a Spiritual Gift.  The Bible calls it a Heavenly Language (v.2) but it is to be used wisely. In private, it’s a way that you speak to God through the power of the Holy Spirit.  In public, after speaking in tongues it should be interpreted so others can be encouraged by what is said through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Second – Women! Again, let me put an emphasis on unity. In the Corinthian culture, women were not allowed to confront men in public. Though women have the same Christian freedoms as men, questioning men in a public worship gathering was causing division in the church.  Because women of that day didn’t receive formal religious education as the men did, it was believed that some of the questions asked in public could have been asked and answered at home without disrupting the service.  Again, Paul’s words were to promote unity, not to teach about women’s roles in the church.

Today, I want to be a learner! I admit that I am wrestling with these things also.  I have been challenged to understand the Holy Spirit more in the last couple of months than ever before.  I pray you will be also!

May this be the cry of our hearts.  May the words penetrate deep into our hearts so we can live it, revealing your Spirit in us daily!


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