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It is evident that the Corinthian church was having problems with disorders in their public meetings. Furthermore, it seems that the tongues speakers were the ones causing the most trouble. Paul gave these specific instructions.
1. There should be Variety (v. 26a, 27) – The interpretation of Tongues was not to take up the who service. Instead, they should have a multiplicity of activities: the singing of hymns, a lesson (a sermon), a revelation (a prophecy), and yes, a tongue with the proper interpretation.
2. The Goal is to “Build Up” (v. 26b) – The most prized gifts are those used to build up the body of Christ, not the individual members (I Cor. 12:7; 14:12).
3. Rules for Speaking in Tongues (vv. 27-28) - In each meeting, there must never be more than three speaking in tongues (v. 27a). When one was speaking in tongues, the others should be silent (v. 27b). It was important for there to be an interpreter for the tongue speaker. Otherwise, the tongue fails to build up the body. It would be better for the body if the tongue speaker were silent if no one was there to interpret (vv. 27c-28).
4. Rules for Prophets (vv. 29-33) – Like those who speak in tongues, prophets had similar constraints placed on them. They were limited to three prophecies per service (v. 29a). The rest of the congregation was to listen carefully to what they said to determine whether it was in line with scripture. Prophets were to speak one at a time, giving preference to the newer revelation (v. 30-31). Finally, Prophets were to exercise self-control (unlike the pagan false prophets). A Prophet was to display a spirit of Peace, not confusion (vv. 32-33a).
Lord, help me to be on the lookout as to how I can edify other Christians and to always be organized to the point that others will feel comfortable in the things I do.
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I Corinthians 11:1-16Head Covering in the Church
I Corinthians 11:17-22Conduct surrounding the Love Feasts
I Corinthians 11:23-34Conduct surrounding the Lord’s Supper
I Corinthians 12:1-11Speaking Various Languages
I Corinthians 12:12-20Diversity of Spiritual Gifts
I Corinthians 12:21-26Spiritual Gifts That Unite
I Corinthians 12:27-31God Assigns Spiritual Gifts
I Corinthians 13:1-7Qualities of the Greatest Gift
I Corinthians 13:8-13The Supremacy of Love
I Corinthians 14:1-9Preoccupation with Tongues
I Corinthians 14:10-17Tongues Must Be Interpreted
I Corinthians 14:18-25Tongues a Sign to Unbelievers
I Corinthians 14:26-33aInstructions for Tongues Speakers
I Corinthians 15:1-11Three Proofs of the Resurrection
I Corinthians 15:12-19Consequences of Denying the Resurrection
I Corinthians 15:20-28The Resurrection of Christians
I Corinthians 15:29-34Effects of Denying the Resurrection
I Corinthians 15:35-44What Our Resurrection Body Will Be Like
I Corinthians 15:45-50Comparison of the Natural and Spiritual Body
I Corinthians 15:51-58Victory is Coming
I Corinthians 16:1-12Giving of Money and Time
I Corinthians 16:13-18Qualifications for Leadership
I Corinthians 16:19-24Paul’s Closing Remarks