Tongues

A Special Sign for the Early Church - Acts 2:1 – 2:13 (commentary)

There were three great Jewish festivals to which every male Jew living within twenty miles of Jerusalem was legally bound to come—the Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles. Pentecost was so called because it fell on the fiftieth day, a week of weeks, after the Pa …

Speaking Various Languages - I Corinthians 12:1 – 12:11 (commentary)

Paul continues his discussion of the subject of irregularities in the worship of the Corinthian church. There was a self-indulgent spirit in the area of spiritual gifts that produced selfishness, disunity and apparent chaos in the assembly (12:7,25). Unfortunately, the memb …

Preoccupation with Tongues - I Corinthians 14:1 – 14:9 (commentary)

From the various gifts mentioned in chapter 12, the apostle selects three for discussion in this chapter. These are (1) prophecy, (2) speaking in tongues, (3) and interpretation of tongues. Paul compares and contrasts the Corinthians’ preoccupation with tongues and their appare …