Tongues 5

Posted: September 12, 2013 in Tongues
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Tongues

Welcome to the new readers.  Last week we read that EACH CHRISTIAN HAS A GOD GIVEN GIFT.  BESIDES YOUR
GOD GIVEN GIFT, YOU CAN IMPROVE ON THE OTHER SPIRITUAL GIFTS.  SPEAKING IN TONGUES IS NOT THE
MOST IMPORTANT GIFT FOR STRENGTHENING THE CHURCH.  Let’s verify this with more scriptures.

1 Corinthians 14:5  I would like everyone of you to speak in tongues, but I WOULD RATHER HAVE YOU PRO-
PHECY, HE WHO PROPHECIES IS GREATER THAN ONE WHO SPEAKS IN TONGUES, unless he interprets, so that
the church may be edified.

1 Corinthians 14:6  Now, brothers, IF I COME TO YOU AND SPEAK IN TONGUES, WHAT GOOD WILL I BE TO YOU,
unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy a word of instruction.

1 Corinthians 14:9  So it is with you.  UNLESS YOU SPEAK INTELLIGIBLE WORDS WITH YOUR TONGUE, HOW
WILL ANYONE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SAYING?  You will be speaking to the air.

1 Corinthians 14:11  IF THEN I DO NOT GRASP THE MEANING OF WHAT SOMEONE IS SAYING, I AM A FOREIGN-
ER TO THE SPEAKER, AND HE IS A FOREIGNER TO ME.  So it is with you.  Since you are eager to have spiritual
gifts, TRY TO EXCEL IN THE GIFTS THAT BUILD UP THE CHURCH.

1 Corinthians 14:18  I (Apostle Paul) thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.  BUT IN THE
CHURCH I WOULD RATHER SPEAK FIVE INTELLIGIBLE WORDS TO INSTRUCT OTHERS THEN TEN THOUSAND
WORDS IN A TONGUE.

The above scriptures tell us that speaking in tongues (especially in the church) means nothing if the hearer can-
not understand.  Therefore, when speaking in tongues (in the church) shouldn’t there always be an interpreta-
tion of that tongue?

Next week, we will read about the requirement of an interpretation when speaking in tongues.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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