1 Corinthians 14:26-40

1 Corinthians 14:26-40

26 Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.

27 No more than two or three should speak in tongues. They must speak one at a time, and someone must interpret what they say. 28 But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately.

29 Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said. 30 But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop. 31 In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged.32 Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.

34 Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. 35 If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings.

36 Or do you think God’s word originated with you Corinthians? Are you the only ones to whom it was given? 37 If you claim to be a prophet or think you are spiritual, you should recognize that what I am saying is a command from the Lord himself. 38 But if you do not recognize this, you yourself will not be recognized.

39 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.

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Again, Paul seems consumed with order.  He gives specific instructions such as speaking in turn.  Tongues are part of the service, bot only when they can be interpreted.  So they aren’t done away with; they are only controlled.  The chief reason is that a gift when not interpreted doesn’t benefit the Body.

Paul’s main point in this chapter seems to be “God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” (v. 33)  It’s interesting that the opposite of disorder is peace.  I think the peace he is referring to is the absence of ego in what takes place in the church.  Perhaps we have order in the church, but we’ve overlooked the “peace.”  That can benefit everyone!

 
 
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