1 Corinthians 14 Study

Ok I hear alot of people use 1 corinthians 14 as a thing to use to tell people they can’t speak in tongues in church and so I did alot of praying and I mean alot of praying and reading up on this chapter and believe God gave me the answer to this for me and hopefully he reveals it to you also thru what he showed me.

1 Corinthians 14:2-4(NCV)

2 I will explain why. Those who have the gift of speaking in different languages[a] are not speaking to people; they are speaking to God. No one understands them; they are speaking secret things through the Spirit.3 But those who prophesy are speaking to people to give them strength, encouragement, and comfort.4 The ones who speak in different languages are helping only themselves, but those who prophesy are helping the whole church.

We speak in tongues to help ourselves, to build ourselves up, but prophesying is to build each-other up.

1 Corinthians 14:11(NCV)

11 But unless I understand the meaning of what someone says to me, we will be like foreigners to each other.

It’s ok to speak in tongues but it does no good to when your ministering to speak in tongues cause its no good to that person. Praying in tongues is for you and to connect and to hear form God. It’s not to minister to someone. In James 3:4-5 it talks about the power of the tongue used for destruction, but it can be used for good also. When your ministering your words have the power to move mountains and I believe thats what Paul is trying to say when he says we shouldn’t speak in tongues in public speaking.

1 Corinthians 14:22(NCV) says at the end if there isn’t an interpreter they should speak only to themselves and God. Earlier in the chapter it talks about how speaking in tongues is good for the spirit but you don’t use your mind when speaking in tongues so you should also pray with words so you and others can understand what is spoken.

1 Corinthians 14:39-40(NCV)

9 So my brothers and sisters, you should truly want to prophesy. But do not stop people from using the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages.40 But let everything be done in a right and orderly way.

Don’t stop people from speaking in tongues there is a time for it.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11(NCV)

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit.5 There are different ways to serve but the same Lord to serve.6 And there are different ways that God works through people but the same God. God works in all of us in everything we do.7 Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person, for the common good.8 The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom, and the same Spirit gives another the ability to speak with knowledge.9 The same Spirit gives faith to one person. And, to another, that one Spirit gives gifts of healing.10 The Spirit gives to another person the power to do miracles, to another the ability to prophesy. And he gives to another the ability to know the difference between good and evil spirits. The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak in different kinds of languages[a] and to another the ability to interpret those languages.11 One Spirit, the same Spirit, does all these things, and the Spirit decides what to give each person.

Everything is given by the spirit. You need to use what gifts God has given you. For some their gift is tongues. They need to be able to sue that gift and we have no right to tell them they cant do so otherwise. If we tell someone they can’t speak in tongues they we shouldn’t prophesy, give revelations or any other gift of the spirit. All the gifts are of one Spirit if we can’t use one we can’t use all and if we did that we would be Spiritually dead. God gave us his Spirit to help us grow, to communicate with him and to give us power. We can’t say not to do one thing of the Spirit but do another.

There is a devotion for Spiritual gifts in my bible in the book of 1 Corinthians and I want to share what it says so you guys can read it also.

Back at the start of his first letter to the Corinthians(1 Cor. 1:4-9), Paul congratulated the church on their rich experience of spiritual gifts, the special abilities that God gives each believer to help people get close to him. The Corinthians had “ever gift form God”(1 Cor. 1:7).
Yet you catch a hint that something was amiss in their exercise of these gifts as you dig further in the book. First Corinthians 12-14 explains how these believers could use their gifts as God intended.
OF all the spiritual gifts listed in the Bible (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:8-10; Eph. 4:7-13), many gifts sound familiar and ordinary, like teaching, faith, and giving. Others sound more spectacular, like healing, speaking in tongues, and miracles, which many Christians still seek to cultivate today. But each gift takes believers above and beyond their natural talents and abilities. Many are highly sharpened occurrences of traits that all believers are to develop, like wisdom, helps, and mercy.
Though each gift is different, they are all given by the same Holy Spirit. Even though believers engage in a variety of ministries, God is in charge of each. And no matter what God’s people do in building his kingdom, God is the power behind their efforts (1 Cor. 12:4-6).
WHile you might think that spiritual gifts are just for pastors and praying mothers, each believer receives at least one spiritual gift, and each gift has the same point – to benefit all Christians: “SOmething from the Spirit can be seen in each person, for the common good” (1 cor. 12:7). The choice of which spiritual gift or gifts you get isn’t up to you but to God: “One Spirit, does all these things and the spirit decides what to give each person” (1 Cor. 12:11).

Now that’s quite alot to some up and I learned alot thru reading all this. I am glad that alot of prayer went into this first cause God showed me alot and I pray and hope that he shows you thru this what he showed me. Now some stuff in here might be hard for people to understand or they have more questions or want to add something. Well feel free to discuss this in the comments or forums.

Tell next time
Much Love ~ Jeremy

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