Saturday, April 21, 2018

Paul Says Speak in Tongues But Not in Public

Paul was the King of teaching and man of mighty signs and wonders. Penning one third of the New Testament he had the right to speak on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and in 1 Corinthians 14 he speaks especially about tongues, prophecy and proper church policy. Join me as we look at 1 Corinthians 14:1-2.

OUR TEXT:
1 Corinthians 14:1-2
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

If you read my first article on 1 Corinthians 14:1 you would have seen me unpack - "Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy."
Yet for you who have not read that lets refresh verse I Corinthians 14:1
First of all God says through His Son that the two greatest commandments are to love Him above every thing else, and to love your neighbour as you love yourself.

Paul says that we are to pursue this love of God and pursure this love of mankind. One of the most exciting ways of serving and helping lost humanity that costs nothing and does great things is to walk in the gift of prophecy.

Many people do no know that prophecy or being prophetic means that you can walk in 3 gifts of the Holy Spirit:

1. Word of Knowledge (i.e. Supernatural knowledge about a person present life circumstances or past, information you just could not have known. Like Jesus knowing the name of Tax collecter in the tree that wanted to see Him pass by. Or like how Jesus knew the woman at Jacobs well in Samaria had been married five times and was presently in sexual relationship with a man that was not her husband. This ability to "read a person's mail" is very powerful.

2. Word of wisdom (i.e The ability to give people God's solution and directions for a person's life or problems.)

3. Prophecy (i.e The ability to tell a person their purpose in life, their future, and any other comforting words God wants to speak to them.
Imagine if you could do all that?

Well these gifts are just one prayer away and so far 400 people I have prayed for have done prophecies over my life that proved to me and them that they had received the gifts after the prayer.
Now bearing all this in mind, let us look at 1 Corinthians 14:2 which says:
For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

So what is the use to a person compared to the 3 gifts of prophecy if you go up to them and speak in tongues to them. Tongues is like speaking Japanese to a person who does not even know how to say hello in that language let alone anything else.

You wouldn't persist to try to speak to a new Chinese arrival in your country that waved at you and said "No English, Can't speak English."

Ignoring this Chinese person who had learned how to warn people that they have no idea what you are talking about, and continuing to try and talk to them would make you a fool. You would have to be crazy or mentally challenged.

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