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1 Corinthians 14:1-35 - Part B

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September 27, 2022 6:00 am

1 Corinthians 14:1-35 - Part B

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September 27, 2022 6:00 am

Just like anything God gives us, our spiritual gifts can be misused, and we must allow Him to govern their use. In this message, Skip shares how you can discern whether the gifts of the Spirit are being properly used.


Prophesies is something a word from the Lord a message from the Lord will build up stir up torture and it's from God to man. He who speaks in a tongue. His biases with you prophesies edifies self-explanatory, axiomatic sandwich. True that the gifts of the spirit can be used outside of God's intention for them today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip shares about the purpose of the prophetic gifts you can know they're being used properly. Right now want to tell you about a resource that will inspire you to shine God's love even more to the world and those around them as recent U.S. Census revealed that our population is much more diverse than ever before. In fact, over the past 10 years. Our multiracial population increase of 276% which presents new challenges here. Skip, I think to say that this nation is divided would be a gross understatement but I am not going to take sides. Politically I am to take sides, morally, spiritually, and biblically, to raise the conversation to a different level to a higher level to a biblical level because the issue is I see it is not a skin issue is much as it is a sin issue will help you understand this divisive issue from a defined stack to $20 or more today to this type of teaching ministry pastors get stuck with the church and racism is teaching.

Teaching conversation with pastor Tony Clark get these relevant resources today when you get online to clearly or call 819 to 1888 first going to use. Chapter 14 as we join Skip Heitzig for today's message prophecy in the New Testament is far more than just oftentimes like the prophets of the Old Testament.

It is just for telling the truth.

You're just speaking for something from the Lord, like the prophets would speak to Judah. The word of the Lord. It wasn't necessarily about their future all the time was just this is the will of God is what God wants for you.

It was a special declaration for special time to pursue love, desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may, prophets, and now he's in tell you why prop prophecy is more preferable than tongues, for he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him. However, in this spirit he speaks mysteries in the second chapter of the book of acts on the day of Pentecost when they were speaking in that initial manifestation of tongues in Jerusalem, which is a bit different than the manifestation of the Corinthian steel. The essence of it was the same day in Jerusalem said how is it that we hear, each in our own native language them, declaring the wonderful works of God. They were worshiping God. They were praising God in the 10th chapter of the book of acts when the Holy Spirit came upon the Gentiles in Antioch. It says that the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they magnify the Lord again its worship. So what Paul is going to do in this chapter, show us the difference between the gift of prophecy which is preferable and the gift of tongues which is acceptable and desirable, but in the church not preferable in the church, intelligent languages, preferable non-intelligent intelligent language or language you don't understand is not preferable. So he's going to show us the difference. First of all the difference in the direction tongues is directed upward to God. Prophecy is not prophecy is directed downward to the church command from God. Prophecy is God speaking to man tongues. This man speaking to God.

So there's a difference in direction. Also there is a difference in intelligibility when you speak in a tongue you don't know what you're saying unless you have a corresponding gift of interpretation or somebody else has that gift and tells you what you just said when you speak into a word of prophecy in your language you understand you get it. Also there is a difference in edification. When you speak in a tongue you don't edify anybody else around you. It doesn't help anybody around you only edify yourself when you speak prophecy you edify everybody else is listening to. They understand that they get it beautiful so you speaks in a tongue. Here's the direction does not speak to men but to God's so in a meeting and I do want to say this because I I have mentioned this in this series. This chortles kind of series with the series on the gifts of the spirit. I love the Pentecostal movement. I love my brothers in the Assemblies of God church is in the foursquare church is I love the body of Christ.

I love the variety there beautiful people there beautiful men and women of God.

And I love their openness to the Lord. However, in many meetings that they hold.

You will hear an utterance and tongue, followed by something like this, thus saith the Lord all my children are supposed interpretation of God speaking to people well good enough may be the tongue triggered a prophecy but were still now waiting for an interpretation of the tongue, which is a prayer of worship to the Lord is directed to God so the reason that that exists in the Pentecostal movement. I've had endless conversations with scholars on the subject in ministers and that those different veins. They have a little formula that they have worked out in the Assemblies of God and the foursquare church. The Pentecostal churches that tongues plus interpretation equals prophecy that is not a scriptural formula.

It's a clever formula.

I applaud the idea that you are making a nice little understandable formula.

Only problem is it's totally un-biblical. That's the only problem with that formula.

It's not biblical. And because it's not biblical.

I have to rejected. It's not that tongues plus interpretation equals prophecy, tongues plus interpretation equals and interpreted tongue, which is magnify the Lord worshiping God, praying to God thanking the Lord your speaking to God. It's a form of worship and prayer will probably sound much like a Psalm of David or Psalm of Asaph in the book of Psalms, but verse three private or keep it going, but he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. The prophet is speaking on behalf of the Lord and it falls into one of these three categories. Edification to build up exhortation to stir up and comfort to cheer up.

So if somebody speaks a prophecy is going to build you up, it's going to stir you up or motivate you to do something or in a calm you down, or it's gonna comfort you is ill bring consolation to you so I been in meeting verse on Mrs. all our children was a supposed prophecy you know you're all a bunch of idiots and and maybe they didn't say the word idiot. But you know, the sooner that it is really demeaning and condemning is not. That doesn't sound like this description of her prophesies is going to say something a word from the Lord a message from the Lord that will build up stir up or tear up and it's from God to men. He who speaks in the tongue.

This edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church self-explanatory. It's axiomatic when you speak and out a prayer language or a tongue on the manner of angels write an ecstatic utterance. Your speaking and it it is a very edifying experience a wonderful experience to build you up, it strengthens you fortifying to the individual but that's as far as it goes. It doesn't do anything for anybody around unless there is a corresponding gift of interpretation. Now this is all leaving some Ramen building this up as Paul is leaving some he speaks in a tongue edifies himself. You prophesies edifies the church. I wish that you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesy.

For he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues unless indeed he interprets that the church may receive edification so person who speaks an intelligible word in the language of the listeners.

In our case English for the most part we know English.

So what when we when I speak in like I'm doing now. Or if you're in a meeting and somebody gives a word and you understand it. That's much greater than somebody's speaks in the tongue in the public assembly because the whole goal of being together is mutual edification. You can have mutual edification of theirs a babbling and utterance of a vote of about language or prayer language and nobody else around you understands including yourself. Unless you have that gift. By the way, if you do under a tongue out loud and nobody gives an interpretation. Paul will say you are responsible to provide that interpretation. Since you gave the utterance. That's why say it is scripted. God does give us the script and how these things are are two of the operators so I wish that you all spoke in tongues.

Do you remember that in them. First Peter I think is chapter 2 Peter says, whom having not might be chapter 1, whom having not seen. We love and we rejoice with joy unspeakable or inexpressible full of glory that text. Have you ever been the place where there's something in your heart and its it's at a point where psych oh the joy.

Oh what I feel like I can express it. It would human language would defile the feeling it's so deep, so good. What I what I feel like and what I want to say to God is inexpressible. That's were tongues comes in. God provides through the gift of tongues. The ability for your spirit to directly speak to God. God spirit. God is spirit, you're praying in the spirit. Ephesians 6 praying in the spirit Jude I think around verse 20, 21, he talks about building yourself up in the most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, you are edifying yourself, but you are also communicating directly to God. I told you before about how languages impact to an agreement. It's a covenant are packed. Our agreement is English, but if I say to you an estimate or team the left. Later, shall I am most of you unless you speak Hebrew would have no clue what that what I just because the pact we have is not backpacked and lesser bilingual or trilingual makes no sense. You need somebody to interpret soap in the assembly.

Greater zeal prophesies, and he who speaks in tongues again Paul is honing in on only two gifts and I can only surmise this what was going on in the church of Corinth was an expression of the carnality that he addresses in the first few chapters they were carnal. Paul calls him on and part of the carnality was and was a lack of love. That's why love is between chapter 12 in chapter 14 they were coming together in their meetings and it was all about their wanting to express something on their heart and could be a prophecy could be a tongue could be this could be that it was just confusing. So because of that, Paula laborers. In this chapter to set it right to correct that abuse. But now, brethren verse six. If I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, revelation may be a reference to the word of wisdom or by knowledge the word of wisdom or by prophesying or by teaching all of those legitimate gifts, even things without life, whether flute or harp when they make a sound unless they make a distinction in the sounds. How will it be known. What is pipe your plate. For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle. Paul is making the argument for intelligibility within the public worship service. When you get together things done things said things some things spoken should be all things that people understand and he uses two examples, one from the music world one from the military world music world instruments.

If somebody comes up to the piano or the guitar and is skillful and talented and can put notes together and they can play a song that we recommend. All I know that song and we start singing that song there leading us in it. We get that that's beautiful but if someone just takes it just plays an open tuning pattern that's on the guitar. Not a great sound or via kid just grabs and bangs on it's not a great sound same with the military so he blows a trumpet. Now, in the ancient days still in some outfits.

It is the trumpet that make certain sounds. That makes the military move certain actions or do certain things in their unmistakable Not that that charge us what it means, but if the trumpeter goes bonbon bonbon that may turn out the lights and go to sleep or you can adopt one of the two so.

But if you just grab the treatment is blowing your own horn when you come to church you make an uncertain sound. Nobody knows what you're supposed to do you retreat you charge.

Do you lights out. Go to sleep you do, who will prepare for battle. So likewise you, unless you either by the tongue words easy to understand how will it be known. What is spoken for. You will be speaking into the air and I feel some people do just that. They're just speaking into the air. The practice of some assemblies is to gather together, play the song you got them move back and forth and then you know you just going off on her own and pretty soon, one person starts speaking out in a time and another person in another. Pretty soon the whole congregation is Shonda Losh on the lawn and it's all cacophony of sound. Everybody's just kind of speaking into the air.

Everybody can hear. I can hear everybody around me, what they're saying.

That does not seem to be what Paul says is a good thing to do. So again we have the script he's gonna tell us how it is to operate within the assembly. There are it may be so many kinds of languages in the world and none of them is without significance.

Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language. I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks. These speaks will be a foreigner to me. Even so, you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel in on some languages. It's exciting to listen to when I listen to Italian speak because when I listen to Italian speak, I'm not just listening to an Italian speak, I'm watching the Italian speak, write them in the hands a movie with that with the worst and and I try to pick it out and some of the things I can understand because of had a few years of Spanish in Zion or when I hear French is just so beautiful and in the way everything is snow to get all South Holland was wow me, as is so romantic and beautiful. I've no clue what they just said they could've said hey that big Americas listening is sure ugly. It might not be a flattering statement so it doesn't do me any good unless somebody is there to tell me what the meaning of that language is but notice something in verse 11. If I do not know the meaning of the language. I shall be a foreigner to the one who speaks at the and he who speaks would be a foreigner to me. That works translated in English foreigner is an auto model poetic word member that word in your English class onomatopoeia where the word is sounds like what it means.

So the word he uses for foreigner is the word Barbara Ross or we get the word barbarian and that's a significant Greek word because the Greeks believed that their language was not asked language on planet Earth. No other language came close.

No other language was beautiful.

No other language captured the full meaning I have to say the right when it comes to that.

The accuracy part. No other language comes close to the Greek language in my humble but I think slightly educated opinion, but they believe the Greek was yet and that anybody who didn't speak Greek but spoke some other language. It sounded to them, but like this bar bar bar bar bar bar bar and so it was nicknamed bar bar or bar bar Russ it's an honor model poetic term that captures the idea of they love their language so much that every other language sounded like garbage to them like barbarians.

Even so, you since you are zealous verse 12 for spiritual gifts B for the edification. The building up of the church that you seek to excel. Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret if I pray in a tongue, my spirit pray.

So again, I'm praying, I'm not giving a message to Amanda Sato, thus saith the Lord is not tongues plus interpretation equals prophecy if I pray in a tongue I'm so I'm directing you to God, my spirit prays, my understanding is on fruitful or I saying words but I don't understand what I'm saying. This is why many people have trouble with the gift of tongues, even though it is controllable to speak it or not speak it. When one speaks in the tongue because they don't understand it. It's an affront to your intelligence to your intellect you all access babel. That's bar bar bar bar you made that out as gibberish. Such child speak. That's nonsense. And so because it's an affront to your intellect, your intellect wants to be completely knowledgeable and in control of that pullback from but Paul says your spirit is praying, but your understanding is unfruitful.

So I told you and and again we come up with this idea. Languages are packed right we have this understanding we could. Like I said a few weeks ago come up with our own secret language.

Nobody else would know we can come up with words. When Isaiah sentence using another sentence. Nobody knows what it is you and I know what it is your secret language. So with tongues.

It's a pact I have made with God that he knows what it is and have you found in your prayer life that when you pray, you sometimes have difficulty expressing what it is you want to express. In fact, you might even know exactly what you want to be praying for when you pray, was exactly what Paul said in Romans. We do not know how to pray as we ought, so the Lord has provided a way to communicate with him to bypass your intellect directly contact the father in the name of Jesus through the Holy Spirit through this beautiful gift in a way that is powerful and potent edifying of self, but also very very efficacious missing from the series expound now. You Skip to tell you, you can keep encouraging messages like this coming your way to help connect others to God's word.

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