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1 Corinthians 14:1-35 - Part C

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September 28, 2022 6:00 am

1 Corinthians 14:1-35 - Part C

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September 28, 2022 6:00 am

Some spiritual gifts seem more mysterious and confusing than others. In this message, Skip shares how God intended the gift of tongues to be used to build His church.

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Anyone speaks in a tong therapy to the most re-not everybody wants, ecstatically speaking B1 or two at the most three time returns and let one seems more perplexing than others. Today on connect with Skip Skip purpose and parameters of the spiritual gift of tongues. First, did you know that Skip shares important updates go encouragement on social media. Just follow him on Facebook, twitter and Instagram to get the latest from him in this ministry that Skip Skip HITZIG when you come into a relationship with the living God. Your life changes forever, and the way you come to know God is by knowing his word. These teachings are available in the US all around the world to help friends like you grow closer to the Lord, you can help take the fry Even further to give a gift today that or call 819 to 18, 88, 819 to 18. Thank you for changing lives with the gospel.

Now we are in first Corinthians chapter 14 as we dive into today's teaching with Skip some languages. It's exciting to listen to what 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 right there in the hands of movie with that with the words and I try to figure out some of the things I can understand because of had a few years of Spanish or when I hear French is just so beautiful and in the way everything is slow to get. Also wow make a monster so romantic and beautiful. I've no clue what they just said they could've said hey that big Americas listening is struggling. 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 forerunner to the one who speaks and she who speaks will be a forerunner to me that outbursts translated in English, forerunner is an auto model poetic word member that word in your English class onomatopoeia where the word 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 best language on planet Earth.

No other language game 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 Barbara or Barbara Ross is an honor model poetic term that captures the idea of a 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, let it be for the edification of 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 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 is made that out as gibberish. That's 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 that your understanding is unfruitful. So I told you and and again we come up with this idea, language is a packed right we have this understanding we could. Like I said a few weeks ago, with our own secret language. Nobody else would know we can come up with words when I say sentence using another sentence.

Nobody knows what it is you and I know what it is. Their secret language. So with tongues. It's a packed. 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 what's 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. What is the conclusion verse 15 what is a conclusion then I will pray with the spirit. I will also pray with the understanding that could mean I'm in a pray in tongues and pray with interpretation could mean sometimes I will pray in the spirit and tongue. Sometimes I will pray in English and in the or he might language that I understand I will sing with the spirit singing in that tongue language.

I will also sing with the understanding that you'll notice four times the phrase I will I will I will I will. This shows me that all of this is under our control. He will say the spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet in just a few verses. This is the controllable aspect of his own like I'm afraid to open up the spirit. I might stand in line at the bank or at the grocery store and to start jabbering to that Best Buy can happen unless you just need medication for some reason that's not going to happen. The whole and if it does please don't blame the Holy Spirit gets blamed for enough stuff.

That's weird. I will pray this. I will pray with the understanding means I can pray it at any time.

I can pray in English. I can also pray in the spirit. Otherwise, verse 16. If you bless with the spirit. How will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say amen at your giving of thanks.

Since he does not understand what you say.

That makes perfect sense right somebody jabber's chatters in a tongue and an ecstatic utterance, and you can go right on what you say anyway and out. You only agree with something you get and understand that you actually agree with. By the way, you know what this shows me that in the early church congregations people set.

Amen. Amen. And I love during worship tonight as we were singing and there was beautiful words of exhortation, prophecy. There were people some of you I heard behind amen amen Soviet I agree with that works because you understood what was being said.

That is Paul's point, I would you say manager giving of thanks. Note notice again giving of thanks is directed upward is not a message from God. The people is directed toward God. It's a giving of thanks, he does not understand what you say. For indeed, verse 17. Here it is again for interview.

Indeed, give thanks, well it's one of the best ways God has provided for you to praise him.

Thank him, worship him, communicate to him, but the other is not edified. Verse 18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than y'all more than you all yet in the church.

I would rather speak five words with my understanding that I may teach others also, than 10,000 words in a tone now if if Paul says I wish you all spoken tongues. If Paul says I speak in tongues more than you all yet.

Evidently, Paul did not speak tongues when he was in a group of people then if he spoke in tongues that much.

Where did he do it yet. You have to conclude he was in his private devotional life and that is where tongues finds its highest place is not like good there's an unscripted meeting. There's an after gonna go unleash my tongue gift that's permissible as long as there is interpretation that is permissible not to deny that. But its highest place is in your personal private devotional life you that's there's no other conclusion.

Putting all these verses together than this, I found something by an author a wonder read to John Harper said tongues is a hard language as a baby lies in his mother's arms and babbles to his mother. They both understand what he means. So we lie in God's arms and babbled to him and we both understand it's beautiful. Is it just a beautiful description as a child of God speaking to him directing that prayer to have you give thanks.

Well it in the church.

I'd rather speak five words with my understanding that I may teach others than 10,000 words in a tongue, brethren, verse 20. Do not be or do not be children in understanding I want to understand these things when she to get these things. However, in malice or an evil and sin be base but it understanding premature now. I did say that is pretty straightforward except for a couple of verses. I want to introduce you to those couple of verses in the law it is written with men of other tongues and other lips.

I will speak to this people.

Yet for all that they will not hear me, says the Lord.

Therefore, tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. Therefore, if the whole church comes together in one place and all speak with tongues, and their comes in one comes in.

Those who are uninformed or unbelievers they will say you're out of your mind. But if all prophesy and an unbeliever or uninformed person comes in. He is convinced by all that is convicted while this is a difficult couple of verses because you read one of the verses make sense and you keep reading and those verses seem to contradict the previous verse God to speak to these people with the tongue. The menaces tongues are a sign for unbelievers, not for believers. So, it's such a difficult verse to translate that one scholar by the name of JB Phillips don't know if you've heard of him but he wrote a great New Testament translations which I have referred many times believes this is the one and only place in the New Testament that it is it is mistranslated in English. He believes we are facing a copyist error and just want to share with you what he said the Phillips translation of verse 22. Is this that means that tongues are a sign of God's power, not for those who are unbelievers, but for those who already believed, not just the opposite of what we read. So he believes it's a copyist error in this verse and only this verse in the New Testament is a little note in that translation says, thus this is the sole instance of the translator departing from the accepted text and it's because of the next three verses we have here either a slip of the pen on the part of Paul which I just agree I don't think that ever happened because of the inspiration of the Scripture or says Phillips. More probably a copyist error so what Phillips says this verse means is that tongues services sign to believers of God's power, but not so fast, that's a possibility he's quoting from the Old Testament book of Isaiah chapter 28 it's what's interesting about that is even say it's written in the prophets.

He says it's written in the law that he's yet rabbinical training. He knew that the law, the Torah was the first five books of Moses, not Isaiah it could be that he simply referring to the laws.

All of the Old Testament, the Tanakh, the Hebrew scholar or he's quoting Isaiah knowing it's Isaiah, but in his mind he's thinking back to Deuteronomy 28 Deuteronomy 28 is a list of blessings and cursing and one of the persons in Deuteronomy 28 God says to his people, his people, children of Israel. You disobey me if you don't keep my word.

I am going to allow people to invade you from other nations whose language you will not understand then in Isaiah chapter 28 this text is given by the prophet Isaiah quoted by Paul with men of other tongues and other lips. I will speak to this people.

And yet for all that they will not hear me give you quickly the context of that Isaiah the prophet speaking to the children of Israel that God was going to send them judgment that the Assyrians were coming down from the north.

It Artie taken the northern kingdom captive in 722 BC they were threatening the southern kingdom of Judah. We know that Judah did not fall to the Assyrians.

It would eventually fall to the Babylonians in 586 actually 605 597 and 586 BC, but they were not listening to the words of the prophet Isaiah who is speaking in plain Hebrew to them in their native tongue. They were not listening to it. In fact, they were mocking Isaiah, saying oh he's giving us milk instead of real meat. He's just giving us precept upon precept, line upon line here a little, there a little. In other words, he's just giving us straight Bible messages. Where's the flash man was the excitement.

Isaiah says okay since you will not listen to God's in your native tongue. God's going to give you a sign in speak to you by having people come in who will invade your land, whose language you will not understand the Assyrian, the neck is the Babylonian top and when you hear them talking in their language that's gonna be assigned to you. That's what Paul is lifting up and saying here. Tongues are a sign so it could mean that just like Isaiah who said the tongues of the foreigners are to be a sign of God's judgment.

Do you that he is saying tongues are a sign for unbelievers in that it's a sign of the judgment of God didn't even understand the plain words of the gospel, the plain words of Scripture, let alone these mysterious words spoken in the tongue and provided with an interpretation. That's one meeting of or or when he says tongues are a sign to unbelievers. He could not be referring to the unsaved people but to save people who are unbelieving of the things of the spirit make sense to get you get that and here's why say that he's quoting Isaiah 28 Isaiah 28, the prophet is speaking to God's people not Gentiles, not unsaved people be part of the covenant relationship in the Old Testament, and he saying this is what this way you can hear foreign tongue.

This may be a sign of judgment. You sold like they were assigned to God's people back then, tongues are assigned to God's people who do not believe in the movement being conversant in the things of the spirit as he is outlined in chapter 12 and so it could be that is referring to believers who are unbelieving in the legitimacy in the perpetuity of the gifts of the spirit.

Therefore, if the whole church comes together in one place and all speaks with tongues, and their come in. Those who are on in the formed. Those who are uneducated and then or unbelievers know this one probably referring to the unsaved, the uninformed would be a reference to the unbelievers in the previous verse unbelieving spiritual gifts is all a possibility. That's why say this is not an easy text to unravel.

But if all prophesy and an unbeliever, uninformed person comes into your speaking out intelligible language is inherent he's convicted of all, and thus the secrets of his heart are revealed. And so falling down on his face he will worship God and report God is truly among you know I can't tell you how many times I've had people over the years come up to me after the sermon angry saying who told you who told me what you know who told you to my wife call you this week or to my friend, you're my husband. Are you I heard what you said you couldn't have said those things unless you worse unless you knew my situation as you just describe what I'm going to. I said I'm nuts. I need to know your name. First of all I'm not snooping on you were following me around town. I had my much too little time on my hands to do that. But what you're experiencing is a prophecy a direct word of God through the teaching because gifts are often paralleled and coupled together and combined together.

That's what your experience, how is it then brethren, whenever you come together each of you has Osama teaching the time the revelation and interpretation that was that's going on in current everybody has some little thing to say or to add to a service free-for-all that all things be done for ratification. If anyone speaks in a tongue here's here's the script here's the parameters anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be to at the most three so not everybody wants our brokerages ecstatically speaking, let it be one or two at the most three. In turn take their turns, and let one interpret someone will give an utterance there will be an interpretation somebody else can do it later on in that meeting. As Devon interpretation. One can do it. Interpretation after three no more 845 you cut it off at three. Why because it say so that's all I can tell you what I know why the can before five. It is as in a meeting at the most three, then you're done. Same with prophecy.

By the way, but if there is no interpreter, let them keep silent in the church, let him speak to himself and to God private devotional life directed toward God be do-it-yourself under God led two or three prophets speak of the others judge Carino is the Greek word discriminate why it out see if it first, somebody gives a prophecy somebody an elder. Somebody should be there. A mature believer, I any but group of believers should be able as a wingman I didn't sound scriptural to me or who that lines up with Scripture as a direct quote. As for that's awesome. So were judging. First of all its validity with two or three prophets speak of the others judge if anything is revealed to another visits by first keep silent or you can all prophesy one by one that all May learn and all may be encouraged and the spirits of the prophets are subject to the problem message from the series expound first Corinthians tissue resource that shares you can grab hold of the critical opportunity to rip cheese is better, to the world the United States that the devastating civil war to overcome the defining issue was of Jesus and people who represent his life.

We can help one another deal with this topic today. Skip hi thinking Tony Clark speak to white evangelical pastors about how churches we can create spaces for black and brown voices to be heard in a loving atmosphere concerning the atmosphere find this moment because the racism is is a sin I now it's our job began to die down to have a biblical mindset and also having sympathy and empathy for those who are trying to live out this Christianity and their skin may be a little bit darker than yours cultivate the empathy that comes from gaining a biblical perspective on racism your copy of this conversation between Pastor Skip and Tony when you get $20 or more today will send you Pastor Skip booklet the church and racism, call 892 1888, or get online securely Tune in tomorrow is Skip hike to explore fascinating truths not just about Christ's resurrection. Yours to the resurrection is not just Jesus resurrection, but because of Jesus resurrection that guarantees our resurrection part and parcel of the gospel is the redemption of our physical body

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