1 Corinthians 14 Outline
– Praying in tongue and with words (1 Corinthians 14:1-25)
– Anyone with a message from God should speak up at the church (1 Corinthians 14:26-40)
1 Corinthians 14 Bible Study
In 1 Corinthians 14:1-25, Paul encouraged the Corinthians to use their spiritual gifts to minister to people with love. Speaking in tongue, also known as tongue language, is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:10). When you speak in tongue, no one will understand you except God. The tongue language is a heavenly language that only God can understand. When you speak in tongue, the Holy Spirit help you to intercede to God about the groans that cannot be expressed with words (Romans 8:26). You are edifying yourself when you speak in tongue. Paul said he would rather them prophesy than to speak in tongue because prophesying will edify the church and speaking in tongue will only edify yourself. No one will understand what you say when you speak in tongue so the church cannot be edified. Unless someone interpret the tongue language, the church cannot be edified.
Therefore, anyone who is speaking in tongue should ask God to give him the gift of the interpretation of tongues so that the church can understand what he says and be edified. We should pray in the tongue language as well as using words to pray. Speaking in tongue language serves as a testimony to the unbelievers but prophesying is for the believers. Only the believers will take heed of the prophesies because they believe in God so they will believe what the prophesies say will happen.
In 1 Corinthians 14:26-33, when in a congregation, if anyone has a message from God, hymn, word of instruction, or interpretation inspired by the Holy Spirit, he should speak up to the whole church so that the people can be edified. If anyone is speaking in tongue, two or three should speak in tongue, one at a time and someone should interpret. If there is no one to interpret, the speaker should be quiet and speak the tongue language to God himself. If someone has a message from God, the first speaker should stop speaking in tongue so that other people can hear what the person want to say.
In 1 Corinthians 14:34-40, women should not have the right to make judgment on prophesy. If they want to ask something, they should ask their husbands at home. Anyone who think he is a prophet or spiritual should not argue with Paul concerning these matters. When at the church, it is good to prophesy so that the church can be edified but we should also pray in tongues.