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1 Corinthians 14:1-40

Paul continues to give us hint about the possibility of paying in two realms. He calls it praying in the spirit and praying with the understanding. When we pray in Tongues, we pray in the Spirit. Our understanding is unfruitful because we don’t speak to men. In other words us and for that matter no other person understands.


Even though no man understands him his spirit is praying. For the purpose of those around him which may include unbelievers he offers wisdom of praying with the understanding also. Praying with the understanding is using your own language. The reason is that in a public meeting there are nomally cross sections of people and when you are ministering to them they have to understand and respond responsively. Every sound must be distinct 1 Cor 14:7. That is what brings order


In chapter 14 of 1 Corinthians Paul addresses the assembly of believers. We assemble together as Christians to minister to God and to be ministered to. So each of us come to the meeting with a hymn, Psalm, a song, a Tongue, interpretation or word. Paul’s concern was that things will be done in an orderly fashion that each will be edified and ministered to. To achieve that Paul says when it comes to public ministry its important to speak in a distinct language everybody can understand and be prepared because every sound must be distinct (clear).


1 Corinthians 14: 13-15 Paul makes it clear that when the whole church come together in one place he will prefer to pray with his spirit and also pray with his understanding. He can also sing with his spirit and also sing with the understanding


Paul did not confront the use of tongues as unbiblical but he drew the line between the private and the public use of Tongues. When time is set aside for prayer, worship he will pray and sing in Tongues because that is a private time with God no man is suppose to understand us but in spirit we speak mysteries. But when its time to minister to the congregation its proper, respectful and ethical that we speak in our understanding; a language everyone in the meeting understands. If tongues pop up which can happen it must be followed by interpretation and should be one after the other. Not without restraint and uncontrollably.

1 Corinthians 14:32-33, 40 the concern here is about order. The church is engaged in warfare with Satan who is the author of confusion. He must not be given a room to operate. Paul reminds us that our Spirits are subject to us so it’s our duty to bring it under subjection in humility so that things can be done in the house of God in order and decency.   

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