9/22/16 Speaking In Foreign Languages May Draw People In, But Prophecy Will Convince Them Of God’s Truth

“My brothers and sisters, I urge you not to act like children in regards to your spiritual gifts, arguing over whose gift is better and flaunting what you have over what your brothers and sisters have.  Be mature, sharing your gift and using it for the benefit of all, seeking to gain greater understanding of the things of God and to use this understanding to help one another.  But be like babies in that they are innocent and gentle.  Isaiah wrote, ‘”With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; and yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord.’  So speaking in foreign languages is to be used as a sign to those who do not believe in our Messiah, to draw them to the church in order to seek further understanding.  And prophesying is for believers, who need no sign to point them to the Messiah, because they already know Him, but who are seeking to know Him better.  Now, if all in the church are worshipping together and all speaking in foreign languages, and people come in who are either new to their faith or unbelievers, what will they think?  They will hear all of you speaking unintelligible words and turn around and run out of there, believing you all to be crazy.  But if everyone in the church receives a prophecy from the Lord, and all take turns proclaiming these prophecies before the whole church, someone coming in for the first time will hear God’s truth and be convinced of it.  Hearing everyone speak God’s wisdom, those who are new in the faith or unbelievers will grow more and more sure of the truth of what is being spoken, and the dark places of their hearts will be exposed to the light, showing their sins and their need for forgiveness.  And then, they will fall to their knees and worship God, and go and tell all their friends that God is with you all.”

 

1 Corinthians 14:20-25

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