September 1, 2021 – 1 Corinthians 14
I think I’ll finish out 1 Corinthians chapter by chapter. Just some key items of emphasis in each chapter. Chapter 14: Prophecy and tongues. Here’s Paul’s argument, as I understand it, using his own words: “If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? . . . many different languages in the world . . . but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. . . . What then, brothers? When you come together . . . Let all things be done for building up.” Whatever is said, sung, or declared must be understood. Incomprehensible gibberish benefits no one. And whatever is done must be done for the greater good, the building up of the congregation. The gifts are not for personal, private enjoyment, but for the church as we enjoy and worship our God.
Let every instrument be tuned for praise!
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always:
Alleluia! -- Fred Pratt Green (1971)