The Best Gifts

Please Read 1 Corinthians 14:1-25

God says to follow the way of love, and desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. God clearly tells us how to regard gifts from the Holy Spirit. (Romans chapter 12 1 Corinthians chapter 12) Some put special emphasis on speaking in tongues, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, and the like. But 1 Corinthians chapter 14 shows there's a better way.

THE GIFT OF PROPHECY

1 Corinthians 14:3 says the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, comfort, and encouragement. No wonder God places this gift so high. Imagine having the ability from God to strengthen, comfort, and encourage fellow believers and others around you. Now imagine an army of believers with that spiritual gift. Do you see how much good they can do? This is the gift God tells us to especially desire; not speaking in tongues, not healing, nor miraculous powers.

SPEAKING IN TONGUES

I've heard people say unless you can speak in tongues you're not a true believer in Christ. The Bible doesn't say that. That's a false teaching. But God's word does say in 1 Corinthians 14:5 that the one who has the gift of prophecy is greater than the one who speaks in tongues unless there is someone to interpret the tongue. The whole church and nonbelievers can be edified through prophesying. They can understand these words. But if people speak in tongues and there is no one to interpret what is said, what good is that? People will think they are out of their minds since they don't understand what is being said, unless someone can interpret. How much better to be able to speak 5 intelligible encouraging words, than a whole bunch of gibberish that no one understands.

Please Read 1 Corinthians 14:27-28

God's instructions for speaking in tongues in a church meeting is two or three speakers should speak at the most, and one at a time. And if there is no one to interpret what is being said the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. But's that's not what we see going on in many churches today. Sometimes there's way more than two or three speaking in tongues, and all at the same time. And there is no one to interpret. What's even more sad is these folks claim to be speaking under the influence of the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). I ask you: would the Holy Spirit write these specific instructions in God's word for speaking in tongues, then get inside of people in the church and make them go directly against what he says? Of course not! That would make the Holy Spirit a liar. And the one thing we know is impossible for God to do is to lie. (Hebrews 6:18) When it comes to the gift of tongues many folks have been misled. We would do well to repent and follow God's instructions found in his word regarding spiritual gifts.

THE HIGHEST GIFTS

If we do everything motivated by love, and are eager to upbuild one another, we have the greatest gifts of all. Love is the greatest commandment found in God's word. (Galatians 5:14 James 2:8 Matthew 22:36-40) And to be a source of strength, encouragement, and comfort to the church, as well as nonbelievers, is the highest spiritual gift of them all.

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