Five words with my mind.

John Farley
January 26, 2020


Five words with my mind

1Co 14:13-19

Chapter 14 is primarily about the gift of tongues and its limitations.

Their assessment was flawed.
They magnified the gift totally out of proportion.

He has a problem with uninterpreted tongues in public worship.

1Co 14:13-15

Some, if not all, of the tongues speakers did not understand what they were saying!

These tongues were spoken languages consisting of words.

1Co 14:19

When someone prayed in a tongue, their human spirit prayed but their mind was not engaged.

The human spirit has a direct line to the Holy Spirit. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Spiritual thoughts become spiritual words.

Prayer, to be profitable, must involve both the human spirit and the human mind.

The gift was designed to work hand-in-hand with the gift of interpretation.

We ought to pray and sing with the human spirit and the human mind also.

Giving thanks

We are to have intelligent worship. Orderly. Dignified. Thoughtful of others.

1Co 14:16-17

In verse 16, “ungifted” refers to anyone who did not have the gift of interpretation.

You say “Amen” to indicate that you wholeheartedly agree with the content of the prayer.

How can you agree with its content when you don’t know what the content is?

1Co 14:17

1Co 14:4

When we communicate to others, our speech is useless if we don’t use language they can understand.

God chose to reveal Himself to us using words that we could understand.

Eze 3:4-11

And most profoundly, He gave us His Son to explain Him.

Joh 1:18

God’s Son IS the Word of God!

Joh 1:1-4

Since God revealed Himself in words of human understanding, …

…how much more ought we to speak in the church words that have meaning for the congregation!

1Co 14:18-19

He puts aside his privileges in order to build up others.

1Co 4:10-16
1Co 9:12, 9:19-23
1Co 10:33 – 11:1

more” in the Greek
is a word that means
“to a greater degree”.

In verse 19, Paul tells us that he did not speak in tongues when the saints assembled for worship.

When and where and for what purpose DID he speak in tongues?

The book of Acts, which records Paul’s evangelistic ministry across the Roman Empire, never refers to Paul speaking in tongues.

In Acts 2, the twelve, led by Peter, spoke in tongues.

In Acts 10, Cornelius and his family spoke in tongues.

And in Acts 19, a Jewish disciple of John the Baptist spoke in tongues.

But there is no record of Paul preaching in tongues.

Was the gift given to them so that they could preach the gospel to foreigners?

What can you say in five words?

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Before Abraham was, I AM

Jesus Christ, and Him crucified

Christ died for our sins

raised because of our justification

Faith, hope, love abide

We will all be changed

He is before all things

Believe in the Lord Jesus



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