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14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
The subject is still the pneumatika. Chapter 12, described the gifts and the Body; Chapter 13. the love which alone gives ministry of gift any value; Chapter 14. regulates the ministry of gift in the primitive, apostolic assembly of saints.
(1) The important gift is that of prophecy (1 Corinthians 1:1)). The N.T. prophet was not merely a preacher, but an inspired preacher, through whom, until the N.T. was written, new revelations suited to the new dispensation were given 1 Corinthians 14:29,30.
(2) Tongues and the sign gifts are to cease, and meantime must be used with restraint, and only if an interpreter be present 1 Corinthians 14:1-19,27,28.
(3) In the primitive church there was liberty for the ministry of all the gifts which might be present, but for prophecy more especially 1 Corinthians 14:23-26,31,39.
(4) In such meetings, when "the whole church" came together "in one place," women were required to keep silence 1 Corinthians 14:34,35; 11:3-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-14.
(5) These injunctions are declared to be "the commandments of the Lord" 1 Corinthians 14:36,37.
14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
Or, a tongue; and so in 1Co 14: 4,13,14,19,27.
14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
be not children (Greek - adokimos [a)do/kimov] , youths).
be ye children babies.
Cf. Genesis 3:16.
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