Posted by: pastordiehl   in Spiritual Gifts

In continuing his teaching on rules for order with spiritual gifts in the assembly of the saints, Paul comments on one person being quiet and letting another speak what has been revealed to them (v. 30): “For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted” (1 Corinthians 14:31).

Messages in tongues were limited to two or at the most three per meeting, and must be interpreted ( v. 27). Likewise, prophecy was limited to two or three per meeting, and to be judged (v. 29). But, here Paul says that “you may all prophesy“, which looks like a contradiction.

The difference is, in verse 31 Paul is not giving restraining limitations to prophecy, but releasing us to ministry. Any one of us may prophesy, as the Lord speaks to our hearts. Prophecy isn’t limited to a few prophets with influence. Every one of us believers has the potential to speak what God has revealed to us to teach and comfort others. The limitation has to do with the assembly of the saints, so other things can be accomplished, as well. But when it comes to personal ministry, there is no limitation.

I think some of the best ministry at New Hope takes place in the aisles and hallways as people gather with their friends and share what God is doing in their lives, sharing their pain and disappointments. That is when every individual has an opportunity to speak what God has taught us to someone else.

The Holy Spirit has the contract to build the Lord’s church. But you and I are the contractors. Let’s go to work.


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