We Speak, Others Interpret and Evaluate
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:27-32
If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God. Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
Verses for Meditation: – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Devotional: Paul makes things clear when discussing tongues and prophecy – these gifts must be evaluated or “weighed carefully.” The church has gotten into trouble over and over again with a failure of discernment when it comes to the use of revelatory gifts. If someone is to speak in tongues, there must be an interpretation of those tongues, or the gift should be used in private. Prophecy is subject to the control of prophets, meaning the prophetic word given is carefully weighed by others with the same gift. Above all else, these gifts are evaluated by scripture. Nothing can be considered if it conflicts with the Word of God.
These instructions are given by Paul to ensure the gifts are used in an orderly way so that the people of God may be instructed and encouraged.
Question to Consider: How does Paul’s direction for the proper evaluation of Revelatory gifts affect your desire to pursue gifts like tongues and prophecy?