1 Corinthians 14 and Acts 2
How the Word of God Protects Us
Our worship of idols and our religious orgies on the hills and mountains are completely false. Only in the LORD our God will Israel ever find salvation (Jeremiah 3.23). An ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say* (Jer. 5.15a). When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. Don't be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! (Matt. 6.7-8). *Pentecostals today don't know what they are saying either in false tongues, but Christians can see their selfishness in changing the Word to gratify themselves (Rev. 22.18,19).
More insight: Conciliatory Irony and Paul and Women and Tongues Testified and Third Wave and Montanism and Nee on tongues.
I find that if I was to select one Bible that in total is the most accurate, I would have to say it is the RSV. It was written during and shortly after WWII by thirty authors of non-RCC origin. This is the only Bible that I know of that is like this. The KJV in name of a homosexual is somewhat disconcerting. In Comparing the KJV to the RSV in studying this chapter, the conclusion is that tongues referred to in the Scriptures in all cases, never refers to tongues of Pentecostalism today since the tongues of Pentecostalism today is not even a language of men, nor of spirit of heavenly angels. It is something else, like a medium, idol, replacing true praying in the spirit for another kind (a copout, a crutch, an intermediary priesthood, a pharisaical legalism), in which psychic interpretations are used, which we are warned against engaging in by the Holy Spirit in the Word of God.
Verses 1-9 Discusses tongues generally.
Verses 10-12 Gives the explanation of what tongues really is: languages.
Verses 13-20 Gives the details of true tongues as languages.
Verses 21-26 Contrasts tongues applied to Jews and the age of grace.
Verses 27-29 Proper order in the use of tongues.
Verses 30-33 Then the Holy Spirit move freely in prophesy.
Verses 34-37 Women and speaking.
Verses 38-40 Accept the Truth and Forbid not the truth.
1Cr 14:1 Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
In the KJV, the word gifts is italicized indicating by its authors that it was added to the Word of God. Therefore verse 1 is imploring us to seek that which is spiritual, first and foremost, not the outward gifts. Outward gifts may follow, but this verse is telling us to seek that which is inwardly spiritual so that we may outwardly prophesy.
1Cr 14:2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
In the KJV, there is a word, “unknown” added by men, admittedly before the word “tongue”. How can something be a tongue if it is unknown to the speaker? Does God or the devil thrive in the confusion of the unknown, and how can we know if it is a language through the Word of God? It ceases to be a tongue if it is no longer a language, since a tongue has language. We are not animals. We will see later in this chapter how tongues is actually defined as languages.
I am one who speaks in a tongue when others do not understand what I am saying in the language that I am speaking. However, since I am not speaking to men, that does not prevent me from speaking to God. Since no one understands me, what I am uttering is mysteries in the Spirit in my spirit. The spirit of the prophets are subject to the prophets (v.32), and no one can know what is in my spirit unless I convey what is in my spirit through the outlet of my soul.
1Cr 14:3 On the other hand, he who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
So, instead of speaking in languages others do not understand, speak so others can understand.
1Cr 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
If I speak in a language others do not understand, it is good for my spirit life, but it does nothing for the outward church.
1Cr 14:5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in tongues, unless some one interprets, so that the church may be edified.
God encourages us to speak in different languages, but even more important than the use of languages, God desires for us to prophesy, that is, give meaning to the Scriptures. And this can not be done if you speak in a language foreign to others. That is why he who prophecies is greater than he who only can speak in several different languages. Language for language sake is not profitable. However, if some one can interpret that language (even he who was speaking a tongue), then it is equally profitable. To interpret is to give spiritual meaning and translate therein.
1Cr 14:6 Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how shall I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
How can I give you revelation if you can’t even understand what I am saying because I am speaking to you in a language you don’t even understand?
1Cr 14:7 If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will any one know what is played?
Language not understood has no distinct notes, indeed, how will anyone know what is said?
1Cr 14:8 And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?
As Christians how can we remain watchful and ready from the instructions of people that are so muffled using language that is not understood by others?
1Cr 14:9 So with yourselves; if you in a tongue utter speech that is not intelligible, how will any one know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.
By definition speech has language capability, for that is why it is speech, and though it is intelligible to yourself, it is not intelligible to others. In assembly, God wants you to not be selfish, but think of others.
1Cr 14:10 There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning;
And here is the proof. Verses 1-9 talks of tongues. Verse 10-12 explains what tongues is, which is “many different languages in the world” and none of them are without meaning. Today’s tongues of Pentecostalism is not even a tongue for it is not even a language, therefore without God’s meaning or spirit.
1Cr 14:11 but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.
In further explaining what tongues means, Paul says the one who speaks a language not understood by the hearer treats the hearer as a foreigner, and the hearer finds the speaker to be a foreigner also who speaks another language “in the world” (v.10).
1Cr 14:12 So with yourselves; since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
God is asking you to build up the church, and then you will have the manifestations of the Spirit and outward gifts if you seek first what is spiritual (v.1). You do not need to do as those in mystery religions do uttering false tongues in ecstasy. Build up the church through proper use of language. Here, Paul is using conciliatory irony.
1Cr 14:13 Therefore, he who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret.
If you are gifted with the ability to speak another language other than the main language of the assembly, which some few may be able to understand, you should pray for the power to interpret (translate effectively) to deliver the message that you have to the majority present also, whether through the help of someone else or by speaking their language, if you can speak it and are able to do so properly. Some people can know different languages, but the translation may be lacking in properly conveying or crossing over the same thought and spirit of the message.
1Cr 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
What I know in prayer in my spirit (inner man) communicated and spoken in a language with my mind (outer man), but not understood by others will always be unfruitful. Let us not be deceived into thinking that to convey the spirit we need to speak from gibberish babble. Praise the Lord, God defines what tongues means in verses 10-12. It is because those who are a part of popular Pentecostalism (speaking in false tongues) today seek not the spiritual first that they try to use the outward gifts to affect spirit life. What is revealed is that in not seeking the spiritual, it causes them to alter the gifts and change the gift of tongues to a non-gift of false tongues. From sources I have read, King James who was a homosexual and spiritist, had the word “unknown” inserted before the word “tongue” in this verse which may be a cause for confusion to some (also see verse 13 that has the same problem). An "unknown tongue" though is unknown to the listener, not the speaker.
1Cr 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.
Therefore, do not have a mind that is unfruitful (v.14) by speaking to others in language not understood by them, but sing with a mind by the spirit also, that is, a mind that is fruitful to others. If you speak to others without a language they can understand, then you are being unmindful. In addition to addressing the proper use of languages for spiritual affairs, as an aside, Paul may be tackling the ecstasy of the mystery religions at Corinth that was meshed into the Corinthian church. He is not judging them for what they are doing to their spirit. He tries to get them off the gibberish babble to engage their mind which cannot be reached if one is under the spell of gibberish babble. However, this is about languages, so if you are going to speak with another language be mindful in the ministry of the word to benefit others and not a source of confusion.
1Cr 14:16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how can any one in the position of an outsider say the "Amen" to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
This addresses both the conciliatory irony of false tongues as well as the proper use of languages in assembly.
1Cr 14:17 For you may give thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
This covers the matter of what we should never hear in the true church, the chants of today’s false tongues in wave movements of Pentecostalism, because that is not edification. God, lovingly has spoken, and He so cherishes that “still small voice” in our inner man. He does not want it smothered with the medium of false tongues of Pentecostalism, nor psychic interpretations.
1Cr 14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all;
Paul was able to speak more different languages than anyone else. We find examples of this elsewhere when Paul speaks different languages much to the surprise of others.
Cr 14:19 nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Using one’s mind and instructing others is not speaking a language that others do not understand. Why then do we see in Pentecostalism today, interruptive chanting (non-language of false tongues) throughout the assembly, even by the ministering speaker with no interpretation. Have you ever seen a proper interpretation of such mystery false tongues? Is not the great harlot (Rev. 17.1,5) mystery, babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations (idols) of the earth? A tower of Babel within. Only the spirit of the prophets are subject to the prophets (v.32). Therefore, what spirit is this really in their spirit that do this, contrary to God’s instructions?
1Cr 14:20 Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature.
Use language to help others, not to show you know another language, and most certainly do not in immaturity claim that non-language is language. This is the helpful proof for Pentecostals today. Tongues of angels (1 Cor. 12.1) is language of spirit since angels are spirits. We have that same language. Where? In the “still small voice” of our spirit. This is true praying in the spirit. In comparison, Pentecostal praying in the spirit has an idol attached, in the medium of the tower of Babel within which God never asked us to do. This is more conciliatory irony. It is as if Paul is speaking of languages yet underneath he is also addressing false tongues of the mystery religions such as today’s Pentecostalism.
1Cr 14:21 In the law it is written, "By men of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord."
The law was written in the OT. And it was first revealed to the Jews. This was a prophetic verse taken from the OT. It says that to the Jews, God would speak to them, who will reject Him, through other nations’ strange languages, foreigners who praise the Lord (gentiles). This is another proof against Pentecostalism today. After the time of the OT period, God spoke to the Israelites with prophets in their own tongue (Ezek. 3.6). Time and time again the Jewish nation failed, even unto refusing Jesus Christ. So now God speaks to other nations who speak other languages as a sign to non-believing foreigners. God is reaching the whole world.
1Cr 14:22 Thus, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.
Who were the unbelievers? The Jews. And prophecy (giving meaning to the Scriptures) is for believers.
1Cr 14:23 If, therefore, the whole church assembles and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?
In contrast to verse 21-22, let us, therefore, speak coherently in the language of discernment, that language understood by the majority and of outsiders. Verse 23 contrasts with verse 21 saying the exact opposite to show that verse 21 is addressing the problem of the Jews, while verse 23 addresses the dispensation of grace.
1Cr 14:24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,
Conviction of the hearer is what is important. There would be no conviction under Pentecostal false tongues. It would be more reasonable for an outsider to walk in and then walk right out because of the Gnosticism in false unknown tongues. Pentecostalism today directly violates verse 24 (same applies to verse 23).
1Cr 14:25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
If it is true tongues in assembly, real language and not false non-language confusion nor multiple real language confusion, then the secrets of the heart of the outsider will be disclosed, not being able to deny the truth of what is being said.
1Cr 14:26 What then, brethren? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
Amen. Where is the edification in presenting or even claiming the false tongues of mystery religions?
1Cr 14:27 If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn; and let one interpret.
Proper interpretation must also be accompanied by orderliness. This verse is violated in the Third Wave Movement, another proof that today’s Pentecostalism (First Wave) is not of God.
1Cr 14:28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silence in church and speak to himself and to God.
Same violation here by today’s Pentecostalism as in verse 27.
1Cr 14:29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.
Proper instructions for edification. Same violation as above for today’s Pentecostalism.
1Cr 14:30 If a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first be silent.
Let the Holy Spirit move freely…….
1Cr 14:31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged;
…..so that all may benefit.
1Cr 14:32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.
We are in control of ourselves in order to abide in God’s Word to follow verses 29-30.
1Cr 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,
We should not tolerate today’s confusion in unknown non-languages in Pentecostalism today which is the author of confusion. Therefore, be as an outsider, and walk out of any such assembly, for it is the mystery harlot at work as a tower of Babel within men setting the way for the false prophet to arrive.
1Cr 14:34 the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says.
Why is this? Many have proposed many ideas why this is, but let me say, since this Word of God is based on the finished work of Jesus Christ, why does the Holy Spirit mention this? The answer that is revealed to me is that women are inordinately emotional and emotion, just as Job’s first friend stirred his soul, so too will women, even today, do the same. Even deeper, the reason is given in the verse 36. What a beautiful woman who so humbles herself.
1Cr 14:35 If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
The Scriptures often take the extreme position, for no one else will, to get a point across. This is one of those cases. The women were yelling across to the aisle to their husbands asking questions during the service.
1Cr 14:36 What! Did the word of God originate with you, or are you the only ones it has reached?
Not only is Paul saying here that the Word originated in man’s pen and his heart first revealed, but it is not only for man. It is for women too for her benefit also. The Holy Spirit so desires our humility, both man and women.
1Cr 14:37 If any one thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord.
I am spiritual, and I can not deny these true statements.
1Cr 14:38 If any one does not recognize this, he is not recognized.
He is not recognized because to overcome in Christ you must recognize these words and know them in your heart and spirit, mind and body. Even so, there will be a LARGE MANY also that do not accept these matters of chapter 14 because they are pretending they are saved. It is estimated that there are 500 million Pentecostals Charismatics and 1.5 billion RCC Charismatics today of which most endorse false tongues. Surely the new city in the new earth which is only 1379 miles squared (Rev. 21.16-17) that will be the abode of all those with resurrected bodies since the time of Adam, will not be able to invite those from "religious Rome" mentioned here.
1Cr 14:39 So, my brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues;
Continue to give the meaning of the Word of God without forbidding true tongues (as defined here in vv. 10-12). Do not be threatened by today’s Pentecostalism who accuse you of forbidding their tongues. Allow yourself to reject tongues that are false and not tongues. Know tongues generally (vv.1-9). Desire to seek the spiritual first, and not the outer gifts, and you won’t be deceived by false tongues. Now that you know the details of true tongues (vv. 13-20), how tongues apply to the Jews and the age of grace (vv.21-26), you can engage in proper and orderly assembly (vv.27-29) that is a joy to the Lord. The Holy Spirit will be able to then move freely (vv. 30-33). And women will then be encouraged to humble themselves (vv. 34-37) as a testimony to men and to God.
1Cr 14:40 but all things should be done decently and in order.
Since chapter 14 is primarily about the orderliness of the use of language in assembly and not about the false tongues of mystery religions, Paul concludes his statements by saying “all things should be done decently and in order”. Spiritually, this addresses the secondary matter of the evil spirit’s attempt to enter into this discussion through the indecency of false tongues of today’s Pentecostalism with its confusion and disorder caused by the mistaken assumption that tongues means unknown inner babble, an idol, or tower of Babel within.
God love us so much he warns us of keeping that love, power, and a sound mind so as not to be deceived by "religious Rome" (Rev. 17).
Act 2:1 When the day of
Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
Act 2:2 And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
They (120 people at least - Acts 1.15) all began to speak in various different languages expressing the Word of God as the Holy Spirit poured out upon them, each man in a language that he knows.
Act 2:5 Now there were dwelling
in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.
Act 2:6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
Act 2:7 And they were amazed and wondered, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
Act 2:8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
How dangerous it is by the mind of the soul to make a mistaken assumption about men, what they can or can not do. Do you dare sit on your pedestal and prejudice or presume what languages men can already speak? Do not let your flesh overly assume. That is the message here. How foolish you will look when you say a certain person can only speak a certain language, and then that certain person proves to you he can also speak another language as well. Heed the Holy Spirit's truth revealed here. It is ironic that Pentecostals today do not even heed their own view of this Scripture, and instead of authentically speaking another language, they babble instead in "baby talk", then try to prove it is a language through various unethical means. The flesh of man knows no measure. Such men will even pick up languages and memorize portions but not know what they mean to prove their false tongues. How deceitful is man's own flesh to himself and others, but it is Satan that teaches we are not to know what we say when we speak in tongues to praise the Lord. I have also observed that there is a concerted effort in Pentecostalism today to keep within sound mind and body while engaging the babble of "baby talk", but the truth is that it is always entering into passivity for it requires one to hold within their hearts a mistaken assumption that it is a language, when it is not.
Act 2:9 Par'thians and Medes
and E'lamites and residents of Mesopota'mia, Judea and Cappado'cia, Pontus and
Act 2:10 Phryg'ia and Pamphyl'ia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyre'ne, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
Act 2:11 Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."
Act 2:12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"
Act 2:13 But others mocking said, "They are filled with new wine."
Act 2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.
Act 2:15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day;
Act 2:16 but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
Act 2:17 'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
The Spirit has come upon all these men that speak various different languages to speak the Word of God in languages they already know, even to the amazement of the onlookers who are without the Spirit hearing so many different languages spoken. We should not appeal to the opinions of the onlookers, but this is an argument used by Pentecostalism today to justify gibberish. The appearance of being drunk is the perception of the onlookers and the non-believers because so many different languages were being spoken so that all could understand in their own language since everyone was addressed in his native tongue. Have you ever noticed men look drunk in such a case observing foreign joyful of heart in the Lord with today's false tongues?
This is an appeal to the those caught up in the Third Wave Movement today to put yourself in the shoes of the onlookers and experience what they are experiencing. If you saw 12 different men speaking outwardly in various different languages, and you yourself could not understand any of them but one, would you not say these other men seemed drunk? Of course. It was a very emotional moment. Let us take not Peter was speaking, but in his speaking, the intent of the heart was understood also as the Holy Spirit came down. We can view from two perspectives: (1) 120 different speakers potentially, and (2) the intent of Peter and the Holy Spirit outpouring on men of one accord.
Let yourself not be as the Pentecostals and the Third Wave Movement today and the non-believers in Acts 2.13 over 1900 years ago who overly assume what the Scriptures say of what was happening at the time. Let us not turn it into a cult near the end of the 19th century. The non-believers in v.13 said men of God were drunk, and today's great harlot says we need to get drunk through false tongues. All of this stems from the sin of mistaken assumptions, that the 5, the 12 and the 120 and the 3000 and the 5000 could not speak various different languages and spread the Word of God not merely unto themselves alone, but by the Holy Spirit, just as Paul did, through the speaking if "different tongues".
If you have already come to
Christ then why do you allow the spirit of babel to ever have entered you to
begin with, continuing even now, and why do you refuse to
seek deliverance from that supernatural evil spirit in you that teaches tongues
means you must not know what you are saying and that it is a language but you do
not know what it is, nor can you show it, even after speaking it aloud to be
anything other than a medium of psychics replacing true prayer in the spirit. Let go of the sin of mistaken
assumptions. Come out of the great harlot. Come to Christ.
The Holy Spirit will never teach you such things. It is the evil spirit, the demon of Pentecostalism, that wants entry in you, to gain a foothold, that has you misread Acts 2, 8, 10, 19 and 1 Cor. 12-14, which you willingly accept by your own free-will. That is why, not only is there the Judgment Seat of Christ, but there is also the Great White Throne to deal with such willing participants of untruths. God will destroy "religious Rome" in the first three and a half years of the Tribulation.
Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
We need to call to mind one point, however. We should at no time harbor the thought that because the body is the member of Christ we must therefore physically feel every spiritual fellowship and affair there as though we must have evidence in the body. If we must feel the presence of God in our fleshly frame—if He must take direct control of it and shake it—if the Holy Spirit must fill our frame and make His will known through it—or if the Holy Spirit must assume management of the tongue of the body and speak—then our body has supplanted our spirit in the latter’s works. And the result will be that our spirit loses its operation as its work is taken over by the body. But our earthen vessel is not capable of enduring such strenuous labor, hence it often becomes weakened. Furthermore, the evil powers as disembodied spirits crave human bodies. Their chief aim is to possess man’s physical frame. A Christian who has his body extended beyond its normal capacity gives opportunity to the evil spirits to work. This is in accordance with the law of the spiritual realm. Assuming that God and His Spirit will commune with him in the body, the Christian naturally anticipates experiencing such fellowship there. But God and His Spirit never communicate directly with one’s body; God communicates through His Spirit in the believer’s spirit. If a child of God persists in seeking to experience God in his body, the evil spirits shall seize the opportunity to come in and shall accord him what he nai/vely seeks. The consequences can be none other than occupation by evil spirits. But as to the union of the believer’s body with Christ, this fact explains how it is able to receive God’s life and be strengthened. Owing to the spirit’s noble position, one must be doubly cautious lest he allow his body to usurp its work! (The Spiritual Man, CFP, Vol. 3, Part 10 The Analysis of the Soul - The Body, Ch. 1 The Believer and His Body, "Glorify God," by Watchman Nee).
Scroll down to Watchman Nee's notes on 14.6,8 to see the proof of this and God's Work.