Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 19, 2020

“One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Corinthians chapter 14.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.  For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God;  for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.  But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.  One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself;  but one who prophesies edifies the church.  Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy;  and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.”  1 Corinthians 14:1-5.


“Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”  Verse 1.

“So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”  Romans 14:19.

“One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself;  but one who prophesies edifies the church.”  Verse 4.

“So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken?  For you will be speaking into the air.  There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.  If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me.  So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.

Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.”  Verses 9-13.

“however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.”  Verse 19.

“So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers;  but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe.  Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?  But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all;  the secrets of his heart are disclosed;  and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you.”

What is the outcome then, brethren?  When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation.  Let all things be done for edification.”  Verse 22-26.

“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;  until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”  Ephesians 4:11-13.

“Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.  But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.”  Verse 39.


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