1 Corinthians 14:26 to end of chapter by Pastor Don Moore
Notes from Bible study taught 9/8/12
1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
This verse shows the process of worship, each person has a psalm, teaching, tongue, revelation, and interpretation. These elements of worship should be done for the edification of the Body of Christ. This is what worship should look like in our churches today.
The Old Testament Psalms, Greek, Latin, Hebrews. They probably had copies of what we call the Old Testament in Latin and Greek translations. The Psalms of David would have been in the church of Corinth.
Psalm 106 Gives a history of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness when God used Moses to lead people out of Egypt toward the Promised Land. It details mistakes the people made like the making of the golden calf.
The church all spoke in psalms, teachings tongues, and for edification. The church at Corinth was conducted different from the Church formality we have today.
Jesus died to make us all priests and prophets. He wanted everybody to be priests and kings. The veil in the temple split opening the barrier between God and men. That ability for everyone to function as priests and prophets threatened the ecclesiastical body. They wanted to claim back the authority Jesus opened up to every person.
Interpretation does not only apply to tongues, it could be to a revelation or a teaching. When a person gets a revelation that God gives them, it may or may not be applicable for the rest of the body. It may be a personal revelation for only you. It may be a revelation God shows you for a future time, but not one that you are meant to share, or it’s just for information purposes only.
In a service each of us has something to offer and we can be free in an orderly way to build up the congregation. Paul says that tongues and interpretations need to be judged. Through contention, you can find out who is in error.
Pastor Don said that in the Temple Jesus had Bible studies similar to what we have at Living Word Chapel. Jesus was not afraid of questions and there was often debate and dialogue in the Temple about the Word of God. When Jesus was twelve, he would sit and discuss Scriptures with the priests at the Temple.
We can have a free-flow of ideas and can have respect when there is disagreement.
In the first century of the church, the Jewish elders were strong and people were free to discuss their questions and concerns. The eldership had the five-fold ministry. The highest ranking in the church was the elder – so there was order in the Body of Christ.
The pastor was not usually a ranking officer. The pastor’s job was to love on them, listening to teachings and appoint a teacher. A pastor is not always a teacher. All the ministries were present – apostle, prophet, teacher, evangelist, and pastor.
A pastor can clean up misunderstandings. We are so far behind what God has designed for the Church.
Elders are not chosen by age. Timothy was an elder – an elder needs experience and anointing.
The mainstream church today has eliminated many of the five-fold ministries because the pastors wanted to maintain power for themselves. The pastor rises to power by doing that, but he does not have the power to maintain the anointing.
The bishop is the overseer. We’ve taken that from Catholicism and redefined bishop to be the head over other churches.
Pastor Don said that age is not the criteria for office of elder or any other office.
Your experiences show others where the Lord has placed and called you and you have wisdom from the experience. Your level of experience is obvious to people in the battlefield and their actions confirm it.
A church superintendent gave Pastor Don trouble. Pastor Don’s dad told Pastor Don that he should respect the man for his age, but that the man was an arrested adolescent. Just because a person is seventy-two-years-old does not mean that the man is grown up.
The Spirit and the Word must agree. Test the fruit and make a decision of how far a person has come. Listen to prophetic people and what they say about Pastor.
The early church was dependent upon everybody to continue and they needed a balanced and clear word from the Lord. If churches are not hearing from the Lord, the churches stagnate with stale messages because they moved away from the Biblical model.
If we are out of order by letting too many people prophesy in a church service, we end up hearing words that are not God’s for the congregation. Many words are really private words of prophecy that God is giving individual people to help them deal with their broken hearts.
1 Corinthians 14:27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
This verse says that two or three are to prophesy, and one interpret. This is not speaking about prayer language in praise and worship, but during a service if God prompts someone to stand up and speak a word, stopping the worship service, and that word needs interpretation.
1 Corinthians 14:28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
This verse doesn’t say that one should not speak in tongues, just that without an interpreter present, tongues should not be spoken. The person can speak tongues to himself or to God. Tongues and interpretation involve a risk. There is no way to teach the truth without offending some people.
1 Corinthians 14:29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.
Paul wouldn’t have written this verse if there wasn’t a gift of prophecy. Prophecy is a supernatural gift. It says that when someone comes to you and says, “Thus says the Lord…” you must judge the words. Don’t just accept a prophecy without discerning if it is true or not. Does the prophecy line up with the Word of God? Does it confirm something the Lord has already been showing you? What do your elders say? What does your pastor say? Don’t just blindly act on the prophecy.
1 Corinthians 14:30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.
This says ANYTHING. It says let the first person keep silent. We don’t practice that. The first person can keep silent so another person could speak the revelation. If neither person is willing to give ground and be silent they are out of order and unbiblical. Both are in error of pride. When the power of God is moving, everyone who has a Word doesn’t have to a Word from God, but many have words from emotions.
Pastor Don said that eighty percent of what we say is of the Lord is our emotional center trying to get attention. Some speak their pet peeves, others their needs. If someone keeps saying the same word meeting after meeting, it may be their emotional damage speaking. Their work of ministry is centered around the area of emotional damage.
If we realize we are ministering from our emotional need, we must repent. If we detect weakness in another, love is needed. Hopefully the person with the emotional need will come for counseling or deliverance.
We must be wise as serpents, harmless as doves.
We are to judge, but with compassion. If someone is upset (say they just had a divorce) and they are acting in error, cut them some slack. Wait for a teachable moment and pray for them. Discern what is going on in their lives and when the Holy Spirit tells you they are able to hear the truth, teach them the truth about what is going on in their lives. We are not to tear people down, but to edify them.
Confirm the Word that you receive. If you are not in the Spirit or if you got the Word when you were in the Spirit. If it is a Word from the Spirit, chances are it comes with a peace.
1 Corinthians 14:31-32 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
If you can’t control yourself it is demonic. If someone cannot refrain from speaking a prophecy when it is out of order to speak a prophecy it is one way the Lord can expose the false prophet as demonic. God will let the false prophets be exposed so we can see it.
1 Corinthians 14:33-34 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.
God does not want confusion – He wants peace. Pastor Don reminded us that 2000 years ago women were uneducated. They would call across the synagogue to ask questions of their husbands about what was being taught. These questions could be deal with at home so they did not disrupt the services. The crosstalk in the temple added confusion. Today women have more education and this situation is unlikely to occur.
1 Corinthians 11:14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?
This is a cultural context – in this culture long hair was not accepted except if a person took the vow of a Nazarite.
1 Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.
Again this is cultural. In that culture, women with bald heads were prostitutes and by being bald they could wear the wig that would best please their customer.
1 Corinthians 11:16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
Paul is saying there is no Biblical mandate for the length of hair. Hair is based on the custom of the local church.
Pastor Don pointed out that some super Pentecostal people have dress codes. In some countries Pentecostal people drink beer but consider it a sin to drink coffee.
1 Corinthians 11:5-6 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered.
Notice that in verse six it says “IF IT IS,” he doesn’t say it is. If your church or community feels that it is wrong to have a woman’s head uncovered, then do that. But this is not the case with all churches.
Regarding verse five – this is not the same today. Women, even in Paul’s day prophesied and taught. The head covering would be determined by what was acceptable in the local culture. In the Book of Acts the daughters of Philip prophesied. Phoebe and Priscillia taught the right way to Apollos.
1 Corinthians 11:17-19 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
When there are factions among a group it is a good way to help the whole group discover what the truth is. Paul said IN CHRIST there is no male or female. In the Bible offices do not only have to be men. Apostles, pastors, teachers, evangelists, prophets can also be women.
1 Corinthians 14:35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
It is not shameful now – this is speaking about a problem in the local church that was causing confusion. What is a problem in the church is unbridled emotionalism in the church body.
1 Corinthians 14:36-38 Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached? If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
In a church some say things that are ignorant (unlearned). Don’t go to war. Just invite them to Bible study and leave it alone. The Word of God will help the person see the truth. We are all ignorant of something at some point.
1 Corinthians 14:39-40 Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.
We are to earnestly desire to prophesy and speak in tongues. All things need to be decent and in order so the Holy Spirit can work effectively. When a service is done decently and in order it makes a pleasant atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to come. If the Holy Spirit is not in control and providing the Word of the Lord, it is a flesh thing.
Hoping your day is blessed.