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Charismata: Summary & Conclusion

Peter’s twofold summary of the twenty various gifts of the Spirit is comprehensive but not detailed; he lists the gifts of speaking and of helping…

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A Canonical Rule

Ignore Anyone Who Ignores These Directions (1 Cor 14:36–38) Paul forbids the Corinthians to start originating novel practices without conforming them to Scripture, which must…

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Women & the orderly exercise of spiritual gifts (1 Cor 14:33b–35).

This text is one of the most controversial in the New Testament, along with other Pauline texts that regulate the church role of women in…

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Gifts: Regulated for Order

The gifts should be regulated so that the congregation can maintain order (1 Cor 14:26–33a). This means that a congregation should regulate the frequency of…

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Sign of Judgment or Salvific Sign (1 Cor 14:21–25)

Uninterpreted tongues are a sign of judgment for unbelievers, interpreted tongues or prophecy can serve as a sign that might lead to repentance (1 Cor…

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Interpreting messages in tongues

Unedifying Uninterpreted Tongues (1 Cor 14:6–12) Uninterpreted tongues have no power to convey meaning, and thus no power to edify others (1 Cor 14:6–12). Paul…

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Rules about Messages in Tongues (1 Cor 14:1–25)

Before Paul leaves behind his discussion on how the church should regulate the gifts, he turns from the general exercise of all the gifts to…

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Imperfect versus Perfect

Friends may fail us—lovers may fail us—but love itself never fails. But then the eternal “God is love” (1 John 4:8). In keeping with the…

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Love endures all

Love endures through every circumstance (1 Cor 13:7). Love reaps, not only because it sows, but also because it faints not. Love sows even in…

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Love never looses faith

Love never loses faith (1 Cor 13:7). In relation to God, that means we take God at his word; in relation to man, it means…

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