I want you to be aware about spiritual gifts. You used to be pagans worshipping false idols, so no one saying Jesus is accursed is speaking by the spirit of God, and no one can say Jesus is Lord apart from the Holy Spirit.
This same Spirit gives us different gifts, but they all come from the same God. Each one is gifted for the benefit of all. One is given wisdom, another knowledge, another faith, others can heal, others can perform miracles, others can prophesy, others are given great discernment, others the ability to speak in foreign languages, and others the ability to translate what is spoken.
You are all cells in the body of Christ. Each cell has its own usefulness. Not every cell can be part of a hand or foot or eye. If it were, we’d be a giant eyeball rolling around and that would be gross.
Those that seem weaker are necessary. We honor our unpresentable parts by clothing them. So God gives more honor to those that are part of the butt.
We are Christ’s body. God has chosen some to be apostles, some prophets, some teachers, then miracle workers, healers, helpers, administrators, and people who can speak in foreign languages. We need a well-balanced party. We can’t all be paladins or rogues, okay?
Desire the greater gifts, but there are more important things than your gifts.
Love is the better way.
I can be gifted and do great works, but if I lack love, I have nothing.
Love is patient, kind, it is not jealous, it is not arrogant or self-promoting, it acts appropriately, it seeks the welfare of others, it is not provoked to anger, it does not remember wrongs suffered, it does not celebrate injustice, but rejoices in truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. It never fails.
Gifts will come and go, but love remains.
Now we see dimly, but we will see fully one day and know all things. But now abide in faith, hope, and love, but love is the greatest.
Pursue love, but desire prophesy.
You can all speak in tongues, but it only helps if someone can translate for you. But when you speak the word of God, you benefit the entire church.
Seriously, if you all babble in ‘angelic’ languages or foreign languages, you’re going to sound like a bunch of barbarians to everyone. It’s not going to be helpful. Pray then that you have interpreters before you speak. I speak in tongues more than all of you, but I’d rather say five profitable words in Greek so everyone can understand me.
Tongues are given as a witness to unbelievers, but prophesy to believers. If everyone speaks in babbles, won’t the newcomers think you’re insane? (Yes. Yes, they will. I’ve been there.) But if everyone speaks the word of God, then a newcomer might be converted.
Have order to your services. If anyone wants to speak in a tongue, limit it to two or three and make sure you have a translator there. If there is no translator, let the tongue speakers remain silent. (Oh, they’ll be a translator there, Paul. They’ll make stuff up.)
Women need to shut up in church. They are not permitted to speak. If they want to learn anything, they can ask their husbands about it later. It’s not proper for a woman to speak in church.
If anyone is spiritual, he’s going to agree completely with me.
Keep your church services orderly.