edification is spiritual, confusion is not

May 2016 (17)

1 Corinthians 14:10-12

1Co 14:10 There are probably a great many families of languages in the world, and nothing spoken is unintelligible.
1Co 14:11 This means that if I do not have the ability to understand the language, I will be a barbarian to the speaker, and the speaker will be a barbarian to me.
1Co 14:12 For this reason, you also, since you are seeking spiritual things, you should seek to get better at building up the church.

edification is spiritual, confusion is not

The languages Paul speaks about here are “in the world” languages, and each has meaning that can be understood by the right human audience. But outside of that context, those languages create barbarians (babblers), and lead to confusion.

Paul’s point to the Corinthians is that those showing off their linguistic abilities in the congregations are just creating confusion, and confusion is not spiritual. Edification is spiritual, and edification requires understanding.

If we really want to create an atmosphere of spirituality, we need to abandon practices which lead to confusion and misunderstanding.

LORD, give us the courage to stop doing things that syfle edification.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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