subordination and learning

May 2016 (22)

1 Corinthians 14:29-32

1Co 14:29 Two or three prophets must speak, and the others should critique them carefully.
1Co 14:30 If a mystery is revealed to another who is sitting, the first should stop talking.
1Co 14:31 Because you can all prophesy one at a time, so that you can all learn and you can all be encouraged,
1Co 14:32 as long as the prophets allow their spirits to be subordinated to the other prophets.

subordination and learning

Here Paul is talking about mutual subordination among prophets in a congregation. There is no hint of a hierarchy here: these are all prophets of equal standing. He encourages them to have respect for one another, and allow mutual learning and encouragement to happen. This is what Paul means when he tells the Ephesians that they should submit to one another out of respect for Christ (Ephesians 5:21). Christ is working through all of us, and when we willfully subordinate ourselves to each other, the Holy Spirit within us all is able to teach and encourage us all.

LORD, give us all the respect for Christ as he reveals himself to — and through us all.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary and a candidate for pastoral ministry. You can contact him at -- !
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