Speaking in tongues communicated a message

New Testament: 1Co 14.10–11

To read the Bible in a year, read First Corinthians 14.1–20 on September 4, In the year of our Lord 2021

By Don Ruhl 

The worship services of the Corinthian Church must have been chaotic, for Paul explained to them how to do things orderly. Some of the members had the ability to speak in foreign languages, but not everyone understood what was being said. Therefore, the miraculous tongue-speaker had to make sure that an interpreter was available to help those who did not speak that language. Part of Paul’s argument was this: 

There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.

– 1 Corinthians 14.10–11 

Therefore, everything that happens in a worship service has to be intelligible. If not, that person should remain silent. 


  • Do you help visitors to your congregation understand the worship service? 
  • Do you understand everything that goes on? 

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