What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:36-40
Over the past few Chapters we have gone through some intense teachings of scripture, and judging from Paul’s rhetorical response here, I can imagine the Church of Corinth was probably having the same reaction as the Church today is. Notice the statement here from Paul “What? Did the Word of God come or originate from you?” Paul is making a sarcastic rhetorical question to the Church of Corinth
Obviously the Church of Corinth was practicing and worshiping in ways that was not in line with scripture or the Apostles. As Paul was dropping the hammer of truth on the Church of Corinth, I’m sure there were many of them questioning Paul’s Apostolic authority. This is the same scenario we see today, many will discredit Paul’s teachings or some even reject Paul all together. However as Paul states “The things that I write unto you are the commandments of The Lord”
The teachings that Paul is instructing to the Churches, are not his own ideas or interpretations. These are direct commandments from Jesus Christ, as Paul testified under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. To deny Paul’s teachings is to deny Jesus Christ as your Lord. Unfortunately we are seeing many Churches denying the true teachings of the Bible, and embrace traditions of man instead
Does your Church’s practices and doctrine align with the Bible? I don’t think many Christians love God enough to care about the obedience to His Word. They love their religion more than they love God. This is no different than the Pharisees or the Sauducess, everyone loves religion but do you love God with all your heart, soul, and strength?
This entire Chapter could be summed up with this final statement by Paul “Let ALL things be done decently and in order” This comes back to practicing Communion, to speaking in Tongues, to Women Pastors, everything must be done in decent order. We don’t worship a God of chaos, we worship a God of order.
Jesus said “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15) The teachings of the Apostle Paul are the commandments of Christ, if Jesus is your Lord, you will obey them, Amen!
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