Once Paul had rebuked the Corinthian church for abusing the gifts (Ch.12), and established the preeminence of love (Ch.13), he then explained the superiority of prophesying over speaking in tongues (Ch.14). PRIORITIES in the church at Corinth were to include both love and spiritual gifts - but especially that of speaking God's prophesy when appropriate. Paul was writing because some PROBLEMS had arisen: (1) the contrast between tongues and prophecy - elevating tongues and neglecting prophesying; and (2) the confusion resulting from tongues -they were unclear and unprofitable. Paul challenged their PRACTICES as he explained that tongues (sounds) needed to have meaning (or else they came across as barbarians). He only expected one thing in their assemblies - that they would love each other by seeking to edify.
Accurately teaching God's Word verse by verse for the purpose of equipping believers, Jack G. Ebner has served as pastor-teacher at Cascade Bible Church since 1990. Jack and his wife, Bev, have six children and two grandchildren.