New Testament Survey (The Letters to Corinth)

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“NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY” (The Corinth Letters)

TEXT:

1Co 14:6  Now, [brethren], if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
1Co 14:7  And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
1Co 14:8  For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
1Co 14:9  So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

INTRO:

In every situation and in every Doctrine, WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT GOD SAYS, “NOT WHAT MAN SAYS”. Corinth was a wicked and an ungodly place. The Apostle Paul wrote letters back to this group of believers at Corinth because it was such a place of controversy. “It is only God who gives us the truth in HIS WORD”.

(vs 6) We see Paul was writing to the Brethren, the Saints of God, the Church, The Bride of Christ.

(vs7) This verse states that “even musical instruments must give a distinct sound to be understood.

(vs8) Says if a trumpet is the sound of battle then the battle sound should come out not some confusing sound.

(vs9) Says the WORDS OUT OF OUR MOUTHS should be easily understood.

I.) THE MEANING:

   A.) “GLOSSA”

G1100
γλῶσσα
glōssa
Total KJV Occurrences: 50

1) the tongue, a member of the body, an organ of speech
2) a tongue
a) the language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations

glōssa
gloce’-sah
Of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication a language (specifically one naturally unacquired): – tongue.

33 TIMES IN THE KJB it is used as “Language”
17 TIMES IN THE KJB it is used as the tongue. (That thing in my mouth)   

Proof verses:

THE MIRACLE OF GOD

Act 2:1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Act 2:5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Act 2:6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

The proof:

MEN FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST WITNESSING BY A MIRACLE OF GOD!

Act 2:7  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Act 2:8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Act 2:9  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Act 2:10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Act 2:11  Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues [the wonderful works of God].

People of another language of other Nations, got to hear the Wonderful Word of God.

   B.) 1Co 14:19  Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

It is said that the Apostle Paul spoke as many as seven different languages.

Notice Paul says that it is better to speak 5 WORDS CLEARLY than 10,000 words of an unknown language.

   C.) TONGUE is interchangeable with LANGUAGE!

“GLOSSA”

   D.) God did a miracle. Miracles are used in the Gospel by God TO REACH SINNERS! MIRACLES ARE USED FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, NOT FOR OUR OWN GLORY! GOD USES MIRACLES TO REACH A LOST AND DYING WORLD. “GOD IS THE GOD OF ALL NATIONS AND ALL TONGUES”!

II.) THE MOTIVE:

   A.) Act 2:1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Act 2:5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Act 2:6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
Act 2:7  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Act 2:8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Act 2:9  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Act 2:10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Act 2:11  Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

3000 PEOPLE SAVED:

Act 2:41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

*****Act 10:44  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Act 10:45  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 10:46  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Act 10:47  Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Act 10:48  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

GENTILES ARE SAVED!

*****Act 19:6  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

THEY PREACHED GOD’S WORD IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE!

There was a language barrier. It was solved by a “miracle” of God.

   B.) Luk 1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Luk 1:14  And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
Luk 1:15  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
Luk 1:16  [And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God].

THE PURPOSE OF THE HOLY GHOST IS TO LEAD PEOPLE ,(THE LOST), TO THE LORD.

“The Holy Ghost is for our EMPLOYMENT not our ENJOYMENT!

The 1st goal of the Gospel is to lead people to Christ.
The 1st goal of the Church is to lead people to Christ.
The 1st goal of every ministry of the Church should be to lead the lost to Jesus Christ.
That’s our #1 JOB!

III.) THE METHOD:

   A.) THE FIVE GUIDELINES:

1Co 14:28  But if there be no interpreter, [let him keep silence in the church]; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
 
     1.) NO LANGUAGE IS TO BE USED IF IT CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD!

1Co 14:33  For [God is not the author of confusion], but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

     2.) WE ARE NEVER TO CAUSE CONFUSION IN THE CHURCH.

1Co 14:34  [Let your women keep silence in the churches]: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

     3.) WOMEN ARE NOT TO PREACH IN THE CHURCH.

1Co 14:27  If any man speak in an unknown tongue, [let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course]; [and let one interpret].

     4.) THE INTERPRETATION SHOULD NEVER BE THROUGH MORE THAN TWO OR THREE INTERPRETERS.

Mat 28:19  [Go ye therefore, and teach all nations], baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

     5.) GOD WANTS EVERYONE ON THE PLANET TO HEAR HIS WORD.

IV.) THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS:

   A.) Act 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and [ye shall be witnesses] unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

I NEED The Power of the Holy Ghost to be an effective witness.

     1.) JESUS:

Luk 3:22  And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Jesus is God and knows all things but WE NEVER READ WHERE JESUS SPOKE IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE.

     2.) John the Baptist:

Luk 1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Luk 1:14  And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
Luk 1:15  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
Luk 1:16  And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

We “NEVER” hear where John the Baptist spoke in any other language.

Receiving the Holy Ghost has nothing to do with receiving any strange or unknown language.

THE HOLY GHOST IS GIVEN FOR A WITNESS OF THE GOSPEL TO GET PEOPLE SAVED!

   B.) GOD UNDERSTANDS EVERY LANGUAGE!

Jon 2:10  And [the LORD spake unto the fish], and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

We can be sure that If God can speak to a fish HE CAN CERTAINLY SPEAK TO EVERYONE IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE!

GOD SAID:

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, [Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature].
Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Act 28:28  Be it known therefore unto you, [that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it].

     1.) IT IS NOT A SPECIAL PRAYER LANGUAGE!

Gen 11:1  And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

Gen 11:9  Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

LANGUAGES CAME ABOUT BECAUSE OF THE SIN AT THE TOWER OF BABEL.

Zep 3:7  I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.
Zep 3:8  Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
Zep 3:9  [For then will I turn to the people a pure language], that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.

THERE WILL BE A RETURN TO A PURE LANGUAGE ONE DAY BUT THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED YET!

     2.) TO SAY THAT GOD ONLY UNDERSTANDS ONE LANGUAGE “MAKES GOD VERY SHALLOW”.

   C.) ONCE A CHURCH WAS TAUGHT THE GOSPEL OF GOD THEY WERE THEN EXPECTED TO GO OUT IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE AND TEACH OTHERS. NOT SOME STRANGE LANGUAGE.

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1Co 3:4  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
1Co 3:5  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
1Co 3:6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
1Co 3:7  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
1Co 3:8  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
1Co 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

We can see that this church at Corinth was not very “SPIRITUAL”.

     2.) DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN ONLY WANTING ONE MIRACLE. PEOPLE LOSE SIGHT OF THE GOSPEL OF GOD, THAT IS TO SAVE THE LOST, AND SOMETIMES WANT TO SEE A GREAT MIRACLE. THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF GOD IS “SALVATION TO THE LOST”.

THE EVIDENCE OF THE HOLY GHOST IS BEING A SOUL WINNER!

THE EVIDENCE OF THE HOLY GHOST IS LEADING OTHER PEOPLE TO CHRIST!

Act 1:8  [But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me] both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

SPIRIT FILLED PEOPLE ARE THOSE THAT ARE GOOD WITNESSES OF JESUS CHRIST!

AND YE SHALL! SHALL! SHALL! BE WITNESSES.

ARE YOU A SOUL WINNER?

Amen

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