Maturity in Christ is when we are able to take the deep truths about the person and work of Christ and apply them appropriately to our lives. A believer either walks in the flesh or he walks in the Spirit. It defies the Biblical understanding of this very basic warfare to assert that those walking in the flesh can and will manifest gifts of the SPIRIT. And we need only look at the letter – to see that Corinth struggled more than most to walk in the Spirit! So when we come to the 14th chapter we should NOT conclude that they were manifesting the TRUE gift of tongues or any other gift of the Spirit as long as they were walking in the flesh! The problem that Paul is dealing with here is that of Spiritual Childishness!
Pastor Drew is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He got his Masters of Divinity in 2010 and has been planting Omega OPC in Williamsport PA, since then. Check out some sermons by Pastor Drew Adcock Related Sermons Called What? (1 Corinthians 1:1-3) August 7, 2016 Lying About Christ (1 Corinthians 1:4-17) August 14, 2016 Wisdom that is Not wise (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) August 21, 2016 Mesmerized by Christ Crucified (1 Corinthians 2:1-5) August 29, 2016 Babies and Builder (1 Corinthians 3:1-15) September 11, 2016 All Things are Your’s! (1 Corinthians 3:16-23) September 18, 2016 The Kingdom Not in Talk (1 Corinthians 4:1-21) September 25, 2016 Purge the Evil (1 Corinthians 5:1-13) October 2, 2016 Otherworldly Etiquette (1 Corinthians 6:1-11) October 9, 2016 Conquest of Our Bodies (1 Corinthians 6:12-20) October 17, 2016 Super-Spiritual Misconceptions (1 Corinthians 7:1-16) October 23, 2016 Otherworldly… (read more)
1 Corinthians 14:20-25
20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. 21 In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” 22 Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds? 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.