My work has slowed down a bit due to time constraints. Our move to Durham is demanding more attention on selling things on Craigslist, organizing finances, researching moving tips, etc.
Here was the order for Day 14:
1605-1645 – 1 Corinthians 12-13 (Greek)
Very little time today to read. I watched the kids for over 12 hours due to my wife’s work schedule and other pressing matters. To be honest, the last few days have been very taxing emotionally and spiritually (let the faithful reader of this blog understand). My heart was heave yesterday until I went and read just two chapters in the NT.
And you know what was really special about the reading? I wasn’t spending time in 1 Cor 12-13 in order to justify any particular stance on the gifts. I wanted to hear Paul’s voice speaking while I read the Greek, refusing to prejudge the passage. My conclusion? Paul’s emphasis, which is the same throughout his epistels, is on unity amidst diversity. Whereas in Romans he wants Jew and Gentile to “worship with one voice,” in the “gifts” passages in 1 Corinthians he wants the members of the body to function as a whole in love.
So whether you are a cessationist or pentacostal, openly cautious or timidly bold, try to read the passage as Paul’s readers would have. They didn’t go there to prove or disprove anything. They heard these words read out loud in their meetings and repented of either having boasted, or having not used what was given to them.
And to the big question: have tongues ceased? Again, this was not Paul’s point in the passage. He is emphasizing the importance of love.
If that’s a liberal interpretation, well…
You can blame Paul.