(1) Follow after charity.—Better, Follow after love. Paul told the Corinthians to continually and earnestly follow after "love" (agape). (Witham). The main thing was to cultivate a spirit of love. But love opens the true way to everything else! For by that they will benefit most their fellow believers. Paul was discussing spiritual gifts and he was thinking of multiple gifts (in the Greek text the word spiritual is expressed with the plural). Desire spiritual gifts - Ye are very intent on getting those splendid gifts which may add to your worldly consequence, and please your carnal minds - but labor rather to get the gifts of God's Spirit, by which ye may grow in grace, and be useful to others - and particularly desire that ye may prophesy - that ye may be able to teach and instruct others in the things of their salvation. From their experience in intercourse with strangers. the gift of speaking as the organ of the Spirit in a manner adapted to instruct and edify the hearer. Follow after love — Namely, that love, the nature, necessity, and excellence of which are shown at large in the preceding chapter; pursue this, which far exceeds all extraordinary gifts, with zeal, vigour, courage, patience, otherwise you will neither attain nor keep it. Prophecy cannot be put outside of the pneumatica, as if it was to be sought more than they. The answer lies in the nature of God's salvation. The second half of the chapter (verses26-40) contains rules about spiritual gifts. would be left standing in an isolated position,—but in such a way that he sets over against the latter the ζηλοῦν τὰ πν. 1 Corinthians 14:1. in general: i.e. [Bengel]. XX, Number 13. ΄ᾶλλον δὲ ἵνα προφ., which is not to be read as a subordinate clause (Hofmann), represents and defines more closely the phrase τὰ χαρίσματα τὰ κρείττονα, 1 Corinthians 12:31. Pursue it earnestly as the greatest good. Keith Simons. In some places such as here the word desire has a positive sense. The object of Paul here is, to show that it was really an endowment of less value, and should be less desired by Christians than the gift of prophetic instruction, or the ability to edify the church in language intelligible and understood by all, under the immediate influences of the Holy Spirit. On the phrase “spiritual gifts,” see the note at 1 Corinthians 12:1. I Corinthians 14:18-25 Tongues a Sign to Unbelievers. Поскольку отсутствие любви было коренной проблемой в Коринфской церкви, только что описанная праведная любовь должна была стать для них предметом особенно ревностного и внимательного поиска. “Let the end which you pursue be love; in connection with which, however,—and upon that I will now enter more particularly,—you are not to omit your zealous seeking after the gifts of the Spirit, but to direct it especially to prophecy.” Comp. The only kind that has ever existed since the age of the apostles has been the kind Billy Graham called "counterfeit.". pneumatikos. As noted in the commentary on, the Holy Spirit "distributed" gifts to specific people, so the Corinthians could not control what gifts they received. "[2] It is clearly evident that the genuine gift of tongues, whether like those at Pentecost or at Corinth, perished with the age of miracles, and that all of the tongue-speaking of this generation is spurious. “Follow after the Divine love, and seek earnestly the spiritual gifts but that you prophecy.” The love parenthesis having been interjected in the middle of the grand exposition of spiritual gifts, as a profitable reminder of the transcendent importance of the graces, even surpassing that of the gifts, he now resumes the disquisition on the gifts, exhorting us to run after the Divine love, because we are bound to have it or lose our own soul, but at the same time to “covet earnestly” the spiritual gifts, that we may be able to stand on the battlefield victoriously, and at the same time win others for God; and not only make sure of Heaven, but when we get there not be empty handed. Alford was a Calvinist, conservative and premillennial, though not dispensational. They are under His sovereign control and yet we are to seek them, not demandingly, but gratefully, because we seek the good of all. But if, when they assembled, all the speakers spoke so as to be understood, and under the influence of the Spirit, then men would be convinced and converted, and God glorified, 1 Corinthians 14:23-25. 2See Fee, pp. 1 Corinthians 14:1. διώκετε τ. ἀγάπην] pursue after love; asyndetic, but following with all the greater emphasis upon the praise of love, chap. Comp 1 Corinthians 15:20; Colossians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 4:11; 2 Corinthians 4:14. καὶ ἡμᾶς ἐξεγερεῖ (978) ] The bodily change in the case of those still alive at the time of the Parousia ( 1 Corinthians 15:51 ; 2 Corinthians 5:2-4 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:15 ff.) On the meaning of the word “prophesy,” see the note at Romans 11:6. But love opens the true way to everything else! In the comment on 1 Corinthians 12:10, reasons have already been presented for adhering to the common view, that the gift of tongues, of which the apostle here speaks, was the gift miraculously conferred, of speaking in foreign languages. This more excellent way "bears, believes, hopes and endures all things" ( 1 Corinthians 13:7). One of the especially interesting words in this opening verse is "follow" (dioko), a present tense verb. Superiority of Prophecy over Tongues. The Apostle Paul spent 18 months there on his Second Missionary Journey and established a church there. This encouragement, however, came with some guidelines (rules). () **Talent never can make up for a poor attitude. 1 Corinthians 14:1. 1 Many of these simply involve spelling changes. 1 Corinthians 14:1-4. λ.] 1 Corinthians 14:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Corinthians 14:34, NIV: "Women should remain silent in the churches.They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says." 2. 1 Corinthians 14:34-38 Women are forbidden to speak there. The superiority of the gift of prophecy to that of tongues is founded. Paul said, ‘I wrote you a letter. 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. Слово «вы» подчеркивает общее желание церкви. Trans., 1873). as what is to take place along with it. Love is exalted in the interest of the charisms, not to their disparagement; it is not to be pursued by forgetting everything else, but opens the true way to everything else: “Sectamini charitatem, affectate spiritualia” (Cv[2017]).—“But rather (in preference to other gifts) that you may prophesy”: this is chief amongst “the greater charisms” of 1 Corinthians 12:31. [2018] Corinth, Corinthian or Corinthians. 4-15. (sectamini) corresponds to the conception of the way, 1 Corinthians 12:31. ζηλοῦτε δὲ κ. τ. The object of this chapter is to show them that the ability to speak in a plain, clear, instructive manner, so as to edify the church and convince sinners, was a more valuable endowment than the power of working miracles, or the power of speaking foreign languages. Follow charity close, as the hunter doth his prey, or as the persecutor doth the martyr, that will hide or escape if he can. This is viewed as totally wrong with regard to all of the conduct which demanded Paul's attention. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. "Follow after love"-"As if a veritable chase." This mingling of the true (even though perverted as to purpose and use) tongues with the false is evidently the reason for Paul's tenderness in dealing with this sin. In accordance with these principles, the apostle exhorts his readers to follow after love; i.e. The main thing was to cultivate a spirit of love. An act of election and choice: Choose rather that ye may prophesy, or clearly understand the mind of God yourselves, and have an ability to expound and explain it to others; this will bring most glory to God, most profit to his church, and most comfort to yourselves. 1. 1 Corinthians 14:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Corinthians 14:1, NIV: "Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy." This letter is either lost or it may be in 2 Corinthians6:14–7:1. sounds, are of no service to the hearers. 16:19; Rom. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Corinth was an important and wealthy city on the isthmus (narrow strip of land) separating Northern and Southern Greece. 1 Corinthians 14:6-11 Tongues not understood, like indistinct musical. From this, it seems mandatory to view the genuine gift at Corinth as different from that of Pentecost, and also of far less importance, even that genuine gift (at Corinth) being by Paul ranked last among spiritual gifts. And yet all he has said about love is not to put them off seeking what is spiritual, from seeking spiritual things. The apostle having so highly commended charity, or love, in the preceding chapter, presses here to an eager pursuit after it; that is, to an exercise of it, and after those things which make for it, and will serve to maintain and increase it: and everything he has said in praise of it before serves as an argument, or reason, to follow hard after it, with an eagerness used in hunting, and with such violence as persecutors express in pursuing and laying hold on those they seek after, to which there is an allusion in the word here used: and desire spiritual gifts: for though he had given charity the preference to them, he did not mean that they should despise and neglect them, or treat them with indifference, and be unconcerned about them; but, on the other hand, that they should be very zealous for them, ambitious of them, and earnestly covet them; since being rightly used and kept in their proper place, they were greatly beneficial and profitable to the churches of Christ, and the glory of God: but rather that ye may prophesy: of all the gifts of the Spirit, the apostle prefers prophesying, and recommends this to the Corinthians, as what they should be chiefly desirous of, and more desirous of than of speaking with tongues, which many among them were so very fond of: by which he means, not so much the gift of foretelling future events, though there was such a gift bestowed on some persons in those times, and, in certain cases, was very profitable to the churches; but a gift of preaching the word, or explaining the prophecies of the Old Testament, and of praying and singing of psalms, all which, as appears from some following parts of this chapter, were included in it; and that not in an ordinary, but in an extraordinary way; a person possessed of this gift could at once, without the use of means, or help of study, preach the word, and open the more difficult parts of Scripture; he had an extraordinary gift of prayer, which he could make use of when he pleased, and at once compose and deliver out a psalm, or hymn, in the public congregation. : Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual (gifts), but rather that ye may prophesy. Study the bible online using commentary on 1 Corinthians 14 and more! 1 Corinthians 14, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a … Even though the miraculous gifts were for a limited time (see the preceding discussion on), God regulated their use. 1 Corinthians 14:1. διώκετε, follow after) This word implies more than ζηλοῦτε, emulously desire, here, and in 1 Corinthians 14:12; 1 Corinthians 14:39; 1 Corinthians 12:31.— μᾶλλον, rather) in preference to tongues. That is, declare or expound the mysteries of faith. This is what the following passage explains, in which Paul shows the inferiority of the gift of tongues as compared with prophecy; and that first as to the edification of the Church (1 Corinthians 14:2-20), then as to the conversion of persons outside of the Church (1 Corinthians 14:21-25). Furthermore, Paul allowed that when an interpreter was present, along with other prescribed conditions, the gift at Corinth might properly be used (1 Corinthians 14:27). And so esteem those things as most excellent which profit the greater part of men (such as prophecy, that is to say, the gift of teaching and applying the doctrine: which was condemned in respect of other gifts, although it is the chiefest and most necessary for the Church) and not those who for a show seem to be marvellous, as the gifts of tongues. An act of prosecution; diokhete, prosecute and follow after charity as close as your prosecutors pursue and follow after you. Follow after charity, and desire spiritual (gifts), but rather that ye may prophesy. Comparison Of Tongues And Prophecy (14:1-25), 'Go on following after love, and go on being earnestly desirous of what is spiritual (spiritual things). The object of Paul here is, to show that it was really an endowment of less value, and should be less desired by Christians than the gift of prophetic instruction, or the ability to edify the church in language intelligible and understood by all, under the immediate influences of the Holy Spirit. So it is with His gifts. [2017] Calvin’s In Nov. Testamentum Commentarii. To what is said there on the nature of this office, it seems necessary only to add an idea suggested by Prof. Robinson (Greek and English Lexicon, under the article, Προφήτης Prophētēs), that the prophets were distinguished from the teachers ( διδάσκαλοι didaskaloi), “in that, while the latter spoke in a calm, connected, didactic discourse adapted to instruct and enlighten the hearers, the prophet spoke more from the impulse of sudden inspiration, from the light of a sudden revelation at the moment (1 Corinthians 14:30, ἀποκάλυφθη apokalupthē), and his discourse was probably more adapted, by means of powerful exhortation, to awaken the feelings and conscience of the hearers.” The idea of speaking from “revelation,” he adds, seems to be fundamental to the correct idea of the nature of the prophecy here referred to. The subject is still the pneumatika. And so he desires them to seek to prophesy above all else. Modern preaching is its successor, without the inspiration. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 14:1-5 1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. You see that while he makes the graces a sine que non, and exhorts us imperatively to seek and appropriate all of the gifts, at the same time he gives the preeminence to prophecy, as this gift qualifies us to preach the gospel, which is God’s appointed method to save the world. Those who pursue love will always edify others around them, whether they have a spiritual gift or not! Philippians 3:12. Yet it was not improper also to desire to be so endowed as to promote their highest usefulness in the church. 1 Corinthians 14:1-5 Prophecy, for its greater tendency to edification. 1 Corinthians 14:1 King James Version (KJV). I Corinthians 13:1-13 Qualities of the Greatest Gift. The N.T. So they are first of all to go on pursuing love. Acts 18 And fancying themselves the most honourable of all the spiritual men, because their gift was habitual, they claimed the privilege of speaking in the public assemblies preferably to others; whereby some who were better qualified to edify the church, were often obliged to be silent.". Because we use “prophecy” to mean “predicting the future,” it is not the best word of translation. Christians could ask for gifts and perhaps request specific gifts, but like all prayer requests, "yes" answers were based on God's will ( 1 John 5:14). The apostle does not mean to say that prophecy is to be preferred to love or charity; but that, of the spiritual gifts which it was proper for them to desire and seek, prophecy was the most valuable. This clause belongs to the preceding chapter. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols.). As if a veritable chase. This word, as demonstrated by Acts 7:9 and Acts 17:5, can also be used in a negative way. Superiority of prophecy over tongues. So long as they were obedient, or there was hope of bringing them to repentance, he sent them prophets speaking their own language, 1 Corinthians 14:21, 1 Corinthians 14:22. speaking in an unknown tongue to you of another foreign country. Nor is it the 1On the integrity of 1 Corinthians, see Donald A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo, An Introduction to the New Testament, pp. It was mere childishness in the Corinthians to be so delighted with a gift which they could not turn to any practical account, 1 Corinthians 14:20. He has spoken enthusiastically in praise of the superiority of love as the greatest amongst graces, and of all graces as superior to all gifts; but still, though we are to “do this,” we are not to leave the other undone. (1) The important gift is that of prophecy (1 Corinthians 1:1). But rather that ye may prophesy; but rather, or principally that you may be able to reveal the mind and will of God unto others. 5-Day Commentary Challenge - 1 Corinthians 13-14 . (5) These injunctions are declared to be "the commandments of the Lord" 1 Corinthians 14:36; 1 Corinthians 14:37. James Rosscup writes that "This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. Ex. It is more than to desire or to be zealous of a thing, as it follows in the next words, ζηλουτε, "Be zealous of spiritual gifts." Все собрание церкви в Коринфе должно было помышлять о полном выражении даров в их служении. But it is not so easy to understand why this gift should have been so common, nor why it should so often attend on conversion; see Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6. charity = love, as in 1 Corinthians 13:1. desire = covet earnestly, as in 1 Corinthians 12:31. spiritual. The preceding chapter is parenthetical, and the Apostle here returns to the subject with which he had been immediately occupied before he branched off into that great Psalm of Love. И больше всего апостол расхваливает пророчество как самое полезное по сравнению с прочими дарами. 1 Corinthians 14:23-25 but in the assemblies of the church prophecy is more useful. "At the end of chap12, where he had been speaking specifically of the gifts themselves as gracious endowments, he told them, "eagerly desire the greater charismata." The two gifts specially in the apostle's mind were the gift of speaking with tongues, and that of prophecy, i.e. Spiritual gifts are to be “earnestly striven for.” As there was a priority in graces, so there is in gifts. There seems to be a contradiction between 1 Corinthians 14:22 and 1 Corinthians 14:23-25. ii. (Challoner) --- To prophesy, in its proper signification, is to foretell things to come: it sometimes is to expound the obscure places in other prophets; and sometimes it is to preach the word of God. Submitted by admin on Fri, 2009-08-28 16:18. Desire zealously this (prophecy) more than any other spiritual gift; or in preference to "tongues" (1Co 14:2, &c.) [Bengel].1 Corinthians 14:1-5 Prophecy, for its greater tendency to edification,is preferred before speaking with tongues.1 Corinthians 14:6-11 Tongues not understood, like indistinct musicalsounds, are of no service to the hearers.1 Corinthians 14:12-20 All gifts should be referred to edification.1 Corinthians 14:21,22 Tongues are of use for the conviction of unbelievers,1 Corinthians 14:23-25 but in the assemblies of the church prophecy is more useful.1 Corinthians 14:26-33 Rules for the orderly exercise of spiritual gifts inthe church.1 Corinthians 14:34-38 Women are forbidden to speak there.1 Corinthians 14:39,40 An exhortation to use each gift freely, but withdecency and order.Follow after charity; that love to God and your brethren, concerning which I have been speaking so much, as preferable to all common gifts, follow that with your utmost diligence, as the persecutors follow you; for it is the same word that is ordinarily used to signify the violent prosecution of persecutors, though it be applied also to things which we ought eagerly to follow, Romans 9:31 14:19. It was the teaching phase Paul stressed here, indicating that teaching was a much more desirable activity than tongue-speaking. τ. ἀγάπ. If Paul came to them speaking in a way which they could not understand, what good could it do them? 1-corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. Ревность о них, в данном контексте, следует понимать как коллективное и верное служение Ему, а не личное стремление получить тот дар, которого нет у другого. It is clear. 1. He observes, therefore, an admirable medium, by disapproving of nothing that was useful, while at the same time he exhorts them not to prefer, by an absurd zeal, things of less consequence to what was of primary importance. That this gift should be specially connected with prophesying, as in Acts 19:6, "they spake with tongues and prophesied," and elsewhere, is to be explained from the fact that all speaking under divine, supernatural influence, was included under the head of prophesying; and as all who spake with tongues "spake as the Spirit gave them utterance," in the wide sense of the word they all prophesied. [1] S. Lewis Johnson, Jr., Wycliffe Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1971), p. 634. The former refers to something indispensable, the latter to a faculty which is simply desirable; see on 1 Corinthians 12:31. On the meaning of the word "prophesy," see the note at Romans 11:6. (a) What prophecy is he shows in the third verse. Today Christians must still pursue love as well as seek a close acquaintance with what has replaced them (the New Testament). Follow after charity] διωκετε, follow it hot-foot, as they say; pursue and practise it. And — In their place, as subservient to this. In certain situations, various gifts were "greater" than others. also Rückert), which first comes in at 1 Corinthians 14:2, and that with a definite designation. Instead of follow, we may read, pursue. The gift of tongues, however, as it was the most striking and remarkable, and probably the most rare, was most highly prized and coveted. The object of this chapter is to show them that the ability to speak in a plain, clear, instructive manner, so as to edify the church and convince sinners, was a more valuable endowment than the power of working miracles, or the power of speaking foreign languages. In this the third chapter of Paul's writings specifically related to tongue speaking and other spiritual gifts, the full thrust of his purpose is revealed. Such is the principle Paul applies first of all to the valuation of the two gifts which seem at that time to have played the most considerable part in the life of the Church of Corinth, glossolalia and prophecy. The word μᾶλλον, rather, does not therefore exclude the pursuit of these two last gifts; on the contrary, it implies it. was written, new revelations suited to the new dispensation were given 1 Corinthians 14:29; 1 Corinthians 14:30. Each is geared well for its own job." The whole chapter presupposes this and at times this is explicitly spelled out. (1) He infers now of what he spoke before: therefore seeing charity is the chiefest of all, before all things set it before you as chief and principal. Next he mentions spiritual gifts: such were the gift of tongues, the gift of miracles, the gift of healing, and lastly, prophecy, by which we are to understand an ordinary set course of preaching, interpreting and opening the holy scriptures, which contain a revelation of God's mind and will. Metz said, "It was difficult to distinguish the valid gift (of tongues) ... from an invalid expression of personal exultation. 1. Instead of ἵνα, that, Paul might have put simply: "Especially desire prophecy." Inthat letter, I told you to have nothing to do with men with bad character’ (1Corinthians 5:9). Since we today are dealing with a far different situation, it is proper to speak much more plainly of those bastard tongues at Corinth. Косвенно же апостол упрекает недостаток их любви тем, что они до этого злоупотребляли своими дарами. Our modern preaching is the successor of prophecy, but without the inspiration. [Note: Fee, The First . Werner Bible Commentary "For freedom Christ has freed us" — Galatians 5:1. The ‘previous’ letter. Every one must feel, however, the truth of the remark of Chrysostom in his commentary on this chapter: "This whole passage is very obscure; but the obscurity arises from our ignorance of the facts described, which, though familiar to those to whom the apostle wrote, have ceased to occur." The idea of speaking from "revelation," he adds, seems to be fundamental to the correct idea of the nature of the prophecy here referred to. In Paul told the Corinthians to "desire earnestly the greater gifts," but he also said there was the "more excellent way" (love, chapter13). Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:1-5 (Read 1 Corinthians 14:1-5) Prophesying, that is, explaining Scripture, is compared with speaking with tongues. and desire—Translate, "Yet (as a secondary aim) desire zealously (see on [2292]1Co 12:31) spiritual gifts.". To compare a steak-knife to a wood-chisel and claim the knife is superior makes no sense unless you have cutting steak in mind. It is comprehended in this expression, which denotes spiritual gifts in general (1 Corinthians 12:31); the apostle has particularly in view, no doubt, glossolalia, prophecy, and teaching. There are many things also in this chapter which it is not easy to understand on any theory of the nature of the gift. Значит, коринфяне будут хорошо и правильно использовать духовные дары, если между ними станет процветать любовь. The preceding chapter is parenthetical, and the Apostle here returns to the subject with which he had been immediately occupied before he branched off into that great Psalm of Love. That the unintelligibleness of what was said, arose not from the sounds uttered being inarticulate, but from the ignorance of the hearer. 442-44. The genuine gift had to be either identical with that of Pentecost, or a far lesser thing given for the encouragement of individuals and to be used privately (1 Corinthians 14:4). Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. Follow after love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts:—‘If I exalt love above all mere gifts, this is not meant to disparage the gifts, nor to quench the desire to possess and exercise them; only in doing so, forget not that the best and most useful of them all is prophecy.’. Under these circumstances it is necessary to hold fast what is clear, and to make the certain our guide in explaining what is obscure. Observe here, 1. One can only be amazed at the near-universal acceptance of the idea that what those Corinthians were doing was actually CAUSED by the Holy Spirit! I Corinthians 14:26-40 Instructions for Tongues Speakers. Follow after charity, and desire spiritual, in a higher degree, however, than for the other gifts of the Spirit. 4. —Which all are able to attain, and which is the ordinary, central, permanent grace of the Church. The apostle does not mean to say that prophecy is to be preferred to love or charity; but that, of the spiritual gifts which it was proper for them to desire and seek, prophecy was the most valuable. Действительно, поскольку эти дары даны ради пользы Церкви, порочность людей не может сделать их излишними или вредными. Prophesying in the New Testament, means public preaching under the immediate influence of divine impulse and illumination. If a man comes to the speaking a language which I cannot understand, no matter how polished or significant that language may be, he is a barbarian to me, and I to him, 1 Corinthians 14:10, 1 Corinthians 14:11. "yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts"-while the gifts were to be operational, the Corinthians are encouraged to seek them. It is the conviction of this writer that nothing in the history of the church has been any more misunderstood than this chapter. Follow after charity - Pursue love 1 Corinthians 13:1; that is, earnestly desire it; strive to possess it; make it the object of your anxious and constant solicitude to obtain it, and to be influenced by it always. But rather that you may prophesy. The Prophet - Every Believer Is Prophetic! Can it be supposed that the Holy Spirit which led Paul to hide his gift and never use it publicly - can we suppose that the same Holy Spirit was moving in those Corinthians? Let them go on walking firmly in the path of love, and let them also go on earnestly desiring what is spiritual, including the gracious gifts of God he has described, in order that they may be used in love. Follow after love — With zeal, vigour, courage, patience; else you can neither attain nor keep it. 22:69), on the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. That the speaker with tongues was in a state of calm self-control. Of these two gifts, he says, the latter is to be preferred. 1 Corinthians 14:1-25. 699-708). 1 Corinthians: Bible Study and Commentary. On the phrase "spiritual gifts," see the note at 1 Corinthians 12:1. “Pursue love”—follow intently this (1 Corinthians 12:31 b: see note): (see parls. did not need to … Ревнуйте о дарах духовных (ревнуйте о духовных). Considering the way the New Testament uses telos in other passages, it certainly seems to speak about the coming of Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:8, 15:24, James 5:11, Revelation 20:5, 20:7, 21:6, and 22:13). Chapter 12 gave a catalog of gifts, chapter 13 gave the correct use of gifts (love), and now chapter 14 will set forth the misuse of gifts.
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