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« on: August 19, 2006, 11:19:42 AM »

i Ray, haven't forgotten about ya. :) James here, the guy who said he was hoping to fly out and visit sometime when I get a chance. ;) I think I'll also donate some money to help out when I'm able.
I have one question while reading your writting on tongues. In 1 Cor. 14:2 it says that we speak to God, not men. Now, obvoiusly there is more scripture that supports what you say, I was just hoping you could shed some light on the one verse, thanks! :)

Dear James:
Paul says in I Cor. 14:1--"Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but RATHER that you may prophesy [inspired speaking]."
So what is it that we ARE TO DO?  We are to desire the spiritual gift of "PROPHESYING."
Now verse 2:  "For [or because, or in other words 'here is the reason'] he that speakes in a language speaks not unto men, but unto God: for [because] NO MAN UNDERSTANDS him;  howebeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries."
Now then: Which are we told we should "DESIRE?"  To prophesy [speak under the inspiration of God's spirit) or speak in a language that no man understands is no one is profited from?
Obviously Paul recommends the former, and in verse 3 he doubly endorses the proper thing to do:  "But he that prophesies speakes unto men to EDIFICATION, AND EXHORTATION, AND COMFORT."  And THAT is the proper use of the gift of "languages."
God be with you,
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