1 Corinthians 14-16
Observation: Paul’s comments about women in chapter 14 seem overly harsh. If we look back at chapter 11, it seems like Paul expected women to pray and thus speak in church, just with their heads covered. As such, it seems likely here that Paul is describing the primary preaching/teaching role in the church and not an absolute rule of silence.
Question: What does Paul mean when he talks of speaking in tongues? This question can become complicated and my view is not the only view. Some would say speaking in tongues just means speaking in different languages. Acts 2 seems to describe this. It sure seems like Paul, in chapter 14, is describing an unknown language/prayer language that is communicated only to God and that he is saying this is a spiritual gift that some people possess.
Application: I need to make sure I keep the resurrection as central to my faith. As Paul says, without it I am still in my sin and without hope.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I praise You for Your victory over death and that I get to be a part of that victory.
Ask Christians and non-Christians alike “what is the Gospel?”, and you may get answers like: “Have your best life now”, “Jesus came to be your best friend.” or “the whole of the New Testament.” Paul tells us the truth of the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,