Reflection. Spiritual gifts and "Languages​​" on 1 Corinthians 12 [1]. By Fabian Massa

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator. 

In Paul's time, the Church of the Lord was A: The same God, the same Gospel, the same baptism and the same theology: 

12 In fact, the body is one and has many members, and all members, though many, are one body. So with Christ.13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and all were made to drink into one Spirit. 

Paul teaches us that although there are many gifts there is only one Holy Spirit, one God who makes all things 

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are various functions, but the same God who works all in all. 
In the following verses (7 to 11) Paul lists special gifts the Holy Spirit gives to certain persons for the edification of the saints: 

  • Word of Wisdom 
  • Word of Knowledge 
  • Fe 
  • Gift of Health 
  • Gift of Miracles 
  • Gift of Prophecy 
  • discerning of spirits 
  • Speaking different languages ​​[2] 
  • interpret languages 

Note that speaking in tongues and interpret are last. 

In the same way in the human body every member has a role in harmony and complement each other, each having the same degree of importance, so does the Church: Members who have received gifts in the service of the congregation and none should feel more or less than others (verses 12-27). 

Paul says, "28 in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, secondly, prophets; thirdly, teachers; after that miracles; after those gifts of healing, helps others, governments and those who speak different languages​​. "

Paul gives a logical and comprehensive order: 

1 Apostle: The Apostolate generally encompasses all others, such as the Apostle Paul himself opened many Churches, grazing, trained pastors (Timothy and Titus), performed miracles, healings, he served the saints (more than 50% of NT theology is his) and also spoke in tongues. 

2 Prophet (Pastors) One task of the pastor is to teach, and campaigns in worship God works miracles through you, healings, one of the characteristics of the good shepherd is the vocation of service. Manages the Church. And depending on the denomination, speaking in tongues. 

3 Teachers: Obviously teaches, has a vocation of service marked, as to miracles, gifts of healing and tongues can have them or not. 
4 Gift of Miracles: Miracles generally include healings. 
5 Gift of Health: Instead of having the specific gift of healing are often absent in other types of miracles. 

6 Don Service: There are people who specifically has this gift. 

7 Don Manage: There are people who specifically has this gift. 

8 Gift of Tongues: We see that the languages ​​back to be last. 

Paul makes some very significant questions 29 to 31: 

1 Are all apostles? 

2 Are all prophets? 

3 Are all teachers? 

4 Do all work miracles? 

5 Do all have gifts of healing? 

6 Do all speak in tongues? 

7 Do all interpret? 

Obviously the answer to all these questions is "No". There are several readings that we can make the order of the questions: 

The order is from the top down comprehensive. 

Each of the gifts is independent of the other. 

The gift of tongues and the people who were still last in the list. Obviously if a person has the first 5 gifts (even without the tongues and interpretation), it is because received a baptism of the Holy Spirit, who has imparted the necessary gifts to exercise the relevant ministries. 
Therefore tongues is not a sign of exclusive Spirit Baptism. 
A person may have the gift of tongues and interpret and not take any of the first orders of the hierarchy in a congregation. 

In the same way that not all teachers or pastors, not all speak in tongues, which strip land Pentecostal premise that claimed to be the "sole and exclusive manifestation" of Spirit baptism. 

This claim that all "spiritual" must speak in tongues Pentecostal produced many of the brothers fall into a mindless chatter, so as not to look like people who have a true spirituality. Pentecostal leaders have turned the order of the Bible, taking the languages ​​of the last and putting it in the first. It is also necessary that the message is understood: No one should feel superior to another member of the Body of Christ. It would be good to stop Pentecostals believe the only ones who have the "Baptism of the Spirit" in the matter of languages ​​[even though in them God's Word is also met and actually not all speak in tongues but a few (the vast majority are only imitates and even fewer have the ability to interpret)] and other disparaging names "that are not so spiritual."

Thus there is a "Pentecostal Theology" accommodating the Bible to their denominational politics, when it should be exactly the opposite: Adapt to what denominational Bible. 

Week 70 is next, religiosity unsaved stammering inconsistencies either. It's time to return to the theology of Christ. 


[1] NIV 1 Corinthians 12.1-27
[2] Throughout the N.T. the Greek word usually "tongues" is translated γλώσσα (glossa) language or language. Dictionary Strong's # 1100.


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