Desiring the Best
Proposition: So, I say to you this morning, desire the best! Want what God wants!
(1) This is an eager desire because of personal accountability (v. 27)
One who is not dedicated will never discover all the abilities God has given him, nor will he fully develop those that he does discover.
(2) This is a desire because of divine activity (v. 28 - 30)
The gift was given for the founding of the church and was accredited by special signs (2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 2:20). This is not a gift that God gives today.
This, too, was a gift for the founding of the church, unnecessary after that period and after Revelation was written in the New Testament.
Tongues is the God-given ability to speak in a language of earth that is unknown to the speaker. Interpretation of tongues is the ability to interpret that message in a language understood by the hearers. Unquestionably the first occurrence of tongues in Acts 2 was languages (note the word “language” in vv. 6 and 8). The presumption is that the tongues in Corinthians were no different.