BT5 – Tongues & Interpretation
BT5: If being “ignorant” or an “idiot” doesn’t stop you from experience tongues, likely your pride will
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My pride kept me for a long time from surrendering my control to “let go and let God” take control of my tongue without me understanding what was being said! However, per 1 Corinthians 14:14-15, it still comes down to offering up your mind’s “fruitfulness or productivity” planning, thinking, scheming, rational understanding, and “might and power” skills to allow the Holy Spirit to instead have mastery/control per Galatians 5:23 of your “bodily members,” whether it’s your tongue to speak tongues, your mouth and breath for wind-instruments, your fingers and arms for stringed-instruments and piano, or arms for snare-drummers, or arms & legs for the drum-set players. It really comes down to making the choice of Romans 6:13 “presenting yourself (the internal) to God . . . and your members (the externals) to God as instruments for dikaiosune divinely-approved-righteousness.” And what could be more “righteous or divinely-approved” of than worship when God has your internal and externals, thus your whole self?
A lot of people are proud to be proud, but Jesus said it is one of “evil things that come from within” or “out of the heart of man” that “defiles a person” (Mark 7:21-23, cf. Matthew 15:11, 17-18, 19-20 that don’t include pride in the list). John warns: “For all that is in the world – the desires/lusts of the flesh and the desires/lusts of the eyes and/coupled alozoneia ‘vagabond, quack, snake-oil salesman vaunting or making empty boasts’ of life – presently/ongoingly is absolutely-in-fact-NOT out-from the Father but-instead presently/ongoingly is out-from the world, kai and/but the world presently/ongoingly is passing away along and the desire/lust of it. However, the one routinely doing the will of God presently/ongoingly meno ‘abide, remains, lives’ eis ‘toward and reaching the goal/end of’ the age. Paul warns Gentiles coming into the kingdom because of the rejection of the Jews: “So [I strongly urge you to] do in-possibility-NOT presently/ongoingly be hupselos phroneo ‘high/lofty minding in thinking/judgment/opinion’ but-instead presently/ongoingly be reverentially-fearful” (Romans 11:20). Mary’s ecstatic song of praise to God says “He has scattered the huperephanos ‘over-shining proud’ in the thoughts of their hearts” (Luke 1:51). Paul warns Timothy that “In the last days . . . men will be self-lovers . . . alazon ‘vagabond, quack, snake-oil salesman vaunting or making empty boasts’, huperephanos ‘over-shining proud’” (2 Timothy 3:2). James & Peter both cite Proverbs 3:34 “opposes/stands-firm against the proud/unteachable but gives unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace to the lowly/teachable.”
From 1992-2008 I backslid from the Lord in rebellion against what I experienced as hypocritical, worldly churches, but in the process I only became worldly! I had ‘thrown the baby out with the bathwater!’ I wanted to be the next big Motivational Speaker and wholly embraced the idea of Maslow’s peak of human realization or self-actualization, that we are “the captain of our own ships” and can make our lives into anything we want, even creating a website called “UmakeITso.com.” Talk about the pride of life! The Lord started around 2005 showing me what a crock all that was!
However, will we agree with Paul? “I know that absolutely-in-fact-NOT one thing agathos agathos ‘inherently or intrinsically good as excellent, distinguished, salutary, upright, honorable, useful, beneficial, suitable, advantageous’ dwells in me, that is, in my flesh” (a).
The real limitation is our prideful flesh that places our trusting-relying-faith in the wrong place – on man’s own limited, natural “might and power” abilities or actions instead of on the Spirit’s supernatural enabling-power. Like Zechariah 4:6 says we must make the transition if we want to live in the New Covenant. In 1 Corinthians 14:14-15 Paul decides that he will pray and psalm both with his “fruitful, productive mind” and also “let go and let God” but NOT doing so by instead letting the Spirit take over control – in tongues! Will we take Paul’s strong urgings to speak tongues to God, even though no one, including ourselves understand it, but nevertheless utter hidden-mysteries by-the-means-of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:2, 28)? Don’t we want to give eulogizing-thanks to God (1 Corinthians 14:16)? Don’t we want to pray for an interpretation from ourselves or someone else so that we can give it to others in church-assemblies so that they will have a revelation, logos message of gnosis knowledge, logos message of wisdom, prophecy, or teaching directly from the mind of God via His Spirit (Romans 8:27; 1 Corinthians 14:5-6, 26-27, 30)?
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