Why Not Follow Paul?
In this session we going to consider whether we ought to follow the example of Paul the apostle or not.
Just what was the example that he set?
Is it appropriate to follow him in his example?
Does he ever tell us plainly that this particular example can no longer be followed?
If it is not possible to follow him in this example ought there not to be a very plain and clear scriptural statement concerning the reason for not following him in this way?
More than them all!
1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
1 Corinthians 14:18-19 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that
by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
The phrase “YET IN THE CHURCH” means that there are two states or administrations described here. The second IS during a church service and the first IS NOT during a church service.
Paul, the apostle, spoke in tongues (other tongues).
He did not give messages in tongues without interpretation under any circumstances
He did not speak in tongues during church services more than anybody else
Remember that Paul is the only apostle to encourage and admonish us to do the things that he did and to be like him!
He could do this because he himself followed the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us just consider them:
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Is speaking in other tongues is one of those things which we have learned, received, heard and seen in Paul?
If so why not speak in other tongues also?
Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an
this is interesting because it’s mostly considered in a negative aspect, that is to mark those that are disorderly and teach fables and heresy.
Obviously we should mark people who set a good ensample (a pattern or model of conduct)
Model of Conduct
1 Corinthians 4:16
Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
1 Corinthians 11:1
Be ye followers of me, even as I also
am of Christ.
Let’s not get distracted
speaking in other tongues means the tongues of men or of angels that the speaker does not know the meaning of.
Jesus in his humanity did not know everything and there is nothing to clearly, scripturally indicate that he knew, in his natural mind, the meaning of this phrase:
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
The people standing by certainly didn’t understand its meaning or its connection to:
Psalms 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
some Bible commentators explain that it must have been a form of one of the languages that was occasionally in use at the time, but have no scriptural evidence to support this idea, does not make it so.
Brethren, I beseech
you , be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
Be as I am, I am as ye are – he was a rejoicing Christian who spoke in tongues more than them all and who recognised that they also spoke in tongues as an ongoing regular experience.
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: …….
2 Thessalonians 3:7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
speaking in other tongues in your everyday life is not behaving disorderly, nor is it claiming a promise that you’re not entitled to.
Speaking in tongues in a meeting without an interpretation is behaving disorderly but not because tongues have ceased.
Not Speaking in Other Tongues
2 Thessalonians 3:9
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
I do not think there can be any doubt that we ought to follow the example of Paul, the apostle, and abide in his doctrine and teaching!
What Is Your Understanding
The Gospel Is Our Whole Doctrine
Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
There are ensamples to follow and promises to inherit.
These are fables that will hinder you receiving the promise
Do not forget the simplicity that is in Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
You should not have to jump through intellectual twists and turns to establish simple truths that are from everlasting to everlasting.
Earlier in this series you would have discovered that the Scriptures clearly show that Paul, himself, spoke in tongues, at will, in his everyday life but that during the coming together of the church there was an order imposed upon the assembly that limited the operation of the gift of speaking in tongues.
we will look at the three reasons that Paul the apostle gives for his constant and often engagement in speaking in other tongues.
let’s consider the wisdom of following Paul particularly in this aspect of his experience and joy in speaking in tongues often within the passage of his everyday life.
When I was a young Christian
a preacher stirred me to picture in my mind Paul the apostle, a tent maker, riding along on his donkey, going about his daily affairs, rejoicing, praising the Lord and speaking in tongues as he went.
and even today, 50 odd years later, as soon as I’m in certain situations and daily activities I find the joys swelling up within me and the sound of speaking in tongues pours out of my lips.
as we end this session let me encourage you to press into the promises of God and receive the fullness of, this, the promise of the Father and be filled to overflowing with the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues as the spirit gives utterance.