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Editing the Edification

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-fied; -fy•ing [Middle English, from Anglo-French edifier, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin aedificare to instruct or improve spiritually, from Latin, to erect a house, from aedes temple, house; akin to Old English ād funeral pyre, Latin aestas summer] 14th century

1 archaic



2: to instruct and improve especially in moral and religious knowledge: UPLIFT also: ENLIGHTEN, INFORM

Communities are meant to make one another better, stronger, and more enduring than you as a singular individual.
This is a clear mark of health for any community. A community must grow or a community will eventually fall apart.
1 Corinthians 14.1a

Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts

Love is at the heart of being a Church.
Now this doesn't neccessarily mean that you give in such a way that you are detrimental to your own family. We are all called to be good stewards and it is true that if we aren't being good stewards that it will naturally limit how well we can help others.
That said, there are times when Christ calls us to such extreme self-sacrifice that we don't know where the money will come from.
It is something prompted and directed by the Holy Spirit and thus He doesn't need to be help accountable to you
The goal of each Church Member should be to help and edify one another.
1Corinthians 14.1b

and above all that you may prophesy.

2 For the person who speaks in another language is not speaking to men but to God, since no one understands him; however, he speaks mysteries in the Spirit.

We spoke last week of how this can have great benefit to the Church.
This gift in every instance seen in Scripture is either a personal, private use gift or seen in small groups of prophets who are praying together i.e. all of them had the gift or were familiar with the gift.
However, the Corinthians weren't concerned with proper use of the gift, rather:
The answer is I actually can't but I can based on verses 4-5
1 Corinthians 14:4–5 HCSB
The person who speaks in another language builds himself up, but he who prophesies builds up the church. I wish all of you spoke in other languages, but even more that you prophesied. The person who prophesies is greater than the person who speaks in languages, unless he interprets so that the church may be built up.
It never hurts the Structure of a building to have stronger building materials.
Now I must clarify something:
This is very clearly what they were doing in fact some of them didn't have a spiritual gift at all but were just talking nonsense but occasionally it would blaspheme Jesus.
1 Corinthians 14:3 HCSB
But the person who prophesies speaks to people for edification, encouragement, and consolation.
Paul has is calling them to change and he is using their desire for prestige to show them the import.
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