-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
2: to instruct and improve especially in moral and religious knowledge: UPLIFT also: ENLIGHTEN, INFORM
Communities are living organisms and must be treated as such.
Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts
Love: emotional, active, self-sacrificing love for one another.
The members of a Church are:
There is no formula.
Church Members should desire spiritual gifts.
The only way we can truly edify one another is through the work and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
So, if a Christian is truly concerned about building up the Body of Christ he will pray for and seek:
and above all that you may prophesy.
The Corinthian Church had a bunch of self serving members.
They were more concerned with:
Paul wants them to give up all of that.
Paul wants them to "pursue love".
Paul sees the best way of doing that as prophesying.
Apparently, the Corinthians put great stock in the gift of tongues.
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.
This verse is speaking of a prayer language.
They wanted to show off their spiritual gift.
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.
The purpose of a Prayer Language is to be personally edified by the Spirit directly.
Such a person can bring the benefits of that personal edification to the Church Community.
The people at Corinth were taking their private gift public not to build up the Church but to build themselves up in the eyes of men or rather by the hands of men.
Receiving praise from men and most especially our brothers and sisters is not only good but biblical.
However, when we replace praise from God with praise from men, then it is idolatry.
Any spiritual gift that acts contrary to the commands or reality of Jesus is either:
A)not a spiritual gift at all but a show.
B) not a spiritual gift from God but one from Demonic powers and authority.
But the person who prophesies speaks to people for edification, encouragement, and consolation.