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I started this blog when I was following the Life Journal Bible reading plan on YouVersion. (I've since completed that plan.) At that time, YouVersion didn't provide any way for people to respond to my notes, other than to "like" them. So this blog is here to remedy that problem. You may comment on my notes here in the comment section.
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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Are tongues a sign for non-Christians or a sign for Christians?

I had, for a long time, been confused with 1 Corinthians 14:22-23. It says
So then, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. So if the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and unbelievers or uninformed people enter, will they not say that you have lost your minds?
I had been confused because in the first sentence, Paul said tongues were a sign for unbelievers, then in the third sentence, he said that if unbelievers come and see you speaking in tongues, they'll think you've lost your minds.

So which is it?

Upon further reflection, I think what Paul is pointing out is this:

  1. If an unbeliever who knows a language you don't know comes and hears people in your church speaking in their own language, when it is clear that the speakers never learned that language, and then they hear it interpreted by another person who doesn't know that language, and the interpretation is correct, they will realize a miracle has occurred, and be drawn towards Christ by this sign.
  2. If an unbeliever comes in to your church and hears everyone babbling in tongues without interpretation, they will think you've all gone crazy.
I think this makes sense in light of the fact that Paul was just before this making the point that we should not have “mass babblings” where lots of people are speaking in tongues without interpretation.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Thoughts on 1 Peter 5

1-11 Leaders mustn’t lord it over the people they lead, but we likewise must submit to proper authority. I struggle with humility as I want to be recognized for my achievements, but I need to let the Lord honour me rather than trying to get myself honour.

12-14 Peter calls the church of Rome, where he was at, “Babylon”. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thoughts on 1 Peter 4

We should be finished with sin… but we’re not. So Peter exhorts us to stay true to God, and tells us to be ready to suffer.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thoughts on 1 Peter 3

1-7 Traditionally, men have used this to oppress women, forgetting that if we don’t honour our wives, our prayers will be hindered!

8-10 Here is the mystery of grace: God is for the good.

13-22 Generally speaking, we shouldn’t suffer for doing good. But even if we do, we’re only walking in Christ’s footsteps. And God will reward us in the end.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Thoughts on 2 Peter 2

1-12 We were once not a people, but now chosen by God, we've become a special people. So we need to live like that, and let our light shine to the unbelieving world.

13-25 Our submission to human authority is part of our submission to God. It's only when they command us to go against God’s higher law that we should disobey. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thoughts on 1 Peter 1

3-6 What God has given us by His great mercy:
  • New birth
  • Living hope
  • Imperishable, undefiled, unfading inheritance reserved in heaven
  • Protected by God’s power through faith
  • Salvation
  • Joy

6-23 Because of all this, although trials may come, but we still can rejoice because of God’s predicted salvation. We can be steadfast to follow Jesus -- He knew us before the foundation of the world, and we will outlast this temporal world.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Study on James 5

1-11 James tells us to be patient when we see people gain wealth by evil means, as judgement is coming. However, I remember that elsewhere in scripture, there is also the idea of grace. We do not fall under judgement or condemnation for our sins when we repent of our sins and receive God’s propitiation through Jesus’ blood. In a similar way, we need to go beyond desire for justice against others to see that God doesn’t so much want the evil person to suffer, but rather, to repent.

12 Instead of only telling the truth when we take an oath, we need to tell the truth all the time. Personally, when I have time to think about it, it’s in some sense easier to do this. Often I find myself lying or “stretching the truth” or “putting a spin” on the spur of the moment, reacting on instinct. Still a long way to go towards Christ’s perfection.

13-18 Prayer is more powerful than I believe.

19-20 Here James touches on what I reflected on in the first part of this chapter -- getting people to repent is a higher value than wanting God’s wrath to fall on them.