In this passage, Paul teaches the Corinthians how to conduct themselves during a church service. He begins by saying that the outcome of using spiritual gifts properly is that each person has a worship song, a teaching, a revelation, a foreign language, or an interpretation. Furthermore, he commands them to do everything for the edification of the church. Concerning speaking in tongues, he says that there must be consistency, and an interpreter. Concerning prophecy, he says that there also must be consistency, and judgment upon the one who speaks by the other prophets. The reason for the order in prophecy is so that all the prophets may learn God’s Word, and that all of them may be exhorted.
In verse 34, Paul says that women must be silent in the church gathering of the saints, and are to subject themselves to the speakers. Therefore, they are to address any questions to their husbands at home. In verse 36, Paul lets the Corinthians know that God’s Word did not come from them initially, nor has it come to them exclusively. Then, he tells those who view themselves as prophets or spiritual that Paul’s instructions are the Lord’s commands. However, anyone that does not recognize this should not be recognized as a prophet, nor as spiritual. Finally, Paul concludes by commanding the church to desire to prophesy, but to allow speaking in tongues. However, he reminds them that all things must be done properly, and in an orderly way.
This passage is primarily intended to be read by believers in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you know what that gospel is? The Apostle Paul explained it this way:
“. . . I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once: of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-9
This is what Christ Himself said about the gospel:
“. . . God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” John 3:16-20
John the Baptist said this: “. . . he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” – John 3:36
The Apostle Paul said this in Romans 2:4-16:
“. . . despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another😉 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”
This is what you must do to be forgiven by God: repent of the way you think about Christ and your sins, and depend only on Him, the God-man, His death to pay for your sins, and His bodily resurrection from the dead as the only reason for God’s acceptance and forgiveness. As some of Paul’s audience did, if you receive, take your stand in, and entrust your eternity with the Lord Jesus Christ, His death for your sins, and bodily resurrection from the dead, you will be saved.