|1 Corinthians 14:31-40 |
31 In this way you may all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn, and all may be encouraged.2
32 For the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace and order, as in all churches of the saints.3
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches. For it is not permitted for them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as the law also said.4 [Notice, this applies to women not yet led by the Sprit, and still under the law: But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal 5:18. Women in the church led by the Spirit of God were expected to prophesy, (for edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 1 Cor 14:3), proven by Paul requiring them to keep their heads covered when prophesying or praying, 1 Cor 11:13, and proven by Acts: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all men; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.]
35 And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is a shame for women to speak in the church. [Paul is speaking about newly initiated women, not under control of the Sprit. A mature woman in Christ needs not to ask her husband anything to learn: But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. But the anointing that you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him. 1 John 2:20,27]
36 What? Did the word of God originate from you? O has it come to you only?
37 If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commands of the Lord.5
38 But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Therefore, brothers, covet to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
5 In all ages, the Lord will give commands for gospel order within the assemblies of believers in the true hope, gospel, and faith. These commands can differ from age to age. For example, George Fox and the early Quakers were given several commands including: 1) to address all individuals as thee and thou, and not you; for at the time, you was demanded by important people who were insulted if addressed as thee or thou, which was how the commoners were addressed, and 2) to never address anyone as " Mr.", because it was a contraction of the word Master, only given again to important people. Both were terms (in that age) that expressed honor to men. The commands made sense at the time, but today they clearly don't because the words do not demonstrate a respect to only important men, so the Lord no longer desires these commands to be observed. The same can be said about some of Paul's commands of his time, particularly relating to the need of the woman's head to be covered when prophesying. To retain elements of gospel order from centuries past, results in a form being created; the form being external observations, rituals, or practices that supposedly grant godliness, but in fact betray faith, grace, and obedience to the word heard from within.
These commands are different than the outward law and moral law that is written on everyone's hearts: do not steal, do not lie, do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not covet, etc.; those laws never change with the time, and extend through the entire New and Old Testaments.