An old saying goes something like, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” There may be some truth to that saying, but it’s certainly not true in every case. Many people have eaten contaminated food, not knowing it was contaminated, and got sick as a result. In some cases, people have died! They ate it, not knowing that it was tainted, but not knowing did not keep them from being hurt.
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Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:32). The truth shall make you free… Truth is powerful. It changes things. Truth brings clarity, gives direction. But truth can be a two-edged sword. Truth can identify the innocent and convict the guilty. Truth can bring comfort and relief to some and grief and heartache to others.
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace…” (1 Cor. 14:33). That statement pretty well summarizes the message of 1 Corinthians 14. It is quite significant that Paul deals with this subject, in such detail, in this chapter. He is finishing up a long context (chapters 12-14) on miraculous gifts. In chapter 12, he addressed what seems to be apparent disunity in regards to their attitudes toward miraculous gifts. In chapter 13, he told them that the miraculous gifts would cease when the purpose for which they were given was fulfilled- the full revelation and confirmation of God’s will. In chapter 14, he uses logical reasoning to help them view miraculous gifts from the proper perspective.
Gary L. Hutchens