Putting 1 Corinthians 13 in Context
While 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 is often referred to as the love chapter, you will sometimes find this chapter at the heart of a much heated debate: Have the spiritual gifts ceased, or do they still exist today? No matter which spectrum of the discussion you find yourself on, at some point you will be led this chapter of the bible. People use this passage all the time to prove, or try to disprove, that the spiritual gifts either exist or do not. It can often be confusing, even to those who are familiar with the subject, as pieces of it here or there are used to make various points.
At the beginning of Chapter 12 Paul purposely states the topic of the following passages. The thought begins here and does not end until the close of chapter 14. Paul begins by telling us:
There are several passages in Acts where people are converted and yet there is no mention of them speaking in tongues, including those who believe at the end of Acts chapter 2. Since the bible makes absolutely no distinction between two different kinds of tongues, then neither should we. Certainly if there was a tongue that was for all people Paul would have made mention of that in these three chapters. He would have said I am referring to the “gift” of the tongues, not the tongues that are the evidence of salvation. But he made no such statement for no difference exists in Scripture. Tongues has one meaning; it is a foreign language. The same word for tongues in Acts 2 is used here in 1 Corinthians. We can see from Scripture that there is only one kind of tongue and it was not given to everyone.