[quote=Robert Heibel]Point I’m trying to make is: most Christians are not using the gifts of the Holy Spirit which Jesus said He would give to teach, and guide us
I agree that there are Christians who have gifts that they do not appear to use. We sometimes need to be more bold! I also agree that we should use the gifts we have been given to build up our brethren. Your other reference (to Jesus giving the HS to guide) calls to mind other bible verses, and not 1cor14 so much.
If you will read all of (1 Corinthians 14:1-25) You should understand that Paul was explaining that the gift of tongues was equal to prophecy if there was someone who had the gift of interpretation
This is not perfectly clear to me, although I see some basis for your direction. It is clear that in church Paul wants to see tongues only with interpretation. It seems clear that he is explaining how tongues in the absence of interpretation during the assembly is not very desireable. This seems his principle point. To demonstrate that the one who has tongues (in conjunction with another person to interpret them) and the one who has prophesy are equal, or have equal gifts (not sure right now if there is a difference) does not seem to be his reason for writing the chapter. However, there is one line immediately visible that seems to speak closely to this:
[quote=NJB]1 Corinthians 14:5 While I should like you all to speak in tongues, I would much rather you could prophesy; since those who prophesy are of greater importance than those who speak in tongues, unless they can interpret what they say so that the church is built up by it.
So, perhaps one can infer from this verse that if one has both the gift of tongues and can also (themselves) interpret the tongue to others, then they would not be of lesser importance.
Ought not a person with the gift of tongues pray, so that they may have the gift of interpreting the tongue to build up others?
“Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts…[long gap]…since you are eager for spritual gifts, strive to excel in them for building up the church. Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret.” (Not NJB, is NRS).
If the gift of tongues comes from the Holy Spirit, then the gift of prophecy must come from the same spirit.
I agree that the gift of tongues and prophecy and many other gifts come from God (from the HS).
Can you lay bare secret thoughts of anyone without the Holy Spirit? Are you able to read minds?
No, only the HS will open a “blind” man to see to repent. This is a grace.
Also, there is another point in your other post:
was when everyone, (mature Christians, men & woman) attend a church service, they should be ready to share the gifts of the Holy Spirit (prophecy, tongues, etc.)
I agree in some principle to this, that if it is appropriate to the type of service and the order of events, and a gift comes to you to share, then you ought to share it. It was, after all, meant to be shared!