Jesus, Friend of Sinners and IRS Agents

Jesus friend of sinners

Matthew 11

19 The Son of Man [Jesus] came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.  But wisdom is proved right by her actions.”

(It makes me chuckle when I read “tax collectors and sinners”. Were they a special kind of sinner? In the US the tax collectors are employees of the IRS(Internal Revenue Service))

Jesus was accused of being a friend of tax collectors and sinners. Christians are called to be followers of Jesus. Most of the Christian church judges and condemns sinners, which is not a friendly attitude. How can we be friends with sinners and not be friendly?

Proverbs 18

24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

How do we serve a Holy God and still be friends with the sinners? The answer is in Romans 12.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We are not called to look and act like the world but to look and act like Jesus. Jesus was a friend of sinners. The oral arguments for same-sex marriage were presented to the US Supreme Court this week. This decision will decide if gays have a legal right to marry in all 50 states and to receive the same benefits as heterosexual couples. The Christian response has not been Christ-like. The first amendment of our constitution guarantees not only freedom of speech and religion but also the freedom to be stupid and ignorant.

Since homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27) then we are called to be a friend to liars, gossipers, thiefs, murderers, and yes, homosexuals.

1 Timothy 1

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

16 However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

Why did Jesus befriend the sinners? So that they could be saved. He etched the pattern for us. With extreme patience we befriend the sinners so that they can be saved. The pattern is not to condemn and judge the sinners from afar and tell them they are going to hell. The pattern is

  1. Show yourself friendly to a sinner.
  2. Become friends with a sinner.
  3. Save your friend, a sinner.

The Model Church

power love sound mind

In the year 2000, God showed me an image, shown below, that represents the Church.  The three corners are represented by three different areas: The Word of God, The Love of God, and The Power of God. These are the cornerstones of the church which Jesus manifested perfectly.

Church triangle

These are the focus of the Church. God told me that a church that strikes a balance of these three, where each are operating at a maximum, will have unlimited growth due to the magnetic like attraction. The sweet spot is the area in the center of the triangle. A sweet spot is a term used in sports like baseball, tennis, and golf. It’s the location on the bat, racquet, or club where the maximum results are obtained for the effort exerted.

Love of God

The Love of God (agape) is for unconditionally serving with the right attitude. This is not brotherly love (Phileo) which is conditional love. Agape willingly extends love to the unlovable because of the desire to help them. Serving includes giving of your time, a meal, praying, sharing the word of God, patience. Pastors are usually leaders in this area.

Matthew 22

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Power of God

The Power of God includes the nine manifestations of the spirit.

1 Corinthians 12

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit with.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.

Seven of these manifestations are frequently displayed in the Old Testament. On the day of Pentecost speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues were added. Prophets are usually leaders in this area.

The Word of God

The Word of God is the Bible rightly divided.

Romans 10

17 So then faith [believing] comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Believing is based on hearing the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.

Every verse of scripture is profitable but you have to know the verse and then believe it. Teachers are usually leaders in this area.


Years later I saw a verse in 2 Timothy chapter 1 that explains the triangle above.

7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

The three corners of the triangle are listed: Power, Love, and a sound (sane) mind. The sane mind is a result of thinking God’s thoughts and ways which are written in the Bible. All of this is contrasted with the spirit of fear. Fear does not come from God.

Most churches have a blend of the elements of this triangle but the center is skewed. Some churches are strong on love and serving but no manifestations are in evidence. Some churches are strong on teaching but become rigid due to a lack of love. Some churches are strong in the manifestations but lack a solid foundation due to weak teaching. Targeting the sweet spot eliminates these weaknesses.

This triangle not only applies to churches but also to members of the body. We should each strive for this balance in our lives because the church is a collection of the members of the body.

The Greatest Musician on the Planet?

Bruce Hornsby

The title of this article is eye catching but not true. There are so many great musicians in a plethora of genres that this statement is subjective. How do you compare  jazz to classical to rock to rhythm and blues to country? You can’t because the greatest musician is a personal choice.

From Williamsburg, the tidewater region of Virgina, hails a gifted talent and national treasure. He had a hit album and singles on the radio from his first album in the mid 80’s. He tired of being a pop singer and wanted to be musically relevant. During the 90’s He:  went solo, toured with the jam band the Grateful Dead, won a Grammy for best bluegrass album, formed the Noisemakers( a jazz band), and wrote hit songs for other artists like the Don Henley of the Eagles. His album sales declined but his concerts were in high demand as he catered to a cult following. He had become a musician’s musician, one that other musicians followed. His collaborations include Bob Dylan,  Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Garcia, Pat Methany, Bela Fleck, and Ricky Skaggs.

At the age of 40 he decided to work on his piano virtuosity. Elton John said that his piano playing on Raitt’s 1991 hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me” made him “seek perfection. It is sublime.”

Bruce Hornsby is a humble man with a rich musical history. As Elton John said ” He is one of the best pianists — if not the best — out there”.

His concerts are legendary. Audience members write song titles on sheets of paper and leave them on the edge of the stage. Bruce picks up the 100-200 sheets of paper off the edge of the stage and takes them to his piano. He never brings a set list. As he rifles through the sheets he picks a song and starts playing. However, he abhors repetition so the songs are derivations of the originals. He may play part of a disco song, a Beatles song, a Grateful Dead song, or morph into a medley of songs, His band is challenged every night. Some fans leave due to his strong improvisational stylings but others love his risk taking. He is a virtuoso piano player, adventurous accordion player, and adequate dulcimer player. One of the joys of his shows is that each is a  creation inspired by the moment. A unique opportunity to observe an artist creating.

He is on tour this summer and I highly recommend attending one of his shows. He will be touring with the Noisemakers, joining the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary concerts, and a few solo concerts included.

An Overview of The Gospels


Have you ever wondered why there are four Gospels? Sometimes the information is identical, similar, or totally new. Only two of the gospels have a genealogy but they are not the same. Did the Gospel writers write from experience? Did they compare notes and validate stories before finalizing their writings? I will attempt to address these questions and more.

First thing to keep in mind is that no verse of scripture is available to inject our opinions according to 2 Peter chapter 1,

20 But, above all, remember that no prophecy in Scripture will be found to have come from the prophet’s own prompting;

21 for never did any prophecy come by human will, but men sent by God spoke as they were impelled by the Holy Spirit

This means that 1) we don’t get to guess what scripture means and 2) Holy men of spoke while being inspired by the Holy Spirit.   A third principle to consider is 2 Timothy 3

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

“Given by inspiration of God” means God breathed. In Genesis God breathed into Adam and he became a living soul. When God breathed into scripture it became the living Word. We need to keep these three principles (1- no verse is to be privately interpreted, 2- the writers were inspired by God, 3- all Scripture is God breathed and profitable) in mind when evaluating the source of the any of the books of the Bible including the Gospels. God provided them the story, idea, and context but they wrote with their own vocabularies and styles. God is the author of the Bible but there are many writers.

The key to understanding the Gospels is the word branch which is translated from the Hebrew word tsemach. Tsemach means shoot, growth or branch. The life of the fruits, leafs, twigs, and limbs are dependent on their connection to the trunk/roots via the branch. Tsemach is only used 5 times in the Old Testament and always in reference to Jesus Christ.  We will examine the usage of tsemach as they relate to the Gospels.


In the Gospel of Matthew the focus is on Jesus Christ as God’s King.

Jeremiah 23

5 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Jeremiah 33

15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up to David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

Righteous branch is in reference to his Kingly position. In these two verses David is mentioned. David was considered God’s first King and Jesus Christ is God’s last King.

The genealogy in chapter 1 traces Christ’s royal bloodline back to King David. Kings are required to trace their bloodlines to validate their kingship.

The phrase “kingdom of heaven” is used 32 times in the bible and only in the book of Matthew.


Zechariah 3

8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you, and your fellows that sit before you: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

This Gospel represents Jesus Christ as God’s servant. The genealogy is absent because servants do no trace their ancestry.


Zechariah 6

12 And speak to him, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

This gospel represents God’s perfect man. The genealogy traces back to Adam to provide the link to Jesus as the second Adam. His birth is included in great detail in this gospel.

The phrase “kingdom of God” is used 32 times in the book of Luke out of the 54 occurrences in the Gospels. It’s used 8 times in the church letters.


Isaiah 4

2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

This gospel represents Jesus as God’s son. There is no genealogy since there is only Jesus Christ the son and God the father. The word “father”, in reference to God, is used 111 of the 224 total occurrences in the Gospels (111 of the 224; 62 in the church letters).The purpose of John’s gospel is summarized in John 20

30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.

The precision of the Word of God is astounding. Jesus is represented as God’s King, God’s man, God’s servant, and God’s son in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John respectively. Consider these perspectives when reading the Gospels.

Do You Believe?

Do you believe God

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. [James 2:26]

I saw a good movie last night, “Do you believe?”, challenging the characters to prove their faith by taking action due to their uncomfortable circumstances or helping somebody else in the midst of their uncomfortable circumstances. In one scene the EMT was faced with unemployment and litigation because he shared his faith with a dying man. We really do not know if we believe until we enter into The Uncomfortable.

Our human nature is to seek comfort and not voluntarily step into the uncomfortable. Christians are called to live in the uncomfortable. This forces us to release control over our lives and to trust God. This requires us to obey God because we are servants of the most high God. God will ask us to overcome the impossible not because we have the ability but because he wants us to trust his ability.

Peter and the disciples professed to Jesus that he could count on their loyalty to the death because they trusted him.

31 Then said Jesus to them, All you shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

33 Peter answered and said to him, Though all men shall be offended because of you, yet will I never be offended.

34 Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, That this night, before the cock crow, you shall deny me thrice.

35 Peter said to him, Though I should die with you, yet will I not deny you. Likewise also said all the disciples.

After Jesus was arrested, tortured and unfairly tried the true heart of Peter was revealed.

54 Then took they him [Jesus Christ], and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.

55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.

56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked on him, and said, This man was also with him.

57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.

This is Peter’s first denial of Jesus. There were severe consequences for being one of Jesus disciples.

58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, You are also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.

This is Peter’s second denial.

59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.

60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what you say. And immediately, while he yet spoke, the cock crew.

This is Peter’s third denial. A fulfillment of Jesus prophetic word that Peter would deny him three times before sunrise.

61 And the Lord turned, and looked on Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, Before the cock crow, you shall deny me thrice.

62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

Peter experiences a wrenching moment knowing that he had lied to Jesus. His intentions were good but when under pressure he focused on his own safety.

Wow. It’s a blessing to have friends that are loyal to their death. However there was no cost for fulfilling their words. They were among friends.  Whenever a man or woman is under pressure and there is a cost for adhering to their words then their true character is exposed. There are Christians overseas that under severe persecution and yet will confess Jesus to their deaths. I am not proposing that Christians risk their lives but until there is a cost to backing your words then you will not know. We do have various circumstances to prove our faith.

  • When sick do you trust in God by believing his promises?
  • When unemployed do you trust in God by believing his promises?
  • When preparing for a test or a project do you trust in God by believing his promises?
  • When spending time with somebody that is annoying or irritating do you trust in God by believing his promises?
  • When in financial straits do you trust in God by believing his promises?

We demonstrate our trust by letting the peace of God be the umpire of our hearts (Colossians 3:15). An umpire determines if a base runner is safe or out, if a pitcher is throwing balls or strikes, and if a hit ball is in safe or foul territory. An unpeaceful heart is a good indicator of not trusting God. Make the decision to keep your heart in safe (peaceful) territory and not foul (unpeaceful) territory. If you have doubt, worry, fear, or elevated human reasoning above God’s word then you are not trusting God. Trust God today.

The next time you are under pressure ask yourself “Do I believe?”. Then check the peace of your heart and if your clinging to your thoughts and ways or embracing God’s thoughts and ways.

Church Leadership According to the Bible


Church leadership is a vital topic for all of the saints because it impacts us all. It doesn’t matter how my church or your church operates, how businesses are structured, or how governments are formulated. The only thing important is what the Bible teaches about leadership. We will explore how churches should be organized hierarchically, what to expect from your leaders, and what they should expect from you.

Church Organizations

Here is a chart representing most church organizations.

 org pyramid

The hierarchy in most churches is modeled after business organizations. The structure is a pyramid with the Body of Christ at the bottom and the higher the position then the further up the pyramid. There is separation of shepherds (leaders) and sheep (the people).

However, the Bible seems to teach a different type of organization as represented by the illustration below.

 org inverted pyramid

The pyramid is upside down in the church. The leadership is not over the Body of Christ but serves the Body. Jesus sheds light on this topic in Mark 10.

42 But Jesus called them to him, and said to them, You know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority on them.

43 But so shall it not be among you: but whoever will be great among you, shall be your minister [servant]:

44 And whoever of you will be the most chief, shall be servant of all.

45 For even the Son of man [Jesus] came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Leaders are called because of their capacity to serve. Leaders are given more responsibility due to their increased capacity to serve. Leading is not a position of glamour or popularity. In 1 Corinthians 4

1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

The apostle Paul said consider us as the ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. The Greek word for ministers in this verse is huperetes and not diakonis. Huperetes means under-rower. This refers to the slaves that rowed the ships. They were in the lower parts of the ships paddling with the long oars. It was one of the lowest jobs when underway. Leadership requires great humility and mercy.

What to expect from leaders in the Church.

The leaders in the Church are called to serve. They are called to lead by reading, studying, and modeling the Word of God daily. Leaders are leaders because of their maturity and faithfulness. The believers in the Church are to be instructed, led, cajoled, inspired, and corrected with the Word of God. All saints need leaders in their lives due to immaturity, blind spots, and  deception. The leaders will be judged on their loving faithful obedience to God’s Word. They will not be judged for results. All believers have freedom of will so they only need to know enough to make a choice between choosing God’s will or man’s will. In Isaiah 55

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The perpetual tension that we all face, do we obey God’s thoughts and ways or our own thoughts and ways? Leaders are responsible to ensure that the saints understand God’s thoughts and ways and contrast them with the saints thoughts and ways.

Leaders should also assist the saints in identifying their gifts and talents, assisting in the development of those gifts and talents, and finding a place for them to serve with their gifts and talents.

Leaders are called to be helpers of your joy and not rulers of your believing.

24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith you stand. [2 Corinthians 1:24]

Summary of what to expect from church leaders:

  1. Mature believers with character and a capacity to serve people (patient, forgive, skilled in the Word of God, able to counsel, love people). (Mark 10:42-44)
  2. Teach doctrine, reproof, and correction from the Word of God to the saints. ( 2 Timothy 3:16)
  3. Counsel while skillfully filtering life through the Bible. (2 Timothy 2:24)
  4. Equipping ministries (apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, and pastors) top priority is to equip the church. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
  5. Be a righteous example of love, patience, forgiveness, mercy, and grace. (1 Peter 5:3)
  6. Help each member of the body to serve in their talents and giftings as soon as possible. (Romans 12:6-8)
  7. Helpers of your joy and not rulers of your believing. (2 Corinthians 1:24)

What the leaders desire from the saints.

  1. Be teachable. Have a willingness to learn and make mistakes. (Proverbs 9:9)
  2. Have fun. (James 1:2, Romans 15:13, Philippians 4:4)
  3. Talk to family, friends, or neighbors about what God did for you and how he changed your life. (Acts 1:8)
  4. Have a desire to serve. (Galatians 5:13)
  5. Learn to love God, the other members of the Body, and yourself. (Matthew 22:36-40)
  6. Start reading your bible. (Romans 10:17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  7. Search the scriptures daily to verify if what you are learning is in alignment with the Bible. (Acts 17:11)

Church leadership is vital to the Church and worthy to be honored when following God’s thoughts and ways. May more members grow in their desire to serve.  In Matthew 9 Jesus said

37 Then said he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;
38 Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.

Worship Manifestations

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Worship manifestations in the church are rarely done correctly. Either the manifestations are absent in the majority of churches or improperly operated in the rest. God did not leave us to guess about these operations. In chapter 14 of 1 Corinthians, God provides clear instructions on how HE wants US to operate the worship manifestations.

1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

Pursue the love of God and desire spiritual gifts but I prefer that you prophesy (in the church meetings). The context of chapter 14 is church meetings. Church does not mean a building or a Sunday morning service. Church means when three or more believers are gathered together. Prophesy is not referring to the gift ministry of a prophet. Prophesy is available to every believer because it’s one of the nine manifestations of the spirit.

2 For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not to men, but to God: for no man understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

When we speak in tongues it’s a divine conversation speaking mysteries with God in a language that the speaker does not understand. Another person may understand (like on the day of Pentecost) but not the speaker .

3 But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Speaking in tongues is for God but prophesy is for men. The goal of prophecy in the church is to build up, encourage, and comfort.  This prophecy is not for direction.

4 He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church.

Speaking in Tongues is only profitable to the speaker by building up the spirit man. The person that prophesies builds up the church and is profitable to all. To edify or build up the church is mentioned 4 times in this chapter: verses 4,12, 17, and 26.

5 I would that you all spoke with tongues but rather that you prophesied: for greater is he that prophesies than he that speaks with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

God wants us all to speak in tongues in our private prayer lives but to prophesy in the church unless we speak in tongues with interpretation so that the church will be built up.

6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

If I speak in tongues there is no benefit to the church unless I speak by revelation, knowledge, prophesy, or doctrine in a language understood by the church.

7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for you shall speak into the air.

We need to speak in a language understood by the listeners otherwise it’s just hot air because nobody understands it.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be to him that speaks a barbarian, and he that speaks shall be a barbarian to me.

If I speak in tongues and you speak in tongues then we will be like barbarians because I hear noise and you hear noise but no understanding for either of us.

12 Even so you, for as much as you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.

This is the second mention of edifying the church. With the same zeal that we are to have for spiritual gifts then excel at building up the church.

13 Why let him that speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

If you are going to speak in tongues then pray that you will interpret.

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Speaking in tongues is praying in the spirit, the mind is untouched.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

We can pray with the spirit(speaking in tongues), pray using our minds, sing in tongues, and sing using our minds.

16 Else when you shall bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupies the room of the unlearned say Amen at your giving of thanks, seeing he understands not what you say?

If you speak in tongues without interpreting the listener will not be profited because it’s a foreign language.

17 For you truly give thanks well, but the other is not edified.

Speaking in tongues is giving thanks well to God but nobody else is edified.

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all:

The apostle Paul spoke in tongues more than anybody else.

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Paul understood that 5 words understood by the listeners will benefit the church some while 10,000 words in tongues benefits nobody but himself.

20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.

God says “Grow up and heed my instructions in this chapter”. Be children in evil intent but men in understanding.

21 In the law it is written, with men of other tongues and other lips will I speak to this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, said the LORD.

22 Why tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

Tongues are a sign to the unbelievers but prophesy is for the believers. In the context speaking in tongues (for the unbelievers) with interpretation (for the believers) addresses all in the church.

23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that you are mad?

If an unbeliever comes into a church meeting and everybody is speaking in tongues then they will think that everybody is looney. I have been in many churches where this verse is violated.

24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

The implication is that the prophesy is decent and in order. If all prophesy at the same time then it’s confusing. I believe that this is talking about speaking in tongues with interpretation (which is equivalent to prophesy).

25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

This is the power of speaking in tongues with interpretation in the church.

26 How is it then, brothers? when you come together, every one of you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to edifying.

Psalms, doctrines, tongues, revelation, and interpretation are all wonderful but only when the goal is to edify the church.

27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

When speaking in tongues in the church then only two or three in order and only if the speaker is willing to interpret.

28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

If you are not willing or able to interpret your tongue be quiet and speak in tongues to God.

29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

The subject is now about the Prophets (gift ministry). Only two or three prophets speak in order and the other prophets listen and measure the prophesy against the word of God.

30 If any thing be revealed to another that sits by, let the first hold his peace.

31 For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

When Prophets speak in order then the body learns and receives comfort.

32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

The spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet. This applies to all believers. Your spirit is subject to your mind. You choose to speak in tongues and when to stop, te same with all of the manifestations. Spiritism controls people but not the one true God.

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

God is not the author of confusion. If there is confusion in the church it’s not of God. Therefore, everybody speaking in tongues in unison is not of God.

34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted to them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also said the law.

The context is still about the prophets. The wives of the prophets are to keep silent by obeying their prophet husbands.

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.

It is not orderly for the prophet’s wives to usurp the prophet’s authority.

36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it to you only?

37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.

Any born again saint should acknowledge that this chapter contains God’s commandments.

38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

If you do not agree or like what is written then you are free to be stupid.

39 Why, brothers, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Desire to prophesy and don’t even think about banning speaking in tongues.

40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

Let all things in worship(and all areas of our lives) be done decently and in order. This is a great verse to keep in mind because it is a Godly principle.