What is the out come then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. 16 Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not edified. 18 I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all; 19 however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Many years ago, maybe 2006 or 2007, I was attending a midweek small group Bible study that was made up of groups of Christian of different church denominations. My friend, Matt had started the group, & I think I taught a few times, but he led out most & He met his future wife there. It was a wonderful Bible study & I made wonderful friends I will never forget. One night as we were finishing the study; Me, Matt & third friend I can’t remember his name, all said a prayer in English. Our new friend had a difficult time praying in English, me & Matt knew English wasn’t his first language. When we all said Amen, Matt told our new friend, next time you pray with us, it’s okay to pray in your language, I agreed within my heart. He is Christian & he loves the Lord, he is not praying to me, but he was polite enough to say his prayer in my native tongue. Maybe he was taught to do as the Roman do, when in Rome, but it doesn’t really matter, I’m sure the Lord was well & is still well please, when we His children say, amen. The word, Amen ((Hebrew ?????, Greek ????, Arabic ??????, Amharic ???) means a declaration of affirmation or to agree, first appeared the Hebrew Scriptures then continue the Greek of the New Testament, it is common in different English translations,”verily, verily” would follow, Amen or “so it be.” Paul is simply saying in this passage, even those who do not have Spiritual Gift, will say, “Amen” in a worship if he or she hears something they agree with. But of course the ungift are interested in serving the Lord, he or she would not be a church worshipper if they weren’t. I’m not saying all people in a church a guarantee hundred percent % Christian & not everyone that says Amen, will receive salvation or everlasting, but no one force them to go to church & they are doing better than the people or Christians, but don’t attend any church worship & blame it on the fake Christian who do go, is the reason he or she don’t go. People we go to church to worship God, not His people, who go there. In the passage, Paul is saying, a person in the house of worship, can not truly say, Amen, if he or she can’t understand what was said or can say, I agree. Paul is also saying he has nothing against the gift of Tongue, but it is better to less words of understanding & the native tongue, rather then tongues or languages, no in worship can’t understand, cause not one is edified or learns anything. Surely someday & soon the Lord will return, when we are gathered around the feet of Jesus, & He is teaching us, all of His children will hear in a common language & many of us will shout, “AMEN.” Will you be in that group of worshipers? God bless you all, Happy Sabbath. The Lord Jesus loves you & so do I. Love Sam H.