“As the Spirit leads” as used in Romans 8:14 and Galatians 5:18, points to the Spirit-led life of a believer to discern, avoid and put to death his sinful desires.
“When we invoke the whole phrase — “the church Reformed and always being reformed according to the Word of God” — we confess that we belong to the church and not simply to ourselves and that this church is always created and renewed by the Word of God rather than by the spirit of the age.”
Unintelligible babbling known as “speaking in tongues” in the modern Pentecostal movement is widely practiced in cults and even in non-Christian and pagan religions. But this practice is not only a recent phenomenon, but was common in pagan worship long before Christ came.
“It is incredible…that there were any people who spoke, [even] by the influence of the Spirit, in a language they did not know themselves! For the gift of tongues was not bestowed merely for the purpose of making a noise, but rather for the purpose of communication, of course!” – Calvin
There is no doubt then that Paul was also connecting the phenomenon of tongue-speaking in the church in Corinth to Moses’ prophecy of an invasion by “a nation whose language you do not understand.” He understood the double fulfillment of this prophecy in…