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1 Corinthians 14:12

12 So also you, since you are zealous of 1aspirits, seek that you may 2excel for the 3bbuilding up of the church.

122 The Greek word denotes to become full, to abound, to overflow; it also denotes to excel. See note 81 in ch. 8. According to the context of this verse, the word here does not denote to abound, to increase, but to excel and be extraordinary. The words since you are zealous of spirits in the first part of this verse indicate already that in their pursuing of spiritual gifts, the Corinthian believers were confusing the Holy Spirit with the evil spirits. The apostle considered that kind of confused pursuing very demeaning, to the extent that the Corinthian believers might even have been considered barbarians. Therefore, the apostle exhorted them not to pursue some indiscernible, intermixed spiritual things for their own enjoyment and display, but to pursue so as to excel, that is, go beyond the low pursuing, for the building up of the church.