Is there a difference between the "gift of prophecy" and the "gift of teaching?" Is any of this the same as the gift of preaching? I know many who think that the "gift of prophecy" IS the gift of preaching. Today, preaching includes teaching for many people. It really gets confusing, doesn't it?
If there is a statement of the "gift of prophecy" ceasing, why do we think that it means that we will lose our ability to preach? Somehow, that doesn't make sense, does it? Our ability to preach - to edify the body of the church using scriptures will not cease. However, the gift to tell the future can be removed. Does anyone think that there is anyone out there being told by God what the future holds?
I've read peoples explanations about what "prophecy" CAN mean. It is how it was used in this sense that gets confusing.
As to tongues, it really gets interesting. If someone gets up and spits out a bunch of funny sounding words and then someone else gets up to tell us what they mean; how would anyone know if he was right? The speaker doesn't know and neither does anyone else. Kind of a guaranteed acceptance, isn't it?
I would think that the need for an interpreter was so that when one actually spoke in a foreign language, the one or two people present who spoke that language understand, but nobody else does. Since those who speak that language cannot speak the language of the others present, an interpreter was needed in order to share the message.
That is why we were to have interpreters - and that makes sense to me. This tongues of angels stuff - that is just as interpretation of Pauls message that may not be the actual case.