Love Never Ends (1 Corinthians 13:8-13) - 9/11/22
Agape Love… love in action
Paul is painting a portrait of love, and Jesus Christ is sitting for the portrait. He lived out in perfection all of these virtues of love. This beautiful picture of love is a portrait of Him. (John MacArthur- 1 Corinthians Commentary)
Remember the context. Spiritual gifts within the life of the church
Our relationship with others is a direct reflection of our relationship with God.
The unified Church focuses on the eternal not the temporal
What will be standing at the end
Love or gifts
Consider the Constant, the Passing and live faithfully as we Wait.
Love is eternal – v. 8a
Love never ends
God’s Love for us
Our love for God
Our love for one another
Falls. Fails to make the cut
Love does not fail because
Bears, Believes, Hopes, Endures ALL THINGS
The gifts will cease/pass away – vv. 8b-10
Prophecies, Knowledge, Tongues
Those that had been causing the most controversy
Remember, the context of this passage…. UNITY IN THE CHURCH
Not carry over into the next.
No longer needed
YET… Love will carry over from this age into the fullness of the age to come
The joy is living in the now as we await the future – vv. 11-13
We know and prophesy in part
We are limited
Paul was including himself (even the apostle)
We are influenced and tainted by sin
When the perfect comes, then the partial will pass away
The Lord’s victorious return
All things will be complete
Moving Toward Maturity
Child – Adult
Mirror – Face to Face
Partial – Full
The concluding statement -v. 13
Faith – Trusting God in what we cannot see.
Hope – Expecting God to do what He has promised.
(In Glory we will SEE HIM and BE WITH HIM)
Already, and Not Yet (How to Live in the Last Days)
already adopted in Christ (Romans 8:15), but not yet adopted (Romans 8:23);
already redeemed in Christ (Ephesians 1:7), but not yet redeemed (Ephesians 4:30);
already sanctified in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:2), but not yet sanctified (1 Thessalonians 5:23–24);
already saved in Christ (Ephesians 2:8), but not yet saved (Romans 5:9);
already raised with Christ (Ephesians 2:6), but not yet raised (1 Corinthians 15:52).
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