1 Corinthians Chapter 13
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The necessity and advantage of the grace of love. (1-3) Its excellency represented by its properties and effects; (4-7) and by its abiding, and its superiority. (8-13)1-3 The excellent way had in view in the close of the former chapter, is not what is meant by charity in our common use of the word, almsgiving, but love in its fullest meaning; true love to God and man. Without this, the most glorious gifts are of no account to us, of no esteem in the sight of God. A clear head and a deep understanding, are of no value without a benevolent and charitable heart. There may be an open and lavish hand, where there is not a liberal and charitable heart. Doing good to others will do none to us, if it be not done from love to God, and good-will to men. If we give away all we have, while we withhold the heart from God, it will not profit. Nor even the most painful sufferings. How are those deluded who look for acceptance and reward for their good works, which are as scanty and defective as they are corrupt and selfish!
4-7 Some of the effects of charity are stated, that we may know whether we have this grace; and that if we have not, we may not rest till we have it. This love is a clear proof of regeneration, and is a touchstone of our professed faith in Christ. In this beautiful description of the nature and effects of love, it is meant to show the Corinthians that their conduct had, in many respects, been a contrast to it. Charity is an utter enemy to selfishness; it does not desire or seek its own praise, or honour, or profit, or pleasure. Not that charity destroys all regard to ourselves, or that the charitable man should neglect himself and all his interests. But charity never seeks its own to the hurt of others, or to neglect others. It ever prefers the welfare of others to its private advantage. How good-natured and amiable is Christian charity! How excellent would Christianity appear to the world, if those who profess it were more under this Divine principle, and paid due regard to the command on which its blessed Author laid the chief stress! Let us ask whether this Divine love dwells in our hearts. Has this principle guided us into becoming behaviour to all men? Are we willing to lay aside selfish objects and aims? Here is a call to watchfulness, diligence, and prayer.
8-13 Charity is much to be preferred to the gifts on which the Corinthians prided themselves. From its longer continuance. It is a grace, lasting as eternity. The present state is a state of childhood, the future that of manhood. Such is the difference between earth and heaven. What narrow views, what confused notions of things, have children when compared with grown men! Thus shall we think of our most valued gifts of this world, when we come to heaven. All things are dark and confused now, compared with what they will be hereafter. They can only be seen as by the reflection in a mirror, or in the description of a riddle; but hereafter our knowledge will be free from all obscurity and error. It is the light of heaven only, that will remove all clouds and darkness that hide the face of God from us. To sum up the excellences of charity, it is preferred not only to gifts, but to other graces, to faith and hope. Faith fixes on the Divine revelation, and assents thereto, relying on the Divine Redeemer. Hope fastens on future happiness, and waits for that; but in heaven, faith will be swallowed up in actual sight, and hope in enjoyment. There is no room to believe and hope, when we see and enjoy. But there, love will be made perfect. There we shall perfectly love God. And there we shall perfectly love one another. Blessed state! how much surpassing the best below! God is love, #1Jo 4:8,16|. Where God is to be seen as he is, and face to face, there charity is in its greatest height; there only will it be perfected.
E. A. Taylor's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment on 12/04/2013, 12:39am...
Just a quick comment to Eileen Struss's comment regarding vs. 8 The verse does not say that Knowledge will cease. It says that it will vanish. And prophecies fail... not cease. Only tongues will cease. These three verbs are different things.
One's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment on 11/24/2013, 9:35pm...
Matthew 7:22-23 says:Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
People do you see just how important it is to choose to Love rather than to hate; Forgive rather than to hold a grudge; You can see from Matthew 7:22-23 that even the church, who actually have the power & gifts of God will be cast into Hell, and this chapter shows why. So we see that you can be anointed and still be in danger off hell fire, or rather still not have a relationship with God because your heart never learned how to truly Love. So I say to everyone; match this chapter up to you. Your salvation depends on it. For the Saints: this chapter shows us that we only have part of God, and Matthew 7:22-23 shows us that part of God is not good enough.
Keith's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment on 11/23/2013, 9:48pm...
this chapter is a love chapter cause love is what the lord Jesus thought us from the beginning to the end. when we see Jesus we'll know in full, as of now we see only in part.
LIVINGSTONE's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment on 11/23/2013, 4:45am...
the chapter is rich with details and facts to guide us especially young believers who are struggling to understand the concept of love and whom might be trapped in contraversial world of relationships.
'thanks to the saint PETER'
Livingston's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment on 11/22/2013, 8:24am...
Thank you all for the review and insight of this beatifull text.
Eileen Struss's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment about verse 8 on 11/20/2013, 12:48pm...
Deniers of present day tongues use this verse to say tongues have ceased.The same sentence says knowledge and prophecies shall vanish.
If knowledge and prophecies are still here why must tongues have ceased.
Nathan Osiemo's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment about verse 13 on 11/19/2013, 10:54am...
Hope is for things not seen,when they are seen no need of hope,we hope to be in heaven but we have not reached hence we hope for it.Faith is a substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen.We have not seen heaven,by faith we hope it is meant for us but when we reach there, no need of both hope and faith.Love or charity are not only for his life but because God is Love Love will continue in heaven because of His presence. Therefore Charity ,hope and faith are vehicles to lead us to our promised land but only LOVE will cross to eternity.
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