1 Corinthians 13 (24 of 28) by Harley Howard

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1 Corinthians 13 (24 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

Many people have called 1st Corinthians 13 "The love chapter," and that's probably due to the repetition of the word love as well as the great attributes of love described in this chapter. Unfortunately, many have forgotten that this chapter stands not as an end to itself, but is strategically placed between two, maybe even three chapters which Paul endeavors to set a proper foundation for the operation of Spiritual gifts in the church at Corinth, as well as the church today.

If you fail to see this obvious truth,
Misinterpretation of the text is inevitable.

Before we get into the text itself, there needs to be a time of examination of this kind of love-God's love.

First of all, this kind of Love is supernatural, not natural. Mankind cannot produce this kind of love, ever. It is beyond his abilities to do it and if God did not bestow it, we would never know of it at all. It has nothing to do with feelings or emotions; it is supernatural in nature or essence. If there is one truth that we need to be constantly reminded of in the study of God's love it is that the source of it is from God and that it is one of His great attributes or characteristics. One clear scripture passage that sums up all of what I just said, and all of what I will say, is found in 1st John 4:7-10.

1st John 4:7-10
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

This is a great summary of the:

a) Source of love-God,

b) How that love was demonstrated from God toward us, in that God gave us His son Jes ...

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