Love As Described To The Corinthians

I.          INTRODUCTION:

A.  SCRIPTURE READING:  Note: All hyperlinks are KJV

I Corinthians 13:1-13  =  [ASV]  “[1-3]  If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. And if I have (the gift of) prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And if I bestow all my goods to feed (the poor), and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing. [4-7]  Love suffereth long, (and) is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly,  seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. [8-12]  Love never faileth: but whether (there be) prophecies, they shall be done away; whether (there be) tongues, they shall cease; whether (there be) knowledge, it shall be done away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.  [13] But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

B.        THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH HAD MANY FAULTS:

1.        Divisions or contentions among them.  [ I Corinthians 1:11-15 ]

2.        Lack of team work or working together.  [I Corinthians 5]

3.        Sinful practices.  [I Corinthians 5]

4.        Toleration of sinful practices.

5.        Abuse of the Lord’s Supper.  [ I Corinthians 10 & I Corinthians 11 ]

6.        The above just names a few.

C.       TRUE LOVE IS PRESENTED AS A REMEDY FOR THEIR FAULTS:

1.        Paul presents a panacea for their sins.

2.        The panacea presented in LOVE.

D.       MUCH IS SAID ABOUT LOVE IN THE BIBLE:

1.        God’s love for man.

2.        Man’s  love for God.

3.        But here is a chapter on Man’s love for man.

II.       DISCUSSION:

A.  THE POWER OF LOVE [ I Corinthians 13:1-3 ] :      LOVE IS GREATER THAN –

1.        Eloquence:    speaking clearly with forceful feeling and meaning

[ I Corinthians 13:1 ]  =  If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

2.        The gift of prophecy:  The gift of divine utterance.   

[ I Corinthians 13:2 ]  =  And if I have (the gift of) prophecy,  …. but have not love, I am nothing.

3.        Knowledge:  Clear perception of truth;  the sum of what one knows. 

[ I Corinthians 13:2 ]  =  And if I … know all mysteries and all knowledge;     but have not love, I am nothing.

4.        Faith:  Complete obedience belief and trust in God

[ I Corinthians 13:2 ]    =  And if    I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

5.        Abundant giver:  The bestowing of all that one possesses to aid others

[ I Corinthians 13:3 ]  =  And if I bestow all my goods to feed (the poor),     but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

6.        Sacrifice:   The giving of one’s self

[ I Corinthians 13:3 ]  =  And if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

B.        THE DEMONSTRATION OF LOVE  [ I Corinthians 13:4-7 ]:

Note:  Love is the origin of all that is good,  or the fertile soil from which Christian characteristic is manifested  --  for example:

1.        Patience:  Longsuffering and enduring – that is not aroused by provoking

[ I Corinthians 13:4 ]  =  Love suffereth long, …

[ I Corinthians 13:5 ]  =  …Is not provoked, 

2.        Kindness:  To show one’s self useful to others

[ I Corinthians 13:4 ]  =  Love  … is kind; 

3.        Generosity:  The absence of boasting -  does not act in an unbecoming manner.

[ I Corinthians 13:4-5 ]  =  …;  Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, …

4.        Unselfishness:  Free of seeking to please only self.

[ I Corinthians 13:5 ]  =  …,  Seeketh not its own, 

5.        Forgiveness:  Ready to forgive the wrongs of others.

[ I Corinthians 13:5 ]  =  …, Taketh not account of evil;

6.        An appreciation for that which is good:

[ I Corinthians 13:6 ]  =  rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth;

7.        A charitable attitude:  Merciful in judging others.

[ I Corinthians 13:7 ]  =  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

1 Peter 4:8  =  above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins:” [ASV]

C.       THE IMMORTALITY (UNENDING EXISTENCE) OF LOVE  [ I Corinthians 13:8-12 ]:

I Corinthians 13:8-12  =   [ASV]  Love never faileth: but whether (there be) prophecies, they shall be done away; whether (there be) tongues, they shall cease; whether (there be) knowledge, it shall be done away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.

1.        These have all passed away and are gone:

a.         Miraculous gifts have passed away.

b.         Prophecies have been done away.

c.         Tongues have ceased.

d.         Knowledge has ceased.

2.        These gifts were “in part”, the same as those of that day prophesied  in part”. [ I Corinthians 13:9 ]

3.        These gifts were like the garments of a child that are put away when one is full grown. 

a.         So the garments of the infant church are laid aside when the state of infancy is passed and gone.
[ I Corinthians 13:10-12 ]   

b.         But LOVE continues on --  Love never faileth” [ I Corinthians 13:8 ]

III.    CONCLUSION:

A.       COMPARING OF THREE ABIDING GRACES [ I Corinthians 13:13 ]:

1.        Faith has to do with the present.

2.        Hope has to do with the future.

3.        Love has to do with the  present and future.

[ I Corinthians 13:13 ]  =  But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”  [ASV]

B.        CONTRASTS:   WHY LOVE IS SO GREAT!

1.        Because it is God’s nature:

a.         “God is love”.

b.         This cannot be said of either faith or hope.

2.        Because it is comprehensive:

Romans 13:8-10  = [ASV]  Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law.   For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.   Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: love therefore is the fulfilment of the law.

a.         Love in one’s heart will cause one to manifest God’s graces.

b.         Love in one’s heart will cause one to obey every command of God.

John 14:15  =  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

3.        Because love will outlast faith and hope.

C.       HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF GOD IN YOUR HEART?

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